20 Household Uses for Vinegar

I’m loving my new organization method and cleaning schedule. In an effort to be even more of “that mom”, I’ve swapped out paper towels for cloth rags to clean with and I’m being more mindful of the chemicals and cleaners I’m using. One of my favorite things to use around the house right now is vinegar. It’s safe, it’s natural and best of all, it’s cheap! You might not know how useful the stuff can be, so check out my list below to discover 20 household uses for vinegar.

  1. Make a simple cleaner with it. Just mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and you’re good to go. Use apple cider vinegar in places that have bad odors, like the refrigerator.
  2. Clean your cutting boards. Vinegar will kill germs, leaving the board sparkly and sanitary.
  3. Polish your brass with it. Just mix a cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of salt and a cup of flour to get a cleaning past eyou’ll have to see to believe. Rub it on brass or metal cookeware then let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse clean wtih water and you’re done!
  4. Repell bugs. Most insects don’t like vinegar. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on various bug killers, grab a bottle of vinegar and enjoy the same results.
  5.  Kill fruit flies. Mix apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in a small container. Fruit fly’s will go in, bu they won’t come out.
  6. Kill weeds. Vinegar is a natural and safe way to kill lawn weeds. Just spray some on your unwantend plants, being careful to avoid the ground around them. Let it sit for a day and watch the weeds wither.
  7. Add acidity to soil. If you have plants that demand high-acidity soil, mix up a cup of vinegar and a gallon of water, then water away.
  8. Keep flowers fresh. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and sugar to your vase before adding water to keep plants fresher, longer.
  9. Make some soap scum killer. Mix vinegar, baking soda and a little bit of blue dawn. Spray it on, let it sit and wipe away the soap scum.
  10. Clean toilets with it. You can do the inside and out with vinegar. Just let it sit in the bowl for half an hour before swirling with the brush and flushing.
  11. Shower head cleaner. Fill a plastic baggie with vinegar and put it over the shower head. Secure with a rubber band and let sit over night. Say goodbye to hard water buildup.
  12. Disinfect surfaces. Full-strength vinegar makes a great disinfectant.
  13. Clean tile. Use vinegar to clean your tile or grout by mixing a gallon of warm water with a cup of vinegar, a cup of ammonia and 1/2 a cup of baking soda.
  14. Take the sting out of insect bites. Apply vinegar to the site of the sting and say goodbye to pain.
  15. Clean up pet messes. Tired of smelling pet urine on your carpets or furniture? Saturate the area with vinegar, then wash with a carpet shampooer. The smell will be gone. You can use the vinegar in the drum of your washing machine if the soiled area is on a small throw rug, blanket or other type of washable fabric.
  16. Use it in the laundry. Add vinegar to your laundry in place of fabric softener. No, you won’t smell like pickles.
  17. Clean hardwood floors with it. Apple cider vinegar and water make an excellent hardwood floor cleaner. You won’t have any buildup and your floors will look great. There is a smell at first, but it quickly dissipates, taking nasty room odors with it.
  18. Clean the microwave. Mix vinegar and some water in a coffee mug. Microwave it for 3 minutes, then wipe the inside of the microwave out with a towel. It’ll be sparkling clean and the vinegar will help trap any odors.
  19. Open clogged drains. Pour a healthy amount of baking soda in the sink or toilet that’s clogged. Add vinegar and let the reaction bubble out the blockage. Once clear, pour hot water down the drain to get the last of the clog.
  20.  Remove stickers. Heat up some vinegar in the microwave and then use a paper towel or rag to saturate the sticker in question with the warmed solution. Once saturated, the sticker will come right off without leaving any residue behind.
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