Vinegar Cleaning #1 Laundry Section

Vinegar Cleaning #1 Laundry

Use white vinegar for all the laundry tips.

WARNING:  Do Not us vinegar if you have added bleach to your rinse water.  Will cause harmful vapors.

Clean Washing Machine

Once a month pour 2 cups of white distilled vinegar into washing machine.  Set to run a full cycle empty.  Helps clean out soap scum and disinfect washer.

Conditioning Fabric

Stop purchasing expensive fabric conditioners.  Add 1/2 pint of vinegar to your rinse cycle.  Keeps linens soft.

Stop Color Fading

Pour 1/2 pint vinegar into your wash cycle.  Brightens colors in each load.

Colors Running

Soak any new clothes or fabric you think might bleed into other clothes.  Soak your new clothes in 2 cups vinegar for 15 minutes before washing.

Reduce Lint

Pour 1/2 pint vinegar into rinse cycle, helps reduce lint.

Stop static cling

Pro-long life of nylons and swimsuit by adding 1/2 pint to rinse cycle.

Take Yellow Out of Clothing

Soak clothing overnight in a solution of 12 cups warm water to 1 cup vinegar.  Wash next morning.

Blankets become soft and fluffy if you add 2 cups vinegar to rinse cycle.

Whiten Those Socks and T-Shirts

Add 1 cup vinegar to 2 1/2 pints of water into a large stock pot.  Bring to a boil.  Pour solution into a bucket and drop in socks or t-shirts.  Soak over night.  Wash next day.

Remove Odor from Clothing

To remove diesel, gas spills, cigarette smoke or mildew from clothing add 1/2 pint vinegar to rinse cycle.

Remove Blood Stains

Soon as possible, before the blood dries pour vinegar on the stain.  Soak 10 minutes.  Blot with a cloth or towel.  Repeat if necessary.

Deodorant Stains

Gently rub the spot with vinegar before washing.  Next wash on hottest setting that is safe for the fabric.

Crayon Stains

Rub crayon stain with an old toothbrush soaked in vinegar.  Wash immediately.


Wet the ink stain with vinegar. Rub in a paste of 2 parts vinegar to 3 parts cornflour.  Let the paste dry completely before washing.

Dried on Stains

Pre-treat with a solution of 3 Tablespoons of vinegar, 2 Tablespoons liquid detergent and 3 cups warm water.  Rub solution into the stain, blot dry and wash normal.

Remove Stains from Collars and Cuffs

Make a paste from 2 cups vinegar and 3 cups baking soda.  Scrub area and let paste set for 1/2 hour before washing.

Cloth Diapers

In a pail or bucket mix 1/2 pint vinegar, 16 pints of water.  Helps neutralize urine and prevents staining.  Soak and wash as usual.  Vinegar Cleaning #2  Kitchen/Bathroom


34 thoughts on “Vinegar Cleaning #1 Laundry Section

  1. Vinegar has so many great uses around the house. I always keep a big bottle of white vinegar around for laundry needs and general cleaning. It sure does get out a lot of different stains.

  2. I dumped vinegar and baking soda into the wash on my son’s work clothes that had previously been good clothes and I was thrilled with getting the oily smell out of them. There are still some stains, but they are much better!

  3. I use vinegar for cleaning all the time. I never thought about putting it in my washing machine. What a good idea.

  4. I had no idea vinegar could do all that! I use it with baking soda to unclog our sinks or to freshen the kitchen drain. I’ll have to try it on the yellow stains now. I’ve never been able to find anything to get those out!

  5. I never knew you could use vinegar in so many ways with the laundry. I need to clean my washing machine ASAP.

  6. You always have the most helpful posts! I had no idea that vinegar could do all of these tricks – it’s extra fantastic since it’s such an affordable item. I can’t wait to try all of your suggestions, especially the brightening of colors and using it as a fabric softener ☺️

  7. Vinegar is so useful for cleaning. I always soak clothes in it to keep the colors from running when I wash them.

  8. Wow I had no idea vinegar had so many great uses for laundry. I will have to try replacing my fabric softener with it.

  9. I always want to clean with vinegar but the smell always lingers way longer than I expect and I kind of dont like that. I wish I could get past that. These are some good tips though, maybe I’ll try some.

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