It might seem like an insane idea, but several people wash their clothes in vinegar. Versatile vinegar brightens colors, kills odors, and helps eliminate tough stains. The inexpensive ingredient is one of the best-hidden secrets to naturally clean your clothes. Learn these five easy ways to start using vinegar in your laundry routine. You won’t regret it.

Brighten Colors

Maybe you have noticed your clothes have lost their unique bright colors over the years. To get them back to their original state, add 1/2-cup of vinegar to your clothes before washing. The ingredient helps your detergent work more effectively, protect your colors from fading, and helps dissolve the dulling residue left behind by soaps and detergents.

Reduce Static Electricity

You can throw away your container of dryer sheets. You don’t need them anymore as long as you have vinegar. Add 1/2-cup of vinegar in the final rinse cycle of each wash load. The ingredient helps to prevent static electricity from clinging to your clothes. The more you know, right?

Eliminate Odors

Everyone wants to know the trick to eliminating odors from your clothes. Just use vinegar! Add one cup of white vinegar to the last rinse cycle to help deodorize your entire load of laundry. The ingredient even helps eliminate smoke or mildew smells. For lingering odors, fill a bathtub with hot water and add two cups of vinegar. Hang clothes above the tub (over the curtain rod) and allow the vinegar to absorb the smell.

Wash Your Delicates

If you’re like the rest of us, you might be nervous the first time you’re washing delicates. Instead of using detergent, experts recommend using vinegar to hand-wash those delicate materials. Add 1/4-cup of vinegar to a sink full of lukewarm water. Soak the delicates for 15 to 30 minutes. Afterward, rinse thoroughly and air dry.

Remove Stains

Everyone hates stains, but they’re inevitable. To brighten your white clothes and remove any yellow stains, add 1 1/2-cups of vinegar to the last rinse cycle in your load of white clothing. If you notice tough stains on your clothes after washing, boil a large pot of water and add one cup of vinegar. Remove the pot from the heat and add the water to your white laundry. Soak overnight and wash in a regular cycle the next day.