Vinegar is a pretty common household item. You probably have a bottle at home somewhere, and if you don’t, you should get one for emergencies. Forget about stocking up on food and water; just make sure you have vinegar. Just kidding, but vinegar can really make your life so much easier. Because of the acidic components found in it, it can help sanitize and kill off bacteria. From cleaning stains to cleaning your pets, you will be amazed by all the impressive things you can do with it.
Vinegar is a pretty standard condiment. Most of us have some in the fridge, but you wouldn’t necessarily think it can serve multiple purposes. If there is an apocalypse coming, make sure to be stocked on vinegar. You never know when you might need a bottle. Check out these incredible hacks that vinegar can help you out with. Some of these are actually extremely convenient and good to know.
After a period of time, showerheads start to gather a build-up of soap scum, hard water minerals, and bacteria. People tend to overlook this little detail, but it’s important to keep your showerhead clean and fresh. You don’t even need to go buy some expensive cleaning products, as long as you have white vinegar in the house.
It’s easy. All you have to do is pour some vinegar in a shower cap, put the shower head inside, and close it with a rubber band. Once it’s secure, let the shower head soak overnight. In the morning, take off the bag and use a lint-free cloth to wipe the showerhead down. Your showerhead will shine and look brand new!
Fruit and Veggie Cleaner
Obviously, it’s important to keep your fruits and vegetables clean. With all the germs going around, you can get really sick if you don’t wash your vegetables correctly. Unfortunately, sometimes water doesn’t always cut it. By using a spray bottle and some vinegar, you can make your own fruit and vegetables cleaner.
Simply pour one cup of vinegar and four cups of water into the spray bottle and mix it together. Then, when you are ready to eat, spray the vegetable before rinsing it in water. The vinegar will help all the germs slide off. If you want to make sure your fresh and delicious produce is also clean, this hack is for you!
Iron Mark Eraser
Have you ever accidentally forgotten to turn down the heat setting on your iron? It’s okay… I do this more often then I’d like to admit. Unfortunately, it leads to scorch marks that are seemingly impossible to get rid of. I thought I’d just have to live with my careless mistakes and deal with iron marks on some of my stuff.
What I didn’t know is that there is a super simple way to get rid of scorch marks. Just check your cabinets and make sure you have some vinegar lying around. You can get rid of these iron stains on fabrics by rubbing them gently with vinegar. Then use a clean cloth to wipe it off, and there you go! Good as new!
After extensive use, faucets and fixtures tend to look a little rusty and lose their shine. It seems inevitable, right? Wrong. There is actually a way for you to get the shine back, and all you need is vinegar and a microfiber cloth. Just like the showerhead hack, this will bring back some shine into fixtures.
All you have to do is saturate the cloth with white vinegar and secure it on top. Leave it on there for about 15 minutes and wipe away. That’s it. You don’t have to wait to buy a new faucet once it starts to lose its sparkle. I’ve used this hack, and I was shocked by how well it worked.
Rust is one of the most frustrating things to get rid of. Acid or, more specifically, citric acid is an awesome trick when it comes to removing rust, making vinegar the perfect solution. You can loosen rusty screws but pouring vinegar over it to help it dislodge. Then, if you want to remove the rust from the screws, soak them in vinegar.
You can use white vinegar, but some people say apple cider vinegar works better. Pour it into a plastic bottle, throw the rusty screws in there, and shake the bottle. Let the screws soak for about a day, and they should be good as new. If they are still rusty, it means you need to leave them in a little longer for the acid to really get its job done.
Disinfect the Microwave
Most of us don’t clean our microwaves nearly enough. We use it so often, and don’t realize how many germs and dirt can accumulate in there. Sometimes food can splatter in the microwave, and the gunk can get stuck to the microwave walls. Well, I might have a solution to make sure your microwave is clean and sanitary.
Every so often (depending on how often you use it), you should steam clean your microwave. Just fill up a bowl with hot water and vinegar (it should be an equal amount), and simply microwave it for five minutes. You will immediately start to see the gunk peel right off, and you can easily wipe it away.
Deodorize the Refrigerator
Does your fridge seem to smell a little funky every once in a while? That’s okay. It happens to all of us. I mean, all different kinds of foods are in there together and sometimes, the various smells mix together and get absorbed into your refrigerator. Even once you take the food out, there is still that lingering smell.
Well, if you want your refrigerator smelling refreshed, you can deodorize it using vinegar! Mix an equal amount of vinegar and water together. Then just use it to wipe down the shelves, walls, and drawers in your fridge. Not only will it make your fridge smell better, but it will remove some extra gunk that you may not have noticed.
A Fresh Lunchbox
Plastic containers are a convenient way to store food. If you want to take lunch to work, you pack it in Tupperware. Typically, Tupperware is meant to be used more than once. But if you forget to unpack your lunch or leave something sitting in the fridge for too long, these containers can really start to stink!
Even once they are washed, sometimes there is a persistent stench that won’t go away. If it gets to that point, I just throw out my containers. But, instead of buying new Tupperware, swab the one you have with a microfiber cloth dipped in vinegar. This will cause the smell to disappear completely. If you have kids, this hack also works on school lunch boxes. You’re welcome.
Carpet Stain Helper
If you know anything about cleaning, you know that carpet stains can be some of the most stubborn to remove. There isn’t much you can do to prevent it because people are always walking on it. So even if you keep food and messy toys away from the carpet, it will eventually start to get dirty just from accumulating dirt.
You can make your own stain removing solution at home. Just combine two tablespoons of white vinegar and ¼ cup of salt; mix it together and then rub it into the stain. Give it time to dry, and the next day just vacuum the remains. If you are one of those people who manages to keep the carpet clean, this stain remover can work on clothes as well.
Paint Brush Reviver
If you are a big fan of arts and crafts, you probably have to buy new paintbrushes quite often. After several uses, the brush gets dirty, and the bristles get stuck together, causing the brush to harden and become unusable. Well, if you are a painter, I think I’m about to save you a few extra dollars on paintbrushes.
You have probably tried to clean them off with water, but after a couple of times, the water just doesn’t cut it. An effective way to clean off paintbrushes is by using vinegar. Just soak them for about an hour, then place them in a pot (bristles down, obviously) and bring it to a summer. Drain, rinse, and allow them to dry fully.
Say Bye to Pet Hair
Are you a dog owner? Or someone who likes to be around animals? If you are, you probably experienced the struggle of trying to remove fur from your clothes. Even after a good wash, sometimes the fur is seemingly impossible to remove. The secret to getting it off is by using… you guessed it – vinegar.
Just add ½ a cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle, and it will help stop the dog hair from clinging to your clothes. Because the acid reduces static electricity, this will also prevent other lint from sticking to fabrics in the washing machine. This trick really works wonders. If you are a pet owner, this hack can be life-changing and is definitely worth trying.
Freshen up the Toilet Bowl
At one point or another, most of us experience some gross toilet bowl residue. If you’re out of Clorox, or just don’t like the blue color of the chemical, there is another solution. Cleaning toilets doesn’t sound like a fun activity. You just want to get it cleaned properly and not have to worry about it. That’s when the vinegar comes in.
All you have to do is grab a mason jar and fill it up with some white vinegar. Punch a few holes in the lid, and simply place the jar in your toilet tank upside down. Every time you flush, a little bit of the vinegar will pour out, constantly cleaning it. This way, you are keeping your tank clean and preventing future stains.
Coffee Table Rings
No matter how many coasters I have, people tend to ignore them and place their glasses directly on the table. This leads to several ring stains left behind on my wooden table, and I kind of just accepted it at this point. Sure, I can try and wipe off the sticky juices, but eventually, it soaks into the wood resulting in stains. Especially when it comes to coffee.
It turns out I don’t have to give up on my beautiful wooden table so easily. If you have some extra vinegar, you can get rid of these stains. Simply mix together an equal amount of vinegar and melted beeswax. If you don’t have beeswax, melted candle wax also works. Rub the mixture on the ring stains and watch them disappear.
The best part about doing laundry is undoubtedly the fresh and flowery smell of your clean clothes. Unfortunately, every once in a while, we are left disappointed with our clothes smelling damp. Gross! Nobody wants their laundry smelling like that. Luckily, I might have a hack to help solve this problem.
There is nothing worse than expecting clean clothes only to have them smell worse than before. If you are experiencing musty or unpleasant smells coming from your clean clothes, you’re not alone. Before your next wash, add a cup of vinegar to the wash. I know it may not sound like it will make your clothes smell better, but life is full of surprises. It doesn’t actually add a new scent; it just removes the damp smell.
Washing Machine Cleaner
Some people may not realize how important it is to clean your washing machine regularly. We already mentioned that clothes could come out of the machine smelling damp. This is because the washing machine isn’t clean enough to work at its maximum efficiency. As we know, water creates mold; so it makes sense that without keeping it clean, the machine will start to give off an odor.
If you haven’t cleaned your washing machine in a while and have noticed an unpleasant smell, this one is for you. Take a cup of white vinegar, pour it into the drum, and put the machine on the hottest setting. When the cycle is over, leave the washing machine open for a little while and allow it to air out.
If you are a talented crafter or let your kids play around with clay, stains are bound to happen. No matter how careful you are, the clay gets all over the place and will make a mess. If you get clay anywhere, don’t try cleaning it up until it’s completely dry. Attempting to clean sticky wet clay will probably just lead to a bigger mess.
Once it’s fully dry, try scraping and washing. If that doesn’t work, plan B is vinegar. Just combine one cup of white vinegar with three tablespoons of iodized salt and then spread it over the stain. This strange mixture should get the clay right off, making arts and crafts cleanup way less stressful.
Sweat Stain Remover
Okay, we have all experienced gross sweat stains, and if you say you haven’t, you’re lying. Whether you’re at the gym, dancing in the club, or just outside on a hot summer day, sweating is inevitable. It’s just a part of life and the human experience. Unfortunately, sometimes our favorite shirts get noticeable sweat stains that don’t come off in the wash.
A better solution would be to spray them with some white vinegar. The acid will help neutralize the stain, so let it sit for about 30 minutes. Your shirt should look as good as new! This hack works most effectively on synthetic fabrics like viscose, acrylic, or acetate. If you think you can’t wear a shirt because of some obvious sweat stains, think again!
Disinfect the Dishwasher
It’s important to make sure things around your house are disinfected in order to get rid of and prevent germs. This is even more vital when it comes to your kitchen, and anywhere else that you might keep food. If bacteria gets in your food and then you consume it, you can get really sick. That’s why you should keep the refrigerator and silverware clean.
What you may forget to disinfect is the dishwasher. I mean, its job is to clean, so isn’t it constantly disinfecting itself? The answer is no. Dishwashers need to be disinfected in order to be sure your dishes are too. All you have to do is fill up a small bowl with vinegar, put it at the bottom of the dishwasher, and run it on an empty cycle.
If you run out of Windex or any kind of window cleaner, don’t worry. As long as you have some vinegar at home, I think I can help you out. You can actually make your own window cleaning solution from the comfort of your own home. All you need is white vinegar, the same amount of warm water, and a pinch of liquid detergent.
Mix the ingredients all together in a spray bottle. Now you have a window cleaner to use with a newspaper. Wiping the vinegar solution with a newspaper will make your windows completely streak-free and squeaky clean. If you have some of the spray leftover, use it to polish glassware that is stained with watermarks.
There is nothing worse than coming out of the shower, getting dressed, and seeing deodorant stains all over your black shirt! Deodorant is a necessity. However, sometimes it can lead to gross yellow stains in the armpits of your shirts. There are many occasions where deodorant will stain your new outfit, but I don’t think anyone is willing to give up deodorant any time soon.
And if you were planning on it, you don’t have to! Deodorant stains can be removed pretty easily by soaking them in vinegar. Then use an old (but clean) toothbrush to brush away the stains. This hack works on both white clothes and colors. You don’t have to be scared of your deodorant anymore!
After prolonged use, garbage disposals drains and pipes eventually get clogged. Unclogging them can be disgusting and cleaning products for that kind of stuff is expensive. Instead, you can make yourself an all-natural cleaning solution. The first step is to pour a pot of boiling water down the sink, then add ½ cup of bicarb soda and leave it for about a half-hour.
Next, mix together one cup of boiling water with one cup of white vinegar and pour that in. Then cover it up with a drain plug and let it sit for 15 minutes. This combination of ingredients will create a chemical reaction that will dislodge the gross grimy sludge. Before finishing, add one more pot of boiling water.
Perk up Flowers
Flowers are a stunning ornament that can make anything appear more beautiful. Adding bright flowers to a dull room can really liven it up. Flowers can really make a huge difference, but it’s not always positive. Dying flowers in a room can make it feel haunting or eerie. If you want to bring a sad-looking bouquet back to life, here’s what you need to do.
Simply add one teaspoon of sugar and two tablespoons of white vinegar into the vase. It will revive the plants and get rid of that depressing energy that the dying plants were giving off. This hack isn’t limited to bouquets and can work wonders in the garden too.
Coffeemakers are life-changing, and once you buy one, there is no going back. The only problem is that they get tend to get dirty and aren’t the easiest things to clean. This may shock you, but one way to effectively clean your coffee machine is by using vinegar.
Simply pour the same amount of vinegar and water into the main chamber before turning on the brew cycle. Halfway through, turn off the machine and let it soak for a few minutes. Then you can turn it on again and let it complete the cycle. It should be clean, but I recommend running a couple of cycles with water before making your morning coffee. Vinegar-flavored coffee doesn’t sound very appetizing.
Leather is a difficult material to take care of. It can easily get covered in marks, and we all know how impossible it is to get rid of them. Whether it’s your purse, jacket, or even wallet, worn-out leather is not a good look. Well, what if I told you there was a way to hide the marks and restore shine into your favorite leather accessories?
This hack is unbelievably easy, and it actually works. All you need is a microfiber cloth dampened with vinegar. This hack has amazing results on scuffed leather. It really hides any marks and makes your leather look as good as new. If you have an old leather jacket that lost its shine, try this simple hack.
Do you ever notice weeds growing in the cracks of your walkway? How do they even grow if they are covered in cement? I’m no scientist, but don’t plants need sunlight? Anyway, if these inconvenient weeds are bothering you, or you’re like me and always trip over them, I have a hack!
As you might have already guessed, all you need for this one is vinegar. Pour plain white vinegar onto them and allow them to soak into the roots. The acidic acid will kill the roots, so make sure not to put plain vinegar on the plants you want to keep alive. However, mixing it with water and using it on flowers is okay, as we mentioned in an earlier hack.
Mold can slowly start building up on your walls without you noticing. When you do realize there is mold, you will probably stress yourself out trying to get rid of it. Or at least I would be. There is no reason to worry, though, because apparently, vinegar can do it all, including removing mold.
Just spray white vinegar directly on the area with the mold and leave it for a half an hour. Then wash it off with a brush and make sure you allow it to dry completely. This hack also works really well on tiles and other non-porous materials. It should be noted that vinegar can scratch stone and marble, so make sure you avoid using it on those surfaces.
No More Moldy Cheese
Since vinegar can get rid of mold on your wall, it only makes sense that it can prevent your cheese from growing mold too. There is nothing more nauseating than moldy cheese. I know cheeses are technically mold and all that, but you know what I’m talking about. I mean, you see your cheese go from yellow to green. It usually starts off as a small little dot, but it doesn’t take long for the mold to grow.
If you don’t want your cheese to start growing mold, this vinegar hack can help. Wrap the cheese in a cloth dampened with vinegar and put it in the fridge. The acid in the vinegar will essentially kill the mold before it even has a chance to grow.
Natural Air Freshener
Sometimes it can be hard to get rid of gross lingering smells. Whether it’s the garbage, cigarettes, or a sink full of dishes, cleaning doesn’t always help. Sometimes, the smell remains. Believe it or not, you can actually make an air or fabric freshener. Vinegar is actually the most effective and inexpensive air freshener you can get.
I know what you’re thinking. Vinegar doesn’t exactly smell like lavender. As opposed to giving off a new smell, the components in vinegar will neutralize and get rid of unpleasant smells. Just get a spray bottle and fill it up with white vinegar and use it as an air freshener. It will also get rid of odors on carpets, clothes, and even sneakers.
Shower curtains are not necessarily something we think about cleaning. The way I see it, they are being washed every day, so as long as I don’t stop showering, the curtains should be fine. Unfortunately, my thought process is incorrect. It’s important to keep your shower curtains clean in order to prevent mold from growing. It kind of works the same way as it does with the cheese.
The acidity from the vinegar will prevent mold from growing because it won’t be able to survive. I recommend keeping a spray bottle full of vinegar in your bathroom; that way, you can spray the curtains, bathtub, and other surfaces. Because of the steam and damp environment, it’s not uncommon for mold to grow in bathrooms. But we have a vinegar spray bottle to stop it!
Morning frost isn’t the biggest struggle in the world, but what if there was a way to prevent it. This could really come in handy if your windshield wipers are broken, it’s a cold winter day, and you need to drive to work. The solution to your windshield problem is vinegar.
As we know, vinegar contains a strong acidic compound that helps clear and prevent build up. Combine three parts vinegar to one part water and mix it in a spray bottle. Use it to coat your windshield and no morning frost. The vinegar will literally stop the ice from building up. If you’re into science, this hack could be a fun experiment.
There is nothing more satisfying than cleaning your filthy dog. After letting it run around in the mud for about a month, the dog starts to get dirty and smell bad. After an annual or monthly bath, the dog smells good and looks fresh. There is one more thing you can do to make your dog look even better after its bath.
You can keep your dog’s fur coat extra glossy but spraying it with white vinegar after his bath. As we know, the acidity in the vinegar reduces bacteria and cuts odors. So not only will your dog look great, but he will smell great. The vinegar will also help prevent fleas and ticks. Just a couple sprays of vinegar goes a long way when it comes to your dog.
Litter Box Deodorizer
Cats are the best. They are cute, cuddly, and don’t cause a lot of problems. What’s not to like? I mean, I’m personally allergic, but that’s beside the point. If you are a proud cat owner, would you settle for anything less than the best for your kitty cat? That’s what you thought. This is why it’s very important for pet owners to keep vinegar around.
If you can smell your cat’s litter box, even when it’s empty, there is a problem. Lucky for you, I have a solution. Pour half an inch of white vinegar in it and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then rinse it out with cold water, and there you have it. The odor disappears, and you have one happy cat.
Getting gum stuck in my hair is one of my biggest fears. The thought of not being able to get out, and having to chop off my hair is literally what my nightmares are made of. It looks like I have nothing to fear after all. Don’t get me wrong; I would always prefer not to have gum in my hair, but if it happens, there is a way to remove it.
If you are in a situation where you have gum stuck in your hair, grab vinegar immediately! That’s what will save you. Pour warm vinegar over the gum and leave it alone. Eventually, it will dissolve. This hack also works if you are trying to get gum out of fabric.
Fix Scratched CDs
Remember when CDs and DVDs were a thing? Those were the days. Unless a song was on the radio or a movie was on TV, there was no way to access it. That’s why a scratched CD was one of the most frustrating things. You knew it was scratched as soon as the songs started skipping, and it sucked. It happened to all of us, though; it’s all part of being a ’90s kid.
What my middle school self didn’t know was that I could have fixed them. All I needed was to wipe it down with vinegar. Of course, this doesn’t help much in 2020. However, I am going to dig up my old Jesse McCartney CD when I get home and see if this actually works.
If your skin is a little irritated and all you want is to relax, vinegar can help with that, too. Just add ½ a cup of your bathwater. I know bubbles may sound a little more exciting, but trust me on this one. It turns out that vinegar works as a natural remedy for dry and itchy skin.
Adding vinegar to your bath water will help remove dead skin cells leaving your skin extra smooth. You can also make a diluted vinegar solution and use it to wash your hair. It will remove product build-up, prevent dandruff, and restore shine. That sounds like a sweet deal. Who knew I could add vinegar to my skin and beauty routines?
The Very Last Drop
Sometimes, you want to get the last remaining drops of your condiments out of the bottles. For example, you need a little more ketchup to finish up your fries, but it won’t come out. The annoying part is that you can see that there is more left in the bottle. Well, you won’t have to eat ketchup-less fries ever again.
All you need is to throw in a few drops of vinegar, close the lid, and shake it up. The vinegar will dislodge what’s remaining so that you can get those last few squirts. This hack works on mayonnaise, salad dressing, mustard, and whichever other condiments you choose. This one may actually come in handy… I mean, its food!
Stickers take me back to a much simpler time. I remember putting stickers everywhere. I stuck some on the fridge, my walls, my locker, and once in first grade, I got in trouble for putting stickers on my desk. Why did innocent six-year-old me get lunch detention? I didn’t do anything wrong. They were Lisa Frank stickers…
The reason was that the sticker didn’t completely come off and left the desk a little sticky. To remove sticker gunk, all you need to do is apply vinegar on it and let it sit for about 15 minutes; it will wipe right off. I wish my teacher knew this hack; maybe then I wouldn’t have gotten in trouble. Clearly, I’m over it.
Crayon off the Wall
If you have kids, you probably know what it’s like to try and get crayon marks off the wall. I’m not a mom, but I’ve done a lot of babysitting in my day and kids color on the wall pretty often. Or maybe I wasn’t a good babysitter. The point is, there is a crayon on the wall, and you need to get it off. What do you do?
Soap and water may work. But depending on how much crayon is on there, it could take hours to scrub off. A simpler solution would be to grab your handy dandy vinegar spray bottle. If you soak a clean toothbrush with white vinegar and brush gently, it should get the crayon right off.
Clean Piano Keys
Every once in a while, musicians need to clean their instruments. If you play the piano, you probably noticed that after prolonged use, the keys start to get dirty. You wouldn’t want any dirt building up or dangerous germs on it. I mean, you touch the keys whenever you play, so you have to make sure to sanitize them.
To effectively clean the keys, mix ½ a cup of white vinegar and two cups of water. Dip a microfiber cloth into the mixture and gently wipe down each key. Then use different cloth to dry the keys. Leave the keyboard uncovered for at least 24 hours. Allow all the germs and bacteria to air out.