One of my favorite things to use around the house is vinegar. With a variety of vinegar types, there are endless possibilities for ways to use this inexpensive and non-toxic agent. Here are some of my favorites…
#1. Hair Rinse – I wash my hair with baking soda as a “no-poo” and vinegar is my conditioner. Use 1 tbs. cider vinegar (you can use other varieties but I like the apple smell of the cider vinegar) in 1 c. warm water. Pour over your head and work through tangles. Let sit for 1-2 minutes, then rinse. This will remove build-up from any styling products you use and leave hair soft and shiny. Even if you don’t use this for everyday, it is a good idea to use one a week (or at least once a month) to remove build up from styling products.
#2. Chrome Fixtures – You can pour a bit of vinegar (just plain white distilled works fine) on a cloth and use it to polish chrome bathroom and kitchen fixtures. For heavier lime build-up, make a paste of 2 tbs. salt and 1 tsp. vinegar. Apply to the lime build-up and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then scrub away.
#3. In The Kitchen – clean countertops (make sure you check on how to clean if you have natural stone that is unsealed), sinks, stoves, microwaves, refrigerator, and just about any solid surface by putting vinegar on a cloth and scrubbing away.
#4. Garbage Disposal – Freeze vinegar ice cubes and run 2-3 through the garbage disposal to clean and deodorize it.
#5. Grease – Saturate grease area with full-strength vinegar and let set or 10-15 minutes. Blot cloth surfaces or wipe away with a sponge for hard surfaces.
#6. Coffee Maker & Tea Kettles – Run 1 c. of vinegar with 4-6 cups of water through your coffee maker to clean the insides and the urn. “Brew” 1/2 c. vinegar with a kettle full of water to remove lime build-up and stains.
#7. Sticker/Glue Residue- Use vinegar to remove sticker or glue residue. Simply soak a cloth with distilled vinegar and leave it on the sticky spot overnight. In the morning the label and the glue should come right off.
#8. Disinfect – Full strength vinegar can be use to disinfect any surface that you would use a sanitizing (Clorox) wipe on (door knobs, phones, faucets etc.). Simple pour some on a cloth and wipe.
#9. Toys – Soak toys in 1c. vinegar to 1 c. water solution for one hour to overnight to sanitize and clean. Wipe clean with a cloth and rinse.
#10. Laundry – Forgot about a load in the washing machine and now it smells bad? Add 2 c. vinegar to your normal wash cycle (including detergent) and it will take the yucky smell right out.
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What is your favorite way to use vinegar around the house? Share your ideas in the comments!