Fun With Vinegar
November 20, 2020 5:21pm CST
Over the years I've found vinegar to be a great product to have around the house. I've come across many articles touting the various ways one can use the product. White and Apple Cider are the best to use. So, my question for today is what different ways do you use vinegar. Below are some uses I have tried and suggestions I've found and want to try in the future. 1. Cleaning your dishwasher- adding a cup and running your dishwasher removes built up soap scum and residue. 2. Clean your showerhead- put some full-strength into a baggie and tape it over the fixture. After an hour remove and your ready to go. 3. Restore rusty tools- soak in vinegar for several days until the rust goes away. 4. Clean ceramic tile- Combine 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup borax to a gallon of water and scrub. 5. Unclogging your drain- combine vinegar with baking soda and pour it down the drain and flush with hot water. 6. Extend the Life of Flowers- add 2 tablespoons of white or apple cider and 2 tablespoons of sugar to your vase. 7. Refresh your towels- run a cycle substituting 1 cup vinegar for your detergent. 8. Clean stainless steel- get rid of the fingerprints by spraying vinegar and wiping with a micofiber cloth. 9. Clean your microwave- Fill a bowl with equal parts white vinegar and water, and pop it into the microwave for five minutes or until it boils. Once the time is up leave it inside for another three to five minutes to allow the steam to soften things up. Then you can grab a cloth or sponge to wipe it away. 10. Foot Soak For Soft, Smooth Feet- just add some Listerine to your vinegar and your set. A bonus it also eliminates stinky feet! Source- bob vila
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@dgobucks226 Bleach surely keeps the water more transparent because it kills the bacteria. I made several experiments, I cut flowers in my garden, in one vase I add nothing in the other I tried the different tricks... the flowers always lasted the same time.
Well, now you have a bunch of tips to try, lol. Adding vinegar to your washing machine load is a great way to keep towels soft. Here are a couple more. Sanitize your wooden cutting board. Clean your coffee maker using equal parts water and vinegar and brew. Use it to clean your windows 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Kill weeds using vinegar.
• El Paso, Texas
I use vinegar, baking soda and salt all the time to clean. But, I am the dishwasher so I don’t get dish pan hands. It never occurred to me to wash my shower head, hmmmmmmmmmm. I never thought of cleaning rust, I’ll give that a try, thanks for this tip. No ceramic tile here so I won’t need that tip. When unclogging my drains I put dry baking soda in the drain first then add boiling vinegar and salt, it’s always worked really well. I didn’t know it would help flowers, but I do give a cup now and then to the pine trees I have in the yard Yep, I always run a rinse cycle to the sheets and towels with added vinegar. Unfortunately vinegar will fade your clothes so I don’t use it with my shirts and such. Interesting tip about stainless steel. Don’t have a microwave but it does do a great job on the oven when combined with baking soda and salt. Ahhh, yes, I like to soak in a tub of water with vinegar and a little baking soda, does wonders for skin and hair too. By the way, did you know that it will soften those pots and pans of burned food in them? I have this bad habit of forgetting to check what I’m cooking and have had to try to clean that mess. I just let vinegar, baking soda and salt sit over night and it usually gets all that burned crud soft enough to be cleaned.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
I know about 5. A plumber friend of ours (who fixed our sink) told me to do that to prevent clogs and the sink from getting too bad. Haven't picked any up. LOL. I have trouble using it, because the order is too strong for me.
Yes, the smell is not great but the results of using this inexpensive mixture are, lol. I've also used it as a drain cleaner to prevent clogs. Here are a couple more. Sanitize your wooden cutting board. Clean your coffee maker using equal parts water and vinegar and brew. Use it to clean your windows 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Kill weeds using vinegar.
• United Kingdom
I use it to clean away limescale in the bathroom and kitchen - we live in a 'hard' water area so it's an ongoing problem. It's supposed to make your hair shine if you do a final rinse with vinegar - haven't tried that yet. You can also dilute it like a squash/cordial, especially if you make fruit vinegars, makes a nice refreshing drink.
I have two uses for vinegar. I add a squirt to the bucket of hot water, throw in a squirt of dishwasher soap and wash the floors with it. I have been doing that for years. I throw in a squirt in my bucket of hot water that I soak my feet in every night before going to bed to kill any fungus that my develop because my feet sweat. Doing that for years also and I have happy feet!
Ah, you and vinegar are perfect together. I have to try that foot one myself. They get so dried out during the winter. I also am big on using vinegar as a cleaner around the kitchen. Counters, cutting boards, oven top and with your suggestion now floors. Thanks Ken