Vinegar in the Laundry

Did you know that you can use vinegar in the laundry? Yup! It actually works great as a fabric softener, helping the clothes stay static free. (I have heard you can’t use this with cloth diapers though) You put one half to a full cup in the softener area of your machine and it helps to rid the clothes of any detergent residue, which keeps them from building up static in the dryer. And don’t worry, your clothes won’t smell like a salad when they come out. There actually is no remaining smell once the load is finished. Best of all, since vinegar is quite cheap, I’ve saved a few pennies since switching from conventional softener, with all it’s chemicals and fragrances, over to a vinegar rinse.

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Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. lamamanaturale says:

    I like to use in the wash as a disinfectant mixed with hydrogen peroxide after many washes with poopey diapers! I’ve heard the same thing about using them with cloth diapers! We don’t use vinegar on ours just for that reason. It can also be used as a rinsing agent in the dishwasher. Works like a charm…no chemicals and sparkling dishes.

  2. Donielle says:

    I love using it in the dishwasher. Only thing I’ve used as a rinse agent in months!

    Andrea @ Simple Organized Living Reply:

    @Donielle, Do you only use vinegar in the dishwasher or do you use it along with “normal” dishwasher detergent — just to replace the blue liquid?

    Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up Reply:

    @Andrea @ Simple Organized Living, I use it as a replacement to the blue rinse aid – still use an environmentally safe detergent!

  3. amanda says:

    i actually do use it as a last rinse on my cloth diapers and know some who mix it with detergent for diapers. i have never had any problems from it. i also use it in many of our household cleaning products!

  4. Michele says:

    I do use vinegar in our cloth diaper wash, and it’s been great. We haven’t had any problems.
    These are the instructions I use:
    I love using vinegar in the dishwasher too!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Michele :)

  5. I use depending on the load size 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar with 3 or 4 drops of Tea Tree essential oil (it’s antiseptic, antibacterial, antifugal and antiviral) and 3 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil (for the scent). It’s been working great and I agree it is cheap. And I had many guests ask what I did to get such a good smelling laundry. :-)

  6. Always used vinegar specifically on my cloth diapers and BioBottoms (wool covers). 1cup per load in the 2nd rinse (that way I didn’t have to run to the washer ever–just found the dipes at some point walking by, and reset the machine after adding the vinegar) I never used fabric softener in them either as it decreases absorption ability. Still don’t add softener to my towels even, nor the rest of my laundry and it’s fine, but we wear little synthetic fibers. I do love going somewhere where they DO use Downy on their towels tho…SOOOO soft and smells sooo nice LOL.

  7. Kelsey says:

    I’ve used vinegar in laundry actually to get rid of yucky smells in laundry. I don’t know if it’s technically supposed to do this – but occasionally when I forget about a load in the washer and it smells a little mildewy, or if I just have a stinky batch of laundry, I add some vinegar to the water and it comes out smelling fresh and clean!

  8. We have had luck with organic apple cider vinegar rather than distilled (which is made from GMO corn) because my daughter has an extreme allergy to corn. I like the hydrogen peroxide idea, but wondering if it loses its a disinfecting ability when mixed with other things?

    donielle Reply:

    @Nichole, I don’t have the study in front of me anymore about the peroxide, but it seemed to say that as long as it was kept in an opaque bottle and not mixed with other ingredients prior to spraying, that it wouldn’t lose it’s effectiveness. So to use the peroxide and vinegar together, just spry one, then the other.