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Our holiday gift to you today is one of laundry’s best keep secrets— white vinegar! Yes, you read that right! One of the most powerful tools for fighting stains, odors, and buildup in your washing machine, may be sitting right in your pantry. We love this quiet super hero, while the acetic acid within is so mild that it will not harm washable fabrics, it is still strong enough to dissolve residues. Vinegar is safe to use in both standard and high-efficiency washers and is beneficial to septic tanks and the environment.

If you’re using it to whiten, brighten, reduce odors, or soften clothes, you’ll want to ensure you buy distilled vinegar. Avoid cider vinegar if you can, but if it’s all you have on hand make sure you dilute it with water before putting it on any fabrics.

Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and keep it on hand to remove perspiration odor and stains on washable clothing. Spray the vinegar directly on the stain and allow it to work for at least ten minutes before tossing the garment into the washing machine.

If you have wet towels that have grown mildew, you can use vinegar to neutralize the scent and clean it out. To get everything smelling fresh, fill the washer with hot water, add two cups of distilled white vinegar and run a complete wash cycle.

When the lint and pet hair have got you down, just one-half cup of white distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle of your machine will help prevent sticking. And if your black clothes are looking dull, you can remove soap and detergent residue by following the same method!

If your washables smell of cigarette or cigar smoke, add one-half cup distilled white vinegar to the wash cycle. For dry clean only clothes and furnishings, you can fill the bathtub with very hot water and add one cup vinegar. Then hang the items above the steam with a closed door so the steam can penetrate the fibers.

No use washing clothes in a dirty machine! Use vinegar to clean and sanitize your washing machine. Four times per year, remove soap scum and clean the hoses by running a complete wash cycle with the washer empty using hot water and two cups of distilled white vinegar. 

While vinegar is known as a good fabric softener on its own, it is particularly good for softening jeans and blankets. Start out by adding half a cup to one cup of it to the rinse cycle for jeans and two cups for machine-washable fabrics like wool or cotton.

Pretty impressive, don’t you think? No matter what your washing needs are we hope this information has got you excited about this everyday household item and all its magical properties. Happy washing!


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