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12 Unusual & Overlooked Uses For Vinegar

12 Unusual & Overlooked Uses For Vinegar

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If you love using natural products around your home rather than ones that are laden with toxic chemicals, then you likely keep white vinegar stocked for cleaning purposes. But you may not be aware of all of vinegar’s uses.

Here are 12 great household hacks using vinegar that are often overlooked:

1. Metal cleaner

Instead of using soap and water, try wiping scissors, knives and other metal tools with a cloth that has been wet with full-strength vinegar. It will get them nice and clean without the rust!

2. Removing sales stickers

Ever bought an item at a store only to have a heck of time removing that sticky sales tag? Rub some vinegar onto the sticky area and allow it to sit for five minutes. Then, simply wipe away the residue.

3. Clean your microwave

Spatters in your microwave can leave it looking and smelling pretty gross. But vinegar is a great ingredient for steam cleaning it and getting it nice and fresh again. In a bowl, make a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar and microwave it for four minutes. Remove the bowl using oven mitts and wipe the inside of the microwave clean; the steam will have melted the spatters, making clean-up a cinch!

4. Refresh fabrics

Name-brand fabric fresheners are full of chemicals – and you don’t really need them! Instead, fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half mixture of water and vinegar and use that instead. Vinegar is wonderful for neutralizing odors. (And yes, you will smell the vinegar but it disappears within minutes.)

5. Prevent frost on your car windows

If you live in one of the colder parts of the country, you’ve probably spent many a morning scraping your car windshield.

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Here is a trick to try next time the forecast calls for frost. Before icy weather hits, wash your windshields with a solution consisting of one part water to three parts vinegar. The acidity will help to prevent ice from forming, which means less scraping for you.

6. Lose the fabric softener and dryer sheets

12 Unusual & Overlooked Uses For Vinegar Vinegar is a great ingredient to use in your laundry and it can actually replace dryer sheets and fabric softener. Try adding half a cup of distilled vinegar to your wash cycle. The acid from the vinegar will soften and deodorize clothing as well as help to remove static.

7. Remove odor from your hands

If you love to cook but don’t like having the smell of garlic, onions, fish and other pungent foods lingering on your hands, then vinegar offers a simple way to remove the odor. Simply wash your hands with soap and water as you normally would but then rinse them with vinegar.

8. Clean your wooden cutting board

Wooden cutting boards are great for food preparation, but if you are not careful they can be a trap for bacteria. To keep your cutting board clean, wipe it down after each use with a cloth that has been soaked in vinegar.

9. Neutralize cigarette odor

Especially if you don’t smoke, the odor of stale cigarettes can be pretty offensive – not to mention very difficult to eliminate. Here is a trick that will help to neutralize the smell. Fill several bowls with vinegar and place them around the room that you are trying to deodorize. Let them sit for at least 24-48 hours.

10. A natural weed killer

If you have weeds growing through the cracks in your sidewalk and driveway, try dousing them with vinegar. Be sure not to get the vinegar on your lawn, though, as it will also kill the grass.

11. Loosen a rusty screw

If rusty screws are a problem to remove, try loosening them up first by wetting them with vinegar.

12. Unclog drains

For mild clogs in your shower and sink drains, vinegar can help. Simply pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam and then flush down with boiling water.

These are just a few of the many household uses for vinegar – an inexpensive and non-toxic product that you likely already have in your home!

Remember that you should never combine vinegar with ammonia, as this will create a toxic gas which can put you in the emergency room.

Vinegar should not be used for cleaning natural stone surfaces such as granite, marble or limestone because the acid can damage the surface.

When cleaning with vinegar, you should only use white vinegar or full-strength cleaning vinegar. All other types of vinegar are for culinary uses only.

Do you know of other uses for vinegar? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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8 comments

  1. Add steel wool to vinegar & after letting it sit for a while you can use it for a wood stain. For example on pressure treated fir it gives it a greyed antiqued look.

  2. Use it to help jelly fish stings. Use a 50/50 mixture with water.

  3. And #13: Cleaning Toilets without using bleach.
    In Knowledge, Health & Freedom,
    Doc Shillington

  4. Clean your oven

    Even if you clean your oven after every use, you will still need to deep clean it once every few months to keep it looking bright and new. Contrary to popular perception, you don’t need harsh chemical cleaners to remove burnt-on oil and food from your oven. All you need are a few common ingredients, such as vinegar and baking soda.

    Firstly, sprinkle baking soda on all the affected spots. Next, spray these spots lightly with vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar will react with each other, causing bubbling. Allow the mixture to dissolve the stains overnight. Then use a clean cloth to wipe clean.

    Clean windows

    For best window cleaning results, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the window and wipe clean with a squeegee or a microfiber cloth. You can also use undiluted vinegar to tackle tough, highly resistant spots on windows. If you have particularly dirty windows, it would be a good idea to wash the windows first with soap and water before using the vinegar solution. Don’t forget to dry the window frames as soon as possible to avoid water damage. It is also important to dry windows as soon as possible to prevent streaks from appearing.

    Vinegar can also be used for cleaning window blinds. Put on a pair of white cotton gloves or even an old sock and dip your hand in the vinegar-water solution we prepared above. Then slide your damp fingers over each blind.

    Remove water stains

    Vinegar can be used to remove water spots from almost anywhere, including your precious glassware and your wood furniture.

    If your family is in the habit of leaving wet glasses on wood furniture, keep a solution of equal parts of olive oil and vinegar handy to remove the white rings that are sure to form on your coffee table. As a first step, apply the solution using a soft cloth moving in the direction of the wood grain. Then polish using another clean cloth.

    If your precious glassware is starting to get cloudy due to hard water deposits, don’t worry because you can get them to shine again using vinegar. Soak the corner of a dishcloth in a few spoons of vinegar and use it to clean your glasses. Bigger dishes can be soaked in a sink full of hot water to which two cups of vinegar has been added.

    Clean the bathroom

    The humble vinegar can be used for a myriad of purposes in the bathroom. To clean a dirty toilet bowl, pour one cup of distilled vinegar into it and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Now flush the toilet and watch all the dirt and filth go down the drain. This method will also keep at bay the ugly-looking water rings that usually form above the water line in the toilet bowl.

    To bring the shine back to your ceramic tiles, scrub them with a mixture of ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup borax and ½ cup ammonia dissolved in one gallon of water. Wash with cold water and wipe dry. You can also remove the water spots from your glass shower doors using the same mixture. Vinegar can also be used to wipe down your steel and chrome bathroom fixtures and clean shower curtains.

    Clean and disinfect your electronic gadgets

    Did you know that your computer keyboard might harbor more germs and bacteria than a toilet seat? Fortunately, plain white vinegar, with its natural disinfecting ability, is a great cleaning agent for all types of electronic equipment, such as computers, printers or fax machines.

    To clean your computer or any other home office equipment for that matter, first switch off and unplug the machine. Dip a clean cloth in a solution of vinegar and water in equal parts, and wring dry. Make sure that the cloth is squeezed as dry as possible to avoid getting water into the electronic circuits of your machine. Wipe all parts clean using the cloth. To clean tight and hard-to-reach surfaces, such as between the keys of a keyboard, use a Q-tip dipped in the same solution. Since vinegar has anti-static properties, cleaning your gadgets with this solution will also help keep dust away.

    Remove stubborn ink stains from clothes

    Getting a stubborn ink stain out of your favorite t-shirt is not as difficult as it seems as long as you have some milk and vinegar at home. As a first step, mix two parts of whole milk and one part of white vinegar in a large bowl. Place the t-shirt such that the ink stain is completely covered by the milk-vinegar solution. Let the stain soak overnight in the solution so that the ingredients get enough time to break down the tough ink. In the morning, remove the garment from the solution and check for the stain. If you can still see light traces of ink, rub the garment gently to work the stain out. Wash the t-shirt, as you would do normally to remove the vinegar and milk from it…and voila! Your favorite t-shirt is as good as new again!

    Banish carpet stains

    Vinegar can be used to remove most spills and stains from a carpet. For example, most light stains can be treated using a solution of half-cup vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. For bigger or deeper stains, you may need to add two tablespoons of borax to the mixture to strengthen its action. To remove paint spatters, mix one-and-a-half teaspoons of vinegar and the same amount of laundry detergent in two cups of water. Spray the stain with the solution and blot using a clean, white cloth.

    If you accidentally spill tea or coffee on the carpet, use a clean paper towel to blot up as much of the liquid as you can. Then use a solution of one tablespoon of vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and two cups of warm water on the stain. Apply with a clean sponge and blot using a clean dry cloth till the stain is gone. Sponge the area with cold water and dry thoroughly.

    Clean the fridge

    If you haven’t gotten around to cleaning your fridge in a long time and aren’t particularly looking forward to the task, don’t worry because all you need is a spray bottle filled with one part vinegar and three parts warm water, a clean rag, a toothbrush, and a little bit of elbow grease.

    To start with, unplug the fridge and empty it of all food items. Spray the interior completely with the vinegar-water mixture. Use a clean rag to wipe down the walls and remove all traces of stuck-on food or grime. If you have a tough stain that refuses to come out, soak that spot with a few drops of undiluted vinegar and try again. While removable shelves can be taken out and washed with dish soap and water, you may need an old toothbrush to dislodge the grime trapped in the door gasket. Wipe dry completely before you restock the fridge.

    Remove nasty odors naturally

    Vinegar is also a great odor remover and room freshener. Just leave a bowl of vinegar in the corner of your kitchen after you are done cooking for the day and watch all the lingering smells disappear overnight. Vinegar has the power to absorb smells rather than simply mask them like most commercial room fresheners do.

    If your entire house has started smelling funky, simmer a cup of vinegar on the stove. This will strengthen vinegar’s odor-fighting properties.

    Though your house may smell of vinegar for some time after you do this, this smell will soon dissipate, leaving your house feeling clean and fresh. Now isn’t that a better idea than spraying harmful chemicals into the air?

    Vinegar can also be used to remove foul smells emanating from your kitchen drains and garbage disposal. To deodorize and descale your dishwasher, simply run it through the normal cycle with one cup of white vinegar.

    William Hunter

  5. I use apple vinegar insted of deodorant.
    After a shower i rub about a tea spoon of vinegar in each armpit.. in about 10 minutes the odor of vinegar is gone and for the rest of 24 hours i don’t care what i do or how hot it is. I can chop wood all summer day and i won’t stink even on the next morning. Vinegar kills the bacteria that makes the bad odor, so the result is odor of a clean body insted of some odor invented in lab, produced in factory and locked in a can. :)
    But i’m guessing people probably already know about this.

  6. Mr. Billie B. Wilson

    Got Heart Burn ??? One Teaspoon of Red cider vinegar in two or three ounces of water…Just gulp it down Heart burn gone…Instantly…

  7. A tablespoon over a 1/4 head of boiled cabbage will add some flavor to those winter recipes

  8. I pretty much knew most of the uses listed. The one I didn’t know was the deicer for the windshield. Cool it worked pretty good. It was frosty but it didn’t seem to adhere to the glass as well. The wipers took the frost right off sweet.

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