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20 Amazing Ways to Use Vinegar Around the House

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When people have salads they often think of oil and vinegar or balsamic vinegar as dressings but there are also 20 amazing ways you can use white vinegar around the house.

Vinegar is a household staple for everything from cooking to salad dressing. Recently The Olive Oil Source introduced three new balsamic vinegar flavors for spring salads. However, there are many other uses for vinegar you might not know. Consider these 20 incredible ways you can use white vinegar for everything from cleaning to getting shinier hair.

Vinegar Around the House

Spring brings to mind thoughts of oil and vinegar for fresh salads. In fact, The Olive Oil Source just introduced three new flavors of balsamic vinegar for spring including black current, grapefruit and pineapple. Because vinegar is acidic, it can also be a powerful cleanser around the house. Toss away those chemical concoctions and break out the white vinegar for:

1. Are you prone to burning steak or burgers like me? If so, you know that awful smell can linger for days. The same is true if you invite guests over who insist on smoking in your otherwise smoke-free home. Put out a shallow bowl in that is about three quarters full of white vinegar in the center of the stinky zone. In less than a day, the smell will gone. If the smell is persistent, use another bowl or two to eliminate it.

2. Are your drains clogged and you don't want to call a plumber right away or use harmful chemicals? Take a funnel and pour a ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. After the foaming stops, flush the drain with hot water then wait a few minutes and flush it out further with cold water. HULIQ recently shared 20 other great ways to use baking soda.

3. Do your window blinds look dingy after the long winter? Opening the windows to let in the spring air can also make them dusty. Dip a cloth in a mix of equal parts hot water and white vinegar. Squeeze out the cloth and use it to wipe off each slat of the blinds to get them clean.

4. Is your stainless steel and chrome getting dull? Make those fixtures sparkle by misting them with white vinegar from a spray bottle. Use a soft cloth to buff them. While you're in the bathroom, use vinegar to wipe away mildew from the tile. It also gets rid of mildew on other materials including the plastic shower curtain, painted walls and furniture as well as clothing.

5. Add shine to silver, copper and brass by cleaning them with vinegar. For silver, soak them in a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 4 tablespoons of baking soda for a couple of hours. Rinse them with cold water then dry with a soft rag. For brass and copper, make a paste of equal parts of vinegar and salt then rub with a cloth until the tarnish is gone. Rinse the item with cool water and polish with a towel. HULIQ recently posted 20 other ways to use salt around your home.

6. Did your kids get overly happy with stickers and put them on your walls and furniture? They can be tough to peel off unless you wet the corners and sides of the stickers with vinegar. You can scrape it off by using an old credit card. Apply a bit more vinegar to get rid of the sticky stuff left behind. This technique works to get rid of those stubborn price tags on plastic and glass items, too. Vinegar also works to get ballpoint pen marks off the walls when your enthusiastic little artist has gotten carried away.

7. After a winter of building fires, did the bricks around your fireplace get yucky? Use vinegar to make them brighter. Mix a cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water and mop your brick fireplace,
walls and floors with no polishing required.

8. Did dirty shoes or wayward pets make your rugs stained and dirty? Mix ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt to create a solution to apply to the tained areas. Let them dry then vacuum away the unsightly spots. Double or triple the mixture for larger stained areas. It also helps to eliminate odors let behind by your favorite furry family members.

9. Is your microwave filled with gunk from minor explosions? Use mix of 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of vinegar to get it clean. Put the mix in a glass bowl then turn your microwave on high for 5 minutes. When the bowl cools, dip a sponge in the water and vinegar to wipe away the stains inside your microwave.

10. Does your refrigerator have mysterious stains and smells? It's time to refresh it with a mixture of equal parts of vinegar and water. Wash the entire interior of the fridge with this mix on a cloth. As a bonus, it will also deter mildew from forming in this cool, moist environment.

11. Are your pots and pans showing signs of frequent use? Get rid of the crusted on grime by making a scrub that consists of equal parts of vinegar, flour and salt. Use the paste to scrubs your cookware then rinse it with warm water and dry it with a soft towel.

12. Does your iron have awful scorch marks on the sole -late that threaten to stain your clothes? Get rid of these brown areas by scrubbing the bottom of the iron with a paste made from equal parts of salt and vinegar. Dip a rag in water to wipe away any residue left behind.

Vinegar for Beauty

While vinegar has a rather pungent scent, it is still an extremely effective substance for beauty. The acidic nature of vinegar is excellent for your hair, skin and bath. Check out these ways to use vinegar for optimum health and beauty:

13. Are your eyeglasses constantly foggy? It can be tough to get glass lenses them clean after continued use. Wipe them with a soft cloth and a couple of drops of vinegar to get rid of fingerprints, perspiration and dirt. However, don't use this method on plastic eyeglass lenses.

14. Summer is here which means you are likely to face skin issues such as sunburn, insect bites and poison ivy. Soothe the affected areas by using a cotton ball saturated in white vinegar. It can cool a burn and get rid of the itch associated with bug bites and poison oak.

15. After a day of fun in the sun and playing, do you always somehow wind up with a bruise? Help it heal faster and look less blackened by soaking cotton gauze in white vinegar and leaving it on the bruised spot for about an hour.

16. Vinegar can help you skin look smooth now that it is being exposed in less clothing. Mix a bit of vinegar with your regular unscented body lotion for a sheen that looks fabulous.

17. Does your hair still look dull after you wash and shampoo it? You could be leaving residue behind. Put a few drops of vinegar into a bowl of water and use it to rinse your hair after you shampoo and condition it. It will make your hair more shiny and less brassy.

18. Get rid of blemishes and dark spots while you minimize your pores by using vinegar as a toner. Mix a solution of half water and vinegar to use as a toner before you apply a moisturizer.

19. Spring is a time when you experience allergies, congestion and sometimes colds. Add a ¼ cup of vinegar to the water in your vaporizer to help reduce congestion. It is also a double bonus because the vinegar clears away mineral deposits that might form in your vaporizer after continued use.

20. Thoughts turn to pedicures and manicures now that spring is here. Make your cuticles softer by soaking your toes and finger in a bowl of vinegar for five minutes.

Vinegar is one of the most useful items lurking around in your pantry. Can you think of other ways to use vinegar for household tasks and beauty? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Awesome!!! I have used vinegar, baking soda & salt for the last 40 plus years!!! Love it!! Plus I always use vinegar & a bit of salt to wash all veggies & fruit!!! I prefer to use straight vingegar on my counters & mirrors, tiles, etc. Also usevinegar as a rinsing agent in my laundry . Actually, I would venture to say that there are at least 101 uses for both vinegars around the household!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wondering, if you mix 1/2 water/1/2 vinegar, can you place a lid on it to continually use.......or use fresh each time , for all uses, basically?

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