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How To Remove Stains With Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is one of the best natural stain removers that can be found in almost every household. The acetic acid in the vinegar is mild, so it does just enough to remove stains without ruining your clothing. 

Pre-Soak Stains With Vinegar

To remove stains with vinegar via pre-treating, you can dilute the vinegar with water (vinegar 1:3 Water) or soak in undiluted vinegar and allow garments to soak between 15-30 mins or even overnight depending on the stubbornness of the stain.

Here are few pre-treating methods for tough stains you can remove with vinegar:

  • Coffee/tea Stain – soak in solution of 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water.
  • Grass stain- soak in undiluted vinegar for 30 mins.
  • Gum stain- soak in undiluted vinegar for 15 mins.
  • Juice stain- soak in 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water.
  • Vomit stain- soak in undiluted vinegar.

Spot Treat Stains With Vinegar

For stains that are a little tougher to remove, you can either pour vinegar directly onto the stain and let it soak up or rub the vinegar into the stain and let it soak up. Leave to soak for as long as necessary. You can also make a spot treat paste by adding baking soda to a mixture of water and vinegar.

Here are few spot treating methods for tough stains you can remove with vinegar:

  • Tomato stain – apply directly on stain and let it soak in.
  • Mustard stain – apply directly on stain and let it soak in.
  • Underarm, Collar or Cuff stain – spray vinegar, rub in and leave to soak.
  • Blood stain – pour vinegar onto stain and let soak for 15 mins.
  • Rust stain – blot stain with vinegar on cotton ball.

Add Vinegar In The Wash

To brighten and make clothes cleaner, just add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Although not an actual ‘stain’ this is great for getting rid of mildew smells from clothes. It is also great for getting rid of mild yellowing from clothes. 

Remember:

  • Always remove as much of the stain as possible and rinse with cold water before pre-treating.
  • You can add other stain removers along with vinegar such as baking soda, detergent or washing up liquid.
  • Some methods require more than one try if the stain has been set in for a long time.
  • If you prefer to have a professional to remove stains, you can book a collection with Laundryheap.


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The Benefits Of Adding Vinegar To Your Laundry Routine

It might sound a little odd, but adding white distilled vinegar to your laundry can do wonders for your clothes! It will help brighten, soften and leave your clothes odour-free! 

All vinegar’s have an acetic acid that works well in getting rid of residue and odour. Unlike, dark coloured vinegar you usually see, white distilled vinegar is a little less acidic and most importantly, less stinky! 

Here are the benefits of adding vinegar to your laundry routine:

Brightens Colours

Adding 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar in the final rinse of your laundry will make your clothes brighter and clearer. This is because the vinegar helps to remove residue from the detergent, that causes colours to look dull. Just add the vinegar either inside the drum or in the fabric softener dispenser and you’re good to go.

Eliminates Lint & Static Cling

Finding it hard to get rid of lint and static cling on your clothes? Put 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar into your rinse cycle. This will help remove excessive lint and also act as a natural static guard.

Soften Clothes

If you refuse to use fabric softener and want a natural alternative, you’re in luck! Just add 1/2 a cup of white distilled vinegar to your final rinse. This is a great replacement for fabric softener and doesn’t leave any residue on clothing. It is also entirely safe for sensitive skin and unlike fabric softener, doesn’t take away the flame resistant quality of children’s clothing.

Banish Odours

Whether it’s mildew or underarm odour, white distilled vinegar will do the trick.

Just add 1-2 cups of the vinegar into the washing machine, depending on how bad the smell is and run a complete cycle. Then, run another cycle with detergent.

To remove underarm odour, spray the vinegar directly onto the underarm area and leave for 10 mins before washing as normal.

Cleans Your Washing Machine

It’s important that your washing machine is clean to provide the best results for when you go to wash your clothes. Deposits such as soap or mineral deposits can build up which will greatly affect your machines performance. 

Just run an empty  hot cycle wash with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in dispenser.

Don’t want to bother with these vinegar laundry hacks? Book a collection with Laundryheap today for fresh, clean clothes tomorrow.