20 Incredibly Clever Vinegar Hacks
Vinegar seems to be a humble household item, yet it can be a real lifesaver in many tricky situations. Now check out the 20 amazing uses of vinegar and give it a whirl in no time. You won't regret it!
1. Remove Chewing Gum
If chewing gum has ever upset you, then you may as well turn to vinegar for help. Soak a cloth in vinegar and put it on the stain for a few minutes until it is totally drenched. When the gum is dissolved, you can easily scrape it off.
2. Release Wrinkles In Clothes
Without an iron or a fabric softener on hand, you can also easily get rid of the creases by using vinegar. Simply mix a solution of 1-part vinegar to 3-part water, and fill it in a spray bottle. Next apply it on your garment and let it sit. You'll say goodbye to them in minutes.
3. Treat Bee Sting
Bee stings can be painful, and lead to severe allergic reactions without proper treatment. Don't panic, here is a home remedy for it. Since wasp sting venom is alkaline, vinegar can help neutralize it. Steep the sting site in vinegar for at least 15 minutes, and the swelling is sure to flatten out.
4. Kill Mold
It may surprise you that vinegar is more effective than bleach when killing mold. To make your home mold-free, you need a spray bottle filled with distilled vinegar. But don't dilute it. Then spray it onto the moldy surfaces and let it sit for an hour. Get ready to be stunned!
5. Freshen Stained Pots
Frequent use of your cooking pots and pans will inevitably lead to staining. Here is a tip to make your kitchenware look new. Mix a cup of water with half a cup of vinegar in the stained pot or pan and boil it for five minutes, and you'll see the magic done!
6. Clean Up Eyeglasses
It's likely that you spend much time using a laptop while working at home. Maybe you have noticed sweat and grease accumulate on your glass lenses, then you need to give them a good wipe. Spray a little vinegar on the lenses and wipe it off. You'll be amazed by the new look you take on!
7. Soften Cuticles
Ever wondered how to get healthy nails at home? Here comes a genius hack making the wish come true! Just soak your nails in vinegar for 5 minutes and you'll find it easier to scrub the cuticles. Even better, it will do no harm to your skin.
8. Shrink Acne Spots
It can be harsh to apply chemicals like salicylic acid for clearing up acne on your skin. Fortunately, there's a natural and safe remedy for it. Next time try vinegar that contains compounds similar to salicylic acid but is way milder.
9. Cut Grease On Stovetop
Vinegar works fine for cleaning grease on glass, and one area that can really benefit is a glass top stove. Mix vinegar and water of the same quantity in a spray bottle, next spray a generous amount on the stove, let it sit, and wipe it up. You'll see the grease gone easily.
10. Clean Salt Residue On Shoes
This simple tip can get you looking fly in minutes and also preserve the quality of your shoes! Fill a spray bottle with water but leave enough room to add two or three more tablespoons of vinegar. And give the bottle a shake before spraying the solution on your shoes. Use a towel to wipe them and the salt residue will just dissolve off before your eyes.
11. Unclog Kitchen Sink
A clogged kitchen sink can be extremely annoying. As luck would have it, you can deal with the headache with vinegar and baking soda. Pour a little baking soda down the pipe and add a small portion of vinegar. Believe it or not, this hack works well for minor clogs in any sink!
12. Clean Microwave
Another kitchen appliance that is easy to collect dirt and grease is the microwave. If you have cooked chili or spaghetti in it, you'll know what we're talking about. Instead of spraying it with chemicals that might poison your food, just microwave a bowl of 1/4 cup water and one cup vinegar until it has completely steamed the inside. Then wipe it off and it will be spic and span.
13. Shine Up Your Leather
With time going by, your leather furniture may have lost its luster. In order to restore it, prepare a 50/50 mixture of linseed oil and vinegar. Put it in a spray bottle and spray down the furniture before you simply wipe it down. The vinegar will remove stains and the oil will make it shine again.
14. Clean Engine Parts
If you have small, gas-powered tools like a hedge trimmer or weed wacker, you know the difficulty of keeping them clean. Here is a quick fix with pure white vinegar. Pour a shallow amount into a tub, and steep the trimmer in it. Now use a dish brush to scrub accumulated grass and dirt off of it.
15. Clean Piano Keys
With this simple tip, you'll find cleaning piano keys is such a breeze. First, soak a towel in a 50% water, 50% vinegar mix. Wring it out to remove the extra liquid. Run it along the keys and then get a dry cloth to repeat the previous step. Leave the keyboard air dry thoroughly before closing it. Never let the cloth drip between the keys.
16. Wean Thumb-Sucking
It might be cute but is definitely unhygienic when a child sucks his thumb or some other toys. To wean him from the bad habit so as not to damage his teeth, wipe down his thumb or toy with a bunch of nasty-tasting vinegar. It is safe and effective!
17. Detox Skin
Nothing is nicer than enjoying a bath after a long day of work. Simply add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and your fatigue will disappear for good. Apart from detoxing your skin while you soak in the warm bath, it can ease muscle aches and balance your skin pH.
18. Acidify Soil
Do you know a lot of flowers like gardenias and azaleas grow better in acidic soils? Of course mainstream products will do the job, but why not try a much cheaper one? Water the plants with the mixture of vinegar and water in the same amount. Wait for your plants to grow bigger and faster!
19. Condition Hair
It happens that you run out of hair conditioner when you just warm up your shower. No worries, here is a simple hack to save the day! Just give your hair and scalp a little rub with some apple cider vinegar for a minute or two so that your hair can absorb it well. Finally, rinse your hair with water. And you can expect a rich luscious feeling of your hair.
20. Extend Plants' Life Span
Want to appreciate your lush garden for a bit longer? The next steps will help you. Place your plants or flowers in a vase full of 1 quart of warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water to promote the opening of the blooms and nourish the plants, then add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the mixture and stir well. How it stunts the growth of bacteria will blow up your mind!