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Vinegar is dead useful. From the kitchen and garden to your health and food, vinegar has literally a lot of uses in and around your house. Among all the variants of vinegar, white vinegar is simply the best just because of the no color factor plus it’s super cheap.
So, unless specified white vinegar is what you should go with.
Now, we already know vinegar is a great cleaner for home (and it’s chemical free) but we wanted to explore more and we found that vinegar can do a lot more than just cleaning.
Here are 12 highly useful vinegar hacks that you really should know.
1. Unclog Your Drain
Is your drain clogged? Dump half a cup baking soda in the drain and then pour a cup of vinegar over it. Once it stops foaming, wash it with water and you unclogged your drain easily in 2 minutes. The reaction of baking soda with vinegar works like a charm by creating enough force to clear minor clogs.
2. Deodorize the Trash Can
Nothing can be worse than a stinking trash can even when it’s empty. But you can easily deodorize that smelly trash can using vinegar and a slice of bread.
Just pour some vinegar on a slice of bread and let it soak up. Now, put it in the bottom of your smelly trash can and let it sit overnight. When you remove it the next day, the awful smell will be no more.
It also works for any smell in any container. Vinegar is a great deodorizer.
3. Disinfect your Refrigerator
As important is it to have an organized fridge, an equally important thing is to disinfect your refrigerator after cleaning it. Now, Hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning and especially disinfecting, but if you don’t have hydrogen peroxide handy, vinegar also works as a good disinfectant.
All you need to do is to spray a solution containing 2 parts hot water and 1 part vinegar inside the fridge in a free manner. Use a soft cloth to scrub any grime or molds if present.
To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Of course, you’ll still want to put that box of baking soda in your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.
4. Get Rid of Fruitflies
Having a fruitfly invasion? Don’t worry, grab some apple cider vinegar and pour it into a small cup. Now, cover the cup with a saran wrap and poke a few holes on it.
Done. The trap is set! Flies will enter but never leave. White vinegar does not attract fruit flies, so we can’t use it.
5. Keep Cats Away from Furniture
It’s difficult to stop your cat from going somewhere whether it’s into your garden or on top of your favorite pillow. Vinegar is your secret weapon in keeping away cats from certain areas of your home. How?
Because Cats hate Vinegar! Just spray some vinegar over the area you want to keep cats away from. You can either use it in full strength or diluted with water. Experiment with different strengths to find the mixture with the least amount of vinegar that is still effective on the cats you wish to repel.
6. Keep Flowers Fresh For Longer
Tired of those lovely flowers dying so quickly?
Just pour 1 part of apple cider vinegar and 3 parts of water in a bowl and mix it well. Now, pour this mixture in your vase and it will keep your favorite flowers alive and fresh for longer.
7. Get Rid of Weeds/Grass
What to do when weeds start growing in the cracks of concrete in your driveway?
Time for Vinegar action.
Pour vinegar carefully over weed making sure that it seeps in the ground and reaches the roots. Leave it overnight and you see that it will be withered and it’s time to remove the leftovers. So easy!
8. Get Rid of Mold From Walls
Ever find little spots of mold on walls or ceiling of your bathroom? Guess how to get rid of it? Easy.
This time we will use vinegar with borax to build a natural mold remover. Oh and borax is an amazing natural cleaner, you should check out these 30 genius borax cleaning hacks. Coming to the point, let’s make our natural mold remover.
Combine 2 tablespoons borax, 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Mix it well until borax is dissolved and your natural mold remover is ready. Pour into a spray bottle and liberally apply to the affected area. Scrub thoroughly and wipe clean. Spray again and let sit 10 minutes before wiping dry.
9. Make A Fabric Softner
Don’t want to spend money on those expensive and chemically loaded fabric softeners? You don’t need even need to when you got vinegar. Vinegar makes a cheap and easy fabric softener!
All you need to do is to fill your fabric softener tray till it’s full and run your load. Your clothes will be soft and scent free!
10. Keep car windows frost-free
If you park your car outdoors during cold winter months, frost is about to build upon the windows of the car. But there is an easy way to keep frost from forming which is you guessed it right, vinegar.
You can prevent frost from forming on the windows by wiping (or, better yet, spraying) the outsides of the windows with a solution of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water. Each coating can last for several weeks but it won’t do much in the way of warding off a heavy snowfall.
11. Renew Your Old Paint Brushes
Cleaning your paint brushes with vinegar and make them look new. Vinegar not only removes all the paint but will also soften the bristles and as a result, they will last longer.
All you need to do is to soak those paint brushes in a mixture of equal parts of vinegar and hot water for 30 minutes. Remove any remaining paint with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and rinse again.
No need to purchase those expensive and toxic paint removers. Check out the amazing results!
12. Hand Stank
You love to cook but hate the smell of onions, garlic, meat, fish and spices on your hands or the dreaded red beet hand syndrome, try this. Clean your hands with soap and water, and then rinse well with vinegar. Vinegar will remove all those strong odors and leave your hands looking and smelling clean afterward.
As you see vinegar is amazing cleaning agent, check out these 8 Clever Vinegar cleaning hacks to make cleaning easy.
A couple of quick notes:
- Don’t mix vinegar with Ammonia, 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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