Ancient Babylonians used vinegar as a cleaning agent, and this helped them recognize its greatest power: to destroy bacteria. The cleaning agent became a preservative. Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used it to preserve large amounts of food. According to sources, Helen of Troy soaked in vinegar to relax.
Acetic acid makes 5 percent of white vinegar. This vinegar is incredibly versatile, and we give you a few suggestions on how to use it.
1. Bumper stickers
Stop scraping stickers, and use white vinegar instead. Spray the sticker, and let it soak for a few hours. Peel it right away.
2. Stop cats from scratching valuable furniture
Cats hate vinegar. Use equal amounts of water and vinegar, and spray the furniture. Your cat won’t go any near it. You can also soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in your garden to keep neighborhood cats away from your garden.
3. Natural baby wipes
You don’t need those wipes filled with chemicals and ingredients you can’t pronounce. These ingredients may easily cause allergies, development issues, or even cancer.
Make your own wipes by using:
- Paper towels
- 1 cup boiled water
- ½ cup aloe vera juice
- ½ cup witch hazel
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp liquid castile soap
- Container of your choice
Cut a paper towel roll in half, and put it in a container of your choice (face down). Add the ingredients into a bowl, and stir until well combined. Pour the resulting mixture in your container. Let the paper towel absorb it for 10 minutes.
Flip the container upside down, and wait for another 10 minutes. Bring the container to its initial position. Pull out the cardboard roll. You will also pull up the innermost wipe.
4. Vinegar soaks
Vinegar baths are great for those dealing with candida infection on their skin. White vinegar adjusts the pH value of the skin. The vinegar will draw excess uric acid out of the system and relieve arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis.
If your skin is sensitive, use apple cider vinegar. For optimal results, add 20 drops of lavender essential oil diluted in carrier oil.
Acetic acid dries out leaves within a few hours. Don’t spray vinegar on your flowers or herbs, because it’s non-selective. Repeat the spraying step on weeds that keep growing back. Don’t pour the vinegar directly in the soil because it may reduce its fertility or destroy the roots of beneficial plants.
6. Cut flowers
White vinegar lowers pH values of water, making it hard for microbes to survive. Microbes feed on decaying plant parts and added sugar.
Use equal parts of dissolved sugar and white vinegar. For a quart vase, you should apply two tablespoons of dissolved white sugar and white vinegar.
7. Office equipment and electronics
Power off the item. That’s the first thing you should do. Then, add equal parts of vinegar and water. Dampen a clean cloth and squeeze out the excess liquid. Clean your equipment. Cotton swabs work really well for tight spaces.
8. Window blinds
This is one of the most challenging areas to clean. Combine equal parts of hot water and white vinegar. Use a whit cotton glove for this purpose.
Soak your fingers in the solution, and slide them between the slats. You will also need a bucket full of clean water to wash the dirt off the glove.
9. Water rings on furniture
Wet glasses leave the nastiest water circles. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil. Use a soft cloth to clean the circles. If you are removing water circles from leather furniture, use a sponge and pure white vinegar.
10. Carpet stains
Clean light stains with two tablespoons of salt and half a cup of white vinegar. Rub this onto the stain, and let it dry. Vacuum. If you are removing stubborn and dark stains, add two tablespoons of borax, and follow the same instructions.
If your stain is too challenging, use a paste of one tablespoon of cornstarch and white vinegar each. Rub it on the stain using a dry cloth, and let it do its magic for two days. Vacuum.
Spray stain remover? Add five parts of water and one part of vinegar to one bottle. In another bottle, use the same amount of water and one part non-sudsy ammonia.
Spray the vinegar solution first, and wait for a few minutes. Blot with a clean and dry cloth. Use the ammonia solution and wait for a few minutes. Blot with a dry cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.
White vinegar removes stains, keeps your clothes clean and bright, and removes odors. Plus, your clothes will be really soft. It’s eco-friendly, too.
Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to the final rinse for brighter colors and whiter clothes. If your washer relies on an automatic dispenser, add vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser or add it manually at the beginning of the rinsing.
If you are cleaning white clothes (100% cotton), add a cup of vinegar to a pot of water, and bring it to a boil. Add white socks or dishcloths to the mixture, and let them soak overnight. Wash as you normally do.