33 Uses for Vinegar for Health, Cleaning & Around the House

posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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1. Clear dirt off PCs and peripherals


Most people now-a-days have a computer or some sort of other electronic gadget like a fax machine, printer and so forth. Keeping your electronics clean is a part of being an owner of those gadgets. To clean, just mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in a bucket, dampen a clean cloth in the solution and start wiping. Use a q-tip for buildups in tight spaces (like around the keys of your keyboard).

2. Clean your computer mouse

If you have a computer mouse sometimes dirt can build-up inside it. If you have a mouse with a removable tracking ball, use a 50/50 vinegar-water solution to clean it. First, remove the ball from underneath the mouse by twisting off the cover over it. Use a cloth, dampened with the solution and wrung out, to wipe the ball clean and to remove fingerprints and dirt from the mouse itself. Then use a moistened q-tip to clean out the dirt from inside the ball chamber (let it dry a couple of hours before reinserting the ball).

3. Clean your window blinds

Cleaning your window blinds is a must to keep dust and grime away and keep them looking great. The fastest and easist way to do this is to do one blind at a time and put it in your bathtub then use your shower head to spray away the dirt. Use a towel to blot it dry. Then get your 50/50 vinegar-water solution in a bucket, put on some disposable gloves and use a sponge to wipe away the remaining dirt that was left behind by the power wash. You can dry it with a towel or let it air dry.

4. Unclog and deodorize drains

Vinegar and baking soda solution will help to unclog and sanitize drains. It’s also gentler on your pipes than commercial drain cleaners and cost effective.

To clear clogs in sink and tub drains, just pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water. Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odor-causing bacteria.

5. Get rid of smoke odor

Get rid of odors like smoke, fish smell, or just an odor that you don’t know what it is by placing a bowl about three-quarters full of vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates your entire home. The odor should be gone in less than a day. You can also quickly dispense of the smell of fresh cigarette smoke inside a room by moistening a cloth with vinegar and waving it around.

6. Wipe away mildew

Get rid of mildew build-up on bathroom fixtures and tile, clothing, furniture, painted surfaces, plastic curtains, and more. Just use the vinegar full strength on a wet sponge. For light stains, dilute it with an equal amount of water. You can also prevent mildew from forming on the bottoms of rugs and carpeting by misting the backs with full-strength white vinegar from a spray bottle.

7. Clean chrome and stainless steel

To clean chrome and stainless steel fixtures around your home, apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a recycled spray bottle. Buff with a soft cloth to bring out the brightness.

8. Shine your silver

Use vinegar to clean your silverware like: silver bracelets, rings, and even your spoons and forks that are pure silver. You can make them shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

9. Polish brass and copper items

Clean your brass, bronze, and copper objects by making a paste of equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Use a clean, soft cloth or paper towel to rub the paste into the item until the tarnish is gone. Then rinse with cool water and polish with a soft towel until dry.

10. Erase ballpoint-pen marks


ink-pen-stain-removeHas your little one decorated a wall in your home with a ballpoint pen? Get rid of it with vinegar. Just dab some full-strength white vinegar on the “masterpiece” using a cloth or a sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone. Then you can go out and buy your child a sketch pad to use instead.

11. Unglue stickers, decals, and price tags


To remove a sticker or decal affixed to painted furniture or a painted wall, simply saturate the corners and sides of the sticker with full-strength white vinegar and carefully scrape it off with your nails, plastic credit card, or anything that will work. Pour more vinegar if it won’tcomeoff easily. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then wipe with a clean cloth.

12. Clean your produce


Produce such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc have many bacteria on them when you pick them up from the store. Many independent testing showed that their were bacteria that was harmful found and e-coli. Washing your produce with vinegar will eliminate the bacteria 99%. Pour a solution in a bowl of 50/50 water and vinegar, place your produce in the bowl making sure it is covered by the solution. Then pour the solution out of the bowl and rinse a few times with water.

13. Clean shoe stains with vinegar


Clean your shoe stains.  Rock salt can leave unsightly white stains, they use to melt snow. The salt can cause your footwear to crack and soil if it’s left on. Other stains that come on shoes are dirt, mud, and sometimes grass. To remove it and prevent long-term damage, wipe fresh stains with a cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar.

14.Clean your piano keys


Get rid of stains on your piano keys. Dip a soft cloth into a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed in 2 cups water, squeeze it out until there are no drips, then wipe off each key. Use a second cloth to dry off the keys as you move along, then let it dry at least 8 hours before using.

15. Clean and deodorize your lunch box chest


You go to work and you have to bring in your own food and your child has a lunch box he takes to school. Just from using daily over a period of time your lunch box can have left over food and bad smells coming from it. Just clean it out with a solution of 50/50 water and vinegar. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe away any food particles left behind and rinse and dry. Then soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leave it in the box overnight. The smell should be gone and it is clean from any germs and bacteria.

16. Freshen a musty closet


Just like parts of your home need thorough cleaning, your closet does also. Just wash down the walls, ceiling, and floor with a cloth dampened in a solution of 1 cup each of vinegar and ammonia and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Keep the closet door open and let the interior dry before replacing your items. This should get rid of any odors in your closet.

17. Brighten up brickwork


Does your home have brick floors or a fireplace? If so, you should clean them with vinegar. Bricks are everlasting and bring a nice look to your home. Just use a damp mop dipped in 1 cup white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon (3.7 liters) warm water. Your floors will look great along with your fireplace.

18. Revitalize wood paneling


Mostly everyone has wood in their homes. Make your wood fixtures come to life with vinegar. Just mix 1 pint warm water, 4 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a container, give it a couple of shakes, and apply with a clean cloth. Let the mixture soak into the wood for several minutes, then polish with a dry cloth.

19. Restore your rugs


Rugs are the first thing at your home to get full of dirt and begin to look worn out. Make them nice looking again by brushing them with a clean push broom dipped in a solution of 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Your rug will automatically look better, and you don’t have to rinse off the solution.

20. Remove carpet stains


Get rid of carpet stains with vinegar. For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum. Or to make spray-on spot and stain remover, fill a spray bottle with 5 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Fill a second spray bottle with 1 part nonsudsy ammonia and 5 parts water. Saturate a stain with the vinegar solution. Let it settle for a few minutes, then blot thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Then spray and blot using the ammonia solution. Repeat until the stain is gone.

21. Remove candle wax

Candles are great for making your home smell good, meditating, or if your lights suddenly went out and you need light, but sometimes the wax melts and runs on your furniture. To remove it, first soften the wax using a blow-dryer on its hottest setting and blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Then remove what’s left by rubbing with a cloth soaked in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.

22. Remove grease stains


If you cook in your kitchen, there will be grease somewhere that you will have to clean-up. Get rid of grease stains from your kitchen table or counter by wiping them down with a cloth dampened in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. In addition to removing the grease, it will also get rid of smells in your kitchen.

23. Conceal scratches in wood furniture


If you own wood furniture throughout time it may receive a scratch here or there. To make it much less noticeable, mix some distilled or cider vinegar and iodine in a small jar and paint over the scratch with a small artist’s brush. Use more iodine for darker woods; more vinegar for lighter shades.

24. Get rid of water rings on furniture


If you own wood furniture and forget to use your coaster at times and place your cold beer atop the table and it left a ring. To remove white rings left by wet glasses, cans, etc. on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain. Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up. To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.

25. Wipe off wax or polish buildup


Get rid of wax builds up on wood furniture or leather tabletops, by using diluted white vinegar. To get built-up polish off a piece of wood furniture, dip a cloth in equal parts vinegar and water and squeeze it out well. Then, moving with the grain, clean away the polish. Wipe dry with a soft towel or cloth. For leather tabletops, just wipe them down with a soft cloth dipped in 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Use a clean towel to dry off any remaining liquid.

26. Revitalize leather furniture

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Many people have leather furniture and keeping it clean is a priority. To clean, mix equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil in a recycled spray bottle, shake it up well, and spray it on. Spread it evenly over your furniture using a soft cloth, let it sit a couple of minutes, then rub it off with a clean cloth.

27. Remove bumper stickers


You loved the bumper sticker at the time you bought it, but after a few years you think it’s time to come off. Use vinegar to remove the sticker, just saturate the top and sides of the sticker with undiluted distilled vinegar and wait 10-15 minutes for the vinegar to soak through. Then use a credit card (or one of those promotional plastic cards that come in the mail) to scrape it off. Use more full-strength vinegar to get rid of any remaining gluey residue.

28. Clean windshield wiper blades


Over time your windshield wiper blades will accumulate dust and dirt. To clean, dampen a cloth or rag with some full-strength white vinegar and run it down the full length of each blade once or twice.

29. Keep car windows frost-free


Keep your car windows frost-free by wiping or spraying the outsides of the windows with a solution of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water. Each coating may last up to several weeks, but if it snows or rain a lot, you will need to use more often.

30. Get rid of carpet stains in your car


Get rid of carpet stains in your car. Just mix up a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar and sponge it into the carpet. Give the mixture a couple of minutes to settle in; then blot it up with a cloth or paper towel. This technique will also eliminate salt residues left on car carpets during the winter months.

31. Refresh your refrigerator


We all know to use baking soda but adding vinegar will give it a more effective way of keeping your refrigerator fresh. Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator.

32. Steam-clean your microwave


To clean your microwave, just use a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar in 1 cup water inside, and run in the microwave the mixture for five minutes on the highest setting. Once the bowl cools, dip a cloth or sponge into the liquid and use it to wipe away stains and splatters on the interior.

33. Disinfect cutting boards


To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. Never use water and dishwashing detergent, because it can weaken surface wood fibers. When your wooden cutting surface needs deodorizing as well as disinfecting, spread some baking soda over it and then spray on undiluted white vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for five to ten minutes, then rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.


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