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Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 10:32 am    Post subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner  Reply with quote    

Who uses vinegar instead of fabric conditioner? Do you infuse your vinegar with any scents? does your laundry smell of pickles? which vinegar do you use? Has the washing machine coped with the vinegar treatment over time ok?

gz



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll put some white vinegar in with a rinse...neutralizes the alkali if you use washing powder, apparently. Anyhow it brightens up the clothes because you're cleaning off the detergent/soap residue.

No vinegar smell afterwards and a cleaner washing machine as well

Slim



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've used white vinegar to get stinkiness out of synthetic long underwear used for nordic skiing. No vinegar smell afterwards, and significantly less B.O.

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've never bothered with fabric conditioner.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
I've never bothered with fabric conditioner.
do you line dry everything? FDo you mostly wear natural fibres?
don't you find the towels are very crispy without fabric softener?

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, yes, no.
We have very soft water here, maybe that makes a difference.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Yes, yes, no.
We have very soft water here, maybe that makes a difference.


we have very soft water here too. Maybe it's a matter of being used to how clothes feel if you do or don't use fc. There is definitely a difference.

I shall have to try different things depending on what is in the load of washing.

Slim



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I never use fabric softener either.

Towels are a bit crisp for that very first use after line-drying, but not in an unpleasant way (unless perhaps you dwell upon the thought as a negative?) By second use they don't seem much different than a tumble dried towel.

All other articles of laundry I prefer coming in off the line - nice crisp clean smelling bed sheets, etc....

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I found vinegar to leave a strong smell. However, I could only find distilled/brewed white vinegar as opposed to plain acetic acid. Perhaps that makes a difference? I think brewed white vinegar still has the malt vinegar smell.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I found vinegar to leave a strong smell. However, I could only find distilled/brewed white vinegar as opposed to plain acetic acid. Perhaps that makes a difference? I think brewed white vinegar still has the malt vinegar smell.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I never bother with fabric softener either. Vinegar didn’t smell, but did t make any other noticeable difference. I wear jeans, cotton tops and wool hand knits. Jenna wears school uniform or cotton jersey stuff almost exclusively. Towels can be a bit stiff, although i usually line dry them. Or just bung them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up. Mostly I just put up with it. They dry better without fabric softener anyway.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 18 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
I found vinegar to leave a strong smell. However, I could only find distilled/brewed white vinegar as opposed to plain acetic acid. Perhaps that makes a difference? I think brewed white vinegar still has the malt vinegar smell.


yes, that's the only white vinegar readily available to me too - I thihk it is actually stronger.. ie more acidic.. I could be wrong about that though

frewen



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 18 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We are in a hard water area. I'm just used to it I suppose. I'm going to sloosh some vinegar through my next wash. You've got me intrigued now!

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 18 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Much of the dirt on clothes is acidic (skin mantle) so having a basic pH in your laundry is a good thing.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 18 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hence stale urine is a pretty good laundry liquid

you might want to line dry

vinegar is quite good at washing machine maintenance as it helps reduce limescale, soap and grot build up which in turn reduces the residues on fabrics

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