25 Alternative Uses for White Vinegar

uses vinegarVinegar has been used for all sorts of things by our grandparents and their grandparents.

It’s a shame that it seems so many people have forgotten a lot of the old time ways of doing things. They were usually a lot more environmentally friendly without even realizing it.

And also a LOT cheaper than the chemical laden stuff we use today.

And the funny part, using simple products like vinegar not only saves you money and helps the world a cleaner place, but often times these simple products work better than their new fangled more expensive versions!

So, here is a list of tasks you can get done for cheap with this nontoxic and widely available green product courtesy of http://treebeards.com.

  1. Cleaner dishes – use a few drops of vinegar in the washing water
  2. Stains on steel cookware and cutlery disappear if rubbed with a cloth soaped in vinegar
  3. Greasy pans – soak in vinegar for 30 min.
  4. Oven – wash with a cloth soaked in vinegar
  5. Teapots – wash with salt and vinegar
  6. Refrigerator – wash with vinegar to help prevent mildew
  7. Laminate Flooring – use 1/2 cup of vinegar + 1 to 2 squirts of liquid dish detergent + Bucketful of warm water (about a gallon)
  8. Stove Tops – use a paste made with cream of tartar and vinegar (50/50) or apply vinegar soaked paper towels for a few hours
  9. To clean tile, toilet, sink, marble, glass, and the box of bathroom mirrors – make a mixture of white vinegar, the same proportion of water and four coffee spoons of baking soda
  10. Microwave Cleaner – Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl, place in microwave. and heat for 3 – 5 minutes. Keep the door closed for some minutes so the steam have time to work. Clean with a a moist, warm cloth
  11. Wood: two cups of ammonia, one cup of vinegar and half cup of soda in eight liters of clean water to clean furniture like painted shelves or wooden shutters without changing their color
  12. Brass and copper: a solution of vinegar and salt gives new shine to the products.
  13. Dish Detergent Extender – add 3 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar to the detergent bottle.
  14. Kitchen Sponge Freshener: Regularly clean and freshen kitchen sponges by soaking them in vinegar and water
  15. Dry skin: Mix equal parts of vinegar and cream for the hands to improve your hands dry.
  16. Flowers: The flowers remain fresh longer if the water in the pot contains two tablespoons of vinegar and two of sugar.
  17. Eggs – add a few drops of vinegar in water before boiling so they don’t break
  18. To eliminate bad smells from the kitchen. Boil a cup of water with a tablespoon of vinegar
  19. To remove the smell of onions on hands. Rub vinegar on hands before and after using the onion.
  20. Hair conditioner. use 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the rinse water
  21. As an anti-dandruff. Rub pure vinegar on your scalp several times a week, before passing the shampoo.
  22. For sore throat. gargle with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt in warm water.
  23. To avoid the bathroom sink clogging – use every 15 days, 4 teaspoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Leave it overnight and by morning, pour boiling water.
  24. Stains on fabrics – Gum or deodorant stains disappear if the piece is soaked in vinegar before washing. Clean grimy collars using a paste prepared with soda and vinegar before washing.
  25. Stains on carpets – apply warm water with vinegar over the stain and rub.
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