There are many uses for vinegar that make is a wonderful organic tool. People discovered vinegar many years ago when wine accidentally fermented too long and turned sour. It can be made from many products, including beer, apples, berries, beets, corn, fruits, potatoes, rice, grains and more. Because all of these foods contain natural sugars, they ferment into alcohol. Then, this alcohols ferments into vinegar.
Great Uses for Vinegar!
Over time, people discovered many uses for vinegar that go beyond cooking. Especially, if you are looking for an organic replacement for chemical cleaners and household products, vinegar is probably your best bet. Here are just 14 uses for vinegar. Please share with us in the comments section how you use it.
1. All Purpose Disinfectant/Cleaner: Use spray bottle with 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water. This works great on windows, too.
2. Rinse aid: Use undiluted vinegar as a dishwasher rinse aid.
3. Fabric softener: Also use it in your “Downy ball” to remove soap build up in your laundry during the rinse cycle.
4. Washing refresher: For laundry left to sit in the machine too long, repeat the rinse cycle with 1 cup of vinegar.
5. Pest control: Mix equal portions of water and vinegar, plus 1 TB of sugar and 1 squirt of dish soap. Set in a small bowl where you have ant problems, or spray where the ants are coming in.
6. Scrubbing cleaner: Use 1/4 cup of baking soda, a few drops of liquid soap, and a splash of vinegar to make a scrubbing cleanser for the stove top and oven.
7. Weed control: Spray 20% acidic vinegar on weeds.
8. Hard water/mineral buildup: Remove mineral build up from shower heads and showers by spraying vinegar on affected area, let soak and then scrub.
9. Drain cleaner and deodorizer: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 3/4 cup of undiluted vinegar.
10. Remove soap scum: Use vinegar in a spray bottle to help break down soap scum. In addition, you can scrub with baking soda.
12. Carpet cleaner: Use vinegar in a carpet cleaner machine instead of chemical soaps. It cleans, freshens and kills mildew.
13. Freshen mattresses: Vacuum a mattress once a month, then spray down with vinegar to refresh it.
14. Floor cleaner: Use a 3:1 water to vinegar solution + a few drops of dish washing liquid. This mixture is perfect for vinyl and tile.
Please note that most white distilled vinegar sold in the US is made from grains (mostly corn), and thus likely to be made from genetically modified crops (GMO’s). Therefore, be sure to purchase organic vinegar if you don’t want to use GMOs.
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