Vinegar can replace 15 toxic household chemicals.
Commonly known as a household-cooking ingredient, vinegar is a multi-tasking powerhouse of a substance.
Vinegar is a natural (and inexpensive) disinfectant. It can replace many toxic chemicals—which is great for your health and the environment.
But don’t use the fancy (and expensive) stuff. Plain white or distilled vinegar is all you need. Here are 15 ways you can use vinegar for a healthier home:
- Ink Marks: Dab (do not rub) full-strength vinegar using a cloth onto the marked area and repeat until the ink is gone.
- Grimy Scissors: Washing grimy or sticky scissors with water can create rust. Use full-strength vinegar instead.
- Brighten Rug: Bring a rug back to life by brushing a broom dipped in a solution of 1 cup white vinegar in a gallon of water. Rinsing is optional!
- Wax Built-Up: When your wooden furniture has build-up from furniture wax, get rid of it with diluted white vinegar.
- Clogged Drains: Use a funnel to pour 1/2-cup baking soda followed by 1-cup vinegar into a clogged drain. In 5 minutes, when foaming subsides, flush with hot water.
- Polish Chrome: To clean chrome and stainless steel fixtures around your home, apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a spray bottle. Buff with a soft cloth to make it shiny.
- Plastic Ice Trays: To remove hard-water stains from plastic ice trays, let them soak in a few cups of vinegar.
- Mildew: To eliminate heavy mildew accumulations, clean with full strength. For light stains, dilute it with an equal amount of water.
- Urine Stains: If your pet had an accident or marked, blot up the initial stain, flush it with water, and then apply equal parts vinegar and cool water. Repeat as needed.
- Sticky Labels: Remove labels from glass jars by saturating the sticky area with vinegar, then scrape off.
- Dirty Pots: Fill the pot with enough water to cover the bottom of a built-up cooking mess. Then add 1 cup of vinegar and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Let cool, and then scrub.
- Stained Hands: Rub your hands with vinegar to remove stains from berries or other natural dyes.
- Dandruff: Use full-strength vinegar on your scalp to treat dandruff.
- Odors: Use vinegar to eliminate food smells from your body. Use it with soap when deodorant doesn’t cut it.
- Fabric Softener: Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your wash when you would add fabric softener (final rinse cycle) and line dry.
And these are only the start, check out these other ways to clean with vinegar.
Note: Vinegar is a good natural cleaning agent for many surfaces, but because it is acidic, it can cause marble to corrode.