It’s time to get back to the basics. Ditch your fancy cleaning supplies and other household regulars in favor of an easy solution.
Instead of products that can be loaded with chemicals, turn to distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is powerful enough to banish even your toughest cleaning products, but gentle enough to be used around pets and children.
In fact, there are several ways that simple vinegar solutions can turn around the look and feel of your home. Don’t believe me? Here are fifteen ways to use distilled white vinegar around your home.
1. Clean Sticky Scissors
Simply soak a cotton ball in vinegar and wipe down. The vinegar helps to cut the grease and emulsion buildup that can be left behind on the tool.
2. Remove “Artwork” From The Walls
If your child recently decorated your walls or furniture with one of their “masterpieces,” don’t get upset just yet. Instead, remove the artwork by rubbing away the pen marks with a mixture of water and vinegar.
3. Remove Water Rings On Wooden Furniture
Using equal parts vinegar and olive oil, you can remove water spots or rings. Simply dip a soft cloth into the mixture and rub the solution along the wood’s natural grain. This will help to buff away any lingering marks.
4. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Let the mixture fizz in the drain for a few minutes, and then flush out with warm water to remove smells or food buildup.
5. Clean Tile Grout
Whiten your tile grout by using a vinegar soaked toothbrush to scrub it away.
6. Brighten Your Laundry
Pour in a cup of vinegar during your rinse cycle. Good Housekeeping states it will help to dissolve any soap residue, soften the fabric, and reduce static.
7. Control Weeds
Use a water-vinegar solution to fight off pesky weeds and crabgrass that could be popping up in your garden.
8. Remove Mineral Deposits On Cookware
Clean away mineral deposits in tea kettles and coffee pots by bowling one-cup vinegar and four tablespoons of baking soda in the container.
9. Remove Chewing Gum From Any Surface
Care2.com claims you can remove chewing gum from any surface by using the all-powerful vinegar against it.
10. Clean Up Your Leather Shoes
Remove water and salt stains from leather shoes by rubbing a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and one cup water along the stain. Polish afterwards to bring life back into your shoes.
11. Dissolve Sticky Label Residue
Reader’s Digest recommends using vinegar to remove those pesky residue marks left by crummy labels.
12. Remove Lime Build Up On Faucets
Get rid of lime buildup on dirty faucets by creating a paste of one teaspoon of vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. The mixture will help to dissolve the buildup and leave your fixture looking squeaky clean.
13. Clean Paintbrushes
Revive old paintbrushes by soaking them in a pot of vinegar on the stove. Bring the vinegar to a light simmer and watch the old paint fall away.
14. Restore Leather Purses & Wallets
Wiping a purse or wallet with vinegar will help to remove any dingy marks and bring them back to life.
15. Lengthen The Life Of Your Manicure
Increase the shelf life of your manicure by cleaning your nails with vinegar beforehand. The clean surface helps the polish better adhere to your nails.
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