Lately, most housewives choose using natural cleaners when it comes to housecleaning due to those harsh chemicals found on the market shelves, and one of the most used natural cleaner is vinegar.
Yes, many people think that vinegar is too stinky, but, on the contrary: vinegar catches those nasty odors and eliminates them easily due to that nastiest odor it has, and it’s also the perfect de-greaser you can use to clean those sticky greasy stains. Vinegar it’s the perfect Windex replacer that will leave any cloudy glass, sparkling clean.
But there are much more other clever household uses of vinegar and the one thing I love about vinegar is that it’s very affordable.
Important: keep in mind that vinegar can be very harmful if it gets into your eyes, and never use it to clean marble or quartz because it will ruin its finish over time.
So, pin this article to remember each use of vinegar in household cleaning:
1. Remove pen marks
If your children draw on walls, table or floor, just take a cloth soaked in vinegar and rub away until the pen marks disappear.
2. Clean the microwave
If you mix in a bowl ¼ cup of vinegar with a 1 cup of water and run the microwave for 5 minutes, and then let the microwave stand for a bit more minutes, any trace of grease and food residues will meld down. Take a cloth or paper towels to clean gently the inside of the microwave.
3. Clean the fish tank
If you find self-relax in front of the fish tank, you must know that you have to clean it once in a while. Just mix 1 cup of vinegar and fill the fish bowl with water (increase the quantities for fish tank) and let it sit for 20 minutes. At the end, wash easily any hard water deposits and dirt inside the fish tank or bowl.
4. Clean the keyboard
By mixing 2 cups of water with ½ cup of vinegar you will have the perfect keyboard cleaning solution. Soak a cloth in this solution and wipe down the keys.
5. Freshen-up the carpets
If the carpets are new or too worn, you can easily remove the odor and revive them by mixing 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Using a carpet brush periodically soaked in this solution you’ll bring any carpet to life.
6. Remove pet urine odor from carpets
I have a dog and once in a while it accidently pees on my living room carpet, but I managed to remove the odor with a mixture made from equal parts of vinegar and water.
7. Freshen-up leather upholstery
Boil 1 cup of linseed oil and mix it with 1 cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture in a bottle and spray it on the leather furniture then wipe off with a cloth.
8. Unclog the drains
Most people know this trick: just pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain and then pour 1 cup of vinegar over it. Let it stand for 15 minutes, and flush hot tap water over it.
9. Remove mold and mildew from anything
Mold and mildew can’t catch you unguard anymore because vinegar will bring it down. Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the molded area. Let it stand for 15 minutes and then remove it with a brush.
10. Laundry softener
The best way to soften the laundry is to toss 1 cup of vinegar in the laundry softener compartment of the washing machine. As a bonus tip, you can use the same amount to remove mildew odor from clothes.
11. Natural Windex
By mixing equal amounts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle, you’ll get the perfect window cleaner. It will remove very easy dirt and glass cloudiness. Use paper towels to clean the windows.
12. Clean and disinfect baby toys
Fill the sink with water and 1 cup of white vinegar then place your kid’s toys in it. Let them soak for 30 minutes, rinse and dry them.
13. Wallpaper remover
Pour in a spray bottle equal amount of vinegar and water, and then spray it over the wallpaper. Let the vinegar solution act for 10 minutes and it will peel easier.
14. Clean and disinfect the fridge
The same simple steps: mix equal amounts of water and vinegar and soak a sponge in this solution then wipe the fridge inside-out with it. Vinegar will easily remove any food debris and nasty odor, but it will also disinfect it.
15. Remove sticky residues
Moisten a cloth in vinegar and use to rub gently any sticker residue. You can also leave the cloth over the sticker for a few seconds, and then remove it. Use a paper towel to remove the sticky residues.
16. Clean your glasses
Vinegar is great to remove skin grease and fingerprints out of your glasses. Easy-peasy: just soak a soft paper towel in vinegar and then use it to wipe your glasses.
17. Burnt and greasy cookware
Yeah, this is one harsh household chore, but vinegar will make it easier. Just pour a cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar in the burnt cooking pot and boil it for 7 minutes until the solution starts to simmer. The burnt grease will soften and easily detach from the pot.
18. Best toilet cleaner and disinfectant
When the toilet needs a deep scrub, you should pick the vinegar bottle from the kitchen and apply the next trick: soak some paper towels in vinegar and put them inside of the toilet bowl and let them act for one hour. If you are dealing with rust stains, leave the paper towels act overnight. Another option is to pour vinegar in the water tank and flush it a few times.
19. Defrost car windshield
Mix in a spray bottle 3 parts of vinegar with 1 part of water and spray the solution over the icy windshield. Let it act for a couple of minutes, and then use the ice scraper to remove it.
Tip: if you’ve heard at the weather forecast that a storm wave is coming, you can spray the vinegar solution over the windshield to prevent it from frost.
20. Clean wooden cutting board
If your wooden cutting board it’s a total mess, then you have to fill the kitchen sink with water and add almost 3 cups of vinegar. Soak the cutting board and scrub it with a brush to remove all the dirt on its surface. Also, no bacteria will resist after soaking the cutting board for 15 minutes in this vinegar solution.