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You might already know that vinegar is an important ingredient in cooking especially Chinese cuisine. Do you know that it has a lot more uses outside the kitchen than being used in cooking?
And one of them is for cleaning purposes. That’s right!! Vinegar is an amazing natural cleaning agent and when combined with other substances, it just adds up to its effectiveness. Plus, using it to clean your home will save you a TON of money! So don’t you think that this cheap and highly available liquid is actually a treasure for you?
After reading these amazing vinegar cleaning hacks, you will definitely know. So, check out these amazing vinegar cleaning hacks that will make tackling dirt so easy for you.
1. Getting rid of sticky residues
Ever had a hard time removing the sticker residue left behind when it is removed? But vinegar solves it all. Just spray some vinegar on the area of the residue and allow it to settle for a few seconds. Now, scrub it a little bit and the residue will be gone easily. You can use it for removing other sticky residues as well.
2. Cleaning your Glasses
Hard water can leave your glasses dull and cloudy, even after a run through the dishwasher. The easiest way to restore shine back to glasses is to use vinegar. Now many people recommend putting vinegar in the rinse–aid dispenser in your dishwasher to save time. But don’t ever do that as vinegar is a strong enough acid to melt the rubber gaskets in the rinse-aid dispenser.
Instead, fill a shallow pan with a mixture of 50% hot water and 50% vinegar. Give glasses a soak, shake off excess water and let it sit to dry.
Caution: Never use vinegar on eyeglasses as it can damage the anti-glare or anti-scratch coating present on them. Just use it on drinking glasses or any other glassware.
3. Vinegar with baking soda for the Carpet
It is not a common phenomenon to wash the Carpet as we can’t just put it in the washing machine. It needs to be dry cleaned which is not cheap. Right?
Well, you can easily clean carpets using three cheap and easily available ingredients – vinegar, borax, and salt without spending on dry-cleaning. To clean the carpet, just sprinkle equal parts of borax and salt on the carpet and then spray an equal amount of vinegar over it. Let it sit for at least an hour before vacuuming.
You will have a clean carpet in no time and without spending a single cent on dry-cleaning. All you need is to utilize the cleaning power of borax and Vinegar.
Quick Tip: It’s better if you have vinegar filled in a spray bottle, it makes cleaning a hell lot easier. A high-quality durable spray bottle is a must have if you are cleaning around your home.
4. Stained and dirty cookware
Stained or greasy cookware are very difficult to clean. But vinegar makes them very easy to clean. Pour around a cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar in the cookware you need to clean and boil it for around 5-7 minutes till the solution becomes sufficiently hot.
Vinegar will dissolve all the dirt and grime to efficiently clean the cookware and make it look as good as new. Vinegar is a miracle cleaner.
5. Cleaning the toilet
Is it really impossible to clean the toilet without a hell lot of scrubbing? I would say NO if you take the help of vinegar to ease the job. And having a clean toilet is highly important.
Empty the pot. Put some paper towels soaked in vinegar in the insides of the toilet bowl where the stains and dirt are usually present. Let these towels soak against the stains for at least an hour. Pour some vinegar over the entire commode to clean each and every inch of it. If the toilet is very dirty then you should let the vinegar do its work overnight.
Then wipe off the area while removing the paper towels and flush. Your toilet will be squeaking clean the easy way which is important to have a clean bathroom.
6. Clean your jewelry
Want to clean your tarnished silver? Vinegar acts as an amazing jewelry cleaner. Make a solution of 1 Tbsp vinegar, 1 Tbsp water and 2-3 drops of dish soap and let your jewelry sit in this mixture for around 15-30 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to gently scrub any dirt or grime. Rinse the jewelry and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
You can even use it to clean your expensive diamond rings (it won’t damage them). Still, I will warn you that not every jewelry can be successfully cleaned at home. For some jewelry, you really need the help of professionals.
7. Cleaning smelly water bottles
Foul smells are common in water bottles. They accumulate with time if the bottles are not cleaned properly, forget cleaning the smells are common even when the bottle stays closed for a long duration.
Empty around ½ cup of vinegar in the bottle which has a foul smell. Close the bottle’s lid, shake it and leave it for around 15-20 minutes. Then add some warm water to it, shake it and rinse. You got an odor-free bottle in no time.
8. Cleaning a diffuser
If you use an essential oil diffuser, then this vinegar recipe will prove to be an amazing cleaner for your diffuser. Most of the diffusers work in the same way. They have a base system where water and oils are added and then there is the cone part at the top.
For cleaning, fill 3/4th part of the base with water. Add 1 Tbsp of vinegar to it. Then add the top cone and run it for around 5 minutes. The vinegar will greatly help in loosening the grime and the oil residue. After 5 minutes, remove the top cone and run a q-tip in the base where the water sits. The q-tip will further loosen the oil particles and other stains. Place the cone back and run it again for 2-3 minutes. Then remove the cone and scrub it(since it is free of any electrical component).
Dump the mixture in the base and run a q-tip once again to clean the base and small plate again. Use a wet paper towel to wipe the inner and outer surfaces. After it has completely dried you can fill it up and start using it again to make your home smell amazing.
A couple of quick notes:
- Never ever mix vinegar with bleach, unless you want to end up in the emergency room.
- Never use white distilled vinegar on stone surfaces including limestone, travertine, granite or marble. The acid can damage the surface.
- White vinegar, distilled white vinegar, and full-strength vinegar (a stronger version of white vinegar specifically for cleaning) are the only kinds you should be using when cleaning. Any other kind is for cooking, so don’t mix them up.
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