9 Super Clever Reasons To Add Vinegar To Your Laundry

Banishes the smell of mold

Eliminate mold odor with vinegar, baking soda, activated charcoal, or hydrogen peroxide. Increase ventilation, reduce humidity, and fix leaks to prevent mold growth.

Lightens and bleaches clothes

Add 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide or 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to whiten and brighten clothes. For tough stains, make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

Naturally softens fabrics

Use 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle to soften fabrics naturally. Alternatively, use wool dryer balls or hang clothes outside to dry in the sun and wind.

Reduces lint and pet hair

Add a half cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to reduce lint and pet hair on clothes. Use a lint roller or rubber gloves to remove hair from upholstery and carpet.

Fights underarm odor

Eliminate underarm odor by applying baking soda, lemon juice, or coconut oil to your armpits. Wear breathable clothing and avoid eating odor-causing foods.

Preserves the color of dark clothes

Wash dark clothes inside out in cold water with a gentle detergent. Add a half cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle to preserve color and prevent fading.

Removes the smell of cigarettes

Remove cigarette odor by washing clothing with baking soda, vinegar, or borax. Hang clothes outside to air out, and use an air purifier indoors to eliminate smoke particles.

Cleans the washing machine

Clean a washing machine by running a hot water cycle with vinegar or baking soda. Use a toothbrush to scrub the nooks and crannies, and leave the door open to air out after use.

Cleans the clothing iron

Clean a clothing iron by rubbing a damp cloth with baking soda over the plate. Use a cotton swab to clean steam holes with vinegar or a mixture of water and baking soda.