White vinegar. You hear the name and you almost smell the pungent aroma that’s always associated with this inexpensive and easy-to-work with liquid. And with the spring fast –approaching, you definitely don’t want to leave out this crucial spring cleaning miracle.
Made of water and acetic acid, this clear solution has won the heart of many considering its multipurpose nature, which ranges from cooking to gardening and to even being used as a medicinal substance.
Below are just some of the ways in which you can use white vinegar around your home:
1 – Cleaning clothes
Vinegar is tough on stains and also effective in keeping your clothes’ colors bright.
Want to get rid of the pet hair and lint on your clothes? Then consider adding one-half cup of the white vinegar solution to your rinse cycle.
2 – Brightening up brickwork
You’ve been heating your house all through the winter and your brick fireplace attests to that. It’s now time to brighten up those bricks, and it’s easy with vinegar.
Mix one gallon of warm water with a cup of white vinegar, then dip in a piece of cloth. Use the damp cloth to wipe off the dirt and smoke.
You can as well do this to the brickwork of your home’s exterior.
3 – Boiling cracked eggs
It sounds weird, but it does the magic of preventing the white from pouring out while also easing the egg shelling process.
Simply add 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar to your boiling water and allow the eggs to cook.
4 – Unclogging Drains
Pour half cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar and wait for the foaming to subside. Then use hot tap water to flush. After five minutes, flush again with cold water.
It’s the surest way to say bye to drain blockage, odor, as well as the odor-causing bacteria.
5 – Freshening your kitchen
Freshen up the air in your kitchen by mixing ½ cup of white vinegar with a cup of water. Boil the mixture and enjoy the fresh air as the liquid evaporates.
6 – Washing fruits and vegetables
Pest residues are a common thing on fresh fruits and vegetables, and as you know, they can lead to infections.
Use your mixture of vinegar solution to clean them up and then rinse with warm water before using. The vinegar’s cleansing power easily and quickly dissolves the wax plus the pesticide residues.
7 – Teeth whitening
Improve your smile and keep bad breath at bay by brushing your teeth with a vinegar home-made mouth cleaning solution.
Simply dip your toothbrush in the white vinegar solution and then give your teeth a treat (You can do this once a week). Rinse your mouth with cold water to help wipe out any bacteria left after the brushing.
8 – Use as a preservative
Prolong the lifespan of your cut flowers by dipping them into a vinegar solution. And when doing this, ensure the stems are covered up to 3-4 inches by your prepared solution.
9 – Culinary purposes
White vinegar does it all when it comes to your cooking needs. Use it to bake, pickle, make cheese, and even add flavor to your salads and sauces.
However, add it bit by bit when working on salads and sauces to ensure that you only put in enough. This is because too much of it can ruin your sweet dish.
10 – Weed controller
Mix vinegar with common table salt and bring an end to the weed headache in your garden.
You only need to ensure that the solution doesn’t pour to the ground (that is, the soil) as this may hinder any plant from growing on that particular spot.
11- Weight management
Studies have shown that consuming vinegar has a direct impact on the rate at which your stomach empties. It slows down the whole process thus the constant feeling of fullness.
It’s obvious that with a full stomach you’ll feed less on calories; which is a good thing if you’re trying to cut down on your weight.
12 – Treat nail fungus, ear infections, and warts
Vinegar exhibits antimicrobial properties and thus used to treat ear infections, warts, and nail fungus.
It’s also effective in the treatment of burns and other skin infections.
13 – Rekindling the sparkle of your silver jewelry
Rekindle the shine of your silver ring, necklace, andbracelet by soaking them in a vinegar solution; which should be a mixture of ½ cup white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking powder. Wait for 2-3 hours and then rinse under cold water.
Use a soft cloth to dry them up and enjoy your brad new-looking jewelry.
Give vinegar a chance
Want to try out the magic of white vinegar? Perhaps you should know how to make it so you can constantly make some for yourself.
Meet Maureen: Maureen Abuor is a professional freelance writer. She loves writing about women’s issues and wellness. She contributes to the blog Fifty Plus Fab frequently