Using Vinegar 36 Ways!
Want to save money? Use vinegar! A few months ago, I stumbled across a fantastic site called Vinegar Tips. It is absolutely packed with different ways you can use vinegar. I never realized it was such a versatile product!
Here are some of my favourite vinegar tips from the website:
1. Clean Drains
Clean and deodorize your drains by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then 1 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, and then run hot water down the drain.
2. Shine Chrome
To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime build-up, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar. Rub on chrome and rinse off to clean.
3. Clean Microwave
Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
4. Clean Oven
To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.
5. Clean Dishwasher
Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring 1 cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do this monthly.
6. Clean Tea Kettle
Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.
7. Clean Mugs
Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs/cups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.
8. Clean Plastic Containers
For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.
9. Clean Pots
Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup hot water.
10. Clean Can Opener
Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.
11. Remove Stickers
To remove a label, decal, or price tag, cover with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label should slide right off.
12. Clean Sponges & Rags
Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
13. Clean Faucets (Calcium Deposits)
Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
14. Clean Faucets (Soap Buildup)
Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.
15. Clean Faucets (Lime Deposits)
Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/2 to 1/3 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. If mineral deposits don’t wipe off, scrubbing with an old toothbrush should complete the job.
16. Clean Grout
Clean grout by letting white distilled vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
17. Clean Shower
To remove grime, mildew, and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.
18. Clean Shower Head
To clean a scummy shower head, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar into a sandwich bag and tie it around the showerhead. Let this set for an hour after the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and then turn on the water.
19. Deodorize Toilet
Deodorize the toilet bowl by allowing 3 cups white distilled vinegar to sit in it for about a half hour before flushing.
20. Clean Toilet
To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in 1 cup of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.
21. Clean Floors
For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.
22. Clean Pet Accidents
Clean up pet accidents by first blotting the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.
23. Remove Water Rings
Remove white water rings from wood with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and vegetable oil. Rub with the grain.
24. Clean Baby Toys
To clean and disinfect baby toys, add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water. Rinse clean.
25. Brighten Whites
Get stained white socks and dingy dishcloths white again. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water, bring it to a rolling boil and drop in the articles. Let soak overnight.
26. Remove Sweat Stains
Remove perspiration odor and stains on clothing, as well as those left by deodorants, by spraying white distilled vinegar on underarm and collar areas before tossing them into the washing machine.
27. Kill Weeds
Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.
28. Prevent Itching
Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
29. Clean Hairbrush
Clean a hairbrush by soaking in white distilled vinegar.
30. Long Lasting Nail Polish
Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.
31. Shine Cars
Make your car extra shiny by adding a few drops of white distilled vinegar to your bucket of soapy water.
32. Trick Cats
Discourage a cat from sitting on a certain windowsill or other surface, or from scratching upholstery, by spraying white distilled vinegar on the item. Test first on an unnoticeable area to be sure there won’t be a discoloration.
33. Remove Cat Odors
Remove cat litter odor by pouring 1/2 inch of white distilled vinegar in an empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes, swish it around, then rinse with cold water.
34. Prevent Cats From Marking Territory
Cats hate the smell of vinegar. If you have a cat that is marking its territory around your house, spray the area with white distilled vinegar then rinse.
35. Freshen Wilted Vegetables
Freshen wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water containing a spoonful or two of white distilled vinegar.
36. Keep Vegetable Colour
When boiling or steaming broccoli, beets or other vegetables, add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the water to help them keep their colour. This will also improve their taste, and reduce gassy elements.