Vinegar is not just for making salad dressing or cleaning your coffee pot. This inexpensive, all-natural product can be used for so much more. It can be used for everything from unclogging your drains to getting rid of pesky weeds. Vinegar may also be used to clean your body and hair, as well as put it in your body.
Here are 18 unique applications for vinegar that you may try.
1. Kill bacteria in meat
Meat can be preserved in vinegar for a longer period of time if it is marinated. This has medicinal as well as culinary applications. It also minimizes the formation of cancer-causing hazardous compounds when meat is grilled or cooked at high temperatures.
2. Clean produce
Some germs, such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella, can be found in fruits and vegetables. That’s why it’s best to first spray produce with vinegar, then hydrogen peroxide. Allow them to dry completely before eating.
3. Wipe out mold
Store-bought vinegar with 5% acetic acid is strong enough to destroy mold. Spray the afflicted area with vinegar and allow it to dry to eliminate mold.
4. Steam clean the microwave
In a glass bowl, combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water. Microwave for 5 minutes on high. Allow the bowl to cool before dipping a cloth in the solution and wiping away stains.
5. Disinfect cutting boards
Cleaning wood cutting boards with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, or salt and vinegar. This will help to prevent the spread of hazardous food-borne illnesses from one surface to another.
6. Clean the coffeemaker
Coffee machines can get rather filthy. Give yours a clean with vinegar. Put 2 cups of white vinegar and add 1 cup of water into the water chamber and turn on the machine. Let it run until the water chamber is empty. When this is finished, run clean water 2 full chambers, and you are done.
7. Clean the refrigerator
Wipe the inside and outside of your refrigerator with a solution made of equal amounts of water and white vinegar. This is one of the best methods of clearing and destroying bacteria and odors.
8. Refresh ice trays
To get rid of hard water stains, soak ice trays in a vinegar solution for 4-5 hours. Allow the trays to dry after rinsing them under cold water.
9. Clean a tea kettle
Take your kettle and put 3 cups of white vinegar into it. Boil the vinegar for 5 minutes and then leave it overnight. In the morning rinse the kettle with cold water and there is your brand new tea kettle.
10. Clean pots and pans
Look no farther than a bottle of vinegar if your pots and pans are coated in gunk and grime. Combine equal amounts of salt and flour in a mixing bowl, then add the vinegar until you have a pasty texture. Using the paste, scrub and then rinse with warm water.
11. Trap fruit flies
Fill a half-full jar of apple cider vinegar. Put the lid back and open a few holes in the top. You’ll be shocked how many fruit flies fall straight into your trap.
12. Ban bugs
Spiders, cockroaches, and all other creepy crawlers may seek refuge in your pantry. If this is the case and you have a bug problem then mix 1,5 cups of apple cider vinegar with a little liquid dish soap. Try to place in a good spot and leave it like that for 5-7 days. All types of insects will be seen floating in your DIY trap the next time you check it.
13. Soothe sunburn
To cure sunburn pain, pour vinegar over the afflicted region as advised by AOL.
14. Relieve itch
If you have a rash, take a bath. To relieve body irritations, add apple cider vinegar to a warm bath. Another popular use for vinegar is to treat itchy insect stings. It’s also effective as a spot treatment for irritating bug bites.
15. Reduce age spots
Apply a paste made of equal amounts of vinegar and onion juice to age spots. You will see a difference after several weeks.
16. Foot deodorizer
If your feet have a bad odor, try immersing them in a foot bath made with 2 gallons of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar. This will remove foot odor, combat athlete’s foot, and wipe out fungus if you soak your feet for 45 minutes twice a week.
17. Soothe a sore throat
Drink 1 cup warm water with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar for a scratchy throat. To enhance the relief, add 1 teaspoon of honey after that.
18. Clean dentures
You’ll be overjoyed to learn that vinegar is a wonderfully mild disinfectant that cleans dentures well. The vinegar is also less acidic than other cleaners. However, because it’s a natural product, apple cider vinegar may be less harmful to your mouth than other cleaning chemicals.