Make White Vinegar Part of Your Cleaning Kit
I am so passionate about removing toxins from the home and finding natural ways that you can care for your home. There are so many ways we can use white vinegar and it’s versatility is hard to match. With so many inexpensive solutions that most people have in their home, it makes sense to get the most out of what costs the least. White vinegar is at the top of my list because there are so many uses around your home. I have already mentioned how well it works when added to a basic cleaning solution and also for use on windows.
The vinegar solution for cleaning windows has been around for a very long time. Water spots and mineral deposits come off easily with white vinegar. I get a “river of mineral stain” that runs down my refrigerator just below the water/ice maker. I love it for getting the hard water staining off my granite and fixtures. Here are 4 more uses for white vinegar around your home.
1. Clean and preserve your paint brushes
Take 1 cup of white vinegar and bring it to a boil. Shut off heat and dip your paintbrush in and cover bristles. Let soak for 20 minutes. Use your hands to flake off paint. It loosens much easier. You can also use immediately after painting to assure no paint remains on the brush. Just rinse the majority of the paint off the brush. Soak in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse thoroughly and watch the paint come of cleanly. Now let dry and store!
2. Makes a fabulous and effective weed killer
Mix a quart of water with tablespoon of dish soap or castile soap. Now add 2 tablespoons of sea salt. Mix well and spray on invasive weeds. It makes a great eco-friendly killer for weeds and is pet safe. For more stubborn weeds you can spray with the vinegar mixture only. Take care not to get the mixture on any other foliage, grass or plants because it does not discriminate and will kill whatever foliage it lands on. The soap helps the mixture stick and not evaporate. The salt is drying to the weed and dehydrates it.
3. Remove hair styling product residue
Use 1 cup of distilled water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar after shampooing. Let sit on the hair for about 20 minutes then rinse. Styling products build up on the hair and are very difficult to wash out without harsh shampoos. Use this every few days to keep residue off the hair and prevent dulling.
4. Helps improve laundering results
There are two things that I enjoy vinegar for in the laundry. We have very hard water and laundry does not come out as clean as it could. Vinegar helps to clear mineral residue from the water so your laundry comes out cleaner. This very same factor will also increase absorbency of your towels. Just another quick tip for towels. Don’t use fabric softener as this hinders absorbency. To remove the vinegar smell and add the most fabulous scent to your laundry, this essential oil rocks! Purify blend . Check back with us often because I will be giving away a fantastic laundry kit in November that uses this product for the dryer.
Just add about a quarter cup to your rinse cycle. Just make sure the water has already filled.
Adding vinegar to the rinse wash helps remove soap residue and reduces static cling! Lime scale and minerals build up in our pipes from the water as it flows. Acetic acid is great in reducing lime scale.
4. Help cut flowers to last longer
Add 2 tbsp. white vinegar and 2 tbsp. of sugar to your large vase or half the recipe for smaller vases. Enjoy your bouquets longer. Club soda will also be beneficial or any fizzy drink with citric acid.
4. Removes rust
Yes, white vinegar is an effective rust removal solution. Take large container made of a non-reactive material, such as plastic or glass and fill with 1?2 gallon of distilled white vinegar. Add 1 cup of table salt and stir the mixture to combine. The salt will increase the potency of the acid in the vinegar, making it even more effective. Use 1/4 gallon of vinegar with 1/2 cup of salt for smaller objects. For some removal tips for certain types of metals you can check here:
Acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with impurities attached to the metal and forms a salt that is easily washed away upon rinsing.
Try this experiment to see this in action:
Get an old copper penny. Place it in a small glass or ceramic bowl filled with vinegar. Watch as the chemical reaction removed the discoloration. Penny wipes clean!
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