How much do we really know about vinegar? I guess not everything. Vinegar is best known for its way around our kitchens especially in our meals, but did you know that vinegar comes in various varieties and has other purposes?
There is INDUSTRIAL VINEGAR which is used ONLY for hardcore cleaning, DISTILLED VINEGAR which is found in the kitchen and can also be used for a household task.
RICE VINEGAR which is made from rice extract and is great for cooking purposes, and let me not forget APPLE CIDER is great for health reasons and perfect for cooking.
From enhancing the taste of our meals to washing our vegetables to cleaning our homes. We have come to realize that vinegar is actually not only for kitchen purposes anymore. You can clean with vinegar and the results are just spectacular. You can choose to use vinegar in your home in many different ways. Here is how to clean with vinegar tips that’ll know your socks off.
The Best Vinegar For Cleaning
The type of vinegar we are featuring in this article is the one that’s best known to us, DISTILLED VINEGAR. This multi-purpose vinegar can be used to eliminate unbearable odors, sanitize surfaces, use on your car, and pets. These are just to name a few. Listed below are 30 incredible and very interesting vinegar uses you’ll find very helpful.
VINEGAR CLEANING HACKS
1. HOW TO REMOVE ONION ODOR WITH VINEGAR
No one likes to dice onions. The smell of onions can linger on your hands even after washing them with soap. One way to reduce the smell of onion on your hands is to use vinegar. This is also a useful kitchen hack that’s worth knowing.
Before dicing an onion rub vinegar on your hands. When you’re through dicing the onions repeat the process and wash with hand soap to completely eliminate the scent of the onion. Now you have learned the trick of reducing onion odor on your hands that won’t be a problem anymore.
2. FRUIT STAINED HANDS
If your hands are sticky with fruit stains. Simply rub on a little white vinegar and wash with soap. You can rub vinegar on your hands before to prevent your hands from getting sticky in the first place.
3. CLEAN KETTLES
Pour 1/4 cup vinegar in the kettle and let it sit for 1/2 an hour then wash and continue using. If you have enough time you can soak overnight this way you don’t have to do any scrubbing.
4. DEODORIZES REFRIGERATORS
When cleaning your refrigerator you want to ensure it is really clean when you are through. Do this simple trick. Make a mixture of vinegar, water, and dish soap. Use this to clean your refrigerator to have it smell amazing.
5. FRESHENS UP SMELLY LUNCH BAGS WITH A SLICE OF BREAD
To remove the smell from a smelly lunch box. Here is what to do. Soak a slice of bread in the vinegar. Place it in the lunch box for the entire night. Remove it the next morning, wash and pack.
6. MAKES YOUR DISHWASHER CLEANER
To clean your dishwasher. Pour vinegar in the washer and run a cycle to eliminate smell and grime. Do this twice-monthly and keep your dishwasher free from the grime that can make your dishwasher smell like a dumpster.
7. HOW TO UNCLOG DRAINS WITH VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
To do this, pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the clogged drain then pour in 1/4 cup vinegar. Allow resting for 20 minutes before rinsing with hot water.
8. CLEANING STAINLESS STEEL WITH VINEGAR
To enhance the appearance of stainless steel, like your pots, pans, refrigerator, or stove. Simply rub on vinegar using a damp cloth. The vinegar will break down the spilled food particles, grease, and fingerprints leaving your stainless steel looking amazing.
9. CLEANS MICROWAVE OVEN
Combine a mixture of 1 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar. Pour in a small microwavable container, place in the microwave, and bring it to a boil. The stuck-on food and grease will loosen making it easy to clean.
10. REMOVE STUBBORN STAINS ON POTS
To remove stubborn stains from pots, add 4 tbsp of vinegar to 2 cups of water in the pot. Bring it to a boil for 5 minutes. Wash with Dawn Dish Soap until the stain is gone.
11. UNCLOG A STEAM IRON
To unclog your steam iron, pour in vinegar and water in the chamber. Plugin and turn on, let it remain on for 5-10 minutes facing upward. Unplug, allow to cool, then pour out the solution, and continue using.
12. DEODORIZES WASHING MACHINES
To freshen up your washer. Simply pour 1 cup vinegar in the washer and run on a light cycle without clothes, just water, and vinegar. The vinegar will break down soap build-up and gunk.
13. REMOVES CIGARETTE SMOKE ODOR FROM CLOTHES
fill your bathtub or a bucket with warm water, then add 1 cup vinegar. Toss in the smoked ridden clothes. Soak for 10 minutes then move to the washer and wash as usual.
14. HEALTHY YOU
To enhance your overall health. Make a mixture of apple cider vinegar, a touch of sweetener, and water. Drink this once daily. It helps with weight loss, bowel function, and gives you a good attitude for the entire day.
15. CLEANS YOUR EYE-GLASSES
To clean a foggy eyes glass. Damp a soft lint-free cloth with vinegar and use it to wipe the lens of the glass for a clearer view.
16. EXCELLENT FLOOR CLEANER
To make your floor clean and immaculate. Here is what to do. Combine 1 cup vinegar [white] with 2 gallons of warm water in a bucket and wipe with a mop.
17. CAR CHOME POLISHER
Using a soft cloth. Pour vinegar on the cloth and use this to wipe your chromes. For best results, you might want to repeat this twice using another clean cloth to avoid dirt streaks.
18. VEGETABLE WASH
You can use vinegar to bring back your wilted vegetables to life. Simply soak them in 1 tbsp white vinegar to 3 cups cold water for 5 minutes.
19. DEODORIZES DRAINS
To remove foul odors from all the drains in your house simply do this. Pour 1 cup white vinegar down your drains 2 times weekly. Allow resting for 5 minutes then wash away with warm water.
20. DISINFECTS WOODEN CUTTING BOARD
To maintain a clean cutting board do this trick. After washing the board with soap and water. Wipe the board with undiluted white vinegar.
21. REMOVE ODOR FROM JARS
Need to reuse a jar but the odor just won’t go? This trick will work on any jar, don’t matter what its content was. After washing the jar, rinse with warm water and white vinegar to completely remove the odor.
22. REMOVE GREASE FROM DISHES
To do this, pour full-strength vinegar on your kitchen sponge, add dish soap. Wash with warm water and rinse. You can also add 2 tbsp white vinegar to your dishwasher when running a cycle to remove stubborn grease and food odor.
23. REMOVE RUST FROM RUSTY THINGS
You can soak them in undiluted vinegar overnight if it’s small enough to hold in a container. If not, pour on a scrubbing sponge and scrub. The vinegar will work as an acid so you won’t have much scrubbing to do.
To remove the unwanted weed. Spray on full-strength vinegar on the weed. The vinegar will dehydrate the weed causing it to wither and die.
25. CONTROL CATS BEHAVIOR
To stop a cat from walking in a specific area or to stop him from scratching or lying on something. Simply mist the area with vinegar. That will solve the cat problem as they hate the scent of vinegar.
26 DRY ITCHY SKIN RELIEVER
If your skin itches. Take a bottle of vinegar with you to the shower. Add a cork full to your rag and rub on the itchy area. Continue with your normal shower.
27. REMOVE DANDRUFF
To control your dandruff issue. Simply make a mixture of 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar to 3 cups room temperature water. Add to this olive oil, rub it into the scalp for 5 minutes. Wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
28. CURES SMELLY SHOES
This is a common issue most people have especially in the summer. Your feet start sweating then comes that shameful odor. To remove this cheezy odor place a sheet of paper towel in the shoes.
Pour 2 tbsp VINEGAR onto the paper towel. Allow sitting overnight, remove in the morning, wipe and your stinky shoes will be smelling great!!!
29. KILL UNWANTED WEEDS
Vinegar is a strong acidic product that has the ability to break down hard particles. This is why if you pour vinegar on weeds they will eventually die.
Vinegar is the best choice for your driveway weeds and walkways as it is not hazardous to your health. It may not kill them instantly but after a few applications, the weeds will eventually perish.
30. CLEAN CAR HEADLAMPS
If your car’s headlamp is foggy, it could be from dust, mud, and dead insects. This can be very dangerous driving a car with shaded lights. Here is how to fix that.
Grab hold of a bottle of vinegar. Pour a little on a lint-free cloth. Use this to wipe the headlamps. Repeat twice for the best results. You should be seeing the road more clearly the next time you hit the road.
31. SANITIZES GADGETS
Our phones and computers are bacteria carriers. We are not able to see it, but various types of germs linger on these gadgets for days. One way to clean your computer and your phones are to do this simple trick.
Simply dab a soft cleaning rag or a cotton ball. Use this to clean the keyboard area of your phone and computer. Vinegar is high in acids which work on breaking down hidden. This is one way you can clean your gadgets in a fast and easy way without spending extra on sanitizing cleaners.
We hope that you find these vinegar tips interesting and helpful. Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!