Let’s face it – washing clothes can be quite a bother. Take for instance the plethora of laundry detergents on the market, which doesn’t make it any easier for you to choose the right one.
But then, if you want to save your time, money and nerves, you can opt for a single common ingredient to use in every wash. The thing is, some white vinegar into your washing machine drum can give you these 10 advantages.
Start by putting the laundry in your washing machine then pour about half a cup of vinegar on the clothes. This will intensify the effect of ordinary laundry detergent, but also prevent colors from fading. Plus, vinegar will reduce the soapy residue you often find on your clothes after washing.
Next, pour some vinegar in the fabric softener compartment in your washing machine. It should replace the fabric softener you normally use. You’ll get the same effect on your clothes, if not better because vinegar is softer. Plus, it’s more environmentally-friendly. The acid in vinegar is also efficient in removing sweat and deodorant stains on white clothing.
If you are using powder forms of laundry detergents, you’ve probably noticed the residue that remains on clothing after washing. This laundry residue can easily irritate sensitive skin. But if you add half a cup of white vinegar into your wash cycle, you can easily do away with this.
As unbelievable as it may sound, vinegar neutralizes unpleasant smells such as cigarette smoke from your clothes. If you are dealing with hard stains, put the stained clothes in a bucket of hot water mixed with half a cup of vinegar. Leave the clothing in the bucket overnight. Wash your clothes in the morning as you normally do. Alternatively, you can spray the stains with undiluted vinegar essence and try to rub them away.
Vinegar is also effective in removing fuzz and animal hair out of some fabrics, which, as we all know, can be quite difficult. Add some vinegar in the washing cycle and after drying, the unwanted fuzz won’t stick to the clothes as much. Then some fabrics create a static charge, which, again, you can eliminate with vinegar. Simply add 6 tablespoons of vinegar to hand wash and let it soak for half an hour. You can also clean some more delicate items such as your underwear and swimwear in this way.
Finally, you can easily clean and descale your washing machine without having to use any chemicals. Vinegar, again, comes to the rescue!