Over the past few months, I have learned how amazing vinegar really is. Most people will probably be like “you are completely crazy”, but I think it is my new favorite substance. Why this love affair with vinegar? Because it comes in these gallon size jugs that costs less than $2 and you can seriously use it for so many things, especially cleaning.
Here is my list of things we use vinegar for:
1. It works well for cleaning stainless steel appliances. Just wet a paper towel with a little vinegar and wipe in the direction of the grain. Then wipe with a paper towel with a little water, then dry. If you are really ambitious, you can then rub on a little mineral oil or baby oil to really make them shine.
2. Vinegar mixed with a little Dawn soap makes an amazing multipurpose cleaner. If you have some hard water deposits or extra soap residue in your shower, just spray the mixture on the shower and wait five minutes, then wipe and rinse.
3. Use vinegar to clean the shower heads and sinks too. Just put a little vinegar in a bag and attach it to the head with a rubber band or twist tie.
4. Unclog drains. At my old apartment, I had the world’s slowest drain. You would take a 10 minute shower and by the end be standing in about 3-4 inches of water. When we were about to move out, I found this method for unclogging drains. I had regularly been trying to unclog it and removing any hair at least every other week. I had tried draino and about every other drain cleaners I knew of. Turns out, if I just put a little baking soda down the drain and then a splash of vinegar followed by some water once the reaction stopped, the drain cleared right up. Wish I had known that one about 8 months sooner.
5. Apple cider vinegar has been a life savor with Tasha. On the days she is particularly itchy due to allergies or dry skin, I can rub some apple cider vinegar on her particularly itchy patches and she stops pulling out the hair or really attacking her ears until they would bleed. It also works well for cleaning out her ears. It also works to clean her off a bit and deodorize her between baths.
6. For steam cleaning, you can use some vinegar instead of the expensive carpet cleaner solutions. It is also safer for pets and young children. You can replace the carpet cleaner solution with the same amount of vinegar.
7. You can use vinegar to make inexpensive hair shampoo as well, but I haven’t tried this one.
8. And if these weren’t enough reasons to convince you about the awesomeness that is vinegar. Reader’s digest has more. In fact, 150 of them, which can be found here. Enjoy!