Here are three ways you should put vinegar to use in the laundry room:
- Soften fabric: Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of using likely more-expensive and chemical-ridden fabric softener. For more vinegar-based recipes for homemade fabric softener, check out “Never Buy These 7 Overpriced Cleaning Products Again.”
- Rid clothing of musty smells: Sometimes stuff from the secondhand store or rummage sale has an odd smell. Launder with a cup of vinegar in the wash (not rinse) cycle.
- Clean the iron: Spray starch can build up on the faceplate of your iron, so wipe it with vinegar every so often. If you’ve got hard water, clean the iron’s innards every now and then: Fill the water reservoir with vinegar, stand it upright and turn on the “steam” setting. After 10 minutes, empty and rinse well.