Vinegar and Laundry


Not too long ago, a fellow Babywise mom commented that she puts vinegar in each load of laundry to use it as a fabric softener. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. I have loved it! I have found it to be great for removing static cling from clothes. I have also noticed it is a great deodorizer and it seems like the color in the clothes is improved.


What I do is very simple. I add it to the fabric softener holder in my washing machine. Then I don’t need to use any other fabric softener or dryer sheet. Fabulous! 


Since I have started doing it, I have looked into vinegar in the laundry and found the following:

  • Adding 1/2 cup to the load helps prevent colors from fading (I saw on Pinterest you can soak your jeans in vinegar to prevent fading–don’t know if it is true, but I saw it).
  • It is a natural fabric softener.
  • Use 1 cup to wash the tub. I have done this for years. I do it about once a quarter–how often you would want to do it would vary with you. Just add it as your “detergent” and run a load. You can use some old rags in it or just run it with nothing but water and vinegar (sometimes I also do bleach).
  • 1 1/2 cups is a natural whitener.
  • Rub directly on clothes to fight stains.
  • It is a natural deodorizer. 

Try it out!