Friday, September 5, 2014

Frugal Living: Unusual Uses for Vinegar Around the House

Vinegar is a common item in most households, and I absolutely love it for cleaning. Many people do not know vinegar can be used in multiple ways. Using vinegar offers a cheap and similar solution to many household problems. Here are some of the secret uses for vinegar:

Vinegar Tips for the Kitchen:
To loosen splattered on food in the microwave, boil 1 cup of water with ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar in the microwave. This solution will also remove any odors from inside the microwave.

To eliminate odor from a garbage disposal, freeze equal amounts of vinegar and water in ice cube trays. Once frozen, drop the cubes into the garbage disposal and run the cold water down the drain for 2 minutes.

Vinegar can be used to clean automatic coffee makers. Run the coffee maker on the regular brewing cycle after filling the reservoir with white distilled vinegar. Run a cycle of regular water thru after the vinegar cycle to eliminate any vinegar odor or taste.

Pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain once a week to deodorize the kitchen drain. After the vinegar has sat for 30 minutes, rinse the drain with cold water.

You can deodorize the refrigerator by using 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Set the cup in the refrigerator for two days to remove any odor.

To give the refrigerator a good cleaning, use 1 cup of water and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. Apply this solution to a rag to wash the refrigerator.

For cleaner dishes, pour 1 ½ cups of white distilled vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. Use the normal dish detergent and run the dishwasher on the normal cycle for spotless dishes.

You can use undiluted white distilled vinegar to disinfect and clean wooden cutting boards and chopping blocks.

By using ½ cup of vinegar mixed with ¼ cup water, you can clean stainless steel appliances. When applied with a soft cloth it can remove streaks off the appliances.

Polish brass to a beautiful shine by using 1 cup of white distilled vinegar, 1 teaspoon of table salt, and flour. Use enough flour to form a paste, and then apply it into the metals. After leaving the solution on for 15 minutes, rinse the brass clean using warm water. Polish the brass until it is dry.

Washing hard surfaces in the kitchen with white distilled vinegar can help to eliminate ants from the kitchen.

Vinegar Tips for Floors:
Carpet stains are common in many households, especially those with children and pets. Next time a carpet stain appears, mix 1 pint of warm water with 1 teaspoon of a liquid laundry detergent, then add in 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar. This mixture will work well to remove non-oily stains from the carpet. Using a small brush or towel, apply the mixture to a stain, rubbing it in lightly. After this is done, use a clean towel, dampened with water to spot dry the surface. Use these steps until the stain is removed and then promptly dry the area with a hair dryer or fan.

Vinegar can also be used to clean no-wax floors. Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water to make a moping solution.

Vinegar Tips for the Bathroom:
Showerheads can be unclogged by soaking the showerheads in white distilled vinegar overnight. If the showerhead can not be removed, wrap a vinegar saturated towel around the shower head for the same results.

To remove soap scum from bathtubs, wipe the surfaces with white distilled vinegar, and then wipe with soda. When this is complete, rinse the surface with clean water to remove the soap scum.
Shower doors can easily be cleaned by washing them with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar, leaving the doors scum free.

To remove stains from the toilet, apply white distilled vinegar to the stains and scrub them away. Afterwards, put 3 cups of white distilled vinegar into the toilet, letting it sit for 30 minutes to eliminate any odor.

Vinegar Tips for Walls and Windows:
Rings left from wet glasses on wooden furniture can often be difficult to remove. By mixing 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, you can create a mixture to assist you in removing the rings. Use a towel to apply the mixture to the furniture, rubbing with the grain of the wood. Afterwards, polish the furniture for an amazing result.

To have streak free windows in your home, mix ½ cup of white distilled vinegar and ½ cup warm water. Apply this solution with a soft cloth to have beautifully clean windows.

By mixing 1 gallon of warm water, ½ cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and ¼ cup of baking soda; you can make a great solution to clean your wall woodwork, painted walls, and Venetian Blinds.

Vinegar Tips for the Garden:
To give you plants a vibrant appearance mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of sugar, and 16 cups of water together and water the plants with the mixture to help them thrive.

To eliminate grass in the cracks of sidewalks and driveways, pour undiluted white distilled vinegar on the grass.

To keep your flowers fresh for a longer period of time, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the flowers' vase. You will need to replace the water mixture and clip the stems every few days.

To effectively kill weeds around the yard, spray the top portion of the weeds with undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Vinegar Tips for Cooking:
To have tender, sweet fish, first soak the fish in a mixture of water and vinegar before cooking it.
If you fresh vegetables have begun to wilt, soak them in an equal amount of vinegar and cold water.

Vinegar Tips for Pets:
To stop puppies from chewing, spray undiluted vinegar on the puppies favorite chew spots.

Vinegar Health Tips:
Relieve the sting and irritation from a jellyfish sting by washing the area with vinegar.

Relieve the discomfort of sunburn by rubbing vinegar lightly on the skin.

If you have itchy, dry skin, try adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water to moisten your skin.

Vinegar Tips for Laundry:
Add one cup of white distilled vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle to soften and freshen clothes with out the use of fabric softener.

Remove stains from clothes by soaking them in equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and hot water.

Misc. Vinegar Tips;
To keep windows from frosting over, wipe 1 tablespoon of water and 3 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar over the windows the night before to eliminate the chances of possible frosty windows.

To easily remove bumper stickers off cars, wipe the bumper sticker with vinegar until it is completely saturated. After a few minutes, the bumper sticker should easily peel off.

If your paint brushes become hard or stiff, soak the paint brushes in hot white distilled vinegar for a few minutes and then completely rinse them with soapy water.

Let your gold jewelry shine by cleaning them in a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak the jewelry in the vinegar for 15 minutes and then dry them with a cloth.

Now that you have learned a few hidden uses for vinegar use, you can have a cheap and easy solution for common household issues. Your vinegar will not just sit in the kitchen cabinet anymore.

What are some of your favorite uses for vinegar around the house?

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