When it comes to cleaning around the house, why use products with harsh chemicals when old-fashioned vinegar will do? Distilled white vinegar comes in handy in a number of ways.
Here are 10 uses noted by Homecarebuzz.com:
- Helps glasses sparkle: Pour ½ cup of vinegar into a small glass and place it upright on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Run the cycle normally. The vinegar will eliminate hard water stains that mar glassware.
- Cleans toilet: Instead of bleach, pour 1 cup of vinegar in the toilet and let it sit 5 minutes. With light scrubbing, this will help remove toilet rings.
- Disinfects tub: Rinse the tub, then clean with a sponge soaked in vinegar. Rinse again.
- Disinfects shower curtain: Pour vinegar into a spray bottle, then spray the shower curtain to remove soap scum and other dirt from the curtain. Rinse with water.
- Repels ants: Spray problem areas with vinegar; the substance works as a natural ant repellent.
- Cuts grease: Use a sponge-soaked in vinegar to eliminate areas with grease. For tough spots, let the area soak in vinegar for a minimum of 20 minutes.
- Kills weeds. “Vinegar kills many types of grass and weeds,” notes Homecarebuzz.com. Douse unwanted plants growing in the sidewalk and driveway instead of using toxic chemicals.
- Shines chrome and stainless steel: Soak a soft cloth in vinegar and wipe these areas to a shine.
- Refreshes coffee maker: When coffee tastes stale, it’s time to clean the coffee maker. Fill the reservoir with vinegar, run the cycle, followed by 2 cycles of plain water to rinse.
- Deodorizes washing machine: Pour two cups of vinegar and 1 cup baking soda into the washing machine. Run it empty on the hottest cycle. Then use a toothbrush dipped in vinegar to scrub any remaining dirt away.