Top 4 Uses Of Vinegar In Laundry

Top 4 Uses of Vinegar in Laundry
Top 4 Uses of Vinegar in Laundry

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Stain removers, fabric softeners, deodorizers – Are you tired of buying and organizing too many products for your laundry room? If yes, then you can always make it easier by replacing them with Vinegar. It is nothing less than a hero ingredient which is used for different purposes in laundry.

Vinegar is one of the most effective yet cheap laundry products and it is often already available in our households. Some use vinegar as a stain remover, some use it to brighten up whites. Here, we are going to share the top 4 uses of vinegar in laundry.

Stain Removal

Using vinegar as a stain remover in laundry
Using vinegar as a stain remover

There are different methods to remove different types of stains using vinegar. Sometimes vinegar alone is enough for stain removal, whereas, sometimes it is combined with other ingredients like baking soda. You can refer to a guide to stain removal to know how exactly it works.

Vinegar helps in removing different types of stains, including:

There is a myth that vinegar can damage clothes. However, it is not true. Vinegar is about 5 per cent acetic acid which is not harmful to most washable fabrics. Moreover, you should always dilute the vinegar with water unless there is a tough stain to remove. 

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Deodorize Clothes

Vinegar can remove odour from clothes in laundry

You can stop purchasing deodorizers for laundry and use vinegar. It removes odour and makes your clothes smell fresh. But what are the odours that vinegar can kill?

Sometimes people leave their clean and wet laundry in a pile, hamper or in the washer tub. When wet clothes stay in such conditions for long hours it gives rise to a mouldy smell. A vinegar rinse can help in getting rid of such mild mildew smell. Apart from this, vinegar can remove sweat odour and deodorant residue as well. You can simply fill your washer with hot water and add 10 ml of vinegar to it. Then put the garments having odour and run the wash cycle as usual. Good thing is that your clothes will not smell like vinegar after this. Because vinegar will leave your clothes completely odourless. It works on everything except the pet urine smell. 

Reduce Stiffness

Adding vinegar to laundry can make clothes softer
Vinegar can reduce stiffness caused by soapy residue in laundry

If your clothes feel stiff and itchy after laundry there can be two reasons behind that. You may either have a hard water supply or there will be soapy residue in the garment. In both cases, vinegar can help. It dissolves the residue of soaps and detergents. You can simply add vinegar 20 ml to the fabric softener dispenser or directly to the washer tub before the rinse cycle. And it will do the job.

You can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to add fragrance to laundry. Then, you can also mix vinegar with your regular hair conditioner.  As far as the hard water is concerned you will have to combine vinegar with baking soda. Thus, you can easily replace your fabric softener if you don’t want to use a commercial one.

To know more about fabric softeners, refer to: Everything About Using Fabric Softener in Laundry

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Disinfect Clothes

Vinegar helps in killing germs during laundry
Vinegar helps in disinfecting clothes

Germs can cling to almost anything including your clothes. Every time someone sneezes or coughs near you or touches your clothes the germs in or on their body can get on you. This is why disinfectants are used in laundry. And vinegar can be used as a disinfectant as well. As mentioned earlier, it contains acetic acid. This acid can kill bacteria and viruses by changing the fats and proteins that make up these germs and chemically destroy their cell structures. You just have to add 100 ml of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to disinfect your laundry.


  • Vinegar comes in different variants like White vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, etc. Out of all these, white distilled vinegar is commonly used in laundry.
  • Even though white distilled vinegar diluted with water is not harmful to a lot of clothes, you should still check the garment care label. If it does not recommend vinegar, then it is better to avoid it.
  • You should never pour vinegar directly into the fabric unless you have to remove a very tough stain like coffee.

Frequently asked questions about using vinegar

Yes, vinegar can help you to get rid of excessive lint and pet hair from clinging to clothes. You can add ½ a cup of white distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle.

You can fill hot water (not boiling hot) in the washer, add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and run the machine. Don’t put any clothes inside the washer. If you have automatic dispensers, then fill them with vinegar before running the machine to dissolve residue of detergent, fabric softener, etc. This way you can clean your machine using vinegar. It also helps in getting rid of the odour.

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At times mineral deposits can clog steam vents and spray nozzles of iron. You can fill the water chamber with a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar (both in equal quantities). Now, set the iron in an upright position and let it steam for 5 minutes. Once the iron gets cool, rinse the tank with water. Refill the iron with water and shake water through vents on a cloth. It will unclog the steam vents and spray nozzles.

We recommend ironing an old cloth several times to ensure the gets rid of residue.

The mild acetic acid in vinegar can brighten white clothes. You can add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to a bucket full of warm water. Let the clothes soak overnight and launder as usual. This should be done only on cotton clothes.

Vinegar can help in setting the colours and increase the life of your colourful garments. Use vinegar when the clothes are new and enjoy wearing bright colours.

Yes, it can. Take a white cloth and spray distilled white vinegar to make it moist. Place this cloth under the fabric where you have tiny holes along a seam or hemline. Press lightly and iron the fabric as per the ideal temperature.

No, it cannot prevent fading. However, vinegar can make your dark clothes look good again if they have become dull due to soapy residue as it breaks down the soapy residue.

These were all about top 4 uses of vinegar in laundry, if you want to gain more such information, keep visiting Tumbledry as we post a lot on laundry, dry cleaning, and shoe cleaning.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not necessarily purport to reflect the values or views of Tumbledry.

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