Practical Home Improvement Uses of Vinegar

If you think vinegar is just for salads or cooking, think again. There are some practical ways to improve your household with vinegar.

Unclog Drains

Clear a clogged drain by pouring a ½ cup of baking soda into it, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. It will bubble and foam, and once it stops, flush the drain with hot water. 5 minutes later, you can rinse with water.

Insect Control

Fill a closed container with a cup of vinegar, add small slices of banana peel, and 1 cup of water, and then shake. Poke holes around the top for the insects to enter. It’s an earth-friendly insect trap you can put in the garden, the patio, or in the kitchen.

What Washes the Dishwasher?

Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the tub and running it through a cycle without any dishes. Do this once a month to remove built-up soap residue.

Clean Your Shower Heads

Put boiling water in a bowl with a ½ cup of vinegar. Soak the shower head for 10 minutes. If your shower head can’t be removed, partly fill a plastic bag with full-strength vinegar and tape it over the fixture. Let it sit for an hour and remove.

Remove Rust

Renew rusty tools by soaking them in full strength vinegar for several days. Once the rust dissipates, rinse and dry well. This method also works well with screws and bolts.

Remove Smoke Odours

Tar and resin from cigarette smoke can stick to furniture and leave a very bad odour. To break through and eliminate the residue, spray vinegar on the hard surfaces, let it sit and then wipe it down with a dry cloth. You might need to repeat the process a few times if the residue is super smelly. Don’t spray on fabrics.

Cleaning Wood Floors

Wash your hardwood and pre-finished floors by using a ½ cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of hot water and either mop or scrub clean. Don’t soak the mop or cloth. Just wet it enough. Dry the floor completely with a floor mop afterwards. Standing water is the enemy of all floors. Don’t use this technique on waxed floors because it will strip off the wax finish. To lessen the smell of vinegar, add a drop or two of essential oil, lemon oil, or lavender scented oil as excellent options.

Clean Ceramic Tiles

Add a ½ cup of vinegar, a ½ cup of ammonia, and ¼ cup borax to a gallon of water. Scrub the tiles and then rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.

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