Vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid (CH3COOH), water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient, or in pickling. As the most easily manufactured mild acid, it has historically had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses, some of which (such as its use as a general household cleaner) are still commonly practiced today.
Unleash the power of white vinegar―an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, herbicide and more. Just a bit of this multitasker, straight up or mixed with water, can replace many pricier products huddled under your sink. Try these tips to see how vinegar can make your life cheaper and easier.
1. White Vinegar Helps Recover The Color Of Your Clothing
Add 1/4 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of a load of laundry to combat lint and static cling. Use 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar for every gallon of water in the washing machine to remove traces of detergent.
2. White Vinegar Can Replace Your Softener
After my experimentation with aluminum foil dryer balls, I was left needing a natural fabric softener (the foil dryer balls did a great job fighting static, but some fabrics were left a little stiff). Many folks recommended using white vinegar in the rinse cycle, so I decided to try it out. I did laundry as usual with liquid detergent, but added a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. I dried the clothes with the foil dryer balls. The clothes came out soft and static free (and they didn’t smell like vinegar)! Using White Vinegar as a natural fabric softener worked great!
3. Avoid Clothing Lint
That same half cup of vinegar in your rise cycle to minimize lint. You’ll find less lint on your clothes and even pet hair will find your clothes less appealing.
Using vinegar for laundry will also remove that ugly soap residue that accumulates on your dark clothing. Just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse water and the soap will be totally dissolved and rinsed away.
4. Clothes That Smell Bad Or “Musty”
If your clothes have been stored in an area that’s prone to damp, such as near to an external wall for example, they may have a bit of a mouldy smell to them. The trick to removing this smell is to pop a cupful of white vinegar into the washing machine drum along with your laundry. Vinegar is a great deodoriser, and don’t worry – your clothes won’t smell like pickled onions!
5. Remove Sweat Stains
Remove the shirt from the vinegar water and gently squeeze until the shirt is just damp. Lay flat on a towel-covered work surface and coat the stains with the mixture. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural whitening agent, and baking soda and salt work together to lift the stain. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
6. White Vinegar For Lengthening The Life Of Your Washing Machine
To extend the life of your washing machine and have less maintenance on it, set the machine to the longest and hottest wash cycle. Do not add any clothes or detergent. Instead, pour an entire gallon of white vinegar into the tub at the beginning and allow the machine to go through its entire cycle. If you do this routinely, you will extend the life of your washing machine because vinegar removes scum and hard-water buildup.