Top 10 Things You Can Do With Vinegar

I consider vinegar to be an indispensable tool in any kitchen – this ingredient can clean practically anything plus perform some nifty restorations and maintenance tricks.

I think everyone know about cleaning coffee makers, teakettles and teapots, adding a little into dishwasher and running a rinse cycle ot using a solution with water to clean splatters in the microwave oven. And maybe some people use it to prevent mildew on rubber seals of their refrigerators and cleaning discoloured pots and pans.

Here are my top 10 favourite uses for this wonder liquid:

  1. Clean the burned-on mess off a broiler pan by adding  2 cups of vinegar and 1/4 cup sugar to pan while its still warm. Soak the pan for an hour ,then clean as usual
  2. Mixture of equal parts of vinegar, salt and baking soda may help to open a slow-draining sink. Pour solution down the drain, let it sit for an hour, then pour boiling water of very hot tap water down the drain.
  3. Rubber seals on garbage disposals can retain odours. To deodorize it, remove seal and let it soak ion vinegar for an hour.
  4. Clean minor stains on white porcelain sink with a sprinkle of baking soda and sponge dampened with vinegar.
  5. For tough or aged stains in a white porcelain sink, cover stained area with a paper towels saturated in household bleach (wear rubber gloves and make sure the room is well ventilated) leave paper towels for 1/2 hour or until they dry out. remove towels and rinse area thoroughly. Follow this with cleaning the sink with vinegar to remove the bleach smell.
  6. A wooden breadbox tends to become sticky with finger-prints and food. freshen it up by wiping surface with vinegar on a sponge or cloth. Do this periodically to prevent grime buildup. For heavy buildup, try repeated wipes with a sponge dampened with vinegar and sprinkled with salt.
  7. Shower curtains or liners can become dulled by soap film or plagued with mildew. Keep vinegar in a spray bottle near shower and squirt shower curtain once or twice a week. No need to rinse.
  8. Pour vinegar into toilet and let sit 30 minutes. Next sprinkle baking soda on a toilet bowl brush and scour any remaining stained area. Flush.
  9. To dissolve chewing gum stuck in a carpet, saturate area with vinegar and let sit briefly. For faster results, heat the vinegar first. Carefully tug at the gum to remove it.
  10. Chocolate stains can be cleaned with 1 part of vinegar and 2 parts of water. Sponge on mixture and blot with lots of clean cloths until the stain is gone.

I know there are hundreds more uses – and I will be glad to answer any requests you may have – so send them in!

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, step mother to Abbie Gateman and is also a brand new Grandmother. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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