I love vinegar for all kinds of reasons from cooking, for helping to keep us healthy, and yes even for cleaning. There really is no limit to the ways you can use vinegar around your home. One of the many things I love about vinegar is that not only is it an all natural product, but by using it creatively you will save money. And who would like that?
Ten Creative Ways To Use Vinegar
Prevent Swimmer’s Ear – Last summer I shared with you how our family prevents swimmers ear even though we are in the pool every day. An old country doctor’s simple recipe has kept our family pain and infection free for years.
Fabric Softener – Having a son with sensitive skin lead me down the road to making my own laundry detergent. We try to keep the harmful chemicals away from our skin. But I also love soft clothing and to get it you need fabric softener. That’s where vinegar can become a great friend in the laundry room. Add vinegar to the final rinse cycle to remove any remaining residue and to soften your clothes.
Stain Remover – Vinegar makes an excellent natural alternative to those chemical laden stain removers. It even works on tough to get our stains, all you have to do is spray full strength vinegar on the stain then toss your garment into the washing machine.
Dishwasher Rinsing Agent – Why spend $4.00 or more for a bottle of rinse aid when you can spend pennies and get the same sometimes better results. Adding 2 tablespoons to the rinse cycle of your dishwasher will leave your dishes clean and residue free.
Wash Your Windows – It worked for Grandma, and it will work for your windows too. Simply mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar, and up to 2 teaspoons Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray on your windows the wipe clean with a lint free cloth.
Remove Sticky Residue – If you have kids like me you’ve probably found stickers stuck in places they shouldn’t be and pealing it off can leave a sticky, gunky mess behind. An easy way to get it off is to use vinegar! Simply use a clean sponge to saturate the stickered area with warm vinegar. Leave it to soak in for a few minutes until the sticker residue loosens. Then gently scrub it away. If it is a stubborn sticker you may have to reapply and repeat the process.
Clean Your Electronics – As we have seen already, vinegar makes a great natural cleaner and it can work wonders on your electronics as well. Mix an equal part of water and vinegar in a bowl, then using a damp cloth or a Q-tip for those small spaces, clean the area directly. Please not you should never spray liquid directly on electronics if you want to keep them in working condition.
Clean Your Garbage Disposal – Combining vinegar and baking soda is an old yet very effective trick to deodorize and clean your garbage disposal. All you need to do is simply use a funnel and pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down into your disposal, follow that with one cup of vinegar. There will be lots of foaming, that’s a good thing. Give it a few minutes to work then when the foaming stops flush with hot water. Wait a few more minutes, then flush with cold tap water. This treatment will kill any bacteria growing inside the garbage disposal leaving it clean and smelling good.
Get Rid Of Skunk Smell – If you live in the country and have a dog, most likely they have gotten sprayed by a skunk at least once. Did you know vinegar will get rid of the skunk smell better than even tomato juice? Mix an equal amounts of white vinegar with water then rub on your dog’s fur. Rinse with warm water, and repeat as needed.
Keep Cut Flowers Fresh – I love having cut flowers in the house. Unfortunately they never seemed to live very long until I discovered this simple trick. Simply mix 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 white sugar for every quart of water. Not only will this little trick keep your flowers living longer, but it will keep them looking fresh too!
These are just ten of my favorite ways to use vinegar around the house and save money at the same time. I hope I’ve helped you find a new way for vinegar to help you around the house. What is your favorite ways to use vinegar?
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