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How to whiten with vinegar

Updated July 20, 2017

Vinegar is a very versatile liquid that can be used for more than just cooking. White vinegar in particular is very useful in the laundry for cleaning and whitening clothes. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodoriser, and is commonly used as an alternative to bleach. Using vinegar in your laundry is much more environmentally friendly than bleach, and also much more affordable. Vinegar has the added benefit of removing lint from clothes and acting as a fabric softener.

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  1. Sort your laundry into light and dark coloured clothing. Washing all white coloured clothing together will give you brighter and fresher clothing than if you mix them in with darker colours.

  2. Whiten socks and tea towels by boiling 1 cup of white vinegar in a large pot that is half filled with water. Bring the liquid to boil and then remove from the heat. Place the dirty socks and tea towels in to the pot and let soak overnight. Place them in the washing machine the next morning.

  3. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle. If any of your shirts have perspiration or deodorant stains, spray the white vinegar directly onto the stains. This will also help neutralise odour. Place sprayed clothes into the washing machine.

  4. Place all other dirty white garments in your washing machine. Add 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash. This will whiten your clothes while also removing soap, reducing lint and softening the fabrics.

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About the Author

Claire Louise started writing professionally in 2007. She has written for the "Newcastle Morning Herald" and had diet and fitness-related articles published in "Slimming and Health" magazine. Louise holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Newcastle.

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