Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10 practical uses for vinegar

  1. To remove paint from glasses and windows. Sometimes it happens, we pain the walls, and a small splash of paint goes on the glass of the window. We don't see it at the beginning, so the paint dries there, and then we don't know how to remove it. Try this solution: splatter some white distilled vinegar on the pain, and let it rest there for a while. Then, just get a razor edge tool, and try to remove it again. Should be easier now!

  2. Now that the good weather is coming, we'll find ourselves complaining about mosquito bites often. To get rid of the itchiness of those, try applying some vinegar with a cotton directly on the bump. If you do it when you first notice the itchiness, it should help relieving it.

  3. To remove a sticker or a label. Isn't it annoying when you buy something, and it turns out to be almost impossible to remove a code bar label that always breaks when we try to get it out? To do it just soak a cloth in white distilled vinegar, cover the tag with the cloth for at least 8 hours, and when you remove the cloth you'll see that the label get out almost on itself. Talk about magic!

  4. If you're looking for a good cleaner and hygienizer for the fridge, vinegar is the best solution. It doesn't put your food in danger because it's not toxic, it will remove any kind of smell in your fridge, and it's going to get rid of bacteries as good (or better) as any other cleaner. To do it just use a mix that is half water, and half white distilled vinegar, and use a cloth to clean the fridge with this handmade solution. It works both for the inside shelves and the outside of the fridge. In case the smell bothers you, add some lemon juice in it (which also turns out to be antibacterial!). 

  5. If you love cooking fish, but it bothers you the odor that leaves around your place, put three tablespoons of it in a bowl at the kitchen counter and leave it there. It will help neutralize the smell.

  6. We've always heard that bleach is very good to kill mold on the walls, but the problem is that it can be very toxic, specially if it's in a room where somebody sleeps. Instead of bleach, try spraying some white distilled vinegar (using a spray bottle) on the affected wall, let it rest for one hour, and wipe clean the area with a little bit of water. The smell of vinegar should disappear in a while, and when the wall dries, the mold should disappear too (still, there's some mold resistant to vinegar, but most of it is killed by it).

  7. I know that winter is almost over here (at least where I live), but hey, it's always winter somewhere (or it feels like it sometimes)! If it's freezing where you live, use vinegar on your car windows to prevent the frost on them). To do it, create a mixture that is three parts of vinegar and one part of water, and use a rag to spread the solution. It's important that you dilute it, because otherwise it could damage window seals (if you avoid touching the seals, even better). 

  8. Clean out your washing machine. For that, run a cycle with a cup of vinegar instead of soap, and no clothes in the washing machine. It's cheap, and it will solve a lot of future problems both with the machine and the cleaning.

  9. If you're using a wood cutting board, cleaning it with water can make bacteries grow in it. To make sure your board is safe, use vinegar to clean it.

  10. Sometimes peeling a hard egg can be so complicated! To make it more simple, add two tablespoons of vinegar for every liter of water. This easy tip is going to make the eggs a lot easier to peel, and they'll look more shinny!


  1. Genial! Me vendrá bien para lo del moho, porque por desgracia, hay mucha humedad en mi habitación D:

  2. Thanks for the tips, i always tend to forget how multipurpose vinegar is :)

  3. Thanks for these!! I especially like the one to clean the fridge, never thought about that but need to remember that! I hate doing it with real cleaning stuff because afterwards I keep cleaning to make sure it's all gone, haha! Also, need to remember that tip for next winter! Because sometimes even the anti-freeze stuff in the water freezes, boo!