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12 Useful Tips For Using Vinegar Around The Home

There are a ton of uses for vinegar around the home that will make your life easier!  Here are some of my favorite tips:

Keep cut flowers fresh longer by mixing 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar inside the vase water before adding the flowers.  You should do this every few days.

Add 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar for every quart of water to the pot when boiling eggs and it will keep the eggs from cracking and make them easier to shell.

Help your nail polish last longer when you dampen your nails with vinegar on a cotton ball first.  Be sure to let it dry before applying your nail polish.

Deodorize your garbage disposal by mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl and pouring it into an ice cube tray and letting it freeze.  Once frozen, put the vinegar solution ice cubes down your disposal followed by a cold-water rinse weekly.

Remove mildew stains from clothing, furniture, bathroom fixtures, tile and shower curtains by using a half vinegar, half water mixture.  If there is a lot of mildew, you should use more vinegar than water in the mixture.

Clean your microwave by placing a glass bowl filled with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water inside and microwaving the mixture for five minutes. Once the bowl cools off, dip a cloth or sponge in the liquid to wipe away stains and splatters on the inside of the microwave.

Disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards by wiping them down with full-strength white vinegar after each use.

Get the yellow stains out of your clothing by letting the garments soak overnight in a solution of 12 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar. Wash the clothes the next morning.

Remove a sticker or decal by applying white vinegar to the corners and sides of the sticker. Let it sit for a minute or two, carefully scrape it off with a plastic credit card and then wipe with a clean cloth.  For bumper stickers and decals, let is soak for 10-15 minutes before scraping.

Clean your computer, mouse and printer by mixing a half vinegar, half water mixture and wiping them down.  Make sure those items are turned off and that you don't use a spray bottle to apply it.

Remove smoke odors by filling and placing a shallow bowl with about three-quarters of white or cider vinegar in the room.

Get rid of musty smells in your trunk or a lunch box by soaking a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leaving it in the musty space overnight.

What do you use vinegar for?  Do you have any other tips we can add to this list?  We'd love to hear from you!

Leanette Fernandez is a mom of 2 and teaches you how to save in all areas of life at You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram.

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