Are you a fan of French fires with vinegar? There are a lot of tasty ways to utilize vinegar in hundreds of recipes. But the kitchen isn’t the only place to put vinegar to work. It can also do some amazing things in your laundry. For the purposes of these uses, you need white vinegar. Consider the following:

Removes Chemical Odors from New Clothes

The recommendation is that you shouldn’t wash clothes as often as you once did. However, when it comes to new clothes, they should always be washed before wearing. Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the water to eliminate those manufacturing chemical odors.

Erase Ring Around the Collar

A mixture of vinegar and baking soda packs a powerful cleaning punch that works great on ring around the collar stains. Just scrub the mixture on the stain and then wash as usual.

Cleaning the Machine

When gunk builds up in the washer you can use vinegar to get it clean. That’s especially true with the bleach and fabric softener departments.

Clean Mildew

If you have some clothing items that have gotten attacked by mildew, then opt for the vinegar in the wash treatment versus the bleach treatment.

Keep the Lint Off

If you’re washing something that has a history of spreading lint, then pouring in a ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle can keep the lint off your clothes. It also works great with keeping pet fur off of your clothes in the wash.


Tomato juice still works for getting a skunk smell off your skin. For the clothes, let them soak in solution of one cup of vinegar for every gallon of water. Then wash.

Prevent Sour Wash

Have you ever left a wash in your machine over night? Maybe even a day or two? It can leave a sour smell. Add a cup of vinegar to the wash and run them again. That should get out the sour smell.

Just remember, white vinegar is for laundry. Don’t use it on silk, rayon or acetate. And check with your machine’s manufacturer just to be sure your model won’t be impacted.

And no… you won’t smell like salad dressing!

Remove Grass Stains

If kids are in the house, then grass stains are an issue. You can mix vinegar with water and liquid soap to tackle the stains. Dabbing just vinegar on mustard, ketchup and tomato sauce stains before washing can help get them cleared away.