How to facilitate household chores with vinegar (Part 1)


With vinegar, you can not only create culinary masterpieces ...

At home…



Care of a computer and other office equipment


Printers, fax machines, modems, computers and other office equipment require the same careful care, like any other devices. This implies the periodic removal of dust and dirt from them, keeping them clean.


Before cleaning, it is necessary to check their connection to the source of any power supply in order to avoid not only electric shock, but also internal circuit in the devices themselves.


To prepare the solution you need to mix vinegar and water in equal proportions. It is only necessary to wipe the instruments with a cloth moistened with a solution, without using a sprayer - micro-splashes can penetrate inside the instrument and damage it. Strongly squeeze out a rag and you can start wiping electronic "helpers". For hard-to-reach places (the gap between the keys, technological connectors), use cotton swabs that must be prepared in advance.


Clearing and deodorizing drains


“Duet” of vinegar and baking soda is considered to be one of the most effective means of removing blockages, which, unfortunately, are quite often formed in the drain pipes of kitchen sinks. In addition to removing dirt, this solution perfectly removes unpleasant odors. Plus, the cost of the components of such a solution is negligible compared to the finished products produced by manufacturers of detergents. And their “aggressiveness” towards pipes is small.


To eliminate the blockage in the drain pipe, you need to pour directly into the sink funnel about a hundred grams of baking soda, and then pour two hundred grams of vinegar (which is not important). After the foam settles the drain you need to rinse with plenty of hot water - high temperature will contribute to enhancing the reaction. After five to seven minutes, complete the cleaning of the drain by flushing the drain with cold water. In addition to removing clogging, the solution neutralizes bacteria that cause an unpleasant odor.


Blinds cleaning


Cleaning blinds will be much easier and more convenient if for this you use a light cotton glove, like those used by summer residents, during garden work.


Moisten the fingertips of the glove with a solution of equal parts of hot water and vinegar, and wipe each slat of the louvre by pinching them with two fingers on both sides. In order that the dirt is not smeared, periodically rinse the glove in a prepared bucket with clean water.


Smoke odor elimination


It also happens that it is not always possible to keep track of all the cooking processes in the kitchen. The result of this "cooking" is not a fragrant dish, but a very pungent smell, firmly entrenched in the kitchen. To eliminate this trouble, just put a bowl filled with apple cider vinegar in about two-thirds of the time in the center of the smell.



The consequences of cooking are not always pleasant.



Accordingly, when spreading the smell throughout the apartment, arrange a few such bowls. The smell will disappear in less than two hours.


To remove the smell left from the smoked cigarette, you need to wave it in the same solution and wrung out the cloth.


Mold out


To remove stains formed by mildew, you need as much as a whole bottle of white vinegar. This vinegar, without fear of poisoning or damage to the material, can be applied to various items: plumbing, furniture, clothing, painted surfaces, PVC products and so on.


To remove "hardened" stains, vinegar will be needed undiluted, but for stains, it is easier to dilute it with water, again one-to-one.

After buying a new carpet or carpet it will be useful to treat its inside out with undiluted white vinegar using a spray bottle. This procedure will help prevent the formation of mold on the basis of carpets.



Cleaning of chrome and stainless steel


It is always nice to look at things as if they are completely new, but it is not always easy to maintain certain things in good condition.


In order for the taps and mixers in the house to shine clean again, they need to be treated with undiluted vinegar from a spray bottle and polished with a soft cloth.


Glitter of silver


To return the shine to the cutlery, in particular, silver can be done as follows: immerse the silver-plated or silver item in a container with white vinegar mixed with two tablespoons of vinegar. Ware should be from a material that does not react with acids, preferably plastic or glass. Leave the subject for two to three hours, then rinse under running cold water and scrub carefully..


Removing ballpoint pen marks


Traces of a ballpoint pen can be removed undiluted white vinegar. Moisten a piece of flannel or sponge and wipe the place affected by the paste, let it dry. Repeat several times until the stain disappears.


Polished brass and copper


The products made of copper or brass, which have turned green with time, undoubtedly have their own charm and charm, however sometimes you want the objects to shine with their characteristic brilliance.


For this we will resort to using home-made pasta: pour a little baking soda (or salt) and vinegar in equal parts into a small container. The paste is considered ready after the completion of the reaction (stopping the hiss). Then with a clean and dry cloth, with the prepared paste applied to it, we rub the product with moderate pressure. After the plaque has disappeared, the remains of the paste must be removed with a cloth moistened with cold water and must be wiped dry.


Removing stickers, decals and price tags


To remove a decal or a sticker stuck by playful children on painted furniture, you need to impregnate the edges and corners of the sticker with white vinegar and remove it with a thin non-sharp object, such as a plastic card.If the glue still remains, it can also be easily removed with the help of the same vinegar.


A similar technique can be applied to remove from other surfaces - fabrics, metal, glass and plastic.


Scissors cleaning


After careless use of scissors, their blades can become sticky. Simple washing with water can lead to oxidation of the blade attachment. Effective and safer for the product will be wiping the blades with a cloth moistened in undiluted vinegar with the next wiping with a dry towel.


Removing traces of salt from shoes


Effective, but not always safe for shoes, the use of salt during icy conditions leads to the appearance of white traces on it, which are sometimes quite difficult to get rid of. In addition, salt can lead to deterioration of stitches, which means - rapid deterioration of shoes.


To avoid this, simply wipe the shoes with a sponge soaked in undiluted vinegar immediately after the appearance of traces on it.


Cleaning the piano keys


There is a fairly simple way to get rid of the fingerprints left on the keys of the musical instrument. To do this, moisten a soft cloth in a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 4, it is good to squeeze it so that it does not drip off the cloth and carefully wipe each key separately. Wipe the keys dry immediately.After processing, it is better to leave the lid of the piano open for a day.


Fresh air in a closet or closet


In the closet or pantry began to appear unpleasant smell? We proceed as follows: after first releasing the cavity, which requires cleansing, from the inside, wipe the whole of its surface with a solution of one part of vinegar, a portion of ammonia and a quarter of a cup of baking soda in a liter of water. Let the walls dry before placing the contents back.


Be careful!You can not clean jewelery with pearls and precious stones with vinegar-containing solution - this can lead to damage to polishing and destruction of pearls.


How to get rid of circles from the water on the furniture


In order to get rid of the white ugly circles on the wooden furniture that remain from the wet glasses, you just need to wipe the surface with a solution of vinegar and olive oil and then polish the treated places with a clean soft cloth.

To remove the same traces from leather furniture, it can only be wiped with undiluted white vinegar.


Update leather furniture


If the leather sofa or chair has lost its characteristic luster, you can return it with the help of another homemade solution.In equal parts, mix white vinegar and boiled linseed oil, type the mixture in a spray bottle, shake well and spray on the leather surface. Allow to soak and carefully wipe with a clean rag.



In the kitchen…



Freshness in the fridge


Do you know that vinegar, as a cleaning agent, is even safer and more effective for a refrigerator than soda?


Prepare a detergent of equal parts of water and vinegar and carefully wipe all parts of the refrigerator with them - from the sealing gum to the freezer. However, after the general cleaning of the refrigerator inside and out, it would be better to leave a box of baking soda inside to maintain the smell of freshness.


Microwave steam cleaning


The microwave is an ingenious development of military scientists, but washing it is rather difficult and inconvenient.


Remove stubborn stains and food debris from the walls of the stove can be placed inside a bowl with a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 4 and leaving the stove to work at its highest power for five minutes. Then it is necessary to allow the solution to cool, moisten a sponge in it and remove the remaining stains from the walls.


Disinfecting cutting boards


After butchering vegetables, fruits or meat, on wooden countertops or cutting boards, there are always imperceptible residues of products that begin to rot over time.


For disinfection and high-quality cleaning of wooden surfaces, wipe them with undiluted vinegar after each use. Acetic acid has excellent disinfecting quality, effective in the fight against harmful germs - staphylococci and Salmonella. In addition to all, vinegar, unlike water or detergent, does not damage the wooden surface.


A more radical, albeit complicated, cleaning process will be applying soda to the surface and pouring it with vinegar. Cleaning will occur during the "hiss". Then you just need to rinse the surface with cold water.


Wash porcelain, crystal and glass


When washing dishes, add vinegar to a container with clean water, in which you will rinse the dishes.


To rid the glasses of stains or muddy scurf caused by hard water, heat a solution of equal amounts of water and vinegar in a saucepan and lower the glasses into it for ten minutes.Clean them well with a brush or brush and rinse.


crystal glass

It is more pleasant to look at crystal if it is crystal clear.



Similarly, you can make sparkles and crystal glasses and vases. 


Dishwasher Washing


To remove layers of detergent while maintaining the excellent working qualities of the dishwasher, you need to pour two hundred milliliters of undiluted white vinegar to the bottom of the unit and turn on the full washing cycle without detergent and dishes. Do this cleaning at least once a month.



In the first aid kit ...



From bruises


Bruises are quite common, especially in families with children. In this case, in the first-aid kit you need to keep a bottle of vinegar and apply a cotton wool dipped in it to the injury for an hour immediately.


Sore throat relief


There are three ways to relieve sore throat with vinegar.


A solution of a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt, stirred in a glass of warm water, is recommended to gargle if it is “scrubbed” after shouting or singing.


A sore throat that occurs during a cold can be alleviated by a solution of fifty grams of apple cider vinegar and an equal part of honey.Take every four hours.


You can get rid of cough by taking this homemade solution: Mix four teaspoons of honey, a quarter glass of water and one teaspoon of hot sauce. You need to take four to five spoons a day and one before bedtime.


Attention! Children under the year to give honey is not recommended!


Treatment of fever (herpes)


Only herpes can be worse than a bad cold. However, you can get rid of it pretty quickly by applying a cotton pad moistened with white vinegar three times a day to the infection site. This will reduce the unpleasant feeling and relieve swelling.


Soften cuticles


Before the procedure of manicure, it will be useful to soften the skin on the fingers around the nails. To do this, dip your fingertips in a bowl filled with white vinegar for a few minutes.


From mycosis


Severe cases of mycosis can turn life intolerable torture. However, it is possible to quickly weaken the itch and suppress the infection if, for several days, moisten the feet with undiluted apple cider vinegar three times a day.


It will also be useful to soak socks in a solution from one part of vinegar and four parts of warm water before washing.


Skin care


Long since vinegar is used as a cosmetic. So even in the days of Beautiful Elena, vinegar was used as a tonic for the skin.


The recipe is as follows: after water procedures, wipe your face with a solution of a tablespoon of vinegar diluted in half a liter of water. This tonic tightens and cleanses the skin. Do not forget to rinse the skin thoroughly.


Removing age spots and freckles


Before resorting to radical measures to disguise or remove pigment lesions on the skin caused by hormonal changes or the detrimental effects of the sun, let the vinegar work. A cotton pad moistened with apple cider vinegar should be applied to the stains for 5-7 minutes at least three times a day. Pigmentation will turn pale or disappear altogether after a couple of weeks.




There is an old and time-tested way to get rid of calluses. You need a piece of stale bread soaked in white vinegar for thirty minutes. Break off a piece of the resulting sponge the right size and fix it on the calluses with gauze or band-aid, leaving for the whole night. In the morning, horny skin softens,and the corn will be more susceptible to abrasive materials. For more complex corns, several procedures may be required.


To nail polish held for a long time


The firmness of nail polish will increase and it will last longer on the nail if you moisten the nails with vinegar before applying it and let it dry on its own.


Glasses cleaning


They began to see badly even with glasses, selected by an experienced oculist? So, it is time for general cleaning of lenses from accumulated traces of sweat and fingerprints.


Put a little white vinegar on the lenses and wipe them with a special flannel. Thus, no stains will remain on the lenses.


Attention! This method is not suitable for cleaning lenses made of plastic.



If a jellyfish burned or a bee stung


Some types of jellyfish leave unpleasant burns on it after contact with human skin. If this happens, you need to pour undiluted vinegar to the affected place. This will help relieve the itching and scrape off the stuck mucus.



The consequences of meeting with jellyfish are very unpleasant



In a similar way, you can eliminate the effects of a bee sting.


Attention! If, after an insect bite, breathing becomes difficult and the bite continues to inflame and swell,should immediately seek help from a doctor - possibly a manifestation of an allergic reaction.


Interesting fact:

Natural balsamic vinegar is produced only in the Italian town of Modena from a certain grape variety "Trembiano". According to Italian law, vinegar must be kept in barrels made of chestnut or oak.


How to remove mold from the shower curtain


To remove stains formed by mold from a plastic curtain, it should be washed with towels in a washing machine. However, in addition to washing powder, you will need to add an equal amount of baking soda and use the pre-rinse mode, pouring into the appropriate department two hundred grams of white vinegar. Before spinning the curtain must be removed from the washing machine.


How to whiten the seams between the tiles


Gaps between the tiles lost color and began to become stained? These symptoms are similar to the appearance of fungus.


You can get rid of it by cleaning the stitches with an old toothbrush moistened with undiluted white vinegar.


Glitter for ceramic tiles


Since we took up the seams, it would be nice to take the time for the tile itself.Prepare a solution of 100 ml of white vinegar, 100 ml of ammonia and 50 g of borax, diluted in four liters of water. After cleaning, remove the detergent with cold water and allow to dry.


Cleaning sinks and baths


To restore the original shine to the ceramic and bath, first simply brush them with undiluted white vinegar, rinse with cold water after the procedure.


To remove scale in the bathroom or sink, start to draw hot water into it, adding half a liter of white vinegar. Close the water as soon as the water level rises slightly above the level of scale, and leave it for a few hours. After that, the water can be lowered. Lime stains will wipe off easily and quickly.


Glitter shower door


To get rid of faded soap drips on the glass door of the shower stall, you need to wipe it with a cloth moistened with a solution of 100 ml of white vinegar, 50 g of baking soda and 200 ml of ammonia dissolved in four liters of warm water.


How to remove scale from the shower head


The following trick will help to get rid of blockages in the shower head, formed by scum and poor quality water: lower it for ten minutes into a boiling solution of a liter of water and one hundred grams of pure vinegar.For plastic nozzles, the temperature should be just warm to avoid the appearance of defects.


After you remove the nozzle from the solution, the holes in it will be clean. If you have problems with the removal of the nozzle, then try to fill the cellophane package with vinegar half and tie it around the nozzle. An hour later, the package must be removed and wipe off the remnants of vinegar from the nozzle.


How to overcome mold


To get rid of the mold that has already appeared and protect yourself from its appearance again, fill the spray bottle with three tablespoons of white vinegar and one teaspoon of borax diluted in 400 ml of hot water. Mix well by shaking the bottle.


Now you should apply the resulting solution to all places that may be prone to mold and rub it with a soft rag or brush.


Attention! When acetic acid is combined with chlorine-containing agents, chlorine is released. Even in small concentrations, this gas is dangerous to the respiratory tract and organs of vision. Higher concentrations can be fatal.



In the laundry ...



Fabric softening, microbial eradication, antistatic, etc.


Just one cup of vinegar, poured into the washing machine tray before rinsing, will provide many benefits.


So, just 200 ml of pure vinegar:

  • Destroy any bacteria;
  • Will provide the washed clothes softness and freshness;
  • Before the final rinsing, they will endow things with antistatic properties;
  • Will help pre-whiten a piece of light-colored clothing;
  • Added before the last rinse, fix the color of newly dyed clothes.




How to whiten stale socks


If it is already impossible to find whites in a drawer with gray socks, there is a simple way to return them a white glow.


Mix 200 ml of vinegar and half a liter of water in a rather big pan. Bring the solution to a boil, pour it into a bucket and soak in it at night graying socks. The next day they will be washed, as usual.


To red things do not shed


It also happens that for some reason the red things get into the wash with things of other shades. The result is known not only to housewives - spoiled and faded things.

To avoid this, before washing, soak new things in undiluted vinegar for ten minutes. This will prevent color loss by things.


Soft blankets


To completely eliminate residual detergent from woolen and cotton blankets, pre-add 400 ml of vinegar to the rinse tray of the washing machine. This method will also give the product the softness and freshness of the "new" thing.

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