'Just add vinegar' for long-lasting legwear

Published: 16th May 2008

'Just add vinegar' for long-lasting legwear
To make tights super-strong and long-lasting, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water when washing, a web-based hippy has suggested.

Abi Silvester, writing for HippyShopper.com, recommends that women whose legwear frequently tears or ladders raid the condiments cupboard for help.

In an article exploring the lesser-known benefits of vinegar, she urged eco-conscious consumers to remember vinegar is so much more than "a humble flavouring" and actually helps coughs, removes stubborn stains and relieves sunburn.

Ms Silvester explained: "For longer-lasting, ladder-free tights, add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing - and hey presto - you've got super-strong tights!"

Women who do not want to drench their clothes in a dressing usually reserved for chips may take heart from the news earlier this year that ladder-proof tights could soon be in the shops.

Professor Leibler and colleagues at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution in Paris announced that they had created a rubbery material which can re-bond if it has been torn.

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