The household uses for white-vinegar is almost endless. We all tend to forget that white vinegar, as well as malt and cider vinegar varieties, is such a versatile dilutes acetic acid.
How is vinegar made? Vinegar in the first procedure is termed alcoholic fermentation. It happens when yeasts alter natural sugars to alcohol in organised settings. In the second procedure, an assembly of microbes called “Acetobacter” changes the alcohol portion to acid. This is the acid fermentation that forms vinegar. It can be made from any material that contains sugar.
There is no authorized documented evidence about the discovery of vinegar. It is considered as a chance finding. Though, there are abundant folktales that surround about how vinegar was discovered.
One such folklore states that a courtier in Babylonia discovered wine that was made from unattended grape nectar. Thus, this oxidized grape juice wine, in turn, lead to the subsequent discovery of vinegar. Also, allegedly, the Babylonians later learned that vinegar slows down or halts the action of microorganisms that ruins food. So they started using it as a preserving agent. Also they used on their food to improve its taste.
Ancient Greeks and Romans also used vinegar as a preservative. The Ancient Chinese, thought that vinegar was a stimulant that would give them strength, vitality, and the power to heal. According to the writings of Titus Livius, a historian, wrote that Hannibal succeeded in crossing the Alps because of vinegar. His armies were supposed to have heated mountain boulders and smothered them with vinegar. Thus, causing the rocks to crumble and clear the path for them to cross with their elephants.
For approximately 2,500 years vinegar has been made commercially. This makes it one of the most ancient produces in use today by mankind. Basically, vinegar warrants a distinct place in your food cupboard. Below is a list of 95 uses for white vinegar and cider vinegar.
Please note: that distilled vinegar mentioned in this post is the same as white vinegar.
Table of Contents
1.Part 1: Uses for white vinegar in the living room
2.Part 2: Uses for white vinegar around the Kitchen
3.Part 3: Uses for white Vinegar around the bathroom
4.Part 4: Uses for white vinegar around the laundry area
5.Part 5: More uses for white vinegar around the house
6.Part 6: Uses for white vinegar around the yard
7.Part 7: Uses for white vinegar around the garage
8.Part 8: Uses for white vinegar around the car
8.Part 9: Uses for white Vinegar in the Workplace
Part 1: Uses for white-vinegar in the living room
1. Remove ink stains
If you have ink stains on your desk or wall use undiluted white vinegar to remove the unwanted marks. Put some undiluted vinegar on a cloth and wipe it down. Wipe until the ink stain disappears from the desk or wall.
2. Polish your household scissors
If your scissor blades are dirty don’t use ordinary water because it will likely rust the blades and fastener that holds them together. As an alternative, dab down the blades with a duster dipped in undiluted white vinegar. Then dry the scissors with a cloth.
3. Wipe down your Venetian blinds
Use white cotton gloves to clean your Venetian blinds. Put on a white cotton glove and dampen the fingers in a solution of equal measures of white vinegar and water. Slide the fingers across both sides of the blind. You will be astonished at the results. Wash off the glove in water.
4. Wipe down your piano keys
How to clean your piano keys? Dab a soft duster into a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed in 2 cups water. Squeeze the duster until there are no drips. Then softly clean off each key. Use another rag to dry off the keys as you move along. Leave the keyboard exposed for 24 hours to ensure it is completely dry before you play it.
5. Remove water rings from furniture
How to eliminate stains left by wet cups, mugs or glasses on wood furniture? Mix equal measures of distilled vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft rag. Always move the cloth with the wood grain. Afterwards shine the wood with a soft clean rag. How to remove white water stains off leather furniture. Wipe it with a sponge saturated in undiluted distilled vinegar.
6. Renovate your carpets and rugs
Bring your rugs back to life by cleaning them with a broom saturated in a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar in 1 gallon of water. The rugs worn threads will liven up. The great thing is you don’t have to wash the acidic solution off. Also by misting the bottom of carpets and rugs with undiluted white vinegar from a spray bottle will prevent mould from forming. For more persistent carpet and rug blemishes below are a few tips:
- scrub light rug and carpet blemishes with a combination of 2 tablespoons salt liquefied in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Ensure you let the acidic mixture dry before you start to hoover the rug/carpet.
- Add 2 tablespoons of borax to the above mixture for bigger and darker blemishes. Let it dry than hoover the rug/carpet.
- Tough blemishes and other marks, mix 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon corn-starch. Rub the mixture into the blemish with a dry clean rag. Let the mixture set for two days. When it has dried hoover the rug or carpet.
- How to create a spray-on spot and blemish remover? Fill a spray bottle with 5 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Get another spray bottle and fill it with 1 part non-soapy ammonia and 5 parts water. Soak the mark with the vinegar mixture. Let mixture settle for a few minutes and then wipe carefully with a fresh, dry rag. Carefully wipe the carpet or rug with a clean dry rag. Then spray and wipe with the ammonia. Continue till the blemish has disappeared from the item.
Please note: that there is no guarantee that the methods mentioned above will improve your rug or carpet. Please read our disclaimer before you use any of the mentioned tips.
7. Enhance brickwork
How to brighten up your fireplace’s brickwork? Dip a clean rag in 1 cup white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon of tepid water. You can use the same mixture to improve any other uncovered brick work. You can even use this solution on brick flooring. You will be amazed at the positive results you will get!
8. Revive wood cladding
Revive your wood cladding with this home-made mixture:
- Combine 1 pint tepid water.
- 4 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bottle.
- Give the bottle a couple of shakes, and apply it with a clean rag. Ensure you let the solution steep into the timber for a few minutes.
- Then polish the wood with a dry duster.
9. Dab off wax or polish build-up
How to remove wax or polish build-up on wood or leather table tops with thinned white vinegar? Put a clean duster in equal parts of vinegar and water and ensure the cloth is properly squeezed out. Move with the grain when you polish the wood furniture with the solution. Rub dry with a soft clean duster. Nearly all leather table tops will come clean by rubbing them down with a soft clean duster placed in 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Always dry off the mixture with a clean dry cloth.
10. Regenerate leather furniture
How to restore your leather furniture to its old self? Combine in equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil in a reused spray bottle. Shake the bottle well and spray it on the leather item. Use a soft clean rag to spread it evenly over the leather item. Wait a couple of minutes before rubbing the mixture off with a clean rag.
11. Hide Abrasions in wood furniture
How to make abrasions less noticeable on wood furniture? Combine some purified or cider vinegar and iodine in a small pot. Paint over the mark with a small artist’s brush dipped in the solution. For darker woods use more iodine and for lighter woods use more cider vinegar.
12. Eliminate candle wax
How to remove candle wax from fine wood furniture? First soften the wax by using a blow dryer on its hottest setting. Then remove as much of the wax as you can with paper cloths. Remove what wax remains by rubbing it with a clean duster saturated in a mixture prepared of equal parts distilled vinegar and water. Rub wood down with a soft porous duster.
Part 2: Uses for white-vinegar around the Kitchen
13. Unblock and freshen up drains
How to unblock and freshen up drains? A mixture of vinegar and baking soda is one of the most effective, also gentler on the pipes, ways to unblock and freshen up the drains. The vinegar and baking soda solution is also cheaper than marketable drain cleansers.
Get a funnel to decant 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup undiluted vinegar into the drainage system. Wait until the foaming diminishes and then flush with boiling water. Pause for 5 minutes, and then flush again, this time with, cold water. In addition to unblocking drains, you can use this method to wash away odour-causing germs.
14. Remove smoke smells
To remove the odour of burnt food or old cigarette smoke by placing a shallow bowl about 3 quarters full of white or cider vinegar. You can also get rid of fresh cigarette smoke inside a room by dampening a rag with white vinegar and flapping it around the smelly room.
15. Freshen up chrome and stainless steel
How to clean chrome and stainless steel fittings around your home? Spray a light misting of full strength white vinegar from a reused spray bottle. Afterwards polish with a soft clean rag.
16. Remove grease marks:
How to eradicate grease marks from your cooker, broiler, and kitchen counter? Rub them down with a rag put in a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. As well as removing the fat, the white vinegar will counterbalance any smells. To get rid of daily grease stains, pour 3-4 tablespoons white vinegar into your preferred liquid dish-washing cleaner and shake it. The vinegar added to the detergent will intensify its grease-fighting abilities. It will also save you money on buying more detergent because less soap will be needed to clean your plates. Also, you can boil 2 cups vinegar in your fat covered saucepan for around 10 minutes to give it a natural non-stick feature. The non-stick feel will last for several months. You can also boil 1 cup vinegar and water in a stainless steel pan to dissolve persistent grease stains.
17. Freshen up lunch containers
Does your child’s lunch box smell? If so here is a tip to get it clean. Immerse a portion of white bread in undiluted white vinegar and leave it in the nose offending lunchbox overnight. Hey presto! The odour ought to have disappeared by sunrise.
18. Steam-clean your microwave Cooker
A great way to clean your microwave is to put a glass bowl filled with a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar in 1 cup water inside it. Then annihilate the solution for 5 minutes on the maximum setting of your microwave. When the bowl cools down, dab a rag or sponge into the solution and use it to rub away blemishes and spatters on the inside.
19. Brighten up your fridge-freezer
Use the same parts of white vinegar and water to sponge down both the inside and outside of your fridge-freezer. Also wash down the door seal and the facades of the vegetable and fruit containers. Also, to stop mould from forming, sponge the interior walls and container interiors with some white vinegar on a clean rag. Similarly use full-strength vinegar to rub off mounted up filth and dirt on top of your fridge-freezer. When you have finished cleaning your fridge-freezer put a box of baking soda inside it to keep it smelling clean and fresh.
20. Sterilize your cutting board
To sterilize and clean your wood cutting board, rub it with undiluted white vinegar after using it. The white vinegar’s acetic acid is a decent sanitizer. It is effective against dangerous germs like E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. Never use water and dishwashing detergent on a wooden chopping board because it can deteriorate its exterior wood fibres. As soon as your wooden cutting exterior wants freshening up as well as sterilizing, spread some baking soda over it. Then drizzle on full-strength white vinegar on it. Allow it to froth and fizz for 5 to 10 minutes. Then wash off with a clean rag dunked in fresh cold H2O (water).
21. Polish your silver
How to make your silverware, as well as your pure silver charms, rings, etc. gleam like new? Immerse them in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Permit them soak for around for 2 to 3 hours. Wash them in cold water. Dry the items carefully with a cottony clean rag.
22. Polish brass and copper articles
How to make your brass, bronze and copper items sparkle? Make a paste of equal parts white vinegar and salt. Get a clean, soft rag or paper cloth to buff the paste into the article till the dis-colour has vanished. Wash with cool water and rub with a soft clean cloth till dry. You can use baking soda instead of salt for this solution but ensure it stops frothing before you use it.
Please note: Do not use this white vinegar solution on any plated items such as silver or bronze. This is because its acidic qualities will destroy the plating.
23. Freshen up your ice trays
A few cups of white vinegar can get rid of hard water blemishes. To eliminate the stains or sterilize your ice trays, put them in full-strength white vinegar for 4 to 5 hours. Then wash the trays under cold water and allow them to dry.
24. Freshen up a coffee-maker
Is your coffee coming out weak or bitter? If it is, than it may need cleaning. Put 2 cups of white vinegar into the container and 1 cup water. Put a filter in the coffee-maker and decant the mixture into its water compartment. Switch on the coffee-maker and allow it to go through a full brew sequence. Get rid of the filter and change it with a new one. Now, run fresh water through the appliance for 2 complete sequences. Then replace the filter once more for the second brew. Remember, if you have soft water; clean your coffee-maker after 80 brew sequences. If you have hard water, clean it after 40 sequences.
25. Freshen up china, crystal, and glassware
To get your glassware to sparkle again put vinegar into your clean water or dishwater:
- Put 1/4 cup vinegar into your dishwasher’s wash sequence to keep your glassware shining.
- How to get rid of drinking glasses cloudiness produced by hard water. Just heat up a saucepan of equal parts white vinegar and water and let them infuse in it for 15-30 minutes. Give them a decent scouring with a bottle brush and then wash clean. Remember, if your glasses are really cloudy us undiluted white vinegar to get them to sparkle.
- For cleaning your good crystals add 2 tablespoons vinegar to your dishwater. Then wash them in a mixture of 3 parts tepid water to 1 part vinegar and let them to dry naturally. Fine crystal and delicate china can also be cleaned by adding 1 cup vinegar to a sink of tepid water. Very carefully submerge the glassware in the mixture and allow them to dry naturally.
- How to remove coffee marks and other stains off china dishes and teacups. Scour them with equal parts vinegar and salt, and then rinse them under tepid water.
26. Freshen up a tea-kettle
To eradicate lime and mineral bits in a tea-kettle, get 3 cups undiluted white vinegar to a full boil for 5 minutes. Leave the vinegar in the kettle overnight and the following day wash out with cold water.
27. Freshen up the air in your kitchen area
To eradicate the odour of stale food from your kitchen, combine a pan of 1/2 cup white vinegar in 1 cup water. Allow it to boil till the solution is nearly vaporized. Fantastic, a smelly kitchen no more!
28. Create a multi-purpose scouring mix for pots and saucepans
How to make an inexpensive and effective scrubbing paste that can be carefully used on all of your metallic cooking utensils. This includes costly copper pots and pans. Go to your kitchen’s cupboard and get out your flour, salt and vinegar. Just mix equal parts salt and flour and add just enough white vinegar to create a paste. Scrub the paste round the cooking surface and the external of the pot. Then wash off with tepid water and dry carefully with a soft clean rag.
29. Disinfect containers, jars and urns
How to clean messy sticky food from food containers so you can use them again? Fill the container with equal parts vinegar and tepid, soapy water and allow it stand for 10-15 minutes. If you’re washing a decanter or urn, shut it up and give it a few good shakes. Or you can use a bottle brush to scrub off the leftovers before carefully washing.
30. Wash an unclean flask
How to get a flask clean? Fill the flask with tepid water and 1/4 cup distilled vinegar. If there is any deposit left, add some raw rice. The rice will act as an abrasive to rub it off. Shut the top of the flask and shake well. Then wash and let the flask dry naturally.
31. Eradicate insects from your food cupboard
How to get rid of creepy crawlies from your pantry? Fill a tiny dish with 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar and add a couple of droplets of liquid dish cleaner. The solution has to be left in the pantry for at least a week. The solution will entice the insects into the bowl and, unfortunately for them, drown in it. Empty the shelves, and give the inside an in-depth washing with dishwashing cleaner. Or you can mix 2 cups baking soda in 1 quart water. Remove all wheat foodstuffs such as breads, pasta, flour, and wash off tinned items before placing them back into the pantry.
32. Clean can opener blades with a brush
To clean and sterilize your can opener blades, put an old toothbrush in distilled vinegar and positon the hairs of the brush around the side and edge of the can opener’s wheel. Switch on the machine, and allow the blade brush itself spotless.
33. Snare fruit flies
You can create snares for trapping fruit flies that can be used all around the house by filling an old container approximately halfway with apple cider. Put a few holes in the top, attach it back on, and the contraption is ready to be used.
34. Remedies for food
We all know that white vinegar and olive oil make tasty salad dressing. Though, it is also good for other numerous cooking jobs as well.
- How to keep poached egg’s whites to stay whole? Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching.
- How to stop a cracked boiling egg’s whites from leaking out? Just add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water.
- How to stop leafy vegetable from wilting? Soak them in cold water with a little vinegar for 20 minutes.
- How to eliminate onion smell from your hands? Rub them with a drop of vinegar.
- How to perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness of any vegetable? Add a little white vinegar to the vegetable’s water when boiling. You can also do the same with beans.
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Part 3: Uses for white-Vinegar around the bathroom
35. Dab away mould
Eliminate mould marks with distilled vinegar. To eradicate heavy mould build-ups, use undiluted vinegar. For light mildew stains, use an equal quantity of water and vinegar.
36. Sparkle ceramic bathroom tiles
How to bring back the brilliance of your ceramic tiles that have been dis-coloured by soap foam? Clean the ceramic tiles with 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup borax mixed in 1 gallon tepid water. Clean well with cool water and let it dry naturally.
37. Freshen up sinks and bathtubs
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Place the sheen back in your ceramic sinks and bathtubs by giving them a thorough washing with undiluted white vinegar. Then wash thoroughly with clean cold water. How to eliminate hard-water blemishes from your basin or bath? Empty 3 cups of distilled vinegar beneath a tap of running hot water and then allow the bath to fill up over the blemishes. Let it penetrate the bath for 4 hours. Then when the water is let out, it ought to be easy to scrub off the blemishes. A great tip to whiten the grout is to put an old toothbrush in distilled vinegar and rub away.
38. Freshen up your shower doors
How to get your shower doors glistening spotless from water spots? Sponge them down with a clean rag dabbed in a mixture of 1/2 cup distilled vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking soda mixed in 1 gallon tepid water.
39. Rinse out your wash cup
Give your and your families rinse cup a weekly washing by filling it with the same parts water and distilled vinegar. Or just put undiluted white vinegar in the rinse cup and allow it to stand overnight. Wash the rinse cup carefully with cold water before using it.
40. Eliminate mineral deposits from shower-heads
To clean obstructions and mineral deposits from detachable shower-heads place them in 1 quart boiling water with 1/2 cup distilled vinegar for 10 minutes. Please note: For plastic showerheads use hot and not boiling liquid. For a non-detachable shower-head, get a small plastic bag and half fill it with vinegar and duct tape it over the fitting. Allow it to stand for about 1 hour and then take away the bag. Then dab off any residual vinegar from the shower-head.
41. Sterilize shower door tracks
To remove dirt and grime from the tracks of your shower doors use white vinegar. Bung up the tracks with about 2 cups undiluted white vinegar and let it sit for 3 to 5 hours. For really grimy tracks you should have heated the vinegar in a glass dish for 30 seconds in your microwave. Then decant some hot water over the track to wash away the filth. Use an old tooth brush or a small scrub brush to remove difficult marks.
42. Rub down bathroom fittings
Distilled vinegar can also remove stains from other bathroom fittings and leave them shining. Dispense a tiny amount of full-strength distilled vinegar onto a soft duster and use it to rub down your chrome taps, towel stands, bathroom mirrors, doorknobs, etc.
43. Combat mould and mildew
How to stop and prevent bathroom mould and mildew? Decant a mixture of 3 tablespoons distilled vinegar, 1 teaspoon of borax, and 2 cups hot water into a hygienic, reused spray bottle. Before using it give it a few good shakes. Spray the solution on painted exteriors, tiles, windows; basically, anywhere you perceive mould or mildew marks. Allow the mixture to soak in or use a soft scrub brush to remove the marks.
44. Sterilize lavatory bowls
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How to sterilize and get your toilet smelling hygienic? Dispense 2 cups distilled vinegar into the lavatory bowl and allow the mixture to penetrate overnight before flushing it down. Include this vinegar soak in your weekly cleaning routine will also aid in keeping away those unpleasant water rings that usually appear just overhead the water level.
45. Freshen up your toothbrush holder
How to remove the filth, germs, and dribbled on toothpaste drippings out of the ridges of your bathroom toothbrush holder? Scrub the openings with cotton pads dampened with distilled vinegar.
Part 4: Uses for white-vinegar around the laundry area
46. Get rid of unwanted odours, etc. from your new or old garments
How to remove the chemicals, powder; smell out of new or old garments? Pour 1 cup undiluted vinegar into the launder sequence the first time you launder the clothes.
47. Stop red garments from running
To stop reds or brightly coloured clothes from ruining your wash immerse, your new clothes in a few cups of neat white vinegar for 10-15 minutes before their first laundry. It should stop the colours from ruining the rest of your clothes in the wash.
48. Wash-down mould from shower hangings
Clean unpleasant mould marks off your plastic shower drapes by putting them and a pair of grubby cloths in your washing appliance. Add 1/2 cup washing cleansing agent and 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash, and launder it in tepid water on your machine’s regular sequence. Add 1 cup distilled vinegar to the first wash. Just before the machine goes into the rotation sequence, eradicate the shower drapes and let it air dry.
49. Freshen up your washing appliance
A great way to occasionally wash out soap filth and sterilize your garments washer is to pour in 2 cups vinegar. Then run the machine through a full sequence minus any garments or cleaner. Though, if your washing machine is really filthy, fill it with very hot water, add 2 gallons white vinegar, and let the machine run for 8-10 minutes. Switch off the machine and let the mixture stand overnight. In the morning, vacant the washbowl and run your washing machine through a complete sequence.
50. Soften materials, destroy germs, eradicate static, etc.
By adding 1 cup distilled vinegar to your washer’s rinse sequence will benefit your washing routine. Below are the chief benefits:
- Add one cup of distilled vinegar will destroy any germs that might exist in your launder load, particularly if it comprises of fabric.
- One cup of distilled vinegar will keep your garments coming out of the wash soft and smelling.
- If you add a cup of distilled vinegar to your last rinse will keep your garments lint and static-free.
51. Revitalize your wash
To brighten each wash just Add 1/2 cup distilled vinegar to your machine’s wash sequence.
52. Whitewash your stained crew socks
To whiten your white socks add 1 cup distilled vinegar to 1 1/2 quarts tap water in a huge vessel. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then decant it into a pail and put in your dirty socks. Let them infuse overnight. And the next day, wash them in detergent.
53. Eradicate the yellow out of garments
To renovate yellowed garments, let the clothing soak overnight in a mixture of 12 portions tepid water to 1 portion distilled vinegar. Then wash the clothing the following morning.
54. Spray away creases
You can often get the creases out of garments after aeration by misting them with a mixture of 1 portion vinegar to 3 portions water. Ensure you didn’t miss a spot, then hang it up and let it drip dry.
55. Preserve your steam iron
How to remove mineral deposits and stop erosion on your steam iron? Give it a sporadic clean by filling its tank with neat distilled vinegar. Put the iron in an erect position, turn on the steam setting, and let the vinegar steam through it for 5-10 minutes. Then refill the tank with fresh water and reiterate. Lastly, give the water tank a good washing with cold, fresh water. The scorch blemishes from the soleplate of your iron can be eradicated by scouring it with a mixture made by cooking up equal portions vinegar and salt in a small saucepan. Use a cloth dunked in fresh water to dab away the left over remains.
56. Give shape to your wool items
Contracted wool clothing can be shaped back to their previous proportions or form after boiling them in a mixture of 1 portion distilled vinegar to 2 parts water for 25 minutes. Allow the wool clothing to naturally dry after you have stopped elongating it.
57. Remove marks on suede:
How to eradicate new grease blemishes on a suede items? Just softly brush it with an old soft toothbrush immersed in distilled vinegar. Allow the treated item to dry naturally. Then brush it with a suede brush. If the grease mark is still there repeat the action until it has gone.
58. Pat away water-soluble marks
How to remove many water-soluble marks like beer, fruit stains, black coffee, tea, and sick from cotton-blend items? Just pat the mark with a clean rag dampened with full strength distilled vinegar before putting the item in the wash. Though for big blemishes, you might want to immerse the item overnight in a mixture of 3 portions vinegar to 1 portion of cold water before washing it.
59. Remove blemishes
How to remove blemishes from cotton-blends that have blood, cola, hair dye, ketchup, and wine on them? The mentioned stains should be treated within 24 hours of being left on the cotton-blends. Dab the contaminated part with full strength distilled vinegar and wash straight away. Add 1-2 cups vinegar for extreme blemishes to the launder sequence as well. Difficult blemishes will often come out in the launder after being pre-treated with a mixture of 3 tablespoons full strength vinegar and 2 tablespoons liquid cleanser in 1 quart tepid water. Scrub the mixture into the blemish, and then pat it dry before laundering.
60. Eliminate sweat staining
How to remove perspiration stains from around your shirts’ collars, from under the arms and the yellowing stains from the ends of your shirts’ cuffs? Scrub the clothing with a mixture made from 2 portions distilled vinegar to 3 portions baking soda. Allow the mixture to set for half an hour before laundering. This mixture also works on removing ink marks and light mildew blemishes from cloth items. Also you can decant a bit of vinegar straight onto the blemish and scrub into the cloth before laundering.
Part 5: More uses for white-vinegar around the house
61. Freshen up a mouldy closet
How to give your closet that fresh smell? Remove the closets items, and then scrub down the walls, ceiling, and floor with a rag moistened in a mixture of 1 cup each of vinegar and ammonia and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon water. To let the inside to dry keep the closet door open before putting back your items. Note: that if the odour is still there put a small pan of cat litter inside the closet. Renew every few days until the smell has disappeared.
62. Un-glue stickers and price labels
How to eradicate a sticker or price label attached to painted furniture or a painted wall? Just soak the corners and sides of the sticker with undiluted distilled vinegar and cautiously scrape it off with an expired bank card. Eliminate any gluey leftovers by pouring on some more vinegar. Allow it to sit for a minute or two, and then dab with a clean rag. You can also apply this method with getting rid of stickers from glass and other shiny exteriors.
63. Preserve cut flowers
There are several methods in keeping cut flowers fresh. One method is to combine 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the urn water before adding the flowers. Renew the water every few days. Always remember to add more vinegar and sugar to the renewed fresh water to improve your flowers’ long life.
64. Remove wallpaper
Eradicating old wallpaper can be a messy job. Though, you can remove old wallpaper more easily by saturating it with a vinegar mixture. Sprinkle equivalent portions distilled vinegar and water on the wallpaper until it is soaked and wait a few minutes. Scrape the wallpaper off the wall with a wallpaper scraper. Stubborn wallpaper should be taken off by cautiously by scoring the wallpaper with the scraper before you put the solution on it.
65. Slow toughening of plaster
How to keep your plaster flexible that bit longer to get it all flattened out? Add a couple of tablespoons of distilled vinegar to your plaster mixture. This mixture will slow down the toughening process to give you the additional time you need to plaster your wall.
66. Clean concrete off your flesh
How to remove splashed concrete from your skin? Just encase you get some concrete on your skin use full strength distilled vinegar and then wash the affected area with tepid soapy water. Lengthy contact with wet concrete or mortar can cause your skin to crack. It can even lead to eczema and other skin irritations.
67. Eliminate paint vapours
How to eliminate paint odours? Put a couple of shallow plates filled with full strength distilled vinegar around a newly painted area. This should speedily remove the strong paint odour.
68. Keep the cats away
Do you want to keep the cats away from the children’s’ room or from scratching your best chair? Just scatter some undiluted distilled vinegar around the space or onto the item itself. The cats will avoid the odour of vinegar because they hate the smell of it.
69. Unmark your animal’s soiled spots
When house-training a puppy or kitten it will usually re-offend in the same soiled area again. So always use vinegar after cleaning up the mess because it really gets rid of the pet’s odour. Below are a few tips:
- On an uncarpeted floor, sponge up as much of the mess as you can. Mop up with equal portions white vinegar and warm water. Dry area with a rag or paper cloth. Please note: before using this solution on a wood or vinyl floor put a small amount of vinegar on a discreet area to ensure it will not damage the flooring.
- For carpets and such, carefully sponge the area with rags. Pour a bit of full strength white vinegar over the Sponge it up with a cloth. Then re-apply the white vinegar and allow it to air-dry. As soon as the vinegar dries out the spot should be totally aromatized.
70. Directly defend against fleas and ticks
How to safeguard your dog or cat against fleas and ticks? Fill a spray bottle with equal portions water and white vinegar and put it straight onto the animal’s fur and scrub it in thoroughly. Cats will be harder to clean with the solution because they really hate the smell of vinegar.
71. Freshen up your animal’s ears
How to stop your beloved pet from scratching around their ears? By using this vinegar solution could help with the problem. Cleansing your animal’s ears with a cotton ball daubed in a mixture of 2 portions vinegar and 1 portion of water will keep it sanitary. It will help discourage ear mites and germs. This solution also soothes slight itches from insect bites.
Please note: never put vinegar onto open cuts. Take your pet to the vet if you notice any lacerations on it’s ears.
72. Eradicate skunk scent
If your dog or cat has a disagreeable meeting with a bad-tempered skunk, here are some ways to aid it get rid of the odour:
- Cleanse your pet in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid soap in 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture deep into its fur. Give the solution a couple of minutes to seep in, and then wash its fur carefully with fresh water.
- Wash your pet in equal portions water and white vinegar. Reiterate the process by using 1 portion of vinegar to 2 portions water. Then rinse thoroughly.
- If the bad-tempered skunk happens to get his smell on you, use full strength white vinegar on your clothes. Allow the affected apparel to infuse in the vinegar overnight.
73. Clean old dvds
How to bring lightly old and dirty DVDs back to life? Wipe them down with some vinegar on a soft clean rag.
74. Clean a dirty mattress
How to eradicate a child’s unfortunate accident from a mattress? Clean it with a mixture of vinegar and water. Then put some baking soda onto the mattress. Wait for the baking soda to dry and brush or vacuum it.
Part 6: Uses for white-vinegar around the yard
75.Freshen up your lawn mower knife blade
When grass is dry or damp it has a propensity to amass on your lawn mower blades after you cut the lawn. Not to mention there may be grubs or other pests hiding inside it. So before you put your mower back in the place you keep it, sponge down the blades with a rag daubed in full strength white vinegar. The vinegar will clean off leftover grass on the blades. It will as well kill any vermin that might have been arranging to live there a while.
76. Remove pests around the garden
How to stop bugs eating fruits and vegetables in your garden? Remove them with this modest and none lethal snare. Put 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup sugar into a 2-litre soda bottle. Then, slice up a banana skin into tiny pieces. Put them in the bottle. Add 1 cup cold water and shake the bottle. Bond a bit of cord around the bottle’s neck and suspend it from a short tree branch. Or you can put it on the ground to snare and destroy the little guys.
77. Examine for your garden’s acidity or alkalinity
How to test for too much alkaline in your garden’s soil? Place some soil in a container and then decant in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Fizzing or bubbling soil means it has too much alkaline.
How to test if your garden’s soil has too much acid in it? Combine the soil with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup baking soda. Fizzing would specify too much acid in the earth. To discover the precise pH level of your earth, have it verified by a professional or pick up simple do-it-yourself equipment or meter.
78. Freshen Up a hummingbird feeder
How to clean a dirty Hummingbird feeder? Frequently clean your feeder by carefully washing it in equivalent portions apple cider vinegar and hot water. After washing the feeder rinse well with cold water. Let it air-dry outdoors in the sunlight. Then replenish the feeder with food and water.
79. Speed propagation of flower seed
How to get woody seeds like moonflower, passionflower, morning glory, and gourds, off to a better start by scarifying them? Scarifying is lightly rubbing them between 2 sheets of fine sandpaper and soaking them overnight in a mixture of 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 pint tepid water. The following morning, eradicate the seeds from the mixture. Rinse them off and plant them. Also you can use the mixture to germinate numerous herb and vegetable seeds. Though with herb and vegetable seeds do not use the sandpaper treatment on them.
80. Dab away mealy-bugs
Mealy-bugs are amongst the most crafty and common nuisances on houseplants and in the garden. Nip a mealy-bug attack in the bud. Dab the bugs with a cotton pad placed in undiluted white vinegar. This should eradicate the furry little guys and their eggs.
81. Stop yellow leaves on plant life
The unexpected presence of yellow leaves on plant life familiar to acidic soils like azaleas, hydrangeas, and gardenias might indicate a drop in the plant’s iron consumption. It could also mean a change in the earth’s pH above a comfortable 5.0 level. Both problems can be fixed. Water the earth around the stricken plants once a week for 3 weeks with 1 cup of a mixture created by mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 1 quart water.
82. Boost flowers on azaleas and gardenias
How to keep azaleas and gardenias strong and boosting more flowers? Water them every week with 3 tablespoons white vinegar mixed in 1 gallon water. Both plants thrive best in acidic soils. The pH levels should be between 4 and 5.5.
Please note: it is important that you don’t put on the mixture while the plant is in bloom. This is because it might reduce the life of the florae or damage the shrub.
83. Eradicate rust and other plant infections
Use vinegar to eradicate many plant infections like rust, black spot, and powdery mildew. Combine 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 2 quarts water. Pour some into a reused spray bottle and spray the mixture on your infected plants. The best time to do this is in the morning or early evening until the ailment has been eradicated.
84. Keep out animals
Animals like cats, deer, dogs, rabbits, and raccoons can’t abide the smell of vinegar even after it has dried out. Keep them out of garden by saturating numerous reused cloths in white vinegar, and putting them on stakes around your vegetables. Re-soak the cloths about every 7-10 days.
85. Annihilate dandelions and unwanted grass
How to ensure dandelions vanish for good from the cracks of your driveway and your patio. Spray them with undiluted white or apple cider vinegar. Give each plant a single spray, early in the season, of vinegar in in the middle of the bloom before the floras germinate. Target another shot near the stalk at ground level so the vinegar can saturate down to the roots.
Please note: if it rains the next day you will have to re-spray the weeds with the vinegar solution.
86. Freshen up outdoor furniture and decks
Use vinegar based mixtures on wooden decks and patio furniture that have mould/mildew on them. Below are a few anti-mildew/mould vinegar solutions:
- Put some undiluted white-vinegar in a reused spray bottle and use it wherever you see any mould development. The mark will rub right off most exteriors. The vinegar will stop it from coming back for a while.
- Eliminate mould/mildew from wood decks and wood patio furniture by wiping them off with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup distilled vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda mixed in 1 gallon water. Scrub the mixture into corners with an old toothbrush and other constricted spaces.
- How to aromatize and deter mould/mildew development on outdoor plastic mesh furniture and patio umbrellas? Combine 2 cups white vinegar and 2 tablespoons liquid plate soap in a container of hot water. Apply a soft brush to work it into the grooves of the plastic. Also use the soft brush to scrub seat pads and umbrella material. Next rinse with cold water and dry in the sun.
87. Construct a snare to trap flying bugs
How to eradicate those flying bugs such as gnats, flies mosquitoes, or other six-legged bugs when you are having a barbecue in the garden? Halt the flying bugs by giving them their own VIP area. Put a dish filled with apple cider vinegar nearby some food. Though ensure it is placed away from you and invitees. So, by the end of the evening most of your unwelcome visitors will be wet and dead inside the dish.
88. Give ants an eviction notice
How to remove ants from your garden? Decant equal portions water and distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray it on anthills and around places where you see the pests. Ants dislike the odour of vinegar. They will soon leave for better smelling accommodation. It is a good idea to keep a bottle of the vinegar mixture at hand for when you are on outdoor excursions.
89. Wipe off bird faeces
How to remove disgusting bird faeces from your patio or driveway? Remove those messy droppings in no time by spraying them with undiluted apple cider vinegar. Or if you don’t mind getting up close and personal to the disgusting mess put some vinegar onto a cloth and rub it off.
Part 7: Uses for white-vinegar around the garage
How to clean those rusted old tools you lately found in your basement? Soak them in undiluted distilled vinegar for numerous days. White vinegar can be used on removing rust from corroded nuts and bolts. Also you can put white vinegar on rusted pivots and bolts to slacken them before removal.
91. Sterilize air-conditioner and humidifier filters
Air-conditioners or humidifiers filters can quickly become flooded with dust, soot, pet hairs, and even possibly damaging germs. Every 10 days fill a bucket with equal portions distilled vinegar and tepid water. Immerse the filter into the mixture and leave it there for an hour. Simply squeeze it dry before using it. Very dirty filters should be soaked overnight. Occasionally keep them clean by sponging them down with undiluted distilled vinegar.
92. Keep the paint on your cement floors
How to keep the paint from peeling off your cement floor? You can keep the paint on the cement floor longer by giving it a preliminary coat of white vinegar before you paint it. When the vinegar has dried, begin painting. Also, the same method will also help keep paint fixed to galvanized metal.
93. Recover your paintbrushes
How to eradicate dried-on paint from a synthetic-bristle paintbrush? Immerse it in undiluted distilled vinegar until the paint melts and the bristles are soft and flexible. Then wash in hot, soapy water. Is the paintbrush really hard? Try boiling it in 1-2 cups vinegar for 10 minutes. Then thoroughly wash it in soapy water.
Part 8: Uses for white vinegar around the car
94.Freshen up windshield wiper blades
How to clean your dirty windshield wipers? Moisten a duster with some undiluted distilled vinegar and run it down the full length of each blade once or twice.
95.Care for your car’s carpeting
Vacuuming your car’s carpet will get rid of loose debris but it will not eradicate stains or ground in dirt. How to get rid of stains from your car’s carpet? Mix up a solution of equal portions water and white vinegar and rub it into the carpet. For a couple of minutes allow the solution to settle in. Then blot it up with a rag or paper towel. This method will also remove salt remains left on car carpets in the winter time.
96. Get rid of bumper stickers
How to get rid of those ugly, old bumper stickers that are ruining your car’s aesthetic appearance? Soak the top and sides of the sticker with full strength distilled vinegar. Wait 10-15 minutes for the vinegar to infuse through. Then use an old credit card to remove it. Use more undiluted vinegar to remove any lingering gluey excess. Use the same method to remove those cute decals your kids used to beautify the back windshield.
97. Keep car windows frost-free
How to keep your car windows frost-free? Wipe or spray the exteriors of the windows with a mixture of 3 portions white-vinegar to 1 part water. This white vinegar solution might keep the frost at by for several weeks. Though it will not keep away or have an effect on heavy snowfall.
Part 9: Uses for white-Vinegar in the Workplace
98. Remove grime off computers and other office equipment
Cleaning your office equipment will help it work better which means less mechanical frustration for you. Always ensure you switch all electrical equipment off before you start cleaning.
Get a bucket and combine equal parts of distilled vinegar and water in it. Put a fresh duster in the acidic liquid. Squeeze the cloth as much as you can and start wiping. Please remember never to use a spray bottle because you don’t want to get liquid on the circuits inside the electrical equipment. Wipe the keys of your computer keyboard with cotton balls.
To clean your removable mouse’s tracking ball use 50/50 of the acidic solution on it. Before you start, remove the ball from beneath the mouse. Place a cloth in the vinegar-water liquid and wipe the ball and the mouse to get rid of fingerprints and dirt. Ensure the cloth is not too wet before using it on the mouse. Use a dampened cotton ball to get rid of the filth from inside the ball compartment. Before re-inserting the ball let it dry for a couple of hours. This is to ensure it is dry before you put it back in.
Don’t forget to use undiluted distilled vinegar to remove any persistent ink stains from your work desk.
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