Vinegar is one of the things you should keep around the house. Vinegar is cheap and widely available, it’s non-toxic, lasts a long time without losing it’s properties and is much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products.
Vinegar can be used to:
Clean Urine Stains Off a Mattress or Other Fabrics:
Urine stains are fairly easy to clean up, but if you don’t do it right, you can end up with a mattress or other fabric that smells bad long after you’ve cleaned it. To remove urine from a mattress, follow these steps or view the video:
- Use a towel to blot up as much excess urine as possible.
- Spray the area with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water.
- Blot up the excess until the stain is gone and the smell has dissipated.
Remove Rust From Your Kitchen Sink:
Kitchen sinks tend to have a nasty habit of attracting rust given what they’re used for. For minor rust spots on stainless steel sinks, there’s a simple method you can use to clear up the rust and make your sink shine again:
- Add a couple tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl.
- Slowly add vinegar (remember these two chemicals from your papier-mâché volcano as a kid, so don’t mix them together too quickly) until it forms a thick paste.
- Spread the paste over light rust spots and let sit for about 10 minutes.
- Rub the paste into the spot and let it sit for another 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse the sink with soap and water.
- Repeat this process until stains are gone.
For tougher rust, you may need to use a sponge, scrubbing brush, or a pumice stone to scrub out the leftover rust stains.
Get Rid of Mold:
Certain types of mold can be toxic so before you try to tackle a mold problem yourself, you should be sure that what you’re working on isn’t harmful to your health. You can read more about the different types of mold and how to clean them at the EPA’s website.
For smaller mold problems, vinegar will help kill it and prevent growth. All you need to do is add vinegar to the water you use and clean up as you normally would. For larger mold problems (and especially toxic ones), you’re better off calling in a professional.
The folks over at the Vinegar Institute have compiled a list from around the interwebs that show the effectiveness of vinegar around the house. From Ant Deterrents to repairing DVDs that skip.
Uses and tips for Vinegar | The Vinegar Institute