Vinegar has been used for 10,000 years, which may just make it the world's oldest ingredient! The main uses for white distilled vinegar are cooking and food preparation as well as cleaning and disinfecting.
Over the last year or so, I've found more and more uses for vinegar and it has since become a staple in my house. Here are some of my favorite uses:
Looking for brighter whites or bolder colors? The answer just might be white distilled vinegar. It’s a safe and inexpensive way to boost the power of your detergent and add a little more muscle to your stain remover. With vinegar in the mix, your clothes have never looked better.
- By adding it into your wash cycle:
- Rid your laundry of that musky, mildew smell because you left them in the washer too long
- Prevent lint from clinging to clothes
- Remove soap reside that makes black clothes appear dingy and dull
- Remove smoky odors from clothing
- Get water and salt stains off leather shoes and bags plus a nice shine
White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals. You’ll also be glad to know that it is environmentally friendly and very economical.
- Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal and drains
- To shine chrome fixtures
- To clean grease splattered over door windows
- Cleaning cloudy glassware
- Getting rid of lime deposits
- Removing stains from coffee and tea
- To clean stained plastic food containers
- Clean scummy shower head
- Remove the wax residue left by commercial window cleaners (like Windex)
- Clean woodwork and natural hardwood floors
White distilled vinegar provides many safe alternatives to protect and enhance your garden and gardening tools. Not only will you feel good about keeping children and pets (and you!) away from pesticides and other chemicals, you’ll feel great about the low cost of vinegar compared to those other products.Because white distilled vinegar has so many wonderful uses as a cleaning agent, it’s no surprise that it is also perfect to use on some of your bigger cleaning projects—namely automobiles. The next time you’re washing your car, shift into high gear and really make it shine with a little vinegar.
- Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places
- Stop ants in their tracks and eliminate ant hills
- Used in a fruit fly trap
- Polish car chrome and use in soap water to shine paint when washing
- Remove unwanted decals and bumper stickers
- Remove the hazy film that builds up on the inside of windows