20 Ways To Use Vinegar Around The House

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Do you have a bottle of white vinegar in your kitchen cabinet? If so, you’re the lucky owner of a multi-purpose cleaning solution. Today, I have a sampling of ways you can use white vinegar around your house.

  1. Remove Mineral Deposits: The acetic acid in white vinegar removes buildup of mineral deposits. Fill a small plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and use a rubber band to secure it over a faucet or shower head. Leave it there for 30 minutes.
  2. Unclog a Drain: First, using a cup, remove the standing water from a clogged sink. Next, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let it bubble for 15 minutes, then pour a gallon of boiling water into the drain. The combination of baking soda and vinegar creates carbon dioxide bubbles that loosen the clog, and the boiling water washes the debris down the pipe.
  3. Refresh Clothing Colors: Add a cup of vinegar to a washer load of colorful clothing. The vinegar serves to clean away detergent buildup on clothing that can dull colors.
  4. Soften Towels: Pour ½ cup of white vinegar in the washer with a load of towels to make the fabric even softer. The vinegar cleans away buildup that makes towels stiff.
  5. Remove Carpet Stains: Did you know that baking soda and white vinegar can clean stains out of a carpet? They can! This combination can remove odors as well.
  6. Remove Toilet Bowl Rings: Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the toilet and leave it overnight. The acid in the vinegar cleans toilet bowl rings.
  7. Clean Vegetables: The acid in vinegar can get rid of bacteria on vegetables, too. Mix one part vinegar with three parts cold water and spray it on your vegetables. Finish by cleaning the vegetables with your fingers while rinsing them in cold water.
  8. Remove Odor From Trash Cans: Mix a cup of vinegar with two cups of water and spray the mixture into your empty trash can. Allow the can to air dry. The acetic acid can neutralize odors.
  9. Remove Pen Marks: If you have a grandchild or child who has written with pen on your walls, you can remove it with some white vinegar on a soft cloth. The acid in vinegar breaks down pen ink.
  10. Remove Stains From Cups: Coffee stains can be removed from mugs by scrubbing them with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. The carbon dioxide bubbles break up the stains.
  11. Clean Your Scissors: If you cut packaging or another item that leaves a gummy residue on your household scissors, the acid in vinegar can remove it. Be sure to completely dry your scissors to prevent rusting.
  12. Clean the Dishwasher: Set one cup of vinegar on the glass rack inside the empty dishwasher and put it through a hot water cycle. The acidic vinegar helps to clean lime deposits and remove odors.
  13. Clean the Humidifier Filter: Put the filter of your humidifier into a cup of white vinegar. The acid in the vinegar cleans the sediment and dirt off of the filter.
  14. Remove Cooking Oil: Combine vinegar and baking soda to clean cooking oil from your stovetop.
  15. Remove Refrigerator Odor: Combine one part vinegar with one part warm water in a spray bottle. Use it to clean the inside of the refrigerator to remove spills and neutralize odors.
  16. Wash Hardwood Floors: Mix ½ cup of vinegar with a gallon of hot water and use this solution to clean hardwood floors. Be sure to dry the floor with a towel.
  17. Clean a Wooden Cutting Board: Spray a wooden cutting board with white vinegar and let it stand for five minutes before wiping it with a damp cloth. The acetic acid in vinegar disinfects the wood.
  18. Clean Windows: In a spray bottle, combine one cup of vinegar with two cups of water. This vinegar solution allows you to enjoy clean windows without leaving streaks behind.
  19. Clean the Washing Machine: Pour four cups of vinegar into the washer and set it for the hottest wash cycle. The acetic acid in the vinegar removes bacteria and odors.
  20. Clean the Microwave: Combine one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in a bowl. Put it into the microwave and heat it for four minutes. Let the bowl stand a couple of minutes after the timer goes off. The steam from the vinegar will help to loosen the splatters and goop on the interior of your microwave, making it easier to clean.

Remember, it’s always wise to have a bottle of white vinegar in the house. In fact, I’d keep a backup bottle in the garage just to be safe. You never know when you’ll need it! Thanks for reading. – Alan