Vinegar! This is one of the best products you can get for your house that might already be in your pantry. If you think vinegar is only for cooking, let’s think again because there’s a long list of household uses for it. And in the post today, we are so glad to introduce 21 handy uses of vinegar for your garden and your home that you shouldn’t miss. Let’s explore its secrets here!
Thanks to its high acidity, vinegar can clean your home as well as take care of your garden effectively. Using vinegar is one of the safest for your health and your garden because it doesn’t contain a toxic chemical. So, instead of buying chemical cleaners, you can renew old items in your house just with cheap and popular vinegar that is available in any grocery. However, you should note that while there are many different types of vinegar, white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are the best choices for being a potent cleaner without damaging surfaces.
#1 Versatile Vinegar
Thanks to its high acidity, vinegar can get rid of stains, cut through crud, and be used in the garden. While there are many different types of vinegar, white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are the best choices for being a potent cleaner without damaging surfaces.
#2 Control Insects in the Garden
Create an earth-friendly insect trap by filling a closed container with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Add in small slices of banana peel and 1 cup of cold water, and then shake. Poke holes around the top and place it on the kitchen counter near a fruit fly infestation. You’ll be catching critters in no time.
#3 Wash Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher washes all the food off your dishes. But who washes the dishwasher? You can, by pouring 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the tub and running it through a cycle without any dishes. Doing this once every month or two will remove built-up soap residue and keep it in squeaky clean shape.
#4 Clean Your Shower Heads
Got a clogged shower head? Put boiling water in a bowl with a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Soak the showerhead for 10 minutes and watch those clogs disappear. If you can’t remove the head, partly ﬁll a plastic bag with full-strength vinegar and tape it over the fixture. Let it sit for an hour and remove, and you’ll be shower-ready!
#5 Remove Rust
Renew rusty tools by soaking them in full-strength vinegar for several days. Once the rust dissipates, rinse and dry them well. This method also works well for screws and bolts.
#6 Clean Your Wood Floors
You can wash your hardwood or pre-finished floors in the way. Simply add a 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of hot water and mop or scrub as usual. Dry the floor completely with a towel afterward! Don’t try this technique on waxed floors because it will strip off the wax finish. To lessen the smell of vinegar, add a drop or two of essential oil to your mix.
#7 Save a Dried-Up Paint Brush
When your synthetic brush is caked with dried paint. This is a great idea to clean, soak it in a cup of vinegar until the bristles loosen up. Then wash it in warm, soapy water. If they still stuck together, boil it in vinegar for 10 minutes and follow up with another soapy water bath. Your brush should return to its old pliable, useful self.
#8 Remove Smoke Odors
Tar and resin from cigarette smoke can stick to furniture and leave an odor long after the smoke evaporates. To breakthrough and eliminate that icky residue, spray orange-infused vinegar onto hard surfaces, let it sit, and then wipe it down with a dry cloth.
#9 Clean Ceramic Tile
To deal with dingy tiles around tubs and sinks in your house. Just add a 1/2 cup vinegar, a 1/2 cup ammonia, and a 1/4 cup borax to a gallon of water. Scrub ‘em up, and let ‘em shine! Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.
#10 Test Your Soil
This is a quick and cheap test for excess alkalinity in your soil. Simply put some dirt in a container and pour about a 1/2 cup of vinegar into it. If it ﬁzzes or bubbles up, it’s too alkaline. Add peat moss or sulfur to make your soil pH more neutral.
#11 Unclog a Drain
Clear a clogged drain by pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda into it, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. It will bubble and foam, and once that stops, flush the drain with hot water. About 5 minutes later, rinse with cold water. This approach is effective, non-toxic, and less damaging to your pipes and wallet than commercial drain cleaners.
#12 Sanitize the Cutting Board
To properly clean a wooden cutting board spray it with undiluted white vinegar, let it sit for no more than five minutes, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
#13 Extend the Life of Flowers
If you want to enjoy fresh-cut flowers for as long as possible, you can try with this hack. Simply add equal parts white or apple cider vinegar and sugar (two tablespoons is good to start with for an average-sized vase) to the water to extend the life of flowers. The vinegar lowers the pH levels of the water and prevents bacteria, while the sugar is food for the flowers.
#14 Clean the Coffee Maker
Because of mineral and coffee oil buildup that can harm the taste of your coffee, you need to clean your coffee maker regularly. Fill the water chamber with equal parts of water and white vinegar and start the brew cycle. Halfway through pause the cycle to let the vinegar work its magic cleaning and disinfecting. After 30 minutes let it complete the cycle and cool.
#15 Refresh Your Towels
Laundered towels can develop an odor from bacteria left behind after showering and a buildup of laundry detergent. To get them smelling fresh again run them through a cycle replacing the detergent with one cup of distilled white vinegar.
#16 Clean the Windows
To achieve streak-free, shining windows by making your own window cleaner. All you need to do is combine one part white vinegar to two parts water in a spray bottle. It’s a simple and effective recipe!
#17 Clean the Microwave
To clean your microwave. Before you get scrubbing, make cleaning the mess easier for yourself by loosening up the grime. Fill a bowl with equal parts white vinegar and water, and pop it into the microwave for five minutes or until it boils. Once the time is up leave it inside for another three to five minutes to allow the steam to soften things up. Then you can grab a cloth or sponge to wipe it away.
#18 Kill Weeds
Instead of using strong chemicals in the yard, let try with vinegar. You can kill weeds by spraying or brushing the leaves with vinegar. Just be careful of nearby plants that you want to keep since the natural herbicide can kill them too.
#19 Clean Stainless Steel
After a short of time, the stainless steel of the fridge starts having your fingerprints. To get rid of the prints and any other residue, spray stainless steel surfaces with vinegar and then wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Finish off with a small amount of mineral oil to make the stainless steel shine.
#20 Deodorize the Washing Machine
Get rid of funky smells from the washing machine by deodorizing it with vinegar. Add four cups of white vinegar to a top-load machine or two cups to a front-load model and run it on the hottest cycle. When the agitator has mixed the vinegar and water, turn the machine off and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the washer back on and allow the cycle to finish.
#21 Remove Carpet Stains
Spilling coffee already feels like a bad omen, but having it stain your shirt or the carpet is even worse. Blot the stain with a mixture of vinegar and water before it has the chance to set.