I am no Martha Stewart. And I don’t say that in a cute self deprecating way.
Truly I am far from domestic. But every once in a while I learn a few hacks that are worth a share.
It all started when Katie from katieelizabethblog.com posted about towels and linked to a tutorial on recharging your towels with baking soda and vinegar (link here). I followed the tutorial (simply run your towels with hot water and a cup of vinegar and then another cycle with hot water and half a cup of baking soda) and it truly made my towels 3x more absorbent.
I started wondering what else I could use vinegar for since I have slowly been replacing most of our cleaning products with more natural alternatives.
If you do a quick google search you will find thousands of articles discussing what you can clean with vinegar. I have tried quite a few and its kinda crazy now to think how much money I spent on cleaning products when I could have just used a $3 gallon of vinegar.
How I use it?
One of my favorite hacks actually came from my friend Hannah who told me she used vinegar as a fabric softener. Of course the next day I poured vinegar on my laundry instead of fabric softener and my clothes came out nice and soft!
A little research revealed that vinegar for your laundry can soften, protect colors, remove soap build up, prevent scale build up in your washing machine and combat static cling. Plus, vinegar is biodegradable so its better for you and the environment.
Since I started doing this, I haven’t used my regular fabric softer once. And no, my laundry does not smell like a salad from using vinegar.
My washing machine has a little container for softener so I usually just fill that up with vinegar. I still use regular detergent and sometimes I also add about half a cup of baking soda for an added clean.
Word of caution: I have tried this with whites, darks and colors and have not had any issues. But to be safe, I would recommend trying this first with your towels or clothes that are not delicate to make sure it works for you.