I've been reading a lot of magazines lately and usually, I see household tips concerning vinegar use.
- Ants hate vinegar; so spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel them.
- Vinegar also is very good to clean off chewing gum stains from clothes; usually normal cleaning products are not capable of cleaning off chewing gum, so rubbing with vinegar before the machine wash should do the trick.
- Pour boiling white vinegar down a clogged drain to remove the obstruction.
- A few tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with a few teaspoons of common table salt makes an excellent cleanser for cleaning badly-stained stainless steel cookware. This vinegar and salt mixture also can remove oxidation from copper-clad cookware and make it shine with practically no rubbing required.
- Vinegar can also be used as a glass cleaner either mixed with water or used neat in a spray bottle. Use full strength vinegar to polish chrome and stainless steel.
- Vinegar is effective in removing rust from metals and for cleaning ice-skate blades.
- Vinegar can be used as a fabric softener by adding half the amount of vinegar as you would of your usual softening agent.
- For pet owners, white vinegar poured onto pet urine mishaps on carpets, then blotted up with paper towel will prevent staining and odor.
- Old, stiff paintbrushes can be revived by dipping them into heated white vinegar for a couple of hours, followed by a rinse in soapy water. Beats using turpentine!
- Place a small container of vinegar in your toilet and bathroom to eliminate odors. A half cup of vinegar added to a toilet bowl left overnight removes bowl odor. The smell of the vinegar will also dissipate overnight.
I think I'm going to experiment on the following:
#1 - Our living room has ants of all kinds. I want to get rid of them for the sake of my little boy.
#3 - I'm thinking of using this in the kitchen sink for maintenance purposes.
#9 - This will be a nice suggestion to my father who's doing a lot of painting in the house lately. :)
#10. I will try this, too, instead of using Toilet Duck or Domex.
Aside from culinary and medicinal benefits, vinegar seems to provide cheaper and environment-friendly alternative usage.
I wonder if there are also other household tips using vinegar.