How To Use Vinegar To Soften Laundry Detergent

The most commonly purchased laundry detergent for home use is actually the least effective at softening laundry. To make things right, take a look at this list of five household maintenance tips you should always try before adding any new laundry detergent to your load.

I know a lot of people are using cleaning products to maintain their lives instead of just washing and rinsing their clothes. But when it comes to softening your laundry detergent, that’s the wrong thing to do. You will be amazed by how much softer your laundry detergent will be when you use vinegar instead. This is especially important for people who use dryer sheets.

How To Use Vinegar To Soften Laundry Detergent

Vinegar is a good natural preservative and will not cause the detergent to stain. Vinegar will also help the detergent to soften and prevent the staining the other detergent does to the clothes we wash. The one downside is that using vinegar might stain some clothes, so if you have a hard time keeping them clean after using vinegar to soften your laundry detergent, use a clean cloth to pat them down. If you don’t, your clothes will come back wet.

How To Use Vinegar To Soften Laundry Detergent

I use one bottle of liquid laundry detergent per load and apply it over the top of my rinse cycle.

1. Pour Your Liquid Detergent

This is an easy one. Put about one-third of the liquid detergent bottle into a small bowl or container.

2. Cover the bowl with a lid

This will prevent it from getting watered down. Don’t use any kind of plastic cover, it will end up breaking and causing your laundry detergent to be too thin.

3. Dip your hands into the liquid

Just dab your hands (or a clean towel) down the sides of the bowl and gently work it into your clothes.

4. Wait

This will take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how much liquid you use. Keep the room and clothes you use it on free from moisture. This may take a few hours. If you use a lot of liquid, this could go for more than 48 hours. It is best to follow this method for at least two hours.

5. Rinse your clothes

If you are getting a light rinse of the detergent from the bowl, you’ve gotten yourself a perfect mixture. The detergent shouldn’t have seeped out at all and it should not be at all stained. If you aren’t getting a light rinse, your clothes will still have a bit of smell.

In just a few minutes, you’ll be left with a light stain free laundry. If you are going for a heavier wash, it should actually take much longer. In general, a heavier wash might take from 3-6 hours, but you can try starting the wash a few minutes before the liquid comes out of the container. That will reduce the time for the wash.

Do not let your clothes soak in the liquid after using this method. Don’t overdo it and use as little as possible. The reason why is that the extra liquids in your rinse cycle will help to soften your detergent further and make it easier for our natural process to break down the protein in your laundry. It is best not to soak your clothes for many hours. This will keep your clothes fresh and soft. If you do it, you can get a better cleaning.

If you’re still not happy about how much you used, but still want to get the best results, use the rinse method. For about three hours after adding your liquid laundry detergent to your load, you can also take your clothes through the rinse cycle as mentioned above and wash each load to its final condition.