I always make sure to have plenty of vinegar around the house, but here’s the thing: I don’t care at all for its taste. I don’t soak my french fries in it or use it to make salad dressing. I buy vinegar for its cleaning power. Every since I was little, my Mother would show me the amazing things that vinegar could do. She’d tell me that it could replace expensive, store bought, and sometimes, poisonous cleaners, and could be used to do so many other things that I thought were impossible. This is why I keep a steady supply of it in the cupboard, because not a day goes by where I will need some of its cleaning power. Give some of the tips below a try, and you’ll never think of vinegar the same way again.
1) Clean the Dishwasher
Vinegar is perfectly safe to use in kitchen appliances like your dishwasher. Dishwashers will often have a build up of food or soap, so running a cycle without dishes with a cup of vinegar can eliminate any extra mess. Adding a small portion to a wash can also help your dishes sparkle.
2) Make Coffee Taste Good Again
If you use your coffee maker often, you may notice the coffee tasting different at times. This is often a result of using hard water that can leave behind a build up, but once again, vinegar comes to the rescue. Make a solution of half water and half vinegar to eliminate the build up. You will need to run a few more cycles to get rid of the vinegar taste, using only water. Otherwise, your coffee will taste like vinegar, and that’s not good.
3) Clean the Bathroom
Stop buying expensive and poisonous cleaners, because vinegar can do just as good a job as the leading brands. It can be used to clean practically anything in your bathroom, including the sink, counters, and the toilet. And here’s some more good news, are you getting tired of looking at that embarrassing mildew in the shower? Well, never fear, because vinegar can help you out there too. It does a wonderful job on soap residue too, which can gather in the tub or sink. Not sure how much to use? A half and half solution should do the trick.
4) Make Old Socks Look Young Again
Are you thinking about throwing out your socks because they look dirty and worn out? Hold on a second, see what vinegar can do for them first. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a cup of vinegar. Take the pot off the stove, add your socks, and let them soak overnight. In the morning, throw them into the wash, and they’ll come out looking brighter than they have in years. So, before you throw away your ugly socks, give this a try.
5) Clean a Stubborn Shower Head
Are your showers not as good as they used to be? Has the water pressure been lacking? Give the shower head a healthy dose of vinegar. Mineral deposits from the water in your home can do a good job of clogging the shower head. If you can remove the shower head, place it in a pot of vinegar. If removing it isn’t an option, then try filling a plastic bag with vinegar and tying it to the shower head. As long as the holes are submerged, the gunk should eventually fall away.
6) Give the Microwave a Vinegar Steam
It’s hard to keep a microwave clean. Splatters from pasta sauce, egg, and many other liquids, can line the walls of the microwave, making you never want to open the door again. A vinegar steam can do the trick, and prevent you from having to apply much elbow grease. Place a bowl with two cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar in the microwave. Turn the microwave on for five minutes and the mess should easily come off with minimal wiping. The vinegar can also help with any unwanted odors inside the microwave.
7) Eliminate Pet Odors
The odor from a cat’s litter box can travel from floor to floor in a house. And no matter how often you clean it, you’ll sometimes not be able to eliminate the smell. Use vinegar as a non-toxic way to clean your cat’s box, just wipe it with 100% vinegar after you’ve removed the litter, and rinse it away with water. It’s best to do this weekly.
8) Clear Away Carpet Stains
Using only vinegar and a scrub brush, you can say goodbye to those ugly carpet stains. Saturate the stained area with vinegar- you can use 100% vinegar or create a 75% vinegar and 25% water solution- and scrub the area for a few minutes. You should see a noticeable improvement immediately. Dry the area, and you’re done.
9) Clean Food Jars
Some food jars seem impossible to clean, and this is especially true for mayonnaise and peanut butter jars. Clean the jar by using equal parts vinegar and warm water. Screw the cap on tight, and give it a few shakes. Let it sit for about fifteen to twenty minutes, and then pour out the mixture. Cleaning food jars has never been easier.
10) Remove Crayon
Crayon can ruin your day, especially if your child has decorated your walls with their latest masterpiece, but don’t worry, vinegar is good for that too. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the area until the crayon has been removed. Wipe the area clean with a cloth, and your done.
Hopefully, these 10 cleaning uses for vinegar will help you out of a jam. There are so many clever uses for vinegar, there isn’t much that it can’t do. So, the next time you have a stubborn stain or smell, or want to disinfect your bathroom, save your money and give vinegar a try. You don’t have to leave the house to buy a toxic cleaner, you only need to grab the vinegar out of your cupboard. Most of the time, it will do a better job than most cleaners, and because it has multiple uses, it will save you from having to buy countless toxic products.