Cleaning with Vinegar
Cleaning with vinegar is one of the easiest, most economical, and best cleaners I have ever used. I purchase it by the gallon and have discovered many uses for it.
- In the laundry room. I add vinegar with each load of laundry. It helps get all the laundry detergent out and eliminates odors. I add it into the rinse cycle and it works great. It also helps to prevent static build up on clothes. Do not use vinegar if you also added bleach to the wash. This can produce harmful vapors.
- In the kitchen. Keep a spray bottle of vinegar under the counter and it is super easy to use. I use it to spray down my counter tops as a quick clean up. Vinegar eliminates odors, germs and bacteria. I also use it to unclog my sinks. Put a cup of baking soda down the drain and then pour 1 cup of vinegar down it. It will bubble as it eats away the clog. This is what it is supposed to do. Wait 30 minutes and then run boiling water. Wiping down your stainless steel with a solution of vinegar and water will leave it shining every time. According to this site you can also rinse your hands with vinegar to get rid of food stains. If you are dyeing easter eggs, adding vinegar to the dye water will allow the eggs to become a deeper color. Adding vinegar to your dish washing water will cut grease quickly.
- In the bathroom. I use an old windex bottle for a glass and mirror cleaner. I fill a couple of inches with vinegar and the rest with water. This is the best glass cleaner I have ever used. Pour baking soda and vinegar in the toilet and it will prevent build up in your pipes. Spraying vinegar on the floor around the toilets and then wiping up with a paper towel will eliminate odors. Vinegar also cuts grime in your shower or tub that is left by hard water. If you have a clogged shower head or faucet, soak it in vinegar to unclog.
- All over the house. If you have smoke smell you can soak bread in vinegar and then place in dishes around the house and it will absorb the odors. Do you have gum stuck in something? Pour all over it and wait while it dissolves the gum. It should be easy to scrape off. Use it also as an ant deterent. Spray around windowsills or doors where the ants are coming in. They won't cross over it. Do you have a left over mark from a sticker or price tag? Rub it with a paper towel dipped in vinegar to remove it easily.
- In the yard. If you have weeds popping up in cracks or crevices on your sidewalks or driveway, pour vinegar over them and it will kill the weeds. Don't try this if weeds are around other plants or it might kill them as well.
- In the garage. Use vinegar to polish the crome on your cars. It leaves a great shine. Vinegar will also cut through rust to help you get that stubborn bolt off.
There are actually just too many uses for vinegar to ever list in one hub. It is one of the most versatile and useful products I have ever heard of. The Vinegar Institute has many more ideas on how to use vinegar. Vinegar is a very natural product to use around your house. No breathing in strange chemicals while you are cleaning. Vinegar is very good for you, so there are no worries if accidently ingested or if the fumes are inhaled. If I could recommend one cleaner that every person should own, it would be vinegar.