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20 Money-saving Ways to Use Vinegar

We love to spread the news about cheap, effective products that multi-task; especially when it’s something you probably already have in the house. White vinegar is a super-versatile solution that’s useful for household cleaning, personal care and of course, in the kitchen. Let’s take a look at 20 things it can do (and you’re sure to find many more):

  • Clean and deodorize the dishwasher by adding a half cup of vinegar to an empty dishwasher and running a rinse cycle.
  • Add a half cup of vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle to soften fabrics, prevent color fade, reduce static and keep pet hair from sticking to clothing.  Bottle of white vinegar with cleaning supplies to save money
  • Freshen and reduce build-up in drains by pouring in white vinegar, followed by a hot water rinse.
  • Clean pen marks off painted walls by using full strength vinegar on a sponge or cloth.
  • Remove mineral build-up on a shower head by filling a plastic bag with vinegar then securing it in place with a rubber band or twist tie.
  • Clean a coffeemaker by running a mixture of water and white vinegar through the brew cycle. Follow with brew cycles of plain water until you can’t smell vinegar anymore.
  • Remove water rings from wooden furniture by rubbing the area with a mixture of vinegar and olive oil on a soft cloth.
  • Soothe a sore throat by gargling with a mixture of one teaspoon of vinegar and eight ounces of warm water.
  • Take the sting out of sunburns. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray affected areas.
  • Itchy, irritated scalp? Mix equal parts vinegar and water and use as a rinse following shampoo.
  • Mix two cups of vinegar into a hot bath to soothe sore muscles or an aching back.
  • Bring wilted greens, like lettuce and spinach, back to life by soaking them in two cups of cool water with a tablespoon of vinegar.
  • When making tomato sauce, add one or two tablespoons of vinegar toward the end of the cooking cycle to bring the flavors together.
  • Add a bit of vinegar to the last ¼ of bottles of ketchup, mustard and other condiments to make them easier to get out of the bottle.
  • Small dishes of vinegar placed around a room will absorb smoky or musty odors.
  • For strong household odors, boil a mixture of one cup water mixed with a half-cup of vinegar. By the time most of the liquid has boiled away, the smells will be gone.
  • Make chrome and stainless steel sparkle by spraying with undiluted vinegar and polishing with a soft cloth.
  • Clean and disinfect wooden cutting boards by wiping them with undiluted vinegar after every use.
  • Remove bumper stickers by saturating them with vinegar. Let them sit for 15 minutes, then use the edge of a credit card to scrape them away.
  • Remove tarnish from sterling silver jewelry by soaking it in a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda for a few hours. Rinse with cold water and polish with a soft cloth.

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