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Misc. Vinegar

by Melody
(Buffalo, NY)

Hello! I have stumbled upon this easy, cheap and friendly to the ecology laundry detergent. White vinegar!

Yes, plain old vinegar that is used for window washing and in the kitchen!

Lately, we have been giving much thought in how to save our planet and "go green". Vinegar has always been my cleaner of choice for window washing. My husband has a dirty job and I always use vinegar with laundry detergent to brighten up his clothes without fading them.

A few weeks ago, I had an idea. I tried vinegar as a laundry detergent, just by itself and it worked like a dream! There are no "after smells" either from clothing that is not clean enough or from the vinegar itself. The clothing comes out bright, clean and ready to go!

This idea saves me money and helps save our planet since vinegar comes from apples. It also keeps our apple growers in my neck of the woods in business and that is also a plus.

The only word of caution is that I have tried white vinegar since I had that on hand. I have no idea how other types of vinegar work or if they would hurt your clothing, so be cautious.


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Nov 20, 2010
by: Anonymous

Hi I use vinegar as the faberic softener. It saved
our damp smelling towels from getting thrown away.
There is a vinegar book that will tell you everything about
it's uses. I purchase myne at Sam's Club. It is two
large bottles for $3.50.

Oct 18, 2009
How much?
by: Anonymous

How much vinegar do you find you need to use?

On another note, no, white vinegar does not come from apples, just apple cider vinegar (and I'm not sure if that is always 100% from apples either... interesting to look into). White vinegar is made from corn (maybe other grains sometimes), which is not as eco-friendly as apple trees, but still a heck of a lot more eco-friendly than most laundry detergents, I'm sure.

Jul 29, 2009
I used vinegar, but have a question
by: S. Hardy

I used white vinegar as a fabric softner cause my daughter has exzema and was happy to use it forever. Never knew you didn't need detergent (that would have been nice to know). I stopped using it when I noticed that my washer was starting to rust up under the lip. I have never had that happen before, and I figured it was the vinegar. I stopped using it and it has not gotten worse since. I would love to use it again, but imagine how I felt rusting a fairly new machine. Has anyone else had this problem?

Apr 03, 2009
yes vinegar
by: Anonymous

Yes most products naturally are better.

Try no soap just vinegar works great and cheaper too.....suppose to help with cleaning your machine. coffee pots water coolers etc,
vinegar, vinegar its wonderful...

Why do they make so much reg detergent and not enough he detergent because its cheaper and more corrosive?????

What about all the other products, bleach, fabric softeners, stain removers are they good for your front loaders probably not!!! But you still use them and they do damage I'm sure too!!
thats why there is 3 to 4 spots to put these corrosive detergents...and I bet we all do this.....they don't tell you this when you purchase a front loader do they???

Sep 16, 2008
Vinegar Forever!
by: Spunky3

I thought I was the only person who used white vinegar. I know about apple cider vinegar, but the smell makes me sick.

My hubby is a fireman and he brings home clothing that is beyond grungy and smelly - the vinegar whitens/brightens them up and takes every bit of smell out all the time!

Vinegar is cheap and the apple trees help our environment.

Aug 31, 2008
I use vinegar too! Cheap and green
by: Anonymous

I use a cup of vinegar with my whites to make them come out brighter. I have never tried it by itself, but I will now! I would think that apple cider vinegar might stain clothes, or at least leave an odd smell. Works great if you leave clothes in the washer too long- just put vinegar in and set it to rinse, and the clothes will smell fresh all over again!

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