People who know me know that I love to clean — not only is it quite therapeutic, but it also keeps me organized. Plus, if I see a loose hair, something that’s not spotless or step on a crumb, it’s like nails on a chalkboard!
But whether you love to clean or absolutely hate it, knowing a few hacks and tricks can make your routine a lot easier — and also give you solutions to cleaning problems you’ve had for years.
There are tons of household products you probably already have that can get the job done for cheap, and one of the best is vinegar.
Check out the list below to see how vinegar can work wonders around your house!
14 brilliant uses for vinegar around the house
1. Clean the blinds
Soak a cloth in a little vinegar and wipe away all that dust and crud that’s built up on your blinds.
2. Remove stains and odor
Got a stain or odor stuck in the carpet? Vinegar can work wonders to solve both! One recipe that’s cheap, easy and actually works involves just 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of water.
Spray, let it soak and repeat if necessary!
3. Prevent boiled eggs from cracking
Add a little vinegar to the water to keep your egg shells from cracking while they boil.
4. Wash your windows
Fill up a spray bottle with water, vinegar and soap. Mix it up, spray down the windows and dry using a towel.
5. Clean your shower head
Pour vinegar into a plastic bag and then tightly secure it around the shower head using a rubber band. Let it soak to clean off any grime without a single scrub!
6. Disinfect a wooden cutting board
Pour vinegar directly onto the cutting board, then wipe it clean with a sponge.
7. Disinfect your mattress
Mattresses gather up a lot more bacteria than you probably realize. To disinfect it, pour vinegar, rubbing alcohol and tea tree oil into a spray bottle, and then spray the solution onto the surface of the mattress.
8. Make your manicure last longer
If you’re doing your nails at home, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and wipe your nails down before you add the polish and top coat. The vinegar will remove any surface oils from your nails so the polish goes on more smoothly and will be less likely to chip.
9. Remove bacteria from produce
Produce can contain of a lot of harmful bacteria on the surface by the time it makes it to your kitchen, which is why it’s crucial to do a thorough clean.
To remove the bacteria, combine 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water into a spray bottle — then spray down your fruits and veggies and rub them clean with your hands while rinsing under cold water.
10. Unclog a drain/garbage disposal without chemicals
All you need is 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda and about a gallon of boiling water.
Pour the baking soda down the drain and then add the vinegar. Cover the drain and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover the drain and pour in the boiling water.
And that should do the trick! To get even cleaner pipes, repeat the process.
11. Soften stiff towels
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle to soften new towels that are a little too stiff.
12. Brighten clothing colors
Adding vinegar to the wash cycle will break down chemicals on clothing that have built up from detergent and restore colors that have faded over time.
13. Clean your coffeemaker
Just like everything else in the kitchen, coffee makers can be full of bacteria, yeast and mold if they aren’t properly cleaned. Since the hot water isn’t enough to decontaminate the machine, harmful germs can build up to a point that it can actually make you sick.
In fact, one study found that coffee machines are often one of the top 10 dirtiest things in your house!
14. Safely clean your computer
There are certain chemicals you should never use on or anywhere near your computer, including:
- Ethyl alcohol
- Ethyl acid
- Methyl chloride
As a general rule of thumb when cleaning your computer, avoid using paper products, don’t use harsh chemicals and never spray product directly on the screen.
Here’s a safe and easy way to clean your computer:
- To clean your keyboard, pour some white vinegar on a microfiber cloth and scrub the keyboard thoroughly.
- Use a cotton swab soaked in vinegar to clean areas that need more attention.
- To clean your screen, take a microfiber cloth and wipe gently in a circular motion.
- Apply a mixture of light water and vinegar if necessary.