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Aug 10 2017
7 months ago
10:21 AM MDT

10 Genius Ways to Use Vinegar Around the House

Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:21 AM MDT
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Have a bottle of white vinegar in your pantry?

Distilled white vinegar is inexpensive, all-natural, and is so versatile with its many different uses. It can be super handy to have around the house. Here’s a list of my top 10 reasons why I LOVE it!

1.) Descale Your Keurig Coffee Maker

You can clean and descale your Keurig easily by filling the reservoir with 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar and then brewing it without any k-cups. Keep hitting the brew button until you’ve cycled through all the vinegar/water solution and discard it. Then do the same thing using just water in the reservoir.

Note: Vinegar can work to clean other types of coffee makers as well, not just Keurig. 

2.) Refresh Smelly Bath Towels

If your towels ever get a not so fresh sour smell, toss them in the washer and fill the fabric softener dispenser with white vinegar. Your washer will dispense it during the final rinse and they will come out fluffy and smelling fresh. This also applies to clothing such as gym clothes with moisture wick material.

Vinegar can really help with towel and clothing odors!

3.) Clean the Dishwasher

Have a yucky smelling dishwasher? Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the washer on a HOT cycle. This will help get rid of any odors and grease inside your dishwasher.

4.) Keep Berries Lasting Longer

Soaking your summer berries in a vinegar and water solution will greatly extend their freshness. It’s a popular tip that actually works very well for Hip2Save readers! Go HERE to read detailed directions.

5.) Make Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Clean naturally with this easy and effective DIY cleaning idea of mixing white vinegar, water, and essential oils. This cleaner is great on counters and basic everyday surfaces. Get the full directions HERE.

 6.) Steam Away Microwave Mess

Fill a microwave safe bowl with half water and half vinegar and heat for about 4 minutes. Carefully remove bowl and clean with a rag. It will steam any food stains making it easier to clean.

7.) Disinfect a Wood Cutting Board

Vinegar can easily disinfect a wood cutting board simply by wiping it down with a rag dipped in white vinegar. If the cutting board has a sour smell, you can also put baking soda on it first then rub with vinegar. After completely dry, I like to use mineral oil on wood cutting boards to keep them from cracking or drying out.

8.) Clean and Deodorizer the Fridge

If your fridge could use a deep cleaning, vinegar does a great job at cleaning and neutralizing food odors. Just spray the inside using a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar.

9.) Make Homemade Swimmer’s Ear Drops

Did you know you could make Homemade Swimmer’s Ear Drops using vinegar and rubbing alcohol? This tip could come in handy during the summer, and is SO much more affordable than purchasing at the store. You can find detailed directions as well as a video HERE.

10.) Clean & Deodorizer Pet Stains Naturally

If pet stains and odors are an issue in your house, first blot the area and then sprinkle baking soda over the soiled part of carpet. Pour a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray over the baking soda. Let sit for a few minutes, and then blot and rub gently until dry.

Do you have a favorite way to use white vinegar around your house? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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