8 Ways to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda for the Cleanest Laundry

Abbie Clark
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Laundry day – it's a chore many of us face with a mix of dread and determination. But what if I told you there's a laundry dream team waiting in your pantry? Yes, I'm talking about vinegar and baking soda.

These humble household staples can revolutionize your laundry game, making your clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter than ever before. Let's dive into some relatable and casual DIY hacks for the cleanest laundry you've ever seen.

1. Brighten Whites with Baking Soda:

Whites losing their sparkle? Don't worry; baking soda is here to save the day. Add a half-cup of baking soda to your regular laundry detergent when washing whites. It'll help break down stains, remove yellowing, and leave your whites looking brand new.

2. Freshen Up with Vinegar:

Is that gym shirt giving off less-than-pleasant vibes? Skip the fabric softener and reach for white vinegar. Pour half a cup of white vinegar into the rinse cycle dispenser or a Downy ball. Not only will it soften your clothes, but it'll also banish odors, leaving your laundry smelling clean and fresh.

3. Stain-Busting Pre-Soak:

We've all had that moment when we discover a stubborn stain just before tossing our clothes in the wash. No need to panic! Make a paste with baking soda and a bit of water, and gently rub it onto the stain. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes before laundering as usual. Say goodbye to that pesky spot!

4. Say No to Musty Towels:

If your towels have that not-so-pleasant musty smell, it's time for a vinegar rescue. Run a hot water cycle with a cup of white vinegar (no detergent) to break down buildup and odors. Then wash them as usual, and your towels will be back to smelling fresh and clean.

5. Fight Off Static with Vinegar:

Winter months mean static cling, but you don't need to buy expensive anti-static products. Add a quarter-cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle, and it'll reduce static in your clothes without the need for dryer sheets.

6. Revive Dull Colors:

Colors fading? Bring them back to life with a vinegar boost. Add half a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle when washing colored clothing. This will help lock in colors and prevent them from fading too quickly.

7. DIY Fabric Softener:

Who needs store-bought fabric softener when you have vinegar? Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a container, and use it as a natural fabric softener in your laundry. Your clothes will come out soft, static-free, and smelling clean.

8. Freshen Up Your Washing Machine:

Don't forget your trusty washing machine! Run an empty cycle with a cup of white vinegar once a month to clean out any buildup and keep it in tip-top shape.

These vinegar and baking soda laundry hacks are not only effective but also easy on your wallet and the environment. Plus, you'll love the clean, fresh results. So, the next time you face that mountain of laundry, remember your pantry pals, vinegar and baking soda – they'll make the chore feel a little less daunting and your clothes a lot cleaner and fresher. Happy laundering!

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Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of Hey She Thrives, RideRambler, and The Bearded Bunch. Abbie loves helping people, whether that be with an encouraging word for fellow mamas or sharing diy tips for car restoration.

Ladonia, TX

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