There is no ingredient on the planet that works as hard as vinegar. I can’t get enough of the stuff. Vinegar comes in handy when you’re doing just about anything; cooking, cleaning, gardening and similar.
I use it in my natural cleaning products and I always make sure to have a big gallon of vinegar on hand. You can find hundreds of uses for vinegar on the internet or in books.
Why Vinegar Is Your Go-To Ingredient at Home
Here are a couple more benefits of using vinegar in the household:
- Cleans Your Appliances
Vinegar eliminates bothersome mineral deposits and coffee oils that build up in your coffeemaker and hot water kettles. It will leave your appliances gleaming and looking brand new, even if you use them every single day.
To clean, fill up the coffee maker reservoir with equal parts vinegar and water. Let the machine run through its brewing cycle, and let it stand for ten minutes. Repeat. After doing this twice, run a cycle with water only to rinse the vinegar thoroughly. It is best to do this monthly.
If you use a coffee press, use equal parts hot water and vinegar and soak the mixture in your press for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse with hot water for a like-new finish.
For a hot water kettle, bring one part vinegar and one part water to a boil. Let it stand for fifteen minutes, then rinse it well with water.
- Cleans Your Fruits and Veggies
Looking for pesticide-free fruits and veggies? Add vinegar into the mix! A mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water will do the trick in killing pesticides if you use it to wash your produce. Simply rinse your produce with water after using the mixture to eliminate any smell.
The vinegar mixture better removes bacteria and residue from fruits and veggies. Alternatively, soak your fruits and veggies in this mixture for seven minutes and rinse well with water.
- Eliminates Odors
Despite its repellent smell, vinegar successfully removes odors from the home. You can use it to deodorize lunch boxes, garbage cans and coffee mugs by placing a paper towel soaked in vinegar in them and leaving it overnight. Remember to rinse the item with water and soap the next day for the best results- and make sure to air dry the item.
- Removes Sticky Labels
If you’ve ever attempted to remove a label from a glass jar, you know how difficult it can be. Vinegar makes removing sticky labels a breeze. Simply soak a paper towel, dish towel or cloth in vinegar and put it on the sticky label.
Let it completely soak through for about ten minutes. You will find that the label easily scrapes away. Wipe away the glue residue with a cloth. You can apply vinegar a few more times if necessary. This trick is also helpful to anyone with kids who like to put stickers in inappropriate places around the home.
- Cleans Surfaces
You can make an effective, multi-surface cleaning spray by mixing one part vinegar to three parts water. Keep the mixture in a spray bottle for convenient use. The mixture will clean up greasy stovetops, dirty counter tops, sinks and mirrors.