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Favorite uses for vinegar?

I've seen a lot of ladies on this board mentioning that they use vinegar for most of their cleaning.  I personally can't stand the smell, but bought a big jug today at the grocery store to give it a shot.  So can you recommend your favorite/most useful ways to use vinegar for cleaning/laundry/etc?

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Re: Favorite uses for vinegar?

  • we put a small bowl of it in the microwave for a couple minutes....take it out and your microwave will wipe clean!

    I also use equal parts vinegar/water to clean our wood laminate flooring.

    that's all i have! :-)

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  • I use vinegar in place of Snuggle in my denim and towel loads. I like the smell of Snuggle on my sheets and shirts too much to completely change over.
  • I've heard of people rinsing their hair in vinegar while in the shower. I'd love to try it, but am worried I'll smell like pickles.

    I use mine in lieu of fabric softener when washing towels.

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  • Laundry: As a fabric softener and I put some in the water when I soak DH's workout clothes to get the sweat out.

    Cleaning: Mix with water & tea tree oil to clean my tile floors and shower tile.

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  • I use vinegar in the dishwater when I was dishes.

    I pour some vinegar in the dish sponge it prevents spots

    I pour vinegar and baking soda down the kitchen sink it bubbles up and cleans up any funky smells....

    I mop the kitchen floor with vinegar and water it cuts grease

    I pour vinegar and water inside food storage containers and let it sit for a couple hours to remove any smells that remain after food has been removed...

    I clean the coffee pot with vinegar and water I put in the filter like normal and use a whole pot of clean water and put about a half cup of vinegar into the water and let the water go thru the machine like normal---you gonna see all this residue inside the carafe after in runs thru---ewwww residue that has accumulated

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  • Cleaning the microwave, laundry/towels, garbage disposal or drain, and occasionally for floors.
  • I put an medicine dropper of vinegar in my ear & let it sit for 5 minutes to help prevent swimmers ear. This was advised by my doctor.
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  • I use vinegar for disinfecting things around the house since it's non-toxic and I don't do bleach (I bought my last bottle of bleach 3 years ago). 

    I use apple cider vinegar in my hair to rid it of build up and balance the PH.  It does amazing things!  

    I used to be a die hard vinegar and baking soda person for cleaning, but lately I've been lax since I've had to keep up two houses (I can barely keep up one with two kids!).  It's great for unclogging drains (when poured on top of BS), degreaser, removing sticky gunk (like price tags), etc. 

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    Cleaning the microwave, laundry/towels, garbage disposal or drain, and occasionally for floors.

    This.  I love how it works on the garbage disposal and drains that are gunky.  I also toss it into my water when I'm cleaning the trim on my walls.  BEAUTIFUL!

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  • Oh the microwave!  I forgot about that.  There is no better cleaner.  For those who don't know, you place a bowl of vinegar in the microwave for a minute or two (this also works with citrus fruits, but IMO not quite as well) and the steam instantly loosen any stuck on gunk.  Then you wipe clean.
  • I use vinegar to clean our bird's cage, and also used to use it when our dogs were puppies and had accidents on the floor.
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  • toilet seat cleaner as well
  • Thanks ladies! 

    I ran a laundry load with vinegar last night to try and clean the washer.  I'll have to try a few of those others.  :)

     

  • i use vinegar in with my laundry loads of towels & also when i wash my shower curtain.  it helps get rid of the mildew smell & the spots that start to accumulate on the bottom of the curtain.
  • I've never really thought of using vinegar for cleaning, but this post definitely opened my eyes. Surprise

    For all those that have been using it, is it safe to use it on carpets? Our dog occasionaly has accidents on our light tan carpet and I want to make sure that it won't destroy the carpet if I use it.  Also, is it safe for burned on gunk on glasstop stoves?  I don't have any glasstop stove cleaner and it was burned on from the previous owner of the stove.  Any suggestions would be wonderful! TIA!

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  • if I have stone ceramic tile (very porous) will this work, or only on enameled surfaces?
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     is it safe for burned on gunk on glasstop stoves?  I don't have any glasstop stove cleaner and it was burned on from the previous owner of the stove.  Any suggestions would be wonderful! TIA!

    I use a combination of vinegar and baking soda for this.  I sprinkle the spot with baking soda, spray some all purpose clean on it (vinegar based of course!) and scrub with a paper towel.  It works great and doesn't scratch up my stove.  For large spots, it takes some effort, but I haven't had any yet that I couldn't get off. 

    For the all purpose cleaner, I have some old spray bottles that I filled with 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon of castile soap.  I used to put a few drops of grapefruit extract in there too to make it smelll better, but I ran out and haven't gotten more yet.  I just keep those bottles around and I use that to clean pretty much everything- windows, mirrors, counters, sinks, the stove, etc.  I've never tried it on carpets, though, so I can't say how it would work for that.  If you do that, just make sure to give the bottle a good shake after it's been sitting for awhile so that everything mixes back together.

  • Yes, you can use vinegar on carpets.  It will help neutralize the odor of the pet stains.  I also have used it on my carpets to get red dye out (from foods) and it works great. 

    I have also used it on stone and it cleans nicely. 

  • Vinegar is a natural disinfectant.  I use a couple of capfuls in a large bowl of cold water to wash fruit and veggies.  I dump everything in for about 2-3 minutes when I get home from the grocery store, then rinse very well and drain. Apples and things like that can soak longer but things like raspberries and strawberries can't or they will pick up the flavor. 

    I read that commercial produce washes, like "Fit," is essentially just vinegar.  But vinegar is a whole lot cheaper.  (according to Consumer Reports)

  • For 1001 uses of vinegar go to: http://www.vinegartips.com/Scripts/

     Some of the suggestions are sort of ridiculous (like soaking smelly feet in vinegar to take the smell away...to me that would just change the bad smell) but many are helpful! Smile

  • *Thank you* for posting this. I never knew vinegar was so good for so many things!

     

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    For 1001 uses of vinegar go to: http://www.vinegartips.com/Scripts/

     Some of the suggestions are sort of ridiculous (like soaking smelly feet in vinegar to take the smell away...to me that would just change the bad smell) but many are helpful! Smile

  • I use vinegar to clean most things but I don't like the smell much either.  When I make an all purpose cleaner with it I use 1 part vinegar, 4 parts water, and about 10 drops of Dr. Bronners (I use the peppermint scent)  It really helps cut the smell, and leaves everything smelling minty fresh!
  • image lynettebitterman:

    For 1001 uses of vinegar go to: http://www.vinegartips.com/Scripts/

     Some of the suggestions are sort of ridiculous (like soaking smelly feet in vinegar to take the smell away...to me that would just change the bad smell) but many are helpful! Smile

    Actually vinegar kills fungus, so if the smelly feet are caused by a fungus or Athlete's foot (which is usually fungus related) it should do the trick. If you soak before bed (but after sexy-time) you probably won't even notice the vinegary smell in the morning.  
  • I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong!!  Everytime I try these vinegar tips, I end up just making my house stink like vinegar!  I tried the microwave tip once after I burnt some popcorn and the whole place smelled like hot steamy vinegar.  What gives?  Are we talking white distilled vinegar?  Or am I missing something?
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    I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong!!  Everytime I try these vinegar tips, I end up just making my house stink like vinegar!  I tried the microwave tip once after I burnt some popcorn and the whole place smelled like hot steamy vinegar.  What gives?  Are we talking white distilled vinegar?  Or am I missing something?

    Yes, you want to use white distilled vinegar.  For the most part the smell will dissipate as it dries.  When you do the microwave trick it might linger a little longer, but it does go away.  I don't recommend cleaning anything with vinegar right before company comes over or anything because of it.  I'd wait at least a few hours to be on the safe side.

  • It makes cleaning the shower doors so easy!  I just spray it on, let it sit for a few, then wipe it away with the Magic Eraser. 
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