Replace (another) 15 toxic household cleaners with vinegar.
You already know how tasty vinegar can be in your foods. But it is also a powerful cleaner. Plus, it’s a non-toxic disinfectant and is far less expensive than other “all natural” cleaners.
Here are 15 more ways you can use vinegar (white or distilled) for a healthier home:
- Lint Remover: Add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to your wash water to get rid of extra lint.
- Stain Removal: Use vinegar on clothing stains before washing. Let it soak a little longer for deeper stains.
- Frost-Free Windows: To ensure that your windows will be frost-free in the morning, mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water, and coat your windows with the mixture the night before.
- Soap Scum: A 50/50 vinegar solution removes soap scum off anything from tiles to hair.
- Cooking Fish: Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking. This helps the fish hold its shape and also works as a tenderizer!
- Facial Toner: Vinegar can replace facial toner. Dilute it if the smell is too strong.
- Athletes Foot: Apply full-strength vinegar to your feet twice a day until symptoms subside.
- Air Freshener: A bowl of vinegar in the corner of your room or boiled with water in the kitchen is a great deodorizer.
- Yellowed Clothing: For aged clothes or deodorant stains, let garments soak overnight in a 12:1 vinegar solution and wash the next day.
- Ants: Deter ants by washing surfaces with vinegar.
- Weeds: Kill unwanted weeds or grass by pouring full-strength vinegar on them. (Might need to be repeated.)
- Paintbrush Softener: Soak paintbrushes in hot, white distilled vinegar, and then wash out with warm, sudsy water.
- Sunburned Skin: Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply if necessary.
- Softer Feet: Make a foot soak with 1 cup white distilled vinegar for each 2 gallons warm water and let your feet sit for 45 minutes before exfoliating.
- Clean Microwave: Place 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in a glass bowl and then cook on high for five minutes. When the bowl has cooled, use the water to wipe away stains and splatters.
Remember: Don’t use vinegar on marble. While it’s great for most surfaces, the acidic nature of vinegar can cause marble to corrode.
Check out the first 15 healthy uses for vinegar at home.