Hello everyone, the weekend is finally here!!! I’m back with my second Frugal Friday post and today I’d like to talk about vinegar and its many uses in and around the house. Some of you may be thinking vinegar doesn’t smell good and it doesn’t but the smell dissipates quickly and once you start using it often enough the smell wont even bother you anymore. I can honestly say that because I only use vinegar and baking soda to clean my home. I stopped buying expensive cleaners last year and I don’t miss them one bit. They were costly; the chemicals are harmful if inhaled without proper ventilation (read the label on any bottle), poisonous to children and pets if ingested and harmful to the planet. My homemade cleaners work just as well for half the price. The acetic acid in vinegar is a good disinfectant, it’s effective against E. coli, Salmonella and Straphylococcus. If you cant stand the smell of vinegar but want to try some of the suggestions below I found a solution on Pinterest , you can find it on my board and it works! Pour two cups of white vinegar into a glass bottle, take the skin from one peeled orange and add that to the bottle as well. Let it sit for two weeks and when you open the jar again it’ll have a citrus smell. The vinegar doesn’t bother me but my tween doesn’t like it so I tried this.
Around the House
Clean chrome and stainless steel – apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a spray bottle, buff with a soft cloth.
Unclog and deodorize drains – pour 1/2 cup baking soda, then one cup of vinegar. After foaming flush with hot water. Wait five minutes and flush with cold water.
Remove light carpet stains- rub a mixture of 2 tablespoons of salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar in the carpet. Let dry, then vacuum
Steam clean your microwave- place a glass bowl filled with 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water, microwave five minutes. Once bowl cools, use liquid to wipe stains away
Cut grease- pour 3-4 tablespoons white vinegar into your favorite brand of liquid dishwashing detergent and give a few shakes.
All Purpose Cleaner- equal parts vinegar and water, you can add castile soap or tea tree oil if you’d like.
Sanitize jars, containers and vases- to get rid of the slimy residue in a bottle or jar fill with equal parts vinegar and warm water, let stand 10-15 minutes. Use bottle brush to scrape off remains before rinsing thoroughly
Wash store bought produce- before serving fruits and vegetables rinse in 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar dissolved in 1 gallon cold water. It eliminates hidden dirt, pesticides and insects
In the Garage
Remove bumper stickers- saturate the top and sides with undiluted distilled vinegar and wait 10-15 minutes for it to soak through. Use an old gift card to scrape it off
- Clean windshield wiper blades- to make dirty wiper blades as good as new, dampen a cloth or rag with some full strength white vinegar and run it down the full length of the blade once or twice
- Keep car windows frost free- during the winter months spray your windshield with a solution 3 parts white vinegar 1 part water. Each coating may last several weeks.
In the Medicine Cabinet
Treat an active cold soar- use a cotton ball saturated with vinegar 3 times a day to dry out
Treat a bee sting- pouring undiluted vinegar on the sting will take away the pain, and let you scrape out the stinger with a plastic card
- Clean your eyeglasses- apply a few drops of vinegar and wipe. Don’t use on plastic lenses.
- Ease sunburn and itching- dab the area gently with cotton or soft cloth saturated in white or cider vinegar. The technique works on both
- Control dandruff- apply 3 tablespoons to your scalp and massage before washing
- Banish bruises- if someone you care about has a nasty fall, speed healing and prevent black and blue by soaking and applying a gauze to the injured area and letting it sit for one hour
In the Laundry
Soften fabrics, whitens & eliminates static- a cup of vinegar will; keep your clothes soft, brighten a small load of white clothes, added to the last rinse will keep clothes lint and static free
Removes odors- spray half parts vinegar and water under the arms of any shirt and wash, the odor is gone
- Clean your iron’s sole plate- to remove scorch marks scrub with a paste made by heating up equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Use a clean wet rag to wipe away the rest
- Remove rings from collars and cuffs- scrub with a paste made from white vinegar and 3 parts baking soda. Leave the paste for 30 minutes before washing
Good to Know
Keep cut flowers fresh- mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase before adding flowers.
Exterminate dandelions and unwanted grass- Spray with full-strength white or apple cider vinegar. Spritz in its midsection, another near the stem, enough to soak down to the roots. If it rains the next day, you’ll need to repeat
- Add to a pets drinking water- a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar will give it a shinier and healthier looking coa, and act as a natural deterrent to fleas and ticks
- Directly protect against fleas & ticks- fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar and spray directly on the dogs coat and rub it in.
- Remove wallpaper- Spray equal parts white vinegar and water on paper until saturated then wait a few minutes. Zip it off with a wallpaper scrapper
Who knew vinegar could be so useful and it’s so cheap, at $3 a gallon how could it not be part of the Frugal Friday installment. I hope you found the information useful and maybe you’ll decide to start using vinegar in more places than just your kitchen and save some money while your at it.
Information obtained from Reader’s Digest extraordinary uses for ordinary things; 2005