The vast majority of people think that vinegar is just something in pickles, yet in all actuality, vinegar is a mix of acetic acid and water that is likely the most well-known but undervalued liquid in the world. Plain white vinegar has hundreds of scientific, medicinal, and household uses. White vinegar is cheap, accessible all over, and totally safe! Here we’ve put together a wonderful list of tips and tricks of simple vinegar hacks you can try at home.

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Iron cleaning

If your iron is barley steaming and leaving behind a chalky residue, you may have some clogged outlets on your hands. Fill the iron’s tank up about a quarter full of vinegar. Place it face down on a slotted baking sheet and press that seam button constantly. Just until you’ve emptied out the reservoir. The baking sheet will help separate the residue from the iron and with a simple rinsing of the tank, it will work more efficiently and without all that chalky mess.

Restoring leather shoes

Have your leather shoes been seeing more activity lately? There’s a safe way to restore that shine and get rid of the grime. Mix 1 cup of water and 1/3 of a cup of vinegar. Get a soft microfiber cloth and gently scrub away the caked on dirt and blemishes until you start getting that shine back. This is a great way to bring those old boots back to life all without buying any pricey leather cleaners.

Glass cleaner

Whether you have a glass table or your bedroom windows just need a little shine, you don’t need a glass cleaner to tackle this problem. A simple 50/50 mix of vinegar and water will be just as effective. If you want you can add a splash of lemon juice for a fresh smell and blue food coloring so everyone knows exactly what this is for. Just spray it on like you would any other glass cleaner and wipe it clean for a streak-free shine at a fraction of the cost.

Remove weeds and grass

When weeds or grass start sprouting out of cracks in your driveway, it’s time to take action. Pour vinegar between slots in the concrete. Use it all well and make sure that the vinegar seeps into the ground and reaches the roots. When you check the next day the vegetation should be withered and dying. Which means just a simple matter of removing the leftovers. This is probably the hardest part of this but once you were done you’ll be left with a delightfully clean crack.

Keyboard cleaning

It’s probably been awhile since you’ve cleaned your keyboard. After months of use, all kinds of nasty bacteria and stains can start to build up. Power down your computer and dampen a cloth with vinegar right out of the bottle. Apply heavy pressure and give it a good scrubbing. The vinegar should lift any build up and sterilize your board in the process. For the tinier-es that need a little more attention, take a vinegar soaked q tip (cotton swab) and work away at the gunk until you have a fresh pad.

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Dishwasher cleaning

Your dishwasher has a deep responsibility of sterilizing your cookware but sometimes the dishwasher needs a wash itself. Funky build ups and hard water stains need an occasional purging and all you have to do is fill your soap dispenser with vinegar. Pull out the inner basket and set it to pots and pans mode. After one cycle you’ll end up with a pleasingly purged pristine posterior. However, if you looking to get your entire house clean and fresh MagiCleanMaid is the most trusted cleaning company in South California.

Mold cleaning

Do you ever find little spots of mold on your bathroom ceiling? Here’s how to get rid of it. Pour 2 parts vinegar and part borax into a cup and then fill the remainder up with warm water. Now mix it until you can see the borax is mostly dissolved. Take a paper towel and dip it in, just dab a bit onto the spot and start rubbing. In most cases, the mold will instantly disappear on contact leaving your walls and ceilings nice and clean.

Faucet cleaning

If your faucet can’t decide where to fire water anymore it might be clogged with build up. Throw up a cotton ball and soak it in vinegar for a few seconds. After that push it directly into the tip of the faucet and hold it in place with a rubber band. Let it sit there for about 15 minutes and then wiggle it around inside to break any deposits free. Turn the water on hot and clear that gunk out and relish in your straight shooting faucet.

Furniture cleaning

What about stinky couches or other furniture? Pour a quarter of a cup of vinegar into a spray bottle and add two tablespoons of fabric softener. Now top it all off with water and shake well. Spray a light coat over the couch hitting every spot that you can see. When it’s done grab a towel and scrub in smooth circles across the couch until it’s feeling dry. The vinegar will neutralize the odor and the fabric softener will release a nice fresh scent. This is also something you can try on your stinky old mattress. But sometimes you just need an upgrade.