If it's in your house, it can be cleaned with vinegar!
White vinegar is perhaps the world's best all-purpose green cleaner with numerous cleaning uses. Some of the things you can do with it:
White vinegar can be used as an effective and cheap rinsing agent to get your plates, glasses and other dishes sparkling clean. Moreover, you can use it to clean the dishwasher itself! Into your empty dishwasher, pour a cup of diluted white vinegar and let it run for a short cycle. This will get rid of the soap and lime build-up that prevents your dishwasher from working efficiently.
White vinegar has so many laundry-related applications that it is often stored right next to the detergents in laundry rooms!
For removing stains like:
….spray a little white vinegar onto the stain before laundering.
Vinegar helps break down detergent when added to the rinse cycle, resulting in fresher, more colorful clothes and getting rid of that funky towel mildew. Also, soaking whites in vinegar will help bring back their whiteness. As for amount - one cup should be sufficient. Half a cup if you're using a front-loading washing machine.
Cats and dogs can often be afflicted with scaly, itchy ears. The solution? Dilute white vinegar in a 4:1 ratio (4 tbsp water for 1 tbsp vinegar, for instance) and let it soak into a clean rag. Then, wipe out the inside of your pet's ears with the rag.
Finally, if your four legged friend gets sprayed by a skunk - vinegar is the easiest acid to use for getting rid of the smell!
When confronted with grungy or discolored tile, caulk and grout - most people's first response is to reach out for the bleach. However, white vinegar is even more effective at cleaning and whitening tiles and grout. It also happens to be much safer than chlorine bleach (especially for households on a septic tank, where bleach should never enter).
Just spray full-strength vinegar on caulk and grout in the kitchen or shower, let it soak in for at least two hours, and then scrub it off with a brush.
Stuck with a bumper sticker you don't want on display anymore? Get rid of it with a few squirts of white vinegar! You may need to reapply the vinegar several times in order to loosen the bumper sticker.
Diluted vinegar can also be used to wipe down your windows in the winter, to keep them frost-free.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you're familiar with the world of skin care, you're probably already aware of the many ways people use apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is made when apple cider is fermented with helpful bacteria like yeast. This fermentation process creates a compound in the vinegar called acetic acid, which is known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Whether you’re looking to address acne, wrinkles, or even a sunburn - apple cider vinegar will work like a charm!
Although there's not much evidence that apple cider vinegar treats or prevents sunburns - people do use diluted apple cider vinegar for mild after-sun skin care.
Skin tags are benign, painless growths of skin that can be found on several parts of the body. Although they're not technically dangerous, people do often seek treatment to remove skin tags.
Apple cider vinegar is a DIY treatment for skin tags. It helps dry out the skin tag and allow it to fall off. There have been no studies citing the use of apple cider vinegar as an effective way to remove skin tags.
As you get older, your skin will naturally lose its elasticity - hence wrinkles! One of the ways to minimize premature wrinkles is to take good care of your skin.
Apple cider vinegar can be used in your skin care regimen as a face wash, or even a spot treatment. Apple cider vinegar toners, specifically, help tighten the skin and protect it from harmful environmental elements. For a quick and easy DIY toner, mix about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with about two cups of water. (Don't use 100% apple cider vinegar as a toner!).
All in all, vinegar in all its forms has endless benefits for you to benefit from. Keep a bottle handy for the next time need arises!
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