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Top 10 uses for vinegar that will save you money.

Plain old vinegar is one of the most versatile household products sitting in your pantry.

I use white vinegar daily. It is my go-to cleaning product that I cannot live without.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive
  • Leaves no residue
  • Great for removing hard water stains
  • No harmful fumes to breath in, like other cleaning products
  • Disinfects, kills germs, fungus and bacteria (does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus)

Disadvantages

  • It stinks! Fortunately, the smell dissipates after a few minutes. Be patient.
  • Does not work on certain stone surfaces like marble, granite, etc. Please check before cleaning any surfaces.
  • Can be harsh on computers, laptops and tablet screens. I use moist towels with water and soap on all my electrical devices.

 

How to use:

Mix equal parts vinegar to tap water. Add a few drops of 100% natural lemon essential oil (optional). Add to a spray bottle for ease of use.

Tip: Purchase vinegar in glass jars for a more plastic-free alternative.

 

Top 10 Uses:

  1. cleaning the entire kitchen (except for certain stone surfaces – see above)
  2. disinfecting the entire bathroom (except for certain stone surfaces – see above)
  3. mopping tiled floors
  4. cleaning windows
  5. wiping wooden tables
  6. disinfecting sponges and cleaning wipes
  7. the rinse cycle of the dishwasher – no more white residue or spots on glassware
  8. washing fruits & vegetables – the acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria & helps to dissolve the wax, pesticide & fertilizer residues found on the skins of many fruits & veggies. Place in bowl with 1:1 water to vinegar solution.
  9. cleaning stainless steel sinks, when dull or rusty in color – cover the area with some baking soda and drizzle some white vinegar on top. Let that fizzle for 5-10 minutes, then wipe it down with a wet cloth
  10. washing whites in the washing machine – clothing smells cleaner, helps with stains, works as a fabric softener as well as reduces static in winter.

This list can go on and on. There´s not much vinegar can´t do!

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