No condiment is more helpful around the house than white vinegar. You probably already know that a bowl of it left sitting on your kitchen counter can eliminate stale cooking odors better than any commercial air freshener, but its usefulness extends into the laundry room, too. Vinegar can also:
Remove wine stains from 100% cotton, cotton polyester and permanent press clothing if you sponge it onto the spill within twenty-four hours?
Substitute for fabric softener when you add 1 cup to the rinse cycle? This is particularly helpful for folks who like to line dry their clothes, since vinegar will help reduce that “crunchy” feeling air-dryed fabrics often get.
Eliminate mildew smells from towels, blankets and other items. Add two cups to the wash cycle — but NO soap, bleach, etc. — and use the hottest temperature allowed on the manufacturer’s label. Run the items through the entire cycle, then launder as usual with detergent. No more yucky smells!
Disinfect fabric without bleach, which can irritate sensitive skin and lungs. Just add 1 1/2 cups to the wash cycle along with your favorite detergent (but no washing soda) and run it through the hottest cycle specified by the fabric label.
Clean your washing machine by filling the empty washer on HOT and adding 2 cups of vinegar. Let the machine run through its normal cycle all the way through. The vinegar will remove any soap scum, mildew spores and other mineral deposits, leaving you with a nice, fresh washer ready for your next load.