If we talk about household cleaning and other household chores, there are few products that match the power of vinegar. It is not only a great thing to have at hand when cooking: it can also come in handy when it comes to the most difficult and frustrating cleaning jobs. It can also help get wrinkles out of clothing and even make your cut flowers last longer in their vases.
Take a look at just some of the other ways that vinegar can swoop in and save the day:
For instance, take getting rid of fruit flies. Who knew a little apple cider vinegar and some plastic wrap could do the trick? Or what about dying flowers? You can easily revive them with this household product.
Apple cider vinegar may liven up your lettuce, but did you know that it is also a miracle liquid, especially when it comes to keeping your house clean without harmful chemicals?
Like all vinegar types, apple cider vinegar has potent antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent way to clean your home. And unlike most cleaning products marketed to us for “miracle” cleaning properties, ACV contains no harmful ingredients. Studies have shown that vinegar can disinfect just as thoroughly as the bleach! At the same time, it is much safer for your family and the planet.
You can dilute vinegar in water (1:1 ratio) and it can be mixed with other natural-cleaning products like lemon juice, salt, alcohol or essential oils. A note about baking soda, which is a common natural-cleaning item: mixing baking soda and vinegar will impair the bacteria-killing properties of vinegar. It is a little science lesson: the alkalinity of the baking soda and the acidity of the vinegar neutralize. So, if you are planning to clean surfaces that everyday come in contact with food, it is best not to mix vinegar with baking soda! You can mix the two, however, for cleaning your oven, or even unclogging drains.
Without further ado, here are 10 ways to use apple cider vinegar in your home:
- Digital devices: Let’s start right here where you’re reading this. Be it your smart phone, tablet or computer, you can wipe them down with vinegar to de-germ them and get them shiny again.
- Unstick scissors: Don’t use water, which can lead to rust. Wipe down sticky scissors with ACV instead.
- Remove candle wax: Heat that pile of wax up with a hair dryer and soak up as much of it as you can with a rag. Then use a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water to remove the rest.
- Remove ink stains from walls and floors: Use full-strength vinegar on this one. Apply to cloth and wipe until gone.
- Unclog drains: Here’s where baking soda and vinegar work together. Mix ½ cup baking soda with 1 cup vinegar and pour it into your drain for a volcano effect. It is much more effective and much less harsh than the chemical cleaners!
- De-mildew your bathtub: Give heavy mildew full-strength attention and for lighter stains use a 1:1 mixture diluted with water. You might want to add essential oils to the mix too for a fresh scent. A few drops of lavender or eucalyptus will do the job.
- De-mildew your shower curtain: Toss it into your washing machine with 1 cup vinegar for the rinse cycle and add ½ cup baking soda to the detergent load.
- Clean the washing machine: Give your washing machine a good cleaning with 2 cups of vinegar poured into the machine (minus any clothes in it) and running a full cycle.
- Freshen your garments: Are you pulling out your summer or winter wardrobe? Or have you just returned from a fab thrift store run? Remove musty odors and brighten colors by adding 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle. Bonus: keep your new clothes in bright colors (like red and yellow) from staining your other clothes by soaking them in straight (undiluted) vinegar for 20 minutes before the first wash.
- Sanitize clothes: We will not ask about blood stains until you see the results for yourself, but you can get rid of the bacteria living in your garments by adding one cup of vinegar to the wash load.
Are you convinced by now that vinegar is a very useful household hacker?