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I'm a mother of 3 who started blogging as a way to share our many adventures and to expand beyond the everyday "mommy world". While there IS so much more to us mommies than the title, there is very little that doesn't in some way or another lead us back to or influence our children...if anything. So, I hope you enjoy following our family's randomness, because as all moms know- you can never anticipate what tomorrow will bring! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day! :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tidy-Up Tip Tuesday 5/10

I had hoped to get this out earlier this morning but today has been crazy with a sick child at home.

Anyway, I definitely want to keep this a weekly routine and possibly something you'll look forward to reading so here's your tip for the week.  You can use white distilled vinegar as a fabric softener!  I've been doing this for years and have loved the results!  It has so many benefits besides just it's mere cost.  It will keep your washer clean and reduces the amount of lint in your dryer which as a result can prolong the life of both appliances.

All you do is add the vinegar to your liquid fabric softener compartment in your washing machine.  If you don't have one, add it during your final rinse or try pouring it into a Downy ball.  A half-cup is plenty, even less for smaller loads.  It's that easy!

When I first heard this tip, I was very skeptical and concerned that all of my clothes would come out of the
wash smelling like vinegar.  Not so!  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they indeed smelled clean!

In addition, vinegar is safe for the environment for those of you looking for "green alternatives".  Also, this is a huge money-saver for family members with sensitive skin.  Vinegar breaks down laundry detergents that could otherwise irritate sensitive skin.  So, before you spend a fortune on "gentle" wash soaps, give vinegar a try and see if it works for you.  There are so many other uses for vinegar in the laundry room, too.  I think you'd be surprised with what you can do with it as well!  For more ideas, go here.

Now it's your turn.  Other than cooking, how have you used vinegar to tidy-up?  Please share and help us all save time, energy, and money.  Thanks! :)


  1. I know that when you first purchase either dark blue or black jeans, you can use distilled vinegar and let them soak for about 15 minutes and that will "set-in" the colors of your jeans so they dont fade.


  2. I didn't know that but it makes sense. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Instead of Swiffer dry wipes for our faux-hardwood floors, I picked up several microfiber cloths. They pickup tons of dirt (and dog hair) and can be tossed in the wash. I've found they pick up more than the average disposable wipe, too!