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Kitchen Staple Makes Perfect Laundry a Snap

Have you ever forgotten a wet load in the washing machine? Did you know that running a wash cycle with two cups of white distilled vinegar will get rid of that musty odor?

White vinegar, which is distilled from corn, is a valuable weapon in your arsenal of cleaning supplies, particularly in the laundry room. Here are some ways it can turn you into a laundry pro:

• Add a quarter-cup of vinegar to the last rinse for ultra-clean clothes. The vinegar will remove soap residue and prevent yellowing. It also acts as a fabric softener.

• Spray full-strength vinegar on grimy shirt collars and perspiration or deodorant stains before tossing in the washing machine.

• Add a quarter-cup of vinegar to the final rinse to keep dark colors from looking dull.

• Mustard, ketchup and tomato sauce stains will clean up more easily if you dab them with vinegar before washing.

• Scorch marks from an iron can sometimes be removed by rubbing them with a warm vinegar and salt solution. If that doesn't work, try dabbing with full-strength vinegar.

White distilled vinegar is an eco-friendly cleaner. Do you use it in your house? Leave a comment, please.

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