Vinegar Hacks

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I don't like to use harmful chemicals in my home. Vinegar can be a great biodegradable and green alternative. The acidity in the vinegar is what is doing the work while you are cleaning and cuts through grease, soap scum, mineral deposits, etc.

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vinegar hacks

Mutipurpose Cleaner -

Mix together in a ratio of 1:1 vinegar and water. You can use straight vinegar and skip the water for a stronger cleaner. If you do not like the smell of vinegar you can soak citrus peels in the vinegar for a few weeks, strain it out, and the vinegar will have absorbed the citrus scent. You can also add some drops of essential oil as well.

vinegar hacks

Use the multipurpose cleaner to clean your counters (not safe on granite or marble counters), & tile and grout back splashes, showers, bathtubs, & sinks.

vinegar hacks

Use it to clean the shelves in your refrigerator and freezer.

vinegar hacks

Clean Your Microwave -

Pour 1 cup vinegar & 1 cup water in a bowl. Add 2 TBSP lemon juice. The acidity again is the cleaning agent in this mixture. Place the bowl in the microwave cook for approximately 7-10 minutes (depends on strength of microwave).

vinegar hacks

Clean Your Dishwasher -

Place a cup full of vinegar in a cup on your top rack and run the dishwasher. It'll clean the soap scum and other junk out of it.

vinegar hacks

Spray Your Fruits & Vegetables -

Spray your fruits and vegetables to clean them, and rinse with water before eating.

vinegar hacks

Clean Your Garbage Disposal -

Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays. Place the ice cubes in your garbage disposal, run water and your disposal.

vinegar hacks

Odor Remover -

Spray some in smelly shoes, bags, or as an air freshener to remove odors.

vinegar hacks

Clean Your Shower Curtain -

Place your shower curtain in your washing machine, and add 1 cup vinegar. Set your washer to large load, warm, and hand wash cycle. The vinegar will remove any soap scum and mold build up.

vinegar hacks

Clean your Tile Floors -

Mix a ratio of 1:10 vinegar and water (1 being the vinegar). Use a deck brush to lightly scrub the mixture onto the floor.

vinegar hacks

After scrubbing, mop with a warm water rinse.

vinegar hacks

Soften Your Towels -

Wash your towels with 1 cup of vinegar, it'll soften your towels.

vinegar hacks

Re-usable vinegar wipes & dryer sheets -

Place some washcloths in a container and pour vinegar over the cloths - you can dilute with water as you made the multipurpose cleaner from above if you like. Use to wipe up surfaces, launder, and use again. You can also throw these in the dryer to soften clothes.

vinegar hacks

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  • Monique Azzara Billow
    on Oct 25, 2018

    Is there any home made solution for a carpet steamer?

    • Connie
      on Nov 1, 2018

      I use and really like this one.

      1Tablespoon baking soda

      1/3 cup vinegar

      Then fill tank with Hot water.

      After tank is fillled add

      1Tablespoon liquid laundry detergent. Make sure to add this last so it does not foam all up.

      Does a good job on my carpet which is white. ( not my choice of color)

  • Robert
    on Oct 27, 2018

    Can you put vinegar in a stainless steel tub?

    • Melanie Shearman
      on Nov 11, 2018

      I use a mix of Dawn soap and vinegar to clean my sinks. It leaves the stainless steal and all the chrome fitting sparkling!

  • Barbara Molter-Porter
    on Nov 21, 2018

    Where do I put the vinegar in a front loader washing machine?

    • Trish F
      on Dec 21, 2018

      I would put it in the fabric softener compartment.

      I use it in the wash cycle and it is the only fabric softener I use.

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