Doing laundry is one of the most tedious and time-consuming household chores, but also one that requires extra attention, as we certainly don’t want to damage our favorite garments. Having perfect laundry is important not only to remove stains from clothes, but also to avoid ruining them and extend their useful life. Fortunately, there is a natural ingredient that, besides being safe, in the context of laundry is very useful in many different ways: below we suggest all the benefits of vinegar for doing laundry.
Adding ½ cup of vinegar to the wash cycle increases the effectiveness of the detergent. Vinegar has the ability to penetrate fabric fibers to remove dirt and protect the material. It also helps to make colors more vibrant.
Natural fabric softener
Vinegar has all the properties of an industrial laundry softener, but without all the chemicals the latter contains. Pour a small amount of vinegar into the fabric softener basket of your washing machine. Contrary to what you may think, vinegar leaves a wonderful aroma to your laundry.
Eliminate sweat stains
The acidic properties of vinegar help eliminate sweat and deodorant stains that get under shirts and blouses. Soak garments in a bucket full of warm water and add a cup of vinegar, then wash normally.
Powder detergent residues
Detergent powder residue builds up both between fabric fibers and in the washing machine. To prevent this from happening, add ½ cup of vinegar to the washing machine cycle.
Adding vinegar to the washing of our clothes will help neutralize odors of any kind. Don’t worry, your garments won’t smell of vinegar; in fact, they will have a very pleasant mild odor.
Eliminate difficult stains
Fill a bucket with warm water and pour in 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak the stained garments in the solution and let it sit overnight; the next day wash the garment normally. The stains will come out very easily.
Lint and animal hair
Some fabrics are inappropriate to wear when we play with our beloved pets. When this happens, wash the garments with white vinegar to remove lint and animal hair.
Using industrial fabric softeners on towels makes the fabric rough and hard. Vinegar, on the other hand, perfumes and disinfects towels, making them extra soft.