Winter clothes should be warm, they should be cozy, and they should be soft. One thing they shouldn’t be? Dirty!
Laundering your winter wardrobe can feel like a real chore. Popular winter fabrics like wool and fleece require special care and handling to stay pristine year after year. Did you know that the secret to a fresher, more natural winter closet may already be in your home?
That’s right: it’s vinegar!
Brighten Your Winter Whites
From t-shirts to socks, your whites deserve attention, too. The mild acetic property of vinegar can brighten any gray, dingy, washable fabrics and keep them smelling fresher, too. Simply combine 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and a large pot of water, then bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, add your white fabric item to the pot, soak overnight, and then launder as usual.
Soften Fleeces and Sweatshirts
If your fluffiest winter clothes don’t feel so fluffy anymore, use vinegar as a natural fabric softener. Just add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse cycle of your washing machine as you launder your fluffiest items; they’ll come out residue-free and softer than ever! Vinegar is even safe to use on children’s clothes.
Leave the Lint
Did you know that washing your clothes with vinegar can actually help them repel lint? For undershirts and other items that grab lint like a magnet, adding ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle can be a lifesaver. Wash and dry as usual, then marvel at the lint (and pet hair!) repelling qualities of your new favorite winter wear.
Wash your Wool
Did you know that vinegar and wool are both naturally a little acidic? When washing wool sweaters by hand, add ½ cup or more of white distilled vinegar to the final rinse water and allow to penetrate the wool. Your sweaters will get clean without getting damaged!
Stick it to Static
Static cling is the worst! Adding ¼ a cup of white distilled vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser in your washer then laundering your machine-washables as usual helps keep cling at bay. Better yet, attach a couple of safety pins to a few of the items before you transfer them to the dryer. After a regular dry cycle, everything should come out static-free and you don’t even need a dryer sheet!
Winter is a wonderful time to feel fashionable, and laundering your clothes doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A few home-grown tips and an inexpensive bottle of white distilled vinegar are all you need to get your winter wear fresher and cleaner than ever before.
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