Most cleaning products fall into one of two categories: toxic or expensive. While both types will clean almost anything, or at least what they are designated to clean, there’s a third option. It’s inexpensive and not at all poisonous to humans. It’s multi-purpose as well–one container will take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds. You don’t have to look farther than your kitchen cabinet for this “miracle cleaner” – Vinegar.
Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot harm your stomach and is safe to use around children. And luckily for us, many things can be cleaned using it. The uses of vinegar are nearly endless. In addition to cleaning, it is an excellent item for cooking and even home science experiments.
For most uses you can fill a spray bottle with a vinegar and water mixture, which will make it much easier to use. Here are 21 popular uses for cleaning with vinegar:
Uses around the House:
- Removing stickers and sticky things that have been stuck around the house on walls and furniture.
- A bowl of vinegar in room overnight gets rid of constant unpleasant odors.
- If something is spilt on the carpet soak up as much liquid as possible with towels or sponges and spray with a mixture of half vinegar, half water. Wait 2 minutes and then blot with towel.
- Wood paneling can be cleaned with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 cups warm water.
- With persistent stains, you can mix 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap and 1 cup warm water. Follow the procedure above and then dry with a hairdryer.
- To clean windows, spray with half vinegar, half water. Wipe clean with either newspapers or cloth.
- 1 teaspoon of salt in one cup vinegar and 1/4 cup of flour can be used to create a polishing paste for silver, pewter, copper or brass. Apply to item, let stand for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Soak showerheads in vinegar overnight to remove deterioration or chemical build-up.
- When cleaning the toilet bowl, spray vinegar to get rid of rings and spots.
- To prevent mildew, spray shower walls and shower curtain with vinegar.
- Spraying vinegar along doorways, windowsills, countertops, cabinets, etc. will get rid of ants.
- Wash your sink out with vinegar and pour some down the drain to remove unwanted odors.
- For a clogged drain, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar. Rinse with warm water after bubbling occurs.
- Vinegar is great for removing odors and bacteria from a chopping board after use, as well as your hands after handing smelly foods like onions and garlic, etc.
- Use it for any counter tops or surfaces.
- For microwave cleaning purposes, put a bowl of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water inside and cook until it boils. This will get rid of odor and unstick food stains from the walls of the microwave.
- Vinegar and salt together can be used to remove stains from china.
Who would have thought you could get so much out of such a common product!