I recently discovered how to use white vinegar on my laundry. I read at a Children Clothing Forum that Vinegar works wonders when doing laundry on children clothes. Some clothes bleed when washing them, not just red and I was using just Shout Color Catchers. Since I started using white vinegar I see that the clothes look just as new after each wash. Using vinegar is even easier to use on High Efficiency Machines. Just pour 1/2 cup of vinegar where you would usually add the fabric softener liquid.
So, after my great discovery I started looking for other ways to use this wonderful "liquid". Here are some that might be useful on your laundry and sewing room:
1. Use white, distilled vinegar as a natural bleaching agent. Add 1 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle to keep whites white.
2. Use 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar to wash new clothes to remove the stiffness and manufacturing chemicals associated with them.
3. Pour a 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar into a load of laundry to protect colors from fading. Using white, distilled vinegar with dark fabrics in this way can also protect them from becoming dull
4. Use 3 caps of vinegar in the washer and treat your new fabrics (for quilting and any other projects). This will set the color of your new fabrics and prevent fading.
5. To remove creases from jeans or use before hemming jeans, mix two-parts white vinegar to one-part water in a spray bottle. Spray white vinegar liberally on the crease. Then wash, let dry before hemming.
I buy a big gallon of vinegar at Costco for less than $5. :)