12 Essential Household Uses of Vinegar


1. Freshen Up Your Refrigerator

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Give your fridge a periodic clean with a solution of 50/50 vinegar and water. This will freshen it up and sanitize it without the need for any chemicals. Odors don’t stand a chance!


Up Next is ‘Clean Up Coffee Stains in Cups’

2. Clean Up Coffee Stains in Cups

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Scrub away the stains in coffee and tea cups with a blend of equal parts vinegar and salt. The mild abrasion combined with the slight acidic nature is all that you need to get rid of stains with barely any effort.


Up Next is ‘Remove Odors’

3. Remove Odors

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If a plastic container is saturated with a smell that you can’t get rid of then give it a wipe with a cloth dampened with vinegar. It will be left smelling fresh after a thorough wipe and a wash as per usual with warm, soapy water.


Up Next is ‘Destroy Germs’

4. Destroy Germs

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Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and use it around your sink, bath or anything else. After giving the counter a wipe it’ll be completely free of germs.


Up Next is ‘Get Rid of Light Scorch Marks’

5. Get Rid of Light Scorch Marks

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Rub light scorch marks or antiperspirant stains down with vinegar and salt and then clean off with a new, clean cloth. This technique is great at removing armpit stains as well.


Up Next is ‘Clean Your Toilet

6. Clean Your Toilet

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Toss a cup or more of white vinegar into your toilet bowl and allow the toilet to remain unflushed and out of use for at least a few hours or overnight. Scrub it the next day with a toilet brush and give a flush to reveal the cleanest bowl around.


Up Next is ‘Clean Up Carpet Stains’

7. Clean Up Carpet Stains

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Before using this solution be sure to test the mix on your individual carpet on a small, out-of-sight area. Most fabrics are completely safe, but it is better to check each fabric individually. Make a paste of 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar and ¼ cup of either salt or baking soda (salt is easier to work with). Rub the mix into your stain and let it dry. The residue and the stain will simply vacuum away later in the day.


Up Next is ‘Grant New Life to Old Paintbrushes’

8. Grant New Life to Old Paintbrushes

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To get rid of old paint on a paintbrush just put your brushes in an old pot atop a stove in vinegar. Bring the boil and then turn the heat off, allowing the brushes to soak for an hour. After this bring to a simmer again, drain and rinse them clean and rejuvenated.


Up Next is ‘Clean Faucets’

9. Clean Faucets

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The lime build-up which occurs around faucets is easily removed with a blend of 1 teaspoon of vinegar to two teaspoons of salt. Rub down the fixtures and then wipe clean with another cloth. Some areas may need to have the paste left on for some time to eat away all of the residue. A few minutes will do.


Up Next is ‘No More Static’

10. No More Static

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If you want to guarantee that you are not affected by static then just add ½ cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle and you won’t be plagued by this problem at all.


Up Next is ‘Freshen Old Socks’

11. Freshen Old Socks

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The stains, smells and other bacterial residue on old, well-used socks are no problem when you have vinegar at your disposal. Add a cup of white vinegar to an old pot filled with water. Drop in your stained clothes once boiling, turn off the heat and allow them to soak overnight. Just give them a wash the following day and they are as good as new.


Up Next is ‘Fix Up Scuffs on Leather’

12. Fix Up Scuffs on Leather

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If you give scuffed leather shoes or handbags (or anything else for that matter) a wipe with white distilled vinegar you will notice a dramatic improvement to their shine while the marks themselves are well hidden.