If you think vinegar is only good for salads, think again. Vinegar is a great home remedy for all kinds of dirt.
Here are 9 practical and easy ways to use vinegar in the household
– from cleaning your tiles to repelling insects.
1. Clean the clogged drain
Take half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the clogged drain. Then you tip over a cup of vinegar. It will bubble and foam. Once this stops, rinse the drain with hot water.
Then you wait 5 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. This tip is very effective, non-toxic, and not harmful to the pipes (it also eases your wallet) like other drain cleaners are.
2. Perfect insect repellent
Create an eco-friendly insect trap by filling a closed container with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Now add finely chopped banana peels and a cup of cold water and shake the container vigorously.
Now you poke a few holes in the lid and hang the container somewhere in the garden or place it on the ground, where you want to be undisturbed. In no time you will notice how many insects you have already caught with your trap.
3. Clean the dishwasher
Your dishwasher is in use every day and washes your dishes nice and clean. But who cleans your dishwasher?
Pour a cup of vinegar on the bottom of the machine and run the dishwasher once. If you do this every month or two, you’ll remove any residue and the machine will be squeaky clean.
4. Descale the shower heads
Do you have a calcified shower head? Put boiling water in a bowl and add half a cup of vinegar. Soak the showerhead for about 10 minutes and watch the limescale dissolve.
If you can’t easily remove the showerhead, put the vinegar in a plastic bag and tape it to the showerhead. Leave it on for an hour and you are ready to shower 🙂
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5. Remove the grate
Renew your rusty tools by soaking them in fully concentrated vinegar for several days.
As soon as the rust is removed, rinse the tools with clean water and let them dry well. This method also works with nuts and bolts.
6. Clean wooden floors
Clean your hardwood floor the old-fashioned way. Add half a cup of vinegar to your cleaning water, which should be hot.
Now you wipe as usual. Then dry your floor with my towel, because too much moisture is not good for your wooden floor. However, you shouldn’t apply vinegar to waxed floors, as this can peel off the wax.
To reduce the smell of vinegar, add a few drops of essential oil. What I really like is the scent of lemon. Maybe you like that too
7. Save a dried up brush
You won’t need to throw away your dried-up brush in the future. Soak it in a cup of vinegar until the bristles loosen again.
Then wash the brush in warm, soapy water. Is it still stuck together? No problem. Boil the brush in vinegar for about 10 minutes and then briefly put it in a soapy water bath.
Now you just let the brush dry and it is like new again!
8. Banish the smell of smoke
Tar and resin from cigarette smoke can stick to your furniture and leave a gross smell long after the smoke has evaporated.
To remove this odor, rinse vinegar on smooth surfaces, let it sit a little, and then wipe it off with a dry cloth. You may need to repeat this process a few times. However, you shouldn’t spray the vinegar on textiles.
9. Clean the tiles
Mix up your own detergent to freshen up grubby tiles and grout. Take half a cup of vinegar and mix it with half a cup of ammonia and add another 1/4 cup of borax to this mixture. Now you add another 4 liters of water. Complete.
Spray the solution on or rub the mixture on the tiles and you’ll see how quickly your tiles look like new again. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.