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How to Add Vinegar to Laundry

Five Methods:Washing with VinegarBleachingStain RemovalDeodorizingCleaning

Adding white, distilled vinegar to laundry is an excellent way to keep your laundry clean and preserve its color; it can even act as a fabric softener, lint detergent, and allergy reducer, if added to a washing machine during a particular cycle. By reading the following steps you will learn the most common ways to use white, distilled vinegar in the laundry.

Method 1
Washing with Vinegar

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    Pour 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar into a load of laundry to protect color from fading. Using white, distilled vinegar with dark fabrics in this way can also protect them from becoming dull.
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    Use 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar to wash new clothes to remove the stiffness and manufacturing chemicals associated with them.
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    Add 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of a load to act as a natural fabric softener.
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    Add 1/4 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of a load of laundry to combat lint and static cling.
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    Use 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar for every gallon of water in the washing machine to remove traces of detergent.
    • Individuals who have allergies to detergent can benefit from using white, distilled vinegar in laundry since it can wash the irritants in detergent away.
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    Use baking soda. The baking soda lubricates your laundry, sliding off the grime. It also changes acidic body oils into more basic ones. The vinegar, being an acid, further neutralists body oils and grime and rinses them away. Using this technique can help remove any lingering body odor or stains.
    • Pour 2 cups of baking soda in the machine for a large load.
    • Pour 2 cups (slowly) of white vinegar where you would usually pour bleach. It'll release before the last rinse cycle.

Method 2

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    Use white, distilled vinegar as a natural bleaching agent.
    • Add 1 1/2 cups to a rinse cycle to keep an entire load of whites white.
    • To restore whiteness to specific parts of clothing, soak individual items overnight in hot water that has had white, distilled vinegar poured into it. The process can be repeated for especially stubborn stains.

Method 3
Stain Removal

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    Reach for white, distilled vinegar to help remove stains.
    • Rub deodorant and sweat stains with a bit of white distilled vinegar to remove them from clothing. White, distilled vinegar can even help combat extreme stains like those from tar.

Method 4

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    Deodorize your clothes by adding white, distilled vinegar to a laundry load. Add 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of a load for a neutralization of bad smells.

Method 5

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    Clean your washing machine and pipes using white, distilled vinegar.
    • Run an empty laundry cycle by allowing your washing machine to fill with water and agitate without the presence of clothes and detergent in it. Add 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the washing machine's water and allow the washing machine to run like normal. The white, distilled vinegar can help clean the washing machine's pipes and hoses of soap scum and dirt accumulations.
    • Use white, distilled vinegar like this to clean your machine, reduce hard water deposits, and reduce the incidence of mould.


  • Add white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your washing machine load to help get rid of a mildew smell or mold on your clothes.
  • White, distilled vinegar is a natural and Eco-friendly way to do laundry. Using white, distilled vinegar to do your laundry can help you save money and preserve the environment. It's also a natural deodorizer.


  • Do not combine white, distilled vinegar with bleach. The fumes that arise from this mixture can be hazardous to your health.
  • The overuse of white, distilled vinegar in laundry can lead to a breakdown of clothes made of natural fibres. Articles made out of silk, rayon, acetate, and trace late can be especially sensitive to white, distilled vinegar.

Things You'll Need

  • White, distilled vinegar

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