Most people realize that vinegar have a great number of household uses. Plain, store-bought vinegar often does a better job at cleaning your bathroom or kitchen than harsh chemical cleaners that have been developed specifically for these purposes. This is especially good news for the thrifty homeowner because vinegar is cheap, readily-available, and has hundreds of potential uses around your home.
Here are some of our favorite uses, other than cleaning, for vinegar around the home:
If you’ve got anything with rust on it from jewelry to tools, you can remove the rust by simply soaking the object overnight in white vinegar. Be sure that all of the rusted parts are beneath the surface of the vinegar and leave it for at least 8 hours. Then, simply wash the vinegar off with cold water. In heavily-rusted objects, several soaks may be required.
To gently remove the coffee and/or tea stains from coffee pots, tea cups, or mugs, make a paste by mixing small amounts of vinegar with salt. Then, simply use this paste like you would soap to scrub off the stains and restore your pot, cup, or mug back to it’s original beautiful state.
To get set-in stains out of your clothing, you can also use distilled white vinegar as a stain remover for your laundry. Apply pure vinegar to the stained areas and then wash them like normal. For particularly smelly clothes, you can pre-soak them in water mixed with some white vinegar before putting them into your machine. It can also be used as a fabric softener during the rinse cycle.
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Cure for Nausea
Although it may not seem like it, taking a small amount of vinegar when you’re feeling nauseous can help get rid of those feelings. Apple cider vinegar is best for this, so next time you’re not feeling well, mix two teaspoons into a cup of water and drink it down. This is especially helpful for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness so they can get safe and natural relief from nausea.
No matter where you’re trying to eliminate odors from, vinegar can help you take care of the problem. For bad breath, you can mix it with water to make a simple but effective mouthwash. To get the smell off your fingers after chopping onions, all you need is a quick splash of vinegar. General kitchen odors can be eliminated by mixing some vinegar with vanilla extract and placing it near the stove.
If you want a healthy, cheap, and effective way to keep your pets flea-free, try adding a bit of vinegar to their water. Fleas are then repelled by the vinegar that’s in your pet’s system. You can also help get rid of a current infestation on your pets by giving your pet a bath with some vinegar mixed into the water.
There are a number of plants that thrive in acidic soils such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and gardenias. If you have plants that love acidic soil, then you can easily increase the acidity level of your soil by adding a cup of vinegar per gallon of rainwater when watering your plants. They’ll thank you for it!
For these reasons and so many more, we highly recommend keeping lots of vinegar on hand so you can use it to safely and naturally help your home and environment.