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If your clothes feel stiff after washing, usually this means that too much detergent is left in the clothing. To prevent this from happening, try using less detergent, adding a commercial rinse agent or 1 cup of white vinegar to the first rinse, or add an extra rinse cycle.
You now that in Latin american,used vinegar as a conditioner ,after champu......and the reason is the same,to iliminate all soap from your scalp....used 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of vinegar...let the solution for a minute and the take it all out with water....your hair will shine and clean.
I've never used vinegar for softening, but it does "Set In" color. I always wash new jeans, new reds or anything I think might fade; like labels that say "wash alone" or with "like" colors. I don't use detergent just vinegar, and after that most things don't fade.
I bought a shirt for my son, and even after washing in fabric softener the shirt collar is still stiff,I will try the 1 cup of white vinegar.
do you know how to soften polyester military uniforms?