Did you know that you could almost clean your entire house without ever buying any chemical-based (and often toxic) cleaning products? Vinegar has been used for years for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and more. It can also be combined with other common household products such as baking soda or salt and used for cleaning purposes. Here are 11 things you can do using white distilled vinegar that you may not have known before.
Got an ant problem? You can spray vinegar along the edges of windowsills, doorways or anywhere else you have an ant problem. The vinegar will deter and get rid of intruding ants.
Chrome Fixtures and Lime Buildup
It’s inevitable that a fixture or two in your home will suffer from lime buildup. For chrome, you can make a paste consisting of two tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon of vinegar. Using a sponge, rub the mixture onto the fixture, rinse clean and dry for shiny, pretty-as-new chrome fixtures.
Remove dirt and grime buildup on concrete driveways by spraying the concrete with vinegar then rinsing and allowing to dry.
Simply setting out a small bowl of white distilled vinegar (undiluted) will help get rid of pesky fruit flies.
Many people assume they can run water down the garbage disposal and it’s clean, or maybe they don’t clean them at all. Garbage disposals can be cleaned using vinegar ice cubes. Just fill an ice-cube tray with vinegar and let freeze. Once frozen, dump the ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run cold water, run the garbage disposal until the ice cubes are gone. Voila―clean garbage disposal. This will also help get rid of odor buildup in your disposal and drain.
Spray some vinegar onto a ball of crushed up tin foil and scrub away to clean off grill grates. The tin foil helps weaken stubborn buildup while the tin foil scrubs it away.
Pet accidents can be blotted up, sprayed with a vinegar and water solution and blotted until nearly dry. Then, sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit overnight. In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda and the stain and odor will be gone. (Author’s Note: As with any carpet cleaning tricks, be sure to test this on an inconspicuous spot on your carpet to ensure no discoloration occurs.)
Price Tags, Stickers & Other Labels
Stickers, price tags and other labels are obnoxious―especially when they leave behind that gooey, icky film. Just cover the sticker with a cloth that is soaked in vinegar, allow it to sit overnight and by morning, the sticker will come off with ease.
Spray the tile grout with vinegar, let it sit for a minute or two before scrubbing with a toothbrush. Rinse clean.
Using equal parts vinegar and water, you can either spray the solution directly onto the wallpaper or use a paint roller to evenly saturate the area. Give it a few minutes and then simply peel the wallpaper off.
Wooden Cutting Boards
Wooden cutting boards can be disinfected when washed with vinegar and then rinsed clean.
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