Have you ever wondered if there's just one single item that can clean just about everything? Thankfully, there's no need to buy separate cleaning products, because such a thing does exist!
Vinegar is the one item that all households should keep stockpiled in massive quantities. Not only is vinegar natural and non-toxic, but this inexpensive all-purpose ingredient is the best cleaning tool you can have at your disposal.
Keep reading to find out why vinegar is the ultimate multi-tasker, and how to use it to your advantage when it comes to doing household chores.
Disinfect Cutting Boards
Bacteria have an annoying way of lodging themselves inside the cracks of your cutting board. So, be sure to wipe it down with undiluted white vinegar after each cleaning. The acetic acid in vinegar is a powerful disinfectant that will help fight off germs like salmonella, E. coli, and staph.
Make Chrome Shiny Again
Chrome and stainless steel faucets are constantly exposed to water, which means they don't always end up looking their best. To bring their sparkle back, spray the metal fixtures with undiluted white vinegar and then buff dry.
Erase Pen Mark Scribbles
There's no need to lose your cool if your 3-year-old budding artist is using the wall as a canvas. Just soak a cloth in vinegar, and dab at the pen marks until they disappear. Oh, and it's probably a good idea to buy your kid a sketch book.
Make Your Rug Look New Again
Constant foot traffic can make your rug look dingy and old. Perk it up by mixing together a cup of vinegar and a gallon of water. Dip a broom into this magic solution, and simply brush the rug's threads back to life.
Clean Your Coffee Maker
Cleaning the coffee maker is one of those things that you think about, uh, pretty much never. But, that's okay, because you can let the machine do all the work! Just use this simple method to clean the machine from the inside out.
Fill the reservoir with a 50-50 mix of water and vinegar. Run it through the coffee-making process a couple of times, and on the third round, use plain water.
It's no fun having to clean each and every single window blind. First you have to spray it, and then you have to wipe away the dusty grime. But, there's a much better and faster way to finish the job!
Give it the "white glove" treatment. Moisten a cotton glove with an equal mix of vinegar and hot water, and one long swipe will clean both the top and bottom slats at the same time.
Remove Waxy Build-Up
The waxy build-up from wood polish can end up making your furniture look dull. To bring it back to life, dip a cloth in an equal mixture of water and vinegar. Moving with the grain, gently remove the wax. When you're done, use a soft cloth to wipe it dry.
Clean A Crusty Pan
If you like challenges, then you can try to clean a crusty frying pan the old fashioned way with a scrubber and lots of elbow grease. If you just want a fast way to get the job done, then pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of water into the pan and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes. And just like that, the crusty stain will wipe away with ease!
Because of it's odd shape, can opener blades can be a challenge to get clean. If you spot a bit of rust or other mysterious things clinging to it, then it's probably time to sanitize it! Dip a toothbrush in vinegar, and gently brush away the yucky stuff.
Steam-Clean The Microwave
Baked-on food is a pain to clean when it's in a pan, but it's even worse when the food is stuck to every surface of the microwave. To clean it up in a flash, place a glass bowl filled with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Zap it for 5 minutes, which will help "soften" the food mess. Then, dip a cloth into the liquid solution and wipe the interior clean.
Deodorize Your Trash
Does your garbage can smell like a dead skunk crawled inside, and then died a second time? Okay, that's not a very likely scenario, but you've probably experienced a similar odor coming from the trash can at one time or another.
Thankfully, it's easy to banish those funky smells! Just soak a piece of bread in vinegar, wrap it in a paper towel, and place it at the bottom of an empty trash can. Let it sit for a day, and the awful odor will be history.
If your car's windshield is still a bit blurry after you turn on the wipers, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to buy a new pair of blades. They're probably just dirty. Dip a cloth into undiluted white vinegar, and run it along the blade. Can you see clearly now that the rain - and dirt - is gone?
Prevent Mildew On Patio Furniture
Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements 24/7. Hot, humid weather can make patio furniture a perfect breeding ground for mildew. Keep a spray bottle filled with full-strength vinegar handy at all times, and zap the mildew anytime you see it start to sprout.
The video below has more vinegar hacks you can try at home, including why you should use it in the dishwasher.
Wow. Vinegar certainly "cleans up nicely" without leaving behind a trail of toxic fumes. I can't believe there are so many fantastic ways you can use vinegar to tackle household chores!