Doing the laundry is a hated task by many people, but unfortunately it is a must do. The good news is that you can make the experience easier and get optimal results with a super economical and natural ingredient!
Guess what it is? Vinegar!
This multitasking product can come to your rescue both to eliminate bad smells and stains and to keep the soft texture of your towels. A gift from heaven!
If white vinegar isn't part of your laundry routine, it's time to change that! Discover many ways to use it below. Thereafter, you will not be able to do without it!
1. Eliminate odors
To make clothes and towels smell good, you may tend to use synthetic fragrance products. But the chemicals are harmful to the environment and can also cause skin irritation.
White vinegar will overcome mold, persistent odors of sweat, etc. It kills the bacteria that keep the stinky smell alive!
To remove moldy odors from towels, add 2 cups (500 mL) of vinegar to a washer with hot water. Throw in your towels and start the normal cycle. You can follow with an additional cycle if you wish.
For clothes, add ½ to 1 cup (125 to 250 ml) of vinegar to the rinse cycle to get rid of unwanted odors. Another option is to soak additional stinky items in 1 cup (250 ml) of vinegar and cold water. Let the items sit for about 20 minutes before washing them normally.
2. Remove stains
White vinegar can treat several types of stains on tissue. Spray pure vinegar on a stain and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off. Light spots can also be soaked in a mixture of 1 cup (250 ml) vinegar + 2 cups (500 ml) lukewarm water.
For more stubborn stains, make a paste with 1 tablespoon (15 g) of baking soda and vinegar. Add just enough vinegar to form a pasty texture and apply it to the stain.
3. Preserve dark clothing
Repeated washing can damage the color of black jeans and other dark clothing. To prevent soapy residue from clinging to the fibers of these garments, put ½ to 1 cup (125 to 250 ml) of vinegar in the final rinse cycle.
4. Fighting static
White vinegar helps repel static laundry, lint and pet hair. Just drop ½ cup (125 mL) vinegar into your washer's rinse cycle.
5. Use as fabric softener
Vinegar is a natural fabric softener, which breaks down detergent residue and leaves laundry soft - especially towels! You can either pour ½ cup (125 ml) into the fabric softener dispenser on your machine or add it before the final rinse.
6. Remove stains from dye
Wash products damaged by the dye with 1 cup (500 ml) of distilled vinegar during a normal wash cycle using your ordinary detergent.
7. Whiter Whites
The vinegar lightens and whitens without the need for harsh chemicals. You can use it on normal loads or to remove stubborn stains from whites by adding 1 ½ cups (375 ml) of vinegar to the wash cycle.
If you are not afraid of hot water, to overcome stains under the arms for example, soak white clothes in ½ gallon of hot water (just under 2 liters) and 2 cups (500 ml) of vinegar overnight. Then wash as directed on the label.
Now is the time to try these tips! Good laundry!