The Power of Vinegar, 7 Great Uses Around The Home
Grocery stores are awash with all manner of cleaning products and solutions which can clean up your home but what about the traditional techniques, have we forgotten about them? There are of course many myths which people like to talk about when it comes to using everyday things for cleaning, but in amongst them there is some truth and one product which can perform near-miracles is white vinegar. If you aren’t aware of the power which vinegar can have in your home, here are 7 household use for vinegar which you may not know about.
If you ever take clothes out of the laundry only to see that stains haven’t lifted out then there is a temptation to buy the most expensive detergent which promises 100% stain removal. Instead of doing this you simply need to put some white vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it to the stain prior to washing. In fact you can put vinegar on the stain and then leave it a couple of days if you wish before washing, and you’ll see that stain come right out.
If you have been cooking up a stink in the kitchen or your home has a funky smell for any other reason then vinegar is the perfect solution. Air fresheners add a sweeter scent to the air but they don’t get rid of the bad smell, simply place 2 parts vinegar with 1 part water and bring it to a gentle boil, the steam that is released will be vinegar rich and get rid of those bad odors.
Bites and Stings
If you or your family have been bitten by an insect or stung by a wasp or bee then you need to apply something acidic to it in order to bring the sting out and ease the pain. Vinegar added to a cotton pad and then applied to the sting or bite will do this perfectly, removing the sting and the pain.
Shower Head Unclogger
Shower heads can easily get clogged up as the nutrients in the water deposit themselves in the spouts and they can often be tricky to unclog. Vinegar once again can help you here and all you need to do is remove the shower head and the rubber washer, bathe the head in equal parts water and vinegar and bring the solution to a soft boil then watch the grime pour out of the shower head leaving it clean and fully functional.
Tea and coffee can often stain mugs so much that you can’t wash it off with normal washing up liquid, but if you scrub them with a mix of salt and vinegar you’ll see those stains wash off in no time at all.
Drains can begin to smell after a while and if your kitchen of bathroom has that faint smell of ammonia then vinegar can provide the perfect solution. Simply pour white vinegar down the sink and leave it for 30 minutes before running the water for drains which no longer smell, do this once a month for best results.
One of the oldest tricks in the book when cleaning windows is to use a vinegar and water solution to wash them, and then dry it off with newspaper. The coarse newspaper helps to give the windows a good clean and the vinegar will leave them spotless.