Practical uses of vinegar in the laundry - Part 1


Avoid harsh, chemical ridden detergents and fabric softeners in your laundry. Turn instead to a safer and more effective way to remove stubborn stains from your clothes. Use vinegar for all your laundry needs - it is cheaper and a green product.

Vinegar is a wonderful product, which is said to have been discovered, quite by accident, over 10000 years ago. What is remarkable is that it is still used, so commonly – and for so many different purposes. We all know that vinegar has culinary uses, but did you know that it can also be used around the house.

When doing the laundry – vinegar is a powerful agent that removes stains, strengthens dyes, softens clothes and does a lot more, without damaging the fabric. Remember that only white vinegar is to be used on laundry. It is safer than the harsh chemical products that can be bought off the shelf. Come discover how vinegar can make doing the laundry, a tad less cumbersome.



Letting down the hem

Have you noticed that white line that remains when you let down the hem on old clothes, where the fabric was folded? To get rid of the offensive mark, dilute some vinegar in regular water and dab it on the white crease and lightly scrub the area with an old toothbrush. Heat the iron and press over the mark. The mark generally comes off, immediately. However, if it is stubborn, you will need to repeat the process.

Remove stubborn labels

Labels on clothes at times do not peel off easily. And if you manage to peel them off, without a problem, they have this tendency of leaving behind a sticky substance on the fabric, which is not just difficult to get off the clothes, but is unsightly and attracts muck.

The easiest way to remove stickers (labels) from fabric is to dab them with full strength vinegar. Once the labels become completely saturated, they peel off, with much ease.

Getting rid of sweat marks from clothes

Shirts, tops, blouses etc., develop ugly marks, in the underarm region, especially when you perspire a lot, or in the summers. Light colored clothes are more prone to these hideous stains. Eliminate sweat marks by soaking the stained part in vinegar for 15-20 minutes, before washing the garment as you generally do.

This works on deodorant stains too. Deodorants can also stain the underarm region in shirts and tops. Put the stained clothes through the same treatment to make the marks disappear.

Vinegar also removes foul odor from the clothes – that distinct smell of perspiration or that nauseous mix of deodorant and sweat. And it is also a great disinfectant that not just cleans, but also kills odor causing bacteria, thriving in your clothes.

Cleaning dirty cuffs & collars

Grime, sweat and body oils tend to accumulate around the collars and cuffs. These stubborn stains are difficult to get rid off. Though there are commercial products available that do the trick, it is better to try safer options, which do not use harsh chemicals.

A thick slurry made using baking soda and white vinegar is an effective remedy. Rub this mixture on the collars and cuffs. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and wash the clothes as usual.

Static cling & fabric softener

Outfits made of polyester, acrylic and other synthetic materials adhere to the body, due to the static electricity. The fabric becomes clingy and doesn't drape properly over the body's contours.

Vinegar helps remove the static electricity and serves a dual purpose, as it is also an excellent fabric softener. Use vinegar the way you would a fabric softener, for amazing results.

Stain remover

Certain stains do not wash away through normal washing. Think of stains caused by tea, coffee, grass, berries and fruits, they are stubborn and real strong detergents and a good scrub. But, this can damage the weave of the fabric. A safer option is to use vinegar, it works beautifully. Just soak the stained part in undiluted vinegar, 30 minutes before washing. The stains will lighten and fade away.

Cotton napkins for babies

In the age of diapers, many mothers still use soft cotton nappies for their newborns. These nappies are difficult to maintain, as they get stained easily and can also harbor harmful bacteria and germs. Here is how and why vinegar should be used to wash and sterilize nappies.

  • Dilute a cup of white vinegar in half a bucket of water. Rinse nappies in running water and drop them in the vinegar solution. The solution neutralizes the urine in the cotton nappies and prevents staining
  • Using the same proportion, in the final rinse, equalizes the pH balance of the fabric and prevents nappy rash
  • Vinegar is cheaper than fabric softener and detergent. You will have no need for the former and will require only half the quantity of the latter, to get ultra soft, stain free, bacteria free and germ-free nappies that are safe to use against your babies soft and tender skin


Reducing lint on clothing

Clothes shed tiny fibers (lint), during washing and even during normal use. Using vinegar when rinsing the clothes will reduce the lint shedding. Put half-a-cup of the acidic liquid in the final rinse, when washing clothes and let it works its magic. You will find less residue in the lint filter when washing clothes.

Stops color from running

Certain colors are known to bleed when they get wet or are washed. Fabrics in black, turquoise, orange, yellows and reds will often run. To keep them from running, soak the clothes in a solution of cold water and vinegar. Let them stand in the solution for forty-five minutes. Rinse and dry. Give the clothes the same treatment before washing them, soak them in a vinegar solution for 15-20 minutes followed by a wash, using normal detergent.



Problem with stiff jeans

Removing stiffness from jeans is made easy by this simple trick. Turn your pair of jeans inside out and soak them in a solution of vinegar and water, around half-a-cup to half a bucket of water. Since vinegar acts as a fabric softener it will remove the stiffness from your jeans and make them comfortable to wear.

Do you like these tips? Would you like to try them? Do you have tips that you'd like to share with us? Leave them in the comment section.


Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Comments

Author: Natarajan13 Nov 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

Excellent article with practical tips. I was never aware of the use of vinegar for the sweat collar stains and dirty cuffs; we buy the popular cuff and collars liquids. We Will certainly try it out. A must read article for modern day couples who spend a lot on branded fabric softeners and stain removers. Does vinegar give any odd smell? That is, can we can make out that vinegar has been used on the clothes?

Author: Juana17 Nov 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

When used on clothes to remove muck or stubborn stains, vinegar does not leave an odour. In any case, the vinegar and baking soda slurry is used as a pre-soak. The clothes need to be washed with detergent. This ensures that any strong odours are removed.

Vinegar can also be used to wash kitchen and white table napkins and. They remove the stains and disinfect the napkins as well.



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