Vinegar And Baking Soda Uses For Natural Laundry Fabric Softener
by Douglas Teel
Douglas has shared how he uses both vinegar and baking soda in his laundry, as natural fabric softener and deodorizer rolled into one.
I am always looking for more ways to use these two natural ingredients together. The main way I use them regularly is with the laundry.
I add baking soda in either the wash or rinse cycle, then vinegar in either the wash or rinse cycle. It would be like this:
Baking Soda added with your regular detergent in the wash cycle, then add vinegar during the rinse cycle.
Vinegar added to your regular detergent in the wash cycle, and then add baking soda during the rinse cycle.
This way you get the benefits of both vinegar and baking soda in your laundry. Fresh scent, soft comfortable feeling clothes.
My gym clothes came out smelling so good and that never happened with just detergent alone. With the "clear" no scent, no dye liquid Tide, my gym clothes still came out smelling really good because of the vinegar and baking soda.
Doug, thanks for sharing how you use these products in your laundry.
There are a lot of people that add both these ingredients to their wash. In fact, I've recommended something similar in my homemade fabric softener recipes. Although, typically I only see the first combo, adding
the baking soda to the wash and vinegar to the rinse, and not vice versa.
The reason is that the baking soda helps raise the alkalinity of the water, which naturally helps boost the power of the laundry detergent you are using. Then, the vinegar in the rinse helps remove excess soap from your clothing, which helps keep them soft.
I would suggest adding 1/4 cup baking soda, and then 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse water.
I would caution, however, that the acidity in vinegar, can over time, start to harm the clothing fibers, especially for natural fibers such as cotton, so you may not want to add vinegar every single time unless you have severe laundry detergent allergies and really need to make sure all soap residue is removed from your clothing to prevent an allergic reaction.
I would love to hear from others who use both vinegar and baking soda in their laundry. Tell me when you put it in, how much you use, and why you've found it helpful to do.
In addition, I would love to hear from readers who infuse these products with scents, using essential oils or other natural ingredients, sharing what scents you love, and how you do it!
RonaT has shared what she does to naturally soften her fabrics as she washes them.
I used to be a fan of fabric softeners until I noticed that my towels were not holding as much water as they used to. After researching on the 'net I tried pure distilled vinegar and noticed that my towels, including other pieces of clothing and beddings, became fluffier and their soaking power restored.
I gathered that fabric softeners, including detergents with fabric softeners, leave a residue that cling to individual fibers. From a fabric softener fan, I am now a huge, huge fan of vinegar. I am in awe of vinegar's myriad uses and I never run out of it at home.
P.S. Just pour enough vinegar to fill up the dispenser for fabric softener.
Thanks so much for sharing your tip. There are lots of people just like you who use vinegar fabric softener in place of the oil-based versions more commercially available.
You are exactly right too, that the way the oil-based versions work is to leave a film on the fibers of the fabrics which makes it feel softer, but can interfere with the absorbency of the fabric.
You can also read a tip below submitted by another reader for how she dispenses the vinegar onto her clothes for use as fabric softener since she doesn't have a fabric softener dispenser on her washing machine.
The downy ball is my favorite tool for dispensing the vinegar.
Thanks for sharing that great tip Tamie for how to dispense vinegar fabric softener.
The great thing about the Downy ball is that it is designed to open and release its contents during the final rinse stage of the washing. Normally, that is when you would release more traditional oil based fabric softener. Of course, that is also the time in the washing cycle you would release vinegar so that it can help soften your clothing naturally.
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