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The Benefits and Uses of White Vinegar in Your Laundry
Have you ever considered using vinegar in your laundry?
If not, you may want to continue reading.
There is potentially a whole host of benefits to using white distilled vinegar in place of those harmful detergents and softeners.
Vinegar is an age old laundry hack that has recently gone under the radar for reasons that are unbeknownst to me.
White distilled vinegar is safe to use and is created from a second stage of fermentation with alcohol which removes that plant dyes that would otherwise potentially stain your clothes. Therefore, white distilled alcohol is typically safe to use on both whites and colors (although I would test a very small spot first if you have any concerns).
Benefits of using white vinegar in the laundry:
How to Use Vinegar in Your Laundry
Method 1: Place 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar into the detergent compartment of your washer. You may also add it directly to your pile of clothes if you have a vertical load washing machine.
Method 2: First place 1/2 cup of castile soap into your detergent compartment
I keep at least a gallon of distilled white vinegar next to the washing machine and it goes into every load of laundry.
The vinegar appears to be safe to use with nearly all colors and we have not experienced any negative effects of using with a variety of materials including polyester. It is of course suggested that you "test" a small area of material with a spot of vinegar to see how the fabric reacts prior to soaking or laundering with a full load of vinegar.
We have not experienced any running and we even were able to wash reds with whites - it was more of an experiment on our part. Try this at your own risk.).
The vinegar is also environmentally friendly whereas most of your fabric softeners are NOT! They typically contain harmful detergents, dying agents, color agents, acidic compounds, etc.
Not to mention they are FAR MORE EXPENSIVE then simply purchasing white distilled vinegar from the store.
We have used several different brands for the vinegar. For laundry, it is recommended that you use the white distilled variety to prevent staining that is common from the tannins in apple cider vinegar.
Using vinegar in your laundry is likely to be a significant money saver compared to your typical store-bought fabric softener. Beyond that, there are health concerns for fabric softeners.
Store-bought Fabric Softener Health Concerns
Consider this top brand's rating on EWG and please look at the list of ingredients of concern. In addition to receiving an "F" rating (the worst you can get), the following concerns are listed for this product:
You can find white distilled vinegar on Amazon which can last for up to a year and only put you out about $20 total. That is a price that is hard to beat.
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