12 Vinegar Hacks From a Cleaning Expert That Can Save You Money

Did you know that vinegar is actually your best friend when it comes to cleaning? Any cleaning expert will tell you that. That’s why you should always keep it on hand for housekeeping. It is a completely natural method of cleaning almost every room in your home.

Plus, it is cheap! and you can find it in every store. Are your clothes a bit stinky? Vinegar will also get rid of the odors.

Here are some amazing hacks that use vinegar to replace the other cleaning products and save you some money too.

1. Clear out your coffee maker

If you are a coffee lover, then you will definitely love this hack. At least for me, it worked very well. Pour some vinegar directly into your coffee machine and run it once. Then run nothing but water through it a few times until the vinegar smell is gone.

This hack works so well that you won’t need to buy expensive cleaning products. And will also save you extra money.

2. DYI gnat trap

If you are living on the warm side of the country, then you know the struggle with mosquitos, gnats, and other tiny insects that are getting on your nerves. Are you tired of seeing them around your house? We’ve got you! Get some small jars and pour in four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar plus a few drops of liquid dish soap.

Put the jars in areas where you see the most gnats. Remember that this is a non-toxic trap that works perfectly, especially if you have kids around the house or even pets.

Try this hack next time your house is “invaded” by annoying insects and tell us how it goes!

3. Eliminate bad odors

Do you have some friends who smoke over for the weekend? You are probably thinking that after they leave, your house will smell horrible. Don’t worry! You can wash every possible surface with pure vinegar and spray it on couches or rugs if they look and feel dirty. Do your clothes still feel strange after being washed so many times? Wash them again with vinegar only and then with detergent. I guarantee that the smell will be dead and gone.

If your room smells bad, cleaning experts recommend leaving bowls of vinegar sitting out. It will have a strong smell in the beginning, but after it is gone, it will take the nasty odors with it.

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4. Get rid of salt residue on shoes

I wish I knew about this hack before! Every winter, my neighbors spread salt on the street in order to melt the snow. And I always wear dark brown boots. Imagine how it looks!

But I found out that salt residues can be cleaned with a DIY solution. How? You just fill a spray bottle with water and add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar.

Shake it well and spritz the mixture on a paper towel. Then gently wipe your boots or shoes, depending on your needs.

Keep the bottle close, because you will need it next season too!

5. Add it to the dishwasher

Cleaning experts tell us to add some vinegar into the mix if you use your dishwasher regularly, or even daily. Make sure your dishwasher is full and the best way to do it is to grab a small bowl that is dishwasher safe. Then pour in half of the white vinegar and place it on the top rack to stabilize.

Don’t pour the vinegar directly into the rinse aid compartment! From its top position, the vinegar should be evenly distributed among both levels.

The finished results are going to be amazing. And your dishes will sparkle.

Have you ever tried this hack?

6. Scratch Remover

Nobody likes scratches on their furniture. That’s why we have the solution! Mix one part vinegar with three parts canola or olive oil and wipe it on the scratch using a soft cloth. The scratches are gone, and you can make a salad and use the vinaigrette that is leftover.

TIP: There are some surfaces that don’t need to be cleaned with vinegar: mirrors, steam irons, granite countertops, washing machines, or wood flooring!

7. Lemon and vinegar cleaner

A lot of cleaning products are expensive and don’t even do the job. Just skip buying them since you can make your own cleaning mixes at home. You just have to mix one part distilled white vinegar, two parts water, and the juice of one lemon.

This homemade cleaner works everywhere in the house. From the kitchen to the bathroom and floors. You can add a little baking soda to help whiten the sinks, and after that, rinse with a lot of water.

8. Clean grease

Vinegar removes the grease and doesn’t streak, which means you can use it for glass cleaning too. You can DIY with a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Your gas cooker will thank you after this!

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9. Defrost car windows

Did you know that vinegar can be your car’s friend? Yes, it’s true. You can wipe your car windows with a solution of three parts vinegar and one part water to prevent them from frosting over the winter. You can also forget about the chemical cleaners to wash the windows in the house.

This DYI mixture is made of vinegar and cornstarch. It will leave them clean and will remove those fingerprints as well.

10. Reduce or prevent lint

If you have pets at home, you know the struggle with the hair. Because, basically, it is everywhere! And even if we love our furry friends, it can be annoying sometimes to have hair all over your clothes. But, as is customary, vinegar has your back!

You can actually reduce and prevent lint and pet hair from clinging to your clothes by adding just half a cup of distilled white vinegar to your normal wash.

11. Toilet bowl cleaner

A lot of toilet cleaners use bleach, but not this natural mixture. You can always add extra baking soda and a little soap. It won’t be a danger to the kids or to your pets. Who knew vinegar could be that useful in a household? How often do you use it? Tell us in the comments if you know of any extra hacks!

12. Clean your fridge wisely 

When a bottle leaks or you leave vegetables in the fridge for more than a week, your fridge may scream. Nasty! Take care of it and wipe it down with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Don’t forget about the side walls either! They deserve to be clean as well.

How often do you clean your fridge? Experts say that we should do this at least every week in order to disinfect it and get rid of bad odors.

13. Clean rusty tools

Believe it or not, this is the easiest way to clean your rusty tools rather than scraping and sanding them. Pour white vinegar into a tin can and put a rusty tool in the vinegar to soak overnight. The next day, with an abrasive sponge, all the rust will come off with minimum effort.

For a better result, you can wrap the larger tools in a vinegar-soaked rag and cover them with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Leave it for 24 hours at least. The rust will come off after a water rinse.

If you find this article helpful, we also recommend reading: 13 Amazing Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Without Cleaning It.


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