Posted by: thebellalife | August 8, 2009

Green Cleaning – White Vinegar


The Bella Girls took a trip to Barnes and Noble yesterday and stumbled upon this little gem on Green Cleaning.

So, each week we will bring you a helpful green cleaning tip.  This weeks green cleaning tool is WHITE VINEGAR.

Use White Vinegar to prevent colored clothes from running in the wash:

“Use white vinegar if washing something that will bleed.  Pour some white vinegar in the washing machine, fill with cold water, and then add soap and clothes.” (Green Cleaning – Natural Hints and Tips for the Eco-Friendly Household)


Happy Cleaning,




  1. Okay but how does it make your clothes smell? I used white vinegar on my tile floors and it leaves a weird vinegar smell. But it is safe and very “green”.

  2. Good question. I’m thinking the laundry soap may counteract the “vinegar” smell. Maybe you could test it out for us? 😉


  3. I have done this many times before and it doesn’t leave your clothes smelling like vinegar! Only use about 1/2 cup to a cup of vinegar. Also, if you soak your black clothes in water and vinegar (4 parts water/ 1 part vinegar) BEFORE the first time you wash them, it keeps them from fading! Cool huh?!

  4. WOW Alexa… look at you. Im so impressed. Im going out and buying more vinegar today.


  5. Best price for your vinegar is COSTCO! Gallons of it for cheap!

    • Hi Liz-

      That is good to know. Now that I see how many cleaning uses vinegar has, I may be able to get through a gallon in 2-3 years (instead of 10) 😉

      Alex- I too am impressed.


  6. I add 1/2 cup vinegar to my rinse cycle and i never had a problem with my clothes smelling like vinegar. Vinegar will also prevent hardwater build up in your washing machine

    • Hi EcoGirl-

      Thanks for the tip about the hardwater build up. That is GOOD to know!


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