The other agent that gets rid of stain on clothes asides laundry detergents is vinegar. Below are some reasons vinegar makes for a good cleaning agent;
- As a result of its acidic nature, it can disintegrate zinc salts and aluminum chloride.
- It has antibacterial properties.
- It doesn’t impact any odor on clothes when used for cleaning.
- Vinegar is a biodegradable cleaning agent that has no harmful effect on the environment.
- Vinegar is cheap to use for your regular cleaning services.
Does white vinegar stain clothes?
The distilled white vinegar—cleaning vinegar may not stain clothes. When using vinegar, there are some precautionary measures that you should take. Firstly, half a cup of white vinegar is enough for your regular washing. The issue of staining will occur only when you use the distilled vinegar directly.
Like it was said earlier, vinegar is quite acidic, and it may mess up the color of your fabric if its concentration isn’t reduced.
To do that, you’d need to mix the vinegar with a cup of water. After mixing, you can then use it for your laundry.
You can easily get the distilled white vinegar at any store close to you.
If you’ve had quite the history with regular detergents, you’d realize that most of them were produced with chemicals that have harsh effects on the skin. Some of these effects include rashes, dermatitis, etc.
These harsh effects are usually more pronounced in those with sensitive skin. So, if you are seeking a washing detergent that wouldn’t mess with your skin, vinegar is a good option.
How to remove yellow stains from white shirt using vinegar
Back to the issue of stains, you’d note that other laundry detergents could cause white clothes to turn yellow. The reason for that is because the soap’s constituents build within the pores of the clothes after a while.
This buildup is what leads to the discoloration of clothes. Even your dark apparels could begin to fade into something in a grey hue.
To avoid the issue above, work with vinegar instead. Vinegar can even help to remove the effect of the buildup. By loosening the soap, the color dulling effects are gotten rid of too.
This is how you can use vinegar to achieve that;
1. Pour in one cup of vinegar into a big bowl
2. Dilute the vinegar with one liter of water.
3. Immerse the faded clothes into the mixture and then, leave them for about 30 minutes.
4. Drain the water out of the bowl
5. Set the damp clothes inside your washing machine and then, have them washed.
6. Rinse with warm water.
Here’s another beautiful fact for you. Instead of causing stains on your clothes, vinegar would help get rid of the stains on them.
After you’ve immersed your clothes within a mixture of vinegar and water, the vinegar works to loosen the grime, grease and other dirt stains.
If the stains remain or do not completely disappear, make the mixture again (This time, it should be more concentrated) and then, pour it on the stained spot.
White vinegar for cleaning washing machine
Moving away from clothes, did you know that white vinegar can help you keep your washing machine clean? With a bucket of hot water and a cup of vinegar, you can solve the issue of soap buildup.
You can also solve issues related to the buildup of lint within your washing machine. The washing machine isn’t the only appliance this magic works for though. You can do it for any of your home appliances.
Does apple cider vinegar stain clothes?
As long as you do not pour the apple cider vinegar on the clothes directly, you don’t have to worry about a stain. The right thing to do is dilute the apple cider vinegar with water. The ratio for dilution is one cup of apple cider vinegar to one gallon of water. After getting that done, you can use the resulting mixture to wash your clothes. You can be certain the stubborn stains would vanish in no time.
Let’s check out some more excellent things apple cider can do for you;
- It can work as a bleaching agent
If you want to get rid of stubborn stains, apple cider vinegar can do the magic. All you need to do is work with the dilution ratio given above.
- It can help the hue of your clothes come out better
Here’s how vinegar can work as a great bleaching agent. Mix half cup of vinegar with half cup of lemon juice and one tablespoon of borax. Immerse your clothes in the mixture and then, await the magical result!
- It helps to get rid of odors from your clothes
When you sweat on your clothes, they’d come out with a certain kind of smell. Vinegar can help get rid of that—even the smell of pets and smoke.
- It can help to reduce the rigidity of your clothes
When you apply too much fabric stiffener like starch to your clothes, they’d come out too tough and rigid. Vinegar can help reverse the effect of the stiffener. The dilution ratio given above also works for this process.
- It helps to prevent the accumulation of static charges on the fabric
A mixture of your regular fabric softener and half a cup of vinegar will help prevent the buildup of static charges.
If you also have fabric whose surface is filled with short fine lines of cotton, i.e., lint, vinegar can help solve the issue.
Will soaking clothes in vinegar ruin them?
Soaking clothes in vinegar will not ruin them. If they are dirty and with odor, here are some cool things vinegar can do for you;
- It can get rid of the stains
- It can get rid of the odor caused by human sweat and smoke.
- It can get rid of the effect caused by soap buildup.
- It can help brighten up the hue of your fabric
However, when working with vinegar, ensure that you use a safe ratio. One cup of vinegar is used with one gallon of water. Half a cup of vinegar is used with one cup of water.
If you want to integrate certain fragrances into your fabric, you can add fragrant oils to the mixture.