Using Vinegar in the Laundry

Although I previously posted “Effective Ways to Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home“, I wanted to go a little deeper and post about using vinegar in the laundry.

Using Vinegar in the Laundry

Using Vinegar in the Laundry

Using vinegar in the laundry will give you brighter whites and bolder colors. It is non-toxic and an inexpensive way to give your detergent a little oomph in the washing machine.

Adding 1/4-1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse will help prevent your clothes from yellowing, remove soap buildup from your clothes, soften your clothes and attack mold and mildew.

Although vinegar is sometimes listed as a static reducer, I haven’t found that to be the case. After washing my clothes, I use 1/2 of a dryer sheet to eliminate static.  I am able to use that same 1/2 sheet for about 4-5 loads.

My husband and both of our daughters have sensitive skin, so I would like to stop using dryer sheets entirely. After researching natural ways to eliminate static, I came across aluminum foil dryer balls. I have read great things and hope it works for me. Wish me luck! 🙂

Do you currently use vinegar or aluminum foil dryer balls in your laundry? Do the dryer balls really reduce static? Can you recommend any other natural solutions? Let me know!

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8 thoughts on “Using Vinegar in the Laundry

  1. c.k. @ 50 days of no grey says:

    I have recently started using vinegar and baking soda with my laundry and I have noticed the clothes seem brighter and cleaner. I also use Dawn detergent to help get rid of oil/food stains on clothes and it also works. In my dryer, I use those blue dryer balls and they really do reduce static!

    • SimpLeighOrganized says:

      Hi C.K.! Vinegar and baking soda make a HUGE difference in how your clothes turn out in the laundry. I also use the blue dryer balls, and find that they do a great job eliminating static as well. Thanks for commenting! ~Leigh

  2. CopperMoth says:

    I use wool drier balls, that I made, in my drier and vinegar in my rise cycle of the washer. I can tell a difference in softness and static when I forget the vinegar. No, it doesn’t remove all the static and some fabrics are just plain static mongers.

      • CopperMoth says:

        You need a nylon stocking like a knee high, 100% wool yarn and some cotton string. Wind your self up a couple of yarn balls. Stuff a ball into the toe of the nylon. Tie off the the nylon right above the ball in the stocking using the cotton string. You want to be able untie it later. Stuff the second ball in above the first or use a second nylon. Repeat tying above the second ball. If you used one nylon for two balls, they should be tied in between to keep them separate or else they will felt together.

        Now, shove them in the washer with towels or similar on a hot wash, you may need to do this a couple times till they felt up good. Once they have felted up nicely so they don’t come apart, they are ready for use! I probably washed mine 3 times, I have a center less HE top loader. They will also felt up in the drier. I left them in the stocking to put them through the drier, then back into the wash. I checked In between each go and retied them back into the stocking. I’m sure there are also instructions online if you google DIY drier balls. I have a total of 4 balls my self. Some where between the size of a softball and baseball.

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