With the days finally getting warmer, it's time to think about spring cleaning! For thousands of years, vinegar has proven to be a very resourceful product. The acetic acid in vinegar kills germs and mold while remaining non-toxic, perfect for daily use. From household cleaners to health and beauty products, check out 12 ways you can effectively use vinegar in your home today!
- Wash windows. Fill a spray bottle equal parts vinegar and water. Wipe with either a clean paper towel or newspaper for a streak-free shine.
- Freshen laundry. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to load during the rinse cycle to naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue from clothes, leaving them soft and fresh.
- Clean your coffeemaker. For drip coffeemakers, fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly by brewing 2 cycles of water before using.
- Clear drains. Pour ½ cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar down the drain. Allow 5 minutes to sit, then rinse, clearing blockages and washing away odor-causing bacteria.
- Unclog your showerhead. Soak the showerhead in white distilled vinegar overnight to remove build-up and debris.
- Peel off wallpaper. Saturate walls with equal parts vinegar and water. Allow time to set and remove the wallpaper with a scraper.
- Remove carpet stains. Mix 1 teaspoon liquid detergent with 1 teaspoon white vinegar into 2 cups of warm water to remove non-oily stains from carpets.
- Rinse hair. Soak hair in a 1-tablespoon-vinegar-1-cup-water mixture after a shampoo to make hair shiny.
- Relieve sunburn. Rub full-strength white distilled vinegar onto skin. Repeat as needed.
- Ease heartburn. Take one or two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to relieve acid indigestion.
- Repel bugs. Combine equal parts water, distilled vinegar and liquid dish soap in a spray bottle for use on skin.
- Kill weeds. Spray white distilled vinegar, full strength, on top of weeds. Reapply on new growth, as necessary.
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