Vinegar isn’t something that most people use in their everyday life. Occasionally, it can come in handy while you’re cooking, but what other uses are there for this unique liquid? It’s incredibly cheap; you can typically buy white vinegar by the gallon for less than $3. And as with cooking, a little goes a long way in a variety of applications. Let’s take a look at some other ways to use white vinegar around the house; you may be amazed at how versatile this product is and how much money you could save by using it as a replacement for other household products.
Clean Carpet Stains
Anyone with kids or pets knows just how difficult it can be to keep a carpet looking fresh. If you’re struggling to get rid of carpet stains, you might want to try using white vinegar. Here’s how to do it:
- Mix 2 tbsp. of white distilled vinegar with ¼ cup baking soda to create a paste.
- Rub the paste into the stain and allow it to dry completely.
- The next day, vacuum up the paste residue to reveal a reduced or eliminated carpet stain.
Keep in mind that it’s wise to test this vinegar solution on a part of the carpet that’s less noticeable first. While this works for most carpets, a test patch will give you more confidence that the paste will work with your specific carpeting.
Remove Lime Buildup
Do you hate the look of lime buildup on your faucets? You might be tempted to stock up on one of the many cleaning products developed specifically for removing lime buildup; most grocery stores have plenty from which to choose. However, those single-use products are much more expensive than white vinegar, and odds are that you’ll use only a small amount of the solution and the rest will sit in the bottle unused for months at a time.
- Get a more effective and efficient solution by using white vinegar. Here’s how:
- Mix 1 tsp. white vinegar with 2 tsp. salt to create a paste.
- Use a cloth to apply the paste to faucets and other fixtures. Rub to remove the lime buildup.
- Rinse clean with water.
Get Rid of Static Cling
Do your clothes always come out of the dryer with lots of static cling? Skip the costly anti-static products and simply add a ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to your wash cycle. The acid in the vinegar gets rid of static and prevents dryer lint from getting stuck to your clothes.
Refresh Your Toilet
Even your trusty toilet brush may be no match for a toilet that’s in dire need of a serious cleaning. If you’re struggling to get your toilet bowl looking pristine again, simply pour one cup (or more) of diluted white distilled vinegar into the bowl. Let it sit several hours (or overnight, if possible). Then, scrub with your toilet brush and flush it away to reveal a sparkling clean bowl.
Eliminate Stubborn Odors
Do you use plastic containers to store leftovers and other food? If so, you’ve probably battled to get rid of strong smells that seem to seep into the plastic. Stop scrubbing and scrubbing with regular dish soap and up the ante by using white vinegar. Simple dampen a cloth with some vinegar and swab the plastic container’s interior surfaces. Go over it a few times to make sure you’ve covered everything. Then, rinse it out with water and, if you like, wash with regular dish soap. This solution should have your plastic containers smelling fresh and clean once again.
A similar technique can make your fridge clean and odorless as well. Remove all the foods and containers from your fridge and give it a thorough cleaning by harnessing the power of white vinegar. You’ll want to create a solution that includes equal amounts of water and white vinegar. Dip a cloth into your solution and wipe down all the surfaces in your fridge. It will clean all those drawers and shelves while also pulling out those pesky fridge odors that develop over time.
Make Silver Sparkle Again
If your silverware is looking a little dingy, white vinegar offers a quick, easy and affordable solution. Clean your sink and plug it before laying your silverware across the bottom. Then, pour white vinegar on top until it covers your silverware. Let the utensils soak for several hours, then take them out and give them a quick scrub and rinse so they’ll look as good as new.
You can also use white vinegar to make aluminum pots shiny again. Remove dark stains by boiling one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water in the pot.
Are you ready to start using white vinegar for these and other handy uses around the house? Stop buying some of those expensive cleaning products and just turn to an expensive jug of white vinegar to keep your house clean and fresh.