Vinegar, which is an acetic acid solution, is used in many different cuisines all over the globe. But did you know that you can also use vinegar for household chores? Here are the many uses of vinegar around the home.
- General cleaning. Create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Place this in a spray bottle. Use this to clean your windows and mirrors. Dry with a clean lint-free cloth.
- Floors. Clean floors with half a cup of vinegar for every gallon of water to clean your no wax floors.
- Cutting boards. Disinfect cutting boards by pouring undiluted white vinegar directly on your cutting board then wiping it clean.
- Water rings on wooden tables. Mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil. Apply this on the water rings. Rub the mixture in the direction of the grain of the wood. Polish the table accordingly.
- Microwave. Measure ¼ cup vinegar and 1 cup water into a microwavable container. Allow this to boil. Any baked on food will soften making it easier to remove.
- Garbage disposal. Mask odors by preparing equal amounts of vinegar and water. Pour this into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, place a few cubes into the garbage disposal unit. Flush the garbage disposal with cold water.
- Refrigerator. Place a cup of white vinegar in the refrigerator. This will effectively absorb the undesirable odors in your ref.
- Stainless steel appliances. Pour some white vinegar onto it a rag. Wipe streaks off with the wet rag. Just to make sure nothing untoward happens, test this first on an area of the appliance that cannot be seen.
- Streak-free dishes. If you use a dishwasher, add a cup or two of white vinegar to the dish washing detergent in the dishwasher. You will have streak-free dishes in no time.
- Coffee maker. Pour a cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water into the coffee maker reservoir and turn it on. The vinegar will remove water mineral deposits that have hardened over time as well as other impurities found in the coffee maker. Once the cycle is over, repeat the process as many times until all visible signs of impurities, oils and mineral deposits are removed. Clean the coffee maker by allowing a cycle of clean water to run through the system. You may have to do this twice to remove the vinegar/water mixture.
- Bathroom cleaner. You can remove the soap ring around your bathtub by spraying it with vinegar then rinsing with baking soda. Soak a sponge in white vinegar and use this to wipe off the soap film on the shower door. Spray full strength vinegar on toilet bowl stains then scrub well. Clean and disinfect the bowl by pouring vinegar (a cup or two will do) into the bowl. Allow this to sit for half an hour before flushing.
- Fruit fly repellent. Using apple cider vinegar, measure a few spoonfuls into a container and add the following: ½ quart water, one spoonful of white sugar and just a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Mix then leave this on your counter top to deter any fruit flies or even gnats that may decide to visit.
The lowly vinegar can replace a number of household cleaners. Vinegar is inexpensive and non-toxic. It can clean, disinfect and purify your home without causing harm to you, your loved ones as well as the environment. From cooking to cleaning, vinegar is an all-purpose product that deserves the spotlight once and for all.