Our parents’ and our parents’ parents’ generations have relied on this common household item to solve a myriad of household problems. People have used white vinegar for cleaning as far back as 460 B.C.E., as well as for cooking, agricultural, and medicinal purposes. But as a cleaner, white vinegar is regarded as one of the best.
Vinegar, being the miracle liquid that it is, doesn’t harm the environment in controlled amounts, is non-toxic to humans, and is astoundingly inexpensive, especially in large quantities. This makes using white vinegar for cleaning a perfect solution around the house for chores like killing weeds, cleaning kitchen appliances, and perhaps most importantly, treating stains.
When cleaning the house, stains just seem to find their way onto anything – Murphy’s Law, right? With white vinegar, you can tell good ol’ Murphy to shove it.
Here are three of our favorite common household cleaning hacks featuring white vinegar as the shining star:
Eliminating cigarette odor
Cigarette smoke may slowly be transforming into a mere memory, but a horrible reminder of it remains. With no energy to head to the store and buy air-freshener, simply reach into the kitchen cabinet and grab the white vinegar. The versatile bottle has been neglected, but that doesn’t mean it has neglected you. Pour some white vinegar in a medium bowl; place it on top your living room table and relax as the painful odor dissipates.
Un-sticking stuck scissors
Before the most wonderful time of the year is the most stressful one—the holidays. After cutting yards of wrapping paper and tape, progress is stifled by the sticky build-up of gunk on your scissors. We get it, this is probably a small issue amidst the heaping pile of other problems at the time, but that doesn’t make it less annoying. To remove the sticky mess, simply pour some of that handy dandy white vinegar on a washcloth and vigorously rub the scissor blades clean. By using white vinegar for cleaning scissors, they’ll also shine up nicely!
Removing pesky pet pee
Dog owners know the struggle of having a pet who loves you so much they pee on sight – cute, but come on! Fix your puppy troubles with white vinegar! First, pour a layer of baking soda on the stain. Then, mix one part water with one part white vinegar and pour it on the baking soda. Let it sit for five minutes then scrub the area with a strong-bristled brush until clean.
White vinegar is your carpet’s best friend, but if it still isn’t as fresh as it should be, simply give Ace Rug & Furniture Cleaning a call. One of our three effective carpet and cleaning methods may just be the answer to restoring your carpet to its original luster.