I was painting in our house this past week. The paint smell was very strong and I remembered something my friend told me to use to absorb the smell out of the air – use vinegar. I put a few containers of vinegar in the room and the paint smell was gone.
Vinegar can be used for so much more than just cooking with.
Here are a few amazing uses for vinegar you probably didn’t know about.
- Remove paint fumes
Place a couple of shallow dishes filled with undiluted white vinegar around a freshly painted room to quickly get rid of the strong paint smell.
- Erase ballpoint-pen marks
For walls and desks, etc. dab some full-strength white vinegar using a cloth or sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone.
- Get rid of water rings on furniture
To remove marks left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain. Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up.
- Get white water rings off leather furniture
Dab the water rings with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.
- Brighten up brickwork
Go over the bricks with a damp cloth dipped in 1 cup white vinegar mixed with 3.7 liters warm water.
- Revitalize wood paneling
Mix 473 mL warm water, 4 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a container. Mix well. Apply with a clean cloth. Let the mixture soak into the wood for several minutes, polish with a dry cloth.
- Remove candle wax from wood furniture
First soften the wax using a blow-dryer on its hottest setting and blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Remove what’s left by rubbing with a cloth soaked in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.
- Unclog and deodorize drain
The combination of vinegar and baking soda is one of the most effective ways to unclog and deodorize drains. It’s also gentler on your pipes than commercial drain cleaners. Use a funnel to pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar into the drain. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water. Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odor-causing bacteria.
- Get rid of smoke odor
Place a shallow bowl about 3/4 full of white or apple cider vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates your entire home. The odor should be gone in less than a day.
- Remove grease stains
Eliminate grease stains from your stove, broiler, kitchen table, or counter by wiping them down with a cloth dampened in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. This method takes advantage of multiple vinegar uses: in addition to removing the grease, the vinegar will neutralize any odors on the surface.
- Deodorize lunch boxes
Soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leave it in the lunch box overnight. The smell should be gone by morning.
- Disinfect cutting boards
To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant. Never use water and dishwashing detergent, because it can weaken surface wood fibers. When your wooden cutting surface needs deodorizing as well as disinfecting, spread some baking soda over it and then spray on undiluted white vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for five to ten minutes, then rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.
- Remove smells from clothes
Get odors out of your clothes by pouring 1 cup white vinegar into the wash cycle.
- Soften fabrics, kill bacteria, eliminate static
There are so many benefits to be gained by adding 1 cup white vinegar to your washer’s rinse cycle. A cup of vinegar will keep your clothes smelling fresh, kill bacteria, eliminate static, clothes are lint free and soften fabrics. No need for fabric-softening liquids and sheets.
- Remove perspiration discoloration
Make a paste made from 2 parts white vinegar to 3 parts baking soda. Apply to stained areas of the clothes. Let the paste set for half an hour before washing. You can also pour a bit of vinegar directly on the stain and rub into the fabric before washing.
- Shine cloudy glasses
Soak glasses in one part water & one part vinegar. Rub off cloudy film with ease.
By far my favorite use for vinegar is on a fresh deep fried plate of french fries! However you decide to use vinegar, it really is very versatile and has so many amazing ways to be used.