Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top 10 Household Uses of Vinegar

I have used vinegar for many household tasks. There are many more uses for vinegar than the 10 I have listed here, but these are the uses I have actually tried, and they work great. These are the top 10 in most households! Find more uses here!

1. Air Freshener:  Placing a bowl of vinegar in a smoke filled room from cooking or smoking will cut the odor in no time. You can also use it for smelly drains!

2. Window Cleaner: A mixture of part water, part vinegar will give your windows a streak free shine. You may also clean any household appliances, TV, computer, or any similar surfaces. Vinegar really is a great all purpose cleaner.

3. Jewelry Cleaner:  1/2 cup vinegar with a couple of tablespoons of baking soda will give your jewelry a powerful  bath. Soak for a few hours, rinse and dry!

4. Polish metal surfaces: Stainless, copper, brass, silver or any metal surface will sparkle after using equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Let the bubble reaction settle and spread the paste over the surfaces buffing it. Rinse and dry. I use it for all of my baking pans!

5. Remove stickers or labels:  Whether you want to save a jar with a label or you have a child that covers your home in stickers, straight vinegar works. Soak the sticker or label from the edges in and let set a few minutes. Scrape the sticker with a putty knife or flat edged card or tool. It will work on any painted surface too such as bumper stickers on cars.

6. Deodorize lockers, cabinet, drawers and lunch boxes: If you are trying to freshen up any small, enclosed area such as a lunch box or locker, simply soak a piece of bread in vinegar and place in the box or locker over night. The smell should be gone by morning. Rinse and it should smell new again.

7. Wood work: 1 pint water, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 3 tablespoons olive oil works great for polishing your wood work. Rub the entire surface with the mixture, let set a few minutes, and buff out with a dry cloth.

8. Carpet stain remover: For light carpet stains; a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum. For darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mix. For tough, deep dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for a couple of days, and vacuum.

9. Wake up old leather furniture or other items: Use equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil. Spray or rub it on evenly, let set a few minutes and polish off with a dry cloth.

10. Cover scratches on wooden furniture: Mix iodine and vinegar to reach desired color. Paint scratches with mixture.

Find more uses for vinegar here!


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