Vinegar is a great way to add flavor to your food without the extra salt, fat, and calories, but you already knew that. However, did you know that it is also an outstanding cleaning agent? Although the smell of vinegar lingering in your kitchen may not do much to persuade you to try out this product as your new go-to cleaner, maybe the wide variety of kitchen-cleaning feats that it can tackle will. Plus, vinegar is cheap, non-toxic, and almost always in the house.
What can vinegar do for you? Well, too many things to list. Therefore, we've gone through its many different claims to fame and brought you twelve of the best uses for vinegar in your kitchen.
1. Ban Those Bugs
Having little flies hovering around and sampling your scrumptiously ripe fruit is just gross.
To keep fruit flies from swarming your fruit, place a bottle of warmed apple cider vinegar in your kitchen.
2. Eradicate Rust
Cast iron is great to cook in, but the downside is that the metal gets rusty after awhile. Prevent this by soaking cast iron in a solution of half white distilled vinegar and half water.
Be careful not to let it sit too long or the acid in the vinegar can damage your dishes!
3. Dingy Dishwashers
Don't you hate it when your dishwasher begins to accumulate a build up of odd things - like mineral deposits? It just feels like it doesn't clean as well as it used to.
Thankfully, there is an easy solution (no pun intended). Simply pour half a cup of distilled white vinegar into the soap reservoir and run your machine through a wash cycle while it's empty. Magically everything will be washed away.
4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Instead of constantly buying new cloths and sponges, or worse using strictly paper towels, renew your old cleaning rags. Take your dirty cloths and sponges and place them in just enough water to cover them.
Add a quarter cup of distilled white vinegar to the mix and let them soak overnight. When you rinse them out the next morning, they will be clean and ready for round two.
5. Get Rid of that Grease
Do you have stubborn greasy residue left on the underside of your vent hood from the last time you tried to fry at home.
What about in the oven? If you soak a sponge in pure distilled white vinegar and then wipe off these areas, that tough-to-remove grime comes off effortlessly.
6. Leftover Lunch Smells
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How do you get rid of that awful smell that always seems to linger in lunch boxes? Easy. Soak a slice of bread in distilled white vinegar and leave it zipped into the lunchbox over night.
When you remove it in the morning, all those leftover smells will be absorbed.
7. Keep Your Glass Glossy
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Protecting your good glassware can sometimes be a challenge. Even just washing it in the dishwasher can leave mineral scratches and a new design etched into the glass.
To avoid this frustrating problem, wash your glasses by hand and then spray them with undiluted distilled white vinegar. Rinse off the vinegar in hot water and then let them dry. This solution gives your glasses an automatic protective coating.
8. Gross ... Garbage
No one likes that musty smell that garbage disposals give off after awhile. So why not prevent it before it happens?
Every so often deodorize the disposal by pouring half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of hot white distilled vinegar down the drain and letting it stand for five minutes. After that run the disposal and rinse with hot water.
9. Shine Your Chrome Up Bright
After a while, sink fixtures and chrome appliances become dull. However, don't think this means that they can't look as good as new again.
If you mix two tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon of white distilled vinegar together into a paste you have a new magic shine-all weapon.
Simply spread the paste onto the dingy surface and apply a little elbow grease to scrub that metal back into a shine.
10. Kettle Cleaning
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If you live in a place where your water is hard, then it shouldn't be news that kettles tend to collect the mineral deposits. Not only are these deposits a pain to remove, but they can also leave a floating film on your tea.
To easily get rid of this buildup, sprinkle the bottom of the kettle with baking soda and then cover this layer with apple cider vinegar.
Once you've let this soak for 10 minutes, you can wash it off with hot water and the mineral layer should easily wipe away.