A lot of homeowners get fired up about cleaning with vinegar because it’s a natural solution. It consists mainly of acetic acid and water. In the past, vinegar has been used for domestic, medical and industrial purposes.
Today, you’ll be blown away by the MANY different uses of vinegar. It can be used to clean floors, carpets, dishwashers, microwaves, grout, walls and even glass! Let’s check it out.
Unleashing the Power of Vinegar
There are HUNDREDS of different ways you can clean with vinegar. We’re going to show you the top 20. Keep in mind that we’re talking about white vinegar here. You don’t want to go and use any old type.
Did you know you can eliminate odors using white vinegar? All you need to do is grab a cloth and dampen it with the liquid. You probably have some plastic containers that have a weird smell to them – start with those.
Brighten Tea and Coffee Cups
You can use it to gently scrub the stains off of your favorite tea and coffee cups. Just mix equal parts of baking soda and vinegar and use the solution to scrub the stains away.
Freshen Your Fridge
We all know about the dreaded stinky fridge. In fact, depending on how often you clean it, your fridge can become stinky very quickly. Don’t worry, though – some white vinegar will fix the issue. Create a solution that contains half vinegar and water. Wipe the inside walls and shelves in the fridge.
Save Your Garments
Did you know you can even use it to remove scorch marks from your favorite fabrics? Just rub them gently with the vinegar and wipe them with a clean cloth. You can even use this trick to remove stains caused by antiperspirant.
Eliminate Bathroom Germs
Got lots of germs in the bathroom that you need to eliminate? Just grab a spray bottle filled with some vinegar and spray around the tub, sink and other high traffic areas. Wipe everything clean with a damp cloth.
Clean the Toilet
You can even clean the toilet. All you’ll need is a cup of diluted, white distilled vinegar. Pour it into a bowl and allow it to sit overnight or for a few hours. Grab a toilet brush and use it to scrub the solution into the toilet. When you’re finished, give the toilet a quick flush!
New Paint Brushes
Here is a somewhat uncommon use. You can actually use white vinegar to remove old paint from your paintbrushes. Just soak them for about an hour in a pot on the stove. After an hour has passed, bring everything to a simmer. Drain the pot, rinse the brushes and enjoy the benefits.
Remove Bumper Stickers
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably gone through a few bumper stickers. This means you bought some, got tired of them and removed them.
To your surprise, they left some really nasty residue on your car! Don’t worry because you can use vinegar to remove the residue. Just wipe the residue until it’s thoroughly soaked. After a few minutes, it should peel away easily. However, be careful when using it on paint.
It also works well for washing no-wax floors. Just mix ½ a cup with ½ a gallon of warm water. Clean your floors like you normally would with a mop and the solution.
Remove Carpet Stains
Got kids? If you do, then you have carpet stains. By mixing 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent with 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 pint of warm water, you’ll have a solution that works wonders for removing carpet stains. You a soft towel or brush to apply it to the stain and continue this process until the stain is gone.
Vinegar works well for cleaning windows. It will make your windows gleam while never leaving streaks or film on the glass. Just make a solution containing equal parts warm water and distilled vinegar and make sure to dry the windows with a soft cloth.
Need to wash painted walls, Venetian blinds or woodwork? Mix ½ a cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of ammonia, ¼ a cup of baking soda and 1 gallon of water. You can wipe this solution over the areas that you want to clean. It easily removes grime and dirt and will not dull paint.
Clean You’re Microwave
Ever wondered how you can quickly clean your microwave and leave it smelling fresh? All you need to do is boil ¼ a cup of white distilled vinegar with 1 cup of water inside of the microwave. The steam from the solution will loosen the stuck-on food particles while deodorizing the microwave.
Make the Kitchen Drain Smell Better
It’s only a matter of time before you’ll encounter the problem of a smelly kitchen drain. Just pour one cup of white distilled vinegar into the drain once every week and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes before flushing it with cold water. This will leave the drain smelling fresh.
Disinfecting and Cleaning Wood Cutting Boards
We all love to use cutting boards when cooking our favorite meals, but we seldom like cleaning them. All you need to do is wipe them with full-strength white distilled vinegar to disinfect and clean them.
Ant invasions are quite common, and they can be more than annoying. Leave a single piece of food anywhere and the ants will certainly come marching in – by the thousands! To prevent this problem, wipe floors, cabinets and countertops clean with white vinegar. It will deter the ants from coming.
Clean Stainless Steel
Did you know you can remove streaks from stainless steel? All you need to do is use a soft cloth to apply the vinegar. However, you might want to test the results on an inconspicuous spot before you use it on the whole item.