Using Vinegar in the Wash?

I have seen on a few other sites that vinegar will break down the fabric if used in every wash load; is this true?

By Stephanie from MO


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January 19, 20120 found this helpful
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I've used it for years without a problem, but then again about the only fabrics I use are cottons (most clothing and towels), polyester and cotton blends (bed linens), and acrylics (jumpers, sweaters, jerseys).

Your results may vary due to different fabrics.

January 20, 20120 found this helpful
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Hi Stephanie, Susan from Queensland Australia here.
We have a cleaning guru here that recommends that when doing your washing you need to use 1/8 of the recommended powder (or liquid) suggested on the box, 2 tablespoons of bi-carbonate of soda ( I think you call it baking soda) broadcast over the load and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in the cup on top of the agitator. This produces the best wash and is also the method to use when washing new sheets, towel etc to get rid of the 'dressing' from the manufacturer (which is toxic).


Most Americans probably won't agree, but she hates and discourages the use of fabric softeners.That's what ruins your wash over time. Hope this helps and Cheers.

May 5, 20180 found this helpful

Im very curious, why would Americans not agree? Ive used vinegar instead of fabric softeners for over 10 years, Im American. Many friends, family and acquaintances have as well.


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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

I assume you don't intend to use a whole bottle. I know a little won't hurt anything and probably a lot won't either but why use it in your wash? Use it in your rinse to soften your clothes and cut any residual soap.


Also if you have bleached anything, vinegar nutralizes bleach so your clothes will not smell of bleach when you get them out of the dryer.

January 21, 20120 found this helpful

I have been making my own laundry detergent and have used white vinegar instead of fabric softener for years. The vinegar makes my clothes super soft, there is no vinegar smell and the fabric have not broken down.

April 24, 20170 found this helpful

Do you simply add the vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser?


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