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Sep 25, 2007

Favorite Uses Of Vinegar

August 22nd, 2007

From the kitchen to the bathroom, vinegar can clean, remove stains, unclog pipes and do alot more! So before you reach out for any store-bought cleaning solutions, try vinegar first! And if you have tips that are not mentioned here, please share them!

[Caution: do not use vinegar on marble surfaces. Vinegar can erode tooth enamel, so rinse or brush your teeth if they do come into contact with it. Don’t put vinegar in a metal bowl, the acid will react with the metal]

  • Bath tub and toilet bowl
    • Mix baking soda, water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Scrub and wipe the tub.
    • For toilet bowl, sprinkle baking soda around and scrub, then add in some white vinegar and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing again.
    • Spray full-strength white distilled vinegar around the bathroom to kill germs. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Chopping board
    To clean and sanitize either a wooden or plastic cutting board, use 1 part of vinegar to 4 or 5 parts of hot water. Allow the solution to coat the board for a couple of minutes before rinsing.
  • Clogged drain
    Pour half a cup each of baking soda and vinegar. Allow the bubbling reaction to complete and let it stand for an hour before adding boiling water and a cup of salt.
  • Electic kettle
    To descale, fill the kettle with vinegar (or 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water) and bring it to a boil. You can leave the vinegar to soak overnight then pour it away the next day. Fill it up with clean water and boil again. Pour away this batch of water and rinse the kettle.
  • Fabrics and laundry
    • On the rinse cycle, add about a quarter cup of white vinegar to soften the clothing, remove detergent residue, reduce static.
    • Add a cup of vinegar to an empty cycle to remove soap residue. You can do the same to a dishwasher.
    • For wine stains, sponge with cold water and white vinegar or sprinkle salt over the stain to absorb the wine. Wash with detergent and cold water.
    • For urine stains, blot with cold water and white vinegar.
    • To prevent diaper rash from cloth diapers, pour in a cup of vinegar during the final rinse..
  • Floors
    • To clean no-wax floors, prepare a solution of 1 cup vinegar per gallon of water for a shinier surface.
    • For wood floors, mix half a cup (125 ml) each of white vinegar and vegetable or olive oil with in a spray bottle.
  • Fruits and vegetable wash
    For a gallon of warm water and add two tablespoons of vinegar. Soak the produce for five minutes, then rinse and brush.
    According to Patrick Holford, author of ‘100 Per Cent Health’, the acidity of the vinegar helps remove heavy metals.
  • Hair care
    • For head lice, prepare a mixture of half a cup each of white vinegar and olive oil and add a few drops of tea tree oil. Spread the mix well into the scalp and cover the head with a plastic bag or shower cap for about one to 2 hours. Wash throughly with clarifying shampoo.
    • To prevent dandruff, mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Apply the solution onto the scalp before shampooing. Do this at twice a week. You can also rinse with a mix of 1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider) to 2 cups warm water, after shampooing.
    • Rinsing with the vinegar solution softens and makes hair more managable.
  • Hiccup
    Swallow a teaspoon of vinegar or gargle with cider vinegar.
  • Metal polisher
    • For copper, pewter and silver, mix a teaspoon of salt in one cup of vinegar with a quarter cup of plain flour to form a paste. Apply the paste onto surface allow it to stand for about fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and polish with a soft cloth.
      Or you can use this solution of a teaspoon of salt in a cup of white distilled vinegar.
    • To remove lime buildup from chrome fixtures, make a paste with two tablespoons of salt and a teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
  • Mirrors and Windows
    • Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to one quart of water to clean. You can include a few drops of liquid soap for a dirty surface.
    • Keep windshield and windows free from frost and ice by coating it with diluted vinegar. Try three parts vinegar to one part water.
  • Mold and mildew remover
    Clean grout and tile surface by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit on it for about 10 minutes before scrubbing it. You can also dissolve at least a teaspoon of salt in the vinegar.
  • Odor remover
    • Fill it into a container and leave it in a cabinet or a room. Use this method to eliminate burned food or smokey smell.
    • In the kitchen, you can simmer a pot of vinegar and water to remove any lingering food smell.
    • To remove food smell from your hands, wipe with vinegar after chopping.
    • To get rid of bleach smell, use a little vinegar.
    • To remove skunk odor from a dog, rub its fur with undiluted vinegar and rinse.
  • Plants
    • Add 3 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar into 1 litre of water and spray onto plants to inhibit fungal growth.
  • Porcelain and china
    To remove stains such as those left behind from coffee or tea, use vinegar and salt.
  • Rust remover
    • To remove rust from tools, bolts, and spigots, soak them overnight in undiluted vinegar.
    • For rust stains on fabrics, soak in white distilled vinegar and salt.
  • Swimmer’s ear
    Mix half alcohol and half white vinegar and put a few drops into the ear. This will dry out the ear canal and restore a normal pH, which will help prevent swimmer’s ear. A heating pad will help relieve the pain.
  • Water ring
    To remove water marks from wood, rub with equal parts of white distilled vinegar and vegetable oil.
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