Cleaning with Vinegar

Photo by Mother Earth Living.

Vinegar is a combination of water and acetic acid and is a fairly common household item. Last week, we shared some information about the different varieties of vinegar. This liquid is commonly used for cooking but it actually has a lot of alternative uses from food preservation to cleaning. Using vinegar is an excellent way to clean around your house without using toxic chemicals. Because of the acidity in vinegar, it can help clean, shine and disinfect your house from the kitchen to the bathroom.

Here are eight surprising ways to use vinegar around your house:

Remove grease. Vinegar can easily cut through grease. Try dipping a sponge in vinegar and wipe to get rid of greasy stovetops, microwaves, dishes and more.

Disinfect. With a mix of 1 part vinegar in 4 parts water, you can wipe down countertops, keyboards and remotes, killing germs on your shared household items.

Clean your drains. To keep drains clog-free, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar. This will cause foaming. Once foaming subsides, follow with a gallon of boiling water. If necessary, remove hair and other debris with a wire. Repeat if drain is still slow. This is a great alternative to Drano.

Soften paintbrushes. Stiff paintbrushes can be used again by dipping hardened bristles in a bowl of vinegar for an hour or less. After the bath, rinse the bristles with warm water and soap, then let dry before using.

Boil eggs. Next time you are hard-boiling eggs, try adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water. This will prevent egg white from seeping out of cracks in the shell.

Remove stains. You can get rid of grass stains and other spots with your own natural stain remover. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and 3 cups water in a spray bottle. You can spray this on the stain and then toss into the laundry!

Revive your greens. If you have wilting leafy greens like spinach, soak them in a vinegar bath. Take 2 cups cold water and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar to make the bath. Soaking in this will bring them back to life.

Remove rust. Rusted nuts, bolts, nails or tools can be fixed up by simply soaking them in a bath of pure vinegar for several hours. If the solution becomes cloudy, change the vinegar. After soaking, wipe away rust with a cloth.

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