Tuesday means “Taco Tuesday.” That’s one less day of having to endure the kids whining, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”
I also scrub the toilets on Tuesday. It makes our Saturday morning family chore time a little easier if I get the toilets out of the way earlier in the week.
There’s one other weekly chore I try to do every Tuesday, and that’s washing towels. I’m a simple girl at heart, what can I say.
However, due to my clinical inability to complete any task EVER, I never seem to get a load of laundry finished all the way through.
It is not an uncommon event around here for me to wet a clean hand towel, wring it out, and stick it in the dryer with an old wrinkly load that I forgot to pull out days ago.
I’m sorry. I just said “load” and “pull out” in the same sentence. Excuse me while I go have a giggle fit in the corner.
Okay, I’m back.
We were talking about laundry, weren’t we.
Oh yes. And I know I’m not the only one who forgets about my laundry and lets a wet load sit in the washing machine too long, getting all musty and sour. I know this because my sense of smell is my super power and I can smell that sour old laundry stank from a mile away.
So don’t act like you always remember to move the laundry to the dryer in a timely fashion. We’re all human. We all forget sometimes.
And when this happens, we need to pull out the big guns to get that sour stank out of our stuff.
And by big guns, I mean white vinegar.
I go through it like water ’round here.
We buy it in bulk at Costco and about 4 big bottles will last me the month. Naturally, I only buy Heinz vinegar because I’m a Pittsburgh girl and we’re loyal to our hometahn, an’ ‘at.
Stinky or not, I always add one cup of white vinegar to the wash when I’m doing towels.
The vinegar acts as a natural antibacterial agent and kills bacteria, mold, and germs.
Vinegar is also a natural fabric softener, even in hard water! White vinegar naturally softens laundry by removing soap and residue. It contains small amounts of potassium and sodium, which softens hard water and disolves mineral build up.
Some people add vinegar to the rinse cycle. I don’t because I think it leaves the clothes smelling a little like vinegar. I always add my vinegar at the beginning of the wash cycle and never have a problem with lingering vinegar smell.
I have a very old and reliable top-loading washing machine, but you can use this trick in front-loading machines as well. In fact, I’ve seen several articles about using white vinegar to clean your funky smelling front-loading machine. Here’s one, if this is an issue for you.
Please note: I only use WHITE vinegar for laundry. I’m kind of a vinegar racist, I guess. Apple cider vinegar is great for other stuff like stopping a cold in its tracks. But don’t use darker vinegars on laundry unless you are purposefully going for the dingy stained look, and then God help you. (Crazy hipster kids today.)
I also use diluted white vinegar to clean my hardwood floors.
Do you have a favorite vinegar related household tip to share? (Spare us the douche comments, Uncle Slappy.)
And/or what is your super power?
Leslie (aka “Iris”)