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12 Uses of Vinegar for Laundry

There are lots of very good uses of vinegar for laundry from deodorizing, to removing stains, to preventing color running.

The ones I am familiar with all use white vinegar.

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Use a spritzer bottle with half water and half vinegar when ironing your clothes.

This will help remove iron-made creases or shiny areas and give your garment a clean, odor-free, crisp look.

This works especially well for collars and underarm areas.

Vinegar also works very well in de-scaling your iron.

Simply pour white vinegar into the steam receptacle and operate it as you normally would except use it on an old towel or rag.

Once the iron stops oozing discolored liquid, fill it with distilled water and continue to steam until the smell of vinegar is gone.

Cloth Diapers

Add 275 ml (1/2 pint) of white vinegar to 9 litres in order to neutralize urine in the diaper pail. Use the vinegar for laundry of diapers instead of fabric softener.

Collars and Cuffs

Use a vinegar cleaner on collars and cuffs by rubbing a thick paste of baking soda and vinegar onto the stains before washing normally.

Stain Remover

Grass, coffee, tea and berry stains can be removed by soaking in a full strength solution of vinegar.

Underarm Marks

Stains from perspiration can be removed by soaking in vinegar prior to washing. This will also remove any odor.

Removing Tar

Pour vinegar directly on tar prior to washing.

Prevent Running Colors

If you are washing something that will “bleed”, add white vinegar and wash in cold water.

Remove Stiffness from New Jeans

When you buy a new pair of jeans add 275 ml (1/2 pint) of white vinegar to the first wash. This will take out the stiffness.

Fabric Softener

Use as a replacement for fabric softener. It will also remove static cling. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

You will also be able to reduce the amount of detergent you use while still preventing staining.

Use white vinegar in the rinse cycle and add an extra rinse. This will lessen the chance of diaper rash from laundry detergent.

Letting Down Hems

If you let down the hems of your children’s clothing you will often find a white mark were the material was folded. Use a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar and water to scrub the mark out. Then use a warm iron to finish. If it doesn’t work the first time then repeat the process.

Prevent Fading

A vinegar cleaner of 150 ml (1/4 pint) added to your laundry will prevent fading.

Your homemade quilts can be presoaked in cold water and 275 ml (1/2 pint) of vinegar the first time you launder them.


Add 275 ml (1/2 pint) of white vinegar in the hot die bath to set the color.

Use a damp cloth on shiny areas from an overly hot iron, then represses the area and the shine will be gone.

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