10 Household Uses For Vinegar

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Vinegar is something most of us have around the house or hiding in the cupboards. It may not be something you use on a regular basis, but surprisingly it can be the magic ingredient to fixing common household issues.  Vinegar is so versatile it can be used in and around the house, outside in the garden and as a base for homemade, natural cleaners.  So, the next time you’re at the store make sure to grab an extra large bottle of vinegar and try out some of these great household uses to see just how great vinegar can be!

  1. Blind Cleaner: If your household window blinds seem to collect dust quickly, try using vinegar to combat the cycle. Mix equal parts of vinegar and hot water in a small cup or bowl.  Using a white glove, dip your fingers into the solution and run them along each blind back and forth. This will remove the dust and prevent dust from sticking around.
  2. Wood Water Rings: Forget to use a coaster? Vinegar has got you covered! Simply, mix together equal parts of vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to the water rings and rub in the direction of the wood grain. Finish the process by going back over the ring with a soft, dry cloth to shine the area.
  3. Brighten Brick: If your Valor Fireplace is surrounded by a brick finish, you can easily shine the bricks to keep them looking new! Using a bucket, add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water and mix together.  Dampen your cloth and rub each brick to reveal a new and bright shine! You can even use this method on brick flooring.
  4. Chrome Shine: To get your chrome appliances to really shine, vinegar is the best option. Add vinegar to a spray bottle and lightly spray it over your chrome surface. Buff the area with a soft cloth to achieve the maximum shine.
  5. Mildew Remover: If your bathroom has a habit of building up mildew, use vinegar to get rid of it completely. If the mildew is quite stubborn you can use pure vinegar in a spray bottle. However, if it’s only a light area dilute the vinegar with a small amount of water.
  6. Overnight Cleaner: No one likes cleaning the bathroom, let alone the toilet. To make your job easier, simply pour two cups of vinegar into the bowl and let it sit overnight before flushing it out. This process will also remove any rings in the bowl.
  7. Washing Machine: Save yourself from buying those expensive washing machine cleaning products and just use vinegar. When your washing machine is empty, pour 2 full cups of vinegar into the machine. Run the washer on a full cycle with no clothes in it. This will disinfect and clean the inside of the washing machine.
  8. Wrinkle Release: Ironing can be a time consuming process when you’re in a rush. To avoid the panic, use a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and mix it in a spray bottle. With the wrinkled item hanging, mist the mixture over the clothing aiming for the most wrinkled spots and let air dry.  Once dry your wrinkles will be released and your outfit will be ready to wear.
  9. Rust Remover: If you have a favorite tool that has rusted over the years, use vinegar to bring it back to life. Simply, soak the tool in vinegar for a few days until the rust starts to dissolve.
  10. Sticker Remover: Last but not least, when you can’t get that pesky label off a new purchase, try vinegar. Spray or dab vinegar directly onto the label to disintegrate it and make it easier to completely remove without leftover residue.

Vinegar can be used in so many ways! Do you have a favorite way to use vinegar around the house? Share it with us below!

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