Save Money with These Vinegar Hacks
Check out these amazing vinegar hacks that will actually save you money!
Vinegar is fairly cheap and has many benefits, including weight loss, lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and even has improved symptoms of diabetes. It is also great for cleaning and cooking and has been used in many ancient folk remedies.
I’ve gathered a list of vinegar hacks to help you save money.
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1. Homemade window cleaner
Cut the chemicals by making your own window cleaner. Just add 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. You can also add some lemon essential oil to cover up the vinegar smell and up the cleaning power. Before using, just give the bottle a little shake.
2. All-purpose spray
The acid levels in vinegar make it an excellent cleaner. It can clean away soap scum, clean up sticky buildups, and take off sticker glue. I’ve been making my own all-purpose spray for years and love it. For the added benefit of killing germs around the house, I add tea tree and lemon essential oils.
To make an all-purpose spray, add equal parts vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Put in 10-15 drops of each essential oil. Shake the bottle before using it.
If you don’t have or want to buy essential oils, a lemon will work just as good. Just mix one part white distilled vinegar, two parts water, and a squeeze of lemon juice. This works great on floors, too!
3. Turn Hydrangeas blue
If you have pink hydrangeas, you can turn them blue by adding distilled white vinegar. Acidic soil is the secret to blue hydrangeas. If you do not have acidic soil and want blue hydrangeas, just mix a cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon of tap water and use it to water your pink hydrangeas.
4. Use vinegar to clean rusty tools
There’s an easier way to clean those rusty tools than sanding and scraping them. Pour white vinegar into a glass or tin can and let smaller rusty tools soak overnight. Use a Scotch-Brite pad on the tool the next day to wipe off the rust. For bigger tools, wrap them in a vinegar-soaked rag and cover with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Leave it to soak about 24 hours. After removing the rust from your tools, rinse in water and wipe them dry.
5. Wood stain DIY
Stain can be pretty expensive, but you can make your own for your next woodworking project. Place a steel wool pad in a mason jar and add about 1/4 cup coffee grounds and 1 to 2 cups of vinegar. Close the container and give it a good shake, then let it sit overnight. Gently mix the stain so it doesn’t slosh out and get everywhere. When you’re ready to stain, put on some gloves and remove the steel wool and apply the stain to your project. Let the stain sit for about 20 minutes before applying another coat.
6. Scratch remover
Save yourself some time by not sanding out minor scratches in wood furniture. Just mix three-parts canola or olive oil with one-part vinegar and wipe it on the scratch with a soft cloth.
7. Clean your coffee pot
I love my coffee, but I hate when my coffee pot gets dirty inside. Cleaning it is easy! Just run some vinegar through our coffee pot or Keurig to remove build-up and clean it. After cleaning the pot with vinegar, I usually run water through a few times, just to make sure my next cup of coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar.
8. Unclog the sink
When the sink gets clogged, there’s no need to run out and grab a bunch of chemicals. Just dump some baking soda in the sink and pour vinegar over it. The chemical reaction that occurs actually creates enough force to clear minor clogs.
9. Clean fruits and veggies
When you get your produce from the grocery store, you may have noticed a waxy coating on them. This is because of products they put on the fruits and vegetables to keep them safe while being transported and to help them last longer. To remove the coating, make a produce wash by mixing together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your produce, let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse it off.
10. Boost your laundry
A great laundry hack to lighten and brighten fabrics is to pour vinegar into your washer. The vinegar will help deodorize and soften the fabrics. And your clothes won’t come out smelling like vinegar!
What are your favorite vinegar hacks?
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