10 Reasons To Use Vinegar
1. Cleans as an all purpose cleaner
Combine 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar in a spray bottle–an inexpensive way to do general cleaning and kills germs.
2. Utilize as a rinse aid in the dishwasher
Jet Dry rinse aid is rather expensive…you can get the same results by using undiluted vinegar.
3. Use as fabric softener in the washing machine
Instead of the conventional liquid fabric softener, pour the vinegar in the same dispenser you would for softener. Perfect way to prevent that funky wet smell towels sometimes get.
4. Utilize as fly repellent
I use a ratio of 50/50 water and vinegar with a combination of essential oils. Place in an empty spray bottle and spray over your yard. I find it keeps flies away and also deters weeds.
5. Use as a drain cleaner
Pour baking soda into a slow moving drain and follow with vinegar. Let it foam up and set for a while, and then flush with hot water.
6. Clean and sanitize the garbage disposal
Make ice cubes out of vinegar and run them through the garbage disposal to clean and sanitize it.
7. Clean the dishwasher
Pour a cup of vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run it through a full cycle to clean and sanitize the dishwasher.
8. Clean the washing machine
Fill your empty washing machine with hot water (or follow your manufacturer’s instructions), add a cup of vinegar and run through a full cycle.
9. Clean the coffee maker and tea kettle
Use the 50/50 ratio and run it through your coffeemaker. Make sure you rinse before you use. To clean a teakettle, just boil the vinegar and water combo in the kettle to clean it and remove water deposits. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before using it again.
10. Remove mineral deposits
Remove that icky white stuff from your showerhead by filling a plastic baggie with vinegar and wrapping it around your shower head by securing it with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight.
You should not use vinegar on porous surfaces like granite or marble because it can damage the surface. A lot of people complain about vinegar odor but I find it dissipates quickly; try adding essential oils to help with the smell (but be aware… oils leave residue). I purchase my vinegar at Costco and find that size will last me a good month. I originally purchased smaller bottles at Target so that way I can have a handy bottle in special spots in my house. I use my main bottle to replenish the smaller bottles. Vinegar is such a multi purpose item to use in your household–the cost is so inexpensive and definitely worth trying out. The money you save can be applied to a special indulgence this month.