Adding white, distilled vinegar to laundry is an excellent way to keep your laundry clean and preserve its colours. White, distilled vinegar can even act as a fabric softener, lint detergent, and allergy reducer if used in laundry. Want to boost up your laundry cleaning capacity? Use vinegar in the following ways:
FABRIC SOFTENER AND STATIC REDUCER
To soften fabrics, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rise cycle of your washing machine. There is no need to use additional fabric softener or to use dryer sheets, which are not good for your dryer anyhow. You’ll also find that static is reduced when you add vinegar to the rise cycle. If you are washing blanket and comforters, add two cups of vinegar to the last rise. Your blankets will be softer and more snuggly.
BANISH MILDEW ODOUR
Leaving wet towels in a hamper or a load of wet clothing in the washer can create mildew growth and a mouldy smell. To get everything smelling fresh, fill the washer with hot water, add two cups of white distilled vinegar and run through the wash cycle. Then, run a normal cycle with detergent.
Just 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle, will help prevent lint and pet hair from clinging to clothes.
Use white, distilled vinegar as a natural bleaching agent! Add 1 1/2 cups to a rinse cycle to keep an entire load of whites white. To restore whiteness to specific parts of clothing, soak individual items overnight in hot water that has had white, distilled vinegar poured into it. The process can be repeated for especially stubborn stains.
Soap scum and mineral deposits can build up in the hoses of your washer restricting water flow and performance. Four times per year, remove soap scum and clean the hoses by running an empty regular washer cycle with hot water and 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. If you have automatic detergent or fabric softener dispensers, place the pure white distilled vinegar in the dispensers to clean any build-up that may limit performance.