Vinegar is a great ingredient for cooking, but did you know it has many other household uses as well? Here are ten other ways you can use vinegar:
Computer Mouse Cleaner– Vinegar is great for cleaning computer mice that have removable tracking balls. You need to take out the tracking ball prior to cleaning. Mix together a solution of half water and half vinegar. Using a cloth and the solution, wipe the mouse to get rid of fingerprints and dirt. Then, using a cotton swab and the solution, clean out the debris from the tracking ball chamber.
Carpet Stain Remover– Vinegar is great for getting rid of carpet stains. For light carpet stains, combine ½ cup of vinegar with 2 tablespoons of salt and dissolve. Apply the mixture to the stain, let dry and vacuum. For large or dark stains, combine ½ cup of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of salt and 2 tablespoons of borax. Apply the solution to the stain, allow to dry and vacuum.
Candle Wax Remover– Many people have candles in their home but having candle wax drip onto your wood furniture is not really something you want to deal with. In order to get the wax off the furniture, you need to soften the wax first with a hair dryer on high setting. Make a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Using a cloth and the solution, remove the waxy mess. Blot clean with a clean, soft cloth.
Lunchbox Deodorizer- If your child’s lunchbox is starting to smell like nasty tuna, vinegar makes a great deodorizer. Take a slice of white bread and soak it in vinegar. Then, put the slice of bread in the lunchbox, close the lid and let it sit overnight. In the morning, remove the bread and the smell should have disappeared.
Coffeemaker Cleaner– If you have hard water, you should clean your coffeemaker after 80 cycles and if you have soft water, you should clean it after 40 cycles. Add 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of water to the water chamber of the coffeemaker. Add a coffee filter to the machine, turn it on and let it run a normal cycle. Remove the filter and replace it with a fresh one. Run the coffeemaker for two more cycles with just cold water.
Remove Ink Marks from Ball-Point Pens- If you have ink marks from a ball-point pen on a painted surface or wooden table top, simply dab white wine vinegar on the marks and gently rub until the marks are gone.
Remove Onion Smell– if you’ve been chopping onions and have the awful smell stuck on your hands, simply rub them with white vinegar.
Clean your Microwave- boil a bowl of vinegar in the microwave. The steam will help loosen stuck food and will also remove odors.
Remove Chewing Gum- if you have chewing gum stuck in carpet, furniture, or upholstery, you can loosen it by rubbing it with vinegar.
Weed Killer– you can kill weeds in driveway and sidewalk cracks by spraying them with vinegar.
Do you have other ways you use vinegar in your home? If so, I would love to hear them!