Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Amazing uses for Vinegar! HOLY COW!

So what are these amazing uses for vinegar I’m talking about? Keep reading.

1. Get rid of fruit flies.

I hate fruit flies.  They're annoying little buggers! Found a method that works. Pour 1/2 – 3/4 cup vinegar into a bowl. Cut a piece of plastic wrap and place it tightly over the bowl. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick and set on the counter. And that’s it. A cheap, easy, and wonderful fruit fly trap.

2. Clean the shelves and walls of your refrigerator.

My Mom use to say if the top of your refrigerator was clean you're a clean housekeeper. To clean the walls and shelves of a fridge, make a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water.

3. Get a permanent marker stain out of furniture.

First, take each stained cushion, unzip it, and take off the cover (a.k.a. the stained part). In a medium bowl, create a solution of vinegar to water: 2 cups vinegar to 3/4 cup water. Get a white rag or kitchen towel, place it in the solution, wring it out, and start scrubbing the stains. You may want to do this at a table with a plastic tablecloth on top. Redip the cloth in the solution as needed. You might end up not using all of the vinegar/water solution, and that’s fine. See #7.

4. Wipe down your sink with it.

A stainless-steel sink could always use a little shine. Simply pour a tablespoon of vinegar on a sponge or rag and wipe down your sink. You could pay for a commercial sink shiner, but why?

5. Add it to your washing machine for cleaner laundry!

During the last rinse of the load, add about 1/4 cup vinegar. It can whiten whites, act as a fabric softener and reduce static cling.

6. Keep cats out of the sandbox.

Just pour a few cups of vinegar over the sand, let it dry, and now you no longer have cats trying to use the bathroom in your child’s sandbox! :)

7. Deodorize your drain.

After a while of food pieces going down the drain, you may start to notice a…smell…coming from the drain. Don’t worry—it’s an easy fix. Just pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain (you can add some lemon juice too if you want) and voila!, you’re free from an eventual embarrassing smell. You can use leftover solution from #3 if you would like.

8. Remove berry stains from your hands.

If you get into summer berry picking as much as I do, then you’re probably as red-handed as the two-year-old who drew all over the couch. Get rid of berry stains easily by simply rubbing your hands with vinegar.

9. Clean your hair brushes.

After a while, your brushes can build up a good bit of grime, sweat, and soap. Soak your brushes in vinegar for 1 hour and rinse with hot water to get them as clean as when you bought them.

10. Loosen chewing gum stuck to a carpet.

It happens to everyone. Or almost everyone. But if it’s happened to you, you know it’s not fun. Pour about a tablespoon of vinegar on top of and around the gum, let it soak for a little while, and scrape it up.

11. Use it as conditioner.

I do it all the time when I’m out of conditioner. Just dilute 1/2 cup vinegar in two cups warm water and use it like you would conditioner. Some people don’t like to do it because they think they’ll smell like a salad bar, but I like to add essential oils to the solution to make it smell nice.

12. Wipe down your counters and stove with it.

Vinegar makes a great cleaner. Pour some in a spray bottle (I like to get mine from the dollar store), and spray away. You can wipe it down with a kitchen rag or sponge, but it helps to loosen sticky foods like molasses and shines counter tops and stoves.

1 comment:

Danielle S said...

We once knew a woman in her early sixties that looked like she was in her early 40s, that when she showered, she would rinse herself with vinegar - hair and body. I should start doing it again. It does not leave a smell on you.

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