Simple, cheap, and multifunctional.

This is one of those proper grandmother’s tips. A tried and true trick that works surprisingly well, but one that very few people know of or apply in daily life. Despite it working so well! If you wash your laundry together with this natural product, you’re guaranteed to get some fresh, sweet-scented and soft laundry out your washing machine!

The great thing about this tip is that it doesn’t just clean your laundry, but your washing machine all the same!


For starters: pour your regular laundry detergent in the washing machine and add a good dash of vinegar. This will amplify the effectiveness of the regular detergent. Are you in need of something a little stronger? Give your clothing a good soak in a mixture of 125 millilitres of vinegar with water. And voilà: enjoy your clean, non-vinegar-scented laundry!

1. Sweat and deodorant stains

It’s such a shame, having to throw out clothes after a while as discolourations form around the arm pits that you can’t get out with regular detergent. Vinegar will do the trick!

2. Fabric Softener

Make sure to pour a little white vinegar in your washing machine’s fabric softener tray. It’ll make your laundry incredibly soft and is non-hazardous for the environment.

3. Retaining colour

Douse your clothing with approximately 125 millilitres of vinegar before putting it in the machine. This’ll help against fading colours and will remove excess soap from the fabric.

4. Tougher stains

Fill a bucket with water and add a cup of vinegar. Let any clothing with persistent stains soak for about an hour. Afterwards, include it in your regular laundry cycle.

5. Statically charged clothing

Wool sweaters and fleece blankets may be lovely, but oftentimes they’ll get statically charged. Using vinegar when washing these will get rid of the problem in no time. Try it!

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6. Soap scum and other remnants

Especially when preferring powder over liquid detergent, you might experience soap scum or other impurities remaining in your clothes after washing. This can lead to a lot of a skin irritation with sensitive skin. Adding 125 millilitres of vinegar with your regular laundry cycle will help get rid of these irritations!

7. Let it soak, let it soak, let it soak

Swimwear, washcloths and towels will often start feeling ‘greasy’ after a while. Just soak them in a tile with 60 millilitres of vinegar and water, and then throw them in the washing machine. They’ll come out all sparkling and clean!

8. The smell of cigarettes

Do you smoke indoors? Or have you attended a place where others smoked indoors? This’ll have your clothes smelling nasty, especially when left untreated! White vinegar will neutralise the scent of cigarettes! And this also applies to curtains!

9. Animal hair

As much as you love your pooch, the hair it leaves behind is a whole different story…It’s always a tricky story when your clothes are covered in the difficult-to-remove animal hair. The trick, which you can probably guess by now, is to wash your clothing in your machine and include some vinegar. Let it dry and once that’s done, you’ll have no trouble simply shaking out the hair.

That’s all! Did you find this article useful? Don’t forget to share with friends and family!

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Also read: Replacing fabric softener with vinegar? Here’s why that’s a good idea

Image: White Towels in Laundry Basket by Marco Verch Professional Photographer and Speaker licensed under CC BY 2.0