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17 Surprising Uses for Vinegar

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vinegar fruit fly trap

My vinegar fruit fly trap!

1. Fruit Fly Trap – Is your kitchen compost bin attracting fruit flies? Mine too! Instead of introducing poison to your kitchen to handle this pest problem, try some apple cider vinegar! Just fill a mason jar with about 1″ of ACV, add a drop of dish soap, and cover the whole thing with a bit of plastic wrap that has holes punched into it. Goodbye, fruit flies!

2. No ‘Poo for Beautiful Hair – Vinegar in your hair? Yes! Apple cider vinegar’s pH is great for your locks. It’s part of what’s called the “No ‘Poo Method” (‘poo is short for shampoo). Learn more about how to no ‘poo here!

3. Unclog a Drain with the Volcano Method – Is your kitchen sink or tub drain clogged? Pour 1/2 cup baking soda chased with 1 cup white vinegar down the drain. Let it foam for as long as it wants, then follow with 4 cups boiling water. Follow the boiling water with some cold tap water to wash the clog away completely.

Related Reading: 5 Recipes for Homemade Personal Care Products

4. Clean the Toilet – This is another volcano method. Pour 1 cup each baking soda and white vinegar into the bowl and close the lid while you clean the rest of the bathroom. When you’re done, stains will wipe away easily with the toilet brush.

5. Remove Sticky Labels – Use a rag to soak the sticker in white or apple cider vinegar, then use an old gift card to scrape it away. If there’s any gunk left when you’ve got the sticker off, soak it with more vinegar for a few minutes, then scrub it with your rag.

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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5:35PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Yeni siyah renk seçeneği ile joyetech eroll stoklarımıza giriş yaptı.

4:26PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

All interesting; thanks.

9:44PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

good ideas .

9:37PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thanks for the advice Becky.

8:54AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Vinegar is marvellous and versatile, much preferable to toxic chemicals. Good tips.

9:17AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Have been using these for years.
To clean electrical kettle,bil some water,small amount,poor some white vinaigre in it ,leave for a while...when you look if stiil not clean bil water again and poor more vinaigre......

When cool,just clean it with cool water and boil once to make sure all vinaigre is out!

8:26AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Becky...For years I have been using Apple Cider vinegar and Sea Salt as an exfoliator for my skin in the shower. After which I use coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil on my skin...I spritz myself with vinegar water when in the garden ( keeps bugs off ) and soaking feet can remove odor and prevent athletes foot and fungus. White vinegar I use it for window cleaner wiping with newspaper and toothpaste and white vinegar removes the film from car headlamps...Oh by the way 1/4 cup WV in water when making hard boiled eggs, removes odors from the house....Just a few ideas I have found to be safe and inexpensive...

4:38AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

I will be trying this in the bath to try and soothe my aching muscles. A day without pain would be bliss!

12:38PM PST on Nov 3, 2013

Thanks

8:31AM PST on Nov 3, 2013

Vinegar will not eliminate hair clogs, but it does break up the soap that may be contributing. If the vinegar, baking soda and boiling water don't quite do it, try a bit of plunging. The hair comes out much more easily, and it is likely a lot cleaner!

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