What’s so great about vinegar? Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. It is non-toxic and lasts for a very long time without losing strength. It’s much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia or other toxic cleaning products. Believe it or not, it has many, many uses around the home that most people probably aren’t aware of, and the list below are just scratching the surface. Just a bit of vinegar, straight up or mixed with water, can replace many pricier products huddled under your sink. So consider replacing some of those products with a bottle of vinegar–it’s environmentally-friendly and you can save some green too!
Use vinegar to:
- Marinate meat to tenderize it and kill bacteria. Add a quarter cup for a two-three pound roast, marinate overnight.
- Don’t drain or rinse the meat before you cook it.
- Kill unwanted grass between bricks and in crevices.
- Relieve itching by dabbing it on bug bites.
- Settle your stomach by drinking a cup of water with two teaspoons added.
- Relieve a cough by mixing one-half cup vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper and four teaspoons of honey. When the cough begins, take one teaspoon.
- Sooth a sunburn.
- Clean food stains from pots and pans by soaking for 30 minutes, then rinsing in hot, soapy water.
- Clean rust from tools by soaking in white vinegar overnight.
- Freshen and clean the disposal by pouring in one cup for five minutes and flushing.
- Clean soap scum in washing machine hoses and dishwashers by running a cycle with a cup of white vinegar.
- Clean a steam iron’s mineral deposits by filling it with white vinegar and steam ironing a rag, then repeat ironing with water to rinse the tank. Cleans coffee makers too.
- Repel ants by spraying problem areas with a mister containing 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar.
- Clean windows using a spray bottle.