Vinegar uses for each room of your house
– the cheapest cleaner ever
“Vinegar is the cleaning answer to housework and the healthy answer to wellness”
There are so many vinegar uses. It’s great to use as a natural cleaning agent, for cooking and health purposes.
For ease of use, keep a bottle of white distilled vinegar and a spray bottle of diluted vinegar, in your cleaning cupboard. Also, have a bottle of organic vinegar for health purposes.
Benefits of using vinegar
- cheap – no need to buy individual cleaners as vinegar has multiple uses
- safe – unlike chemical cleaners, it’s safe to digest (cooking/health) and inhale (cleaning)
- tried and tested – successfully used for many years
- biodegradable – mild organic acid
- antimicrobial – the organic acids pass into cell membranes to kill bacteria
- antioxidant – helps ward off oxidative stress and fights free radicals of aging
- anti-glycemic – great for diabetics as it has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels
- high in acetic acid – increases your body’s absorption of important minerals.
Vinegar has so many uses and an almost indefinite shelf-life
I recently noticed that vinegar is now being packaged in plastic bottles rather than glass, which means it’ll last even longer as there’ll be less chance of it being dropped and broken!
Why does vinegar work so well for cleaning?
Vinegar contains acetic acid. When diluted in water, the acetic acid breaks apart and the hydrogen molecules bond with the other molecules it comes into contact with. When we use vinegar to clean, the hydrogen bonds with and removes the dirt and bacteria.
One study showed vinegar kills 99 percent of surface bacteria, 80 percent of germs, and 82 percent of moulds on a counter.
A random list of 25 lesser known vinegar uses
The internet has quite a few articles about using vinegar. Whilst searching, I came across Inger Soto’s article of 131 Vinegar Uses with stacks of ideas for ways you can use vinegar.
Here’s some that caught my attention:
- use vinegar to get rid of weeds or unwanted grass
- add a 2:3 tablespoon mix of vinegar/sugar to the water in a vase, for the flowers to last longer
- put a 3:1 solution of vinegar/water on car windows, to keep them frost-free overnight
- clean windows with diluted vinegar, and wipe dry with newspaper for no streaks
- wipe spectacle lenses with vinegar to keep clean and clear
- add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to bath water to relieve dry and itchy skin
- swallow one tablespoon of vinegar to stop hiccups instantly
- gargle with vinegar to ease a sore throat
- freshen and clean the empty washing machine with a cup of vinegar on a full cycle
- freshen a wool jumper by rinsing it in a 1:1 vinegar/water solution to remove odours
- remove dark burn stains from a cold iron plate by rubbing it with a 1:1 mix of heated vinegar/salt
- freshen wilted vegetables by soaking them in a solution of 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar
- remove hard water stains by holding a cloth soaked in vinegar over the stains
- clean chopping boards with vinegar
- make fluffier rice by adding a teaspoon of vinegar when it boils
- place a small bowl of vinegar in a room as an air freshener
- hold a cloth soaked in vinegar over stickers for easy removal
- use a 1:1 solution of vinegar/water in a spray bottle to clean chrome and plastic bathroom fittings
- lessen the grease buildup in your oven by cleaning it with vinegar and water
- add a half cup of vinegar to the washing machine rinse cycle to brighten clothing colours
- sprinkle a little vinegar on your food to lessen your appetite
- rub vinegar on deodorant stains before washing clothes
- wipe your hands with vinegar to remove onion or garlic odour, and fruit stains
- use vinegar and water to clean kitchen surfaces
- use 1:1 vinegar/water as a rinse to condition and detangle your hair
Infographic of even more vinegar uses
Staying with the same theme, here’s a pinnable infographic by FIX.com called Clever Uses for Vinegar. It includes visual examples of even more clever ways you can use vinegar to clean throughout your house, as well as explaining the science and history of vinegar use.
Note: this review is a general resource, not intended to be professional advice.
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