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I am 33 yrs old with 5 kids and I have done a lot of laundry in my time - lol - so I should probably know the answer to this BUT... when we moved to this new house, the nice retired lady who lived here left behind some linens and towels and things... I am not sure how she did her laundry - but

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    I am 33 yrs old with 5 kids and I have done a lot of laundry in my time - lol - so I should probably know the answer to this BUT...

    when we moved to this new house, the nice retired lady who lived here left behind some linens and towels and things... I am not sure how she did her laundry - but these towels smelled AWESOME and felt soft as a cloud a month after we moved in!! Mine MIGHT smell decent like a dryer sheet right when it's pulled out but does anyone have any idea how she might have done this!!!!
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    Try cutting out the use of actual fabric softner, cut the amount of
    detergent used in half, and use white vinegar in the place of fabric
    softner.

    That should help with the softness issues, not to mention cost you
    about half as much to do the laundry.
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    but would the vinegar not make the laundry smell like vinegar? also, how much do you use?
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    No! Vinegar does NOT leave a vinegar scent. It leaves no scent at all,
    but de-odorizes what might linger- cigarette smoke, urine, pet scents,
    etc. It works GREAT on those.


    I put about 1/2 cup in the HUGE washers at the laundry matt. For a
    single load, maybe 1/4th.
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    my washer is set up with the post thingy in the middle with the hole in it. do i pour it in there (where I usually do my fabric softener) before starting the wash? or does it actually have to go into the water?
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    Re: Budget101.com : Re: dumb laundry question?


    I fill up the softener dispenser with vinegar. My
    washer is like yours, and i only notice a vinegar
    smell when the washer is spinning, No smell on the
    clothes even hanging them to dry.
    Hope this helps.
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    Yes, if you have a spot for fabric softner, put it in there. Otherwise,
    use it in place of the fabric softner in the right cycle, or put it in
    the downy ball
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    I use vinegar also in my daughters close because she
    smokes and I also use it on my small throw rugs my
    dogs lies on because she smells like a dog, lol!! I
    also throw a cup in a no close run through the washer
    about once every month. You will be surprised what
    shows up in that. All the old yucky soap thats stuck
    to the sides and ends up on your clothes. Its pretty
    gross. This keeps your washer cleaner.
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    No not at all, I us it all the time now that I have LEARNED about it! LOL
    I usually use about 1/4 of a cup for a full load. Does that sound right to everybody or am I using to much or to little?
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    I pour ? cup of vinegar in the middle spot where the fabric softener goes, just like fabric softener. My laundry doesn?t smell like vinegar and it actually helps my son?s eczema. Not only does the vinegar help to rid your laundry of smells, it helps to get all of the laundry soap out of your clothes. Which can cause skin irritations, or at least that is our experience. I really recommend giving the vinegar a try.

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    Thanks for the heads up on the vinegar in the washing machine. I use it all the time to keep my coffee pot clean, but never gave it a thought for the clothes. Lately some towels continue to hold an odd odor, so will definitely try this next laundry day!!
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    Would the vinegar be safe on a front loader machine? there are so many precautions in the booklet about wearing the seal down i'd be afraid to try it.

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    I also vinegar in my fabric softener ball. It does work!!!

 

 

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