So much have been written about the must have product in your household, white vinegar! It is such a brilliant product to have around the home. Some people really seem to hate the smell, but with the results it can get, it more than worth putting up with. You should always have vinegar in your kitchen cabinet. Try using it with your dishes as well. Placing a cup of vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher keeps all my glasses spot-free, even with hard water!
The ways to use vinegar seem infinite, but here are the top 16 we have used on many occassions.
Cleaning scissors with soap and water can damage the blades after a while. Instead, use vinegar to clean the blade and keep them in tip-top shape!
Is your brick fireplace in need of a good clean? Clean the bricks with vinegar to easily remove soot. Use a spray bottle or sponge to apply a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to the fireplace. After it sits for a few minutes (don’t let it sit on for too long) giving the acid a chance to work, scrub and sponge the fireplace clean.
If your water bottle or coffee cup starts to smell bad, fill it with water and a good splash of vinegar. Let it sit for an hour or so, and it will be good as new. Make sure to rinse it properly afterwards.
Ready to polish your nails? Wipe them with vinegar to make the polish last longer. This removes any product buildup or natural oils on your nail beds that could create a barrier between the polish. Once your nails dry, apply basecoat.
Finger spots on your cd/dvd?. Hold the DVD by the edges, wipe the disc with a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar. Wipe off with a dry cloth, and allow it to dry completely. Won’t do much for scratches, but it will remove any spots or residue without harming the disc.
Small scuffs on leather purses or shoes will come off with a little vinegar. Dip a cloth in white vinegar and smooth it along the scratch, laying the lifted leather down as you go. This causes the leather to swell and close up the leather, reducing the appearance of a scratch.
If your mugs are stained with coffee or tea, soak them in vinegar for a few hours. If the stains are really deep, you can scrub them with a paste of vinegar and kosher salt.
Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum or spilled wax stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and carpeting. Vinegar relaxes the fibers making it easier to remove the mess.
Wash your hands with vinegar after chopping onions or garlic to get rid of any lingering smells. Let air dry; the odor of vinegar will disappear after drying but if not, simply wash with soap and water.
Rinse paint brushes in vinegar to remove paint. If the paint has dried on the brush, use boiling vinegar. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, then rinse and let dry—good as new.
Add a couple tablespoons of vinegar to the water when poaching eggs to keep the whites together.
Wipe off your windshield wiper blades with vinegar to keep them clean and working well. Plus, wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.
If your veggies have seen better days and are starting to look sad and wilted, toss them into a bowl with 2 cups of cold water and a tablespoon of vinegar and let them soak for an hour or so. The veggies will bounce back right back!
Make fresh cut flowers last longer…add 2 Tbsp white vinegar to the water in your vase and stir well. The vinegar helps inhibit the growth of bacteria and keeps your flowers fresher longer.
Kill weeds and crabgrass growing in sidewalks and driveways by spraying them with vinegar. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill garden slugs if it’s sprayed directly onto them. For a detailed explanation check out our other article: How to Get Rid of Weeds With Ease
Keep dark colors (jeans) from fading by adding 1 cup of white vinegar in your washer (no detergent) and wash in cold water. They will not smell like vinegar, but the vinegar will “seal” the color and it will not bleed as easily during subsequent washings.
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