Vinegar isn’t just a great product to have on hand for use in the kitchen. It can also be used to clean many household items.
- Cleaning Window Blinds—To easily clean your blinds without recirculating dust, combine equal parts hot tap water and white vinegar. Dip a cotton-gloved finger into the solution, and then slide it along each blind. After every few swipes, dip the glove into clean water to rinse.
- Cleaning Water Rings Off Furniture—If a glass has left a water ring on your coffee table, combine equal parts olive oil and vinegar, and gently wipe the table with a soft cloth. Afterward, use a dry cloth for added shine. For leather furniture, soak a sponge in undiluted white vinegar and gently dab the area.
- Bringing Rugs Back to Life—To restore the look of your rugs, dip a clean push broom into a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Brush the push broom along the rugs, and there’s no need to rinse the rugs after application. To prevent an accumulation of mildew on the bottom of a rug, mist the back with a spray bottle of undiluted white vinegar.
- Brightening Brickwork—To polish your brick fireplace or any other brick surface, mix 1 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water. Dip a cloth into the solution and go over the bricks.
- Hiding Scratches in Wood Furniture—To hide unsightly scratches in wood furniture, mix iodine and either distilled or cider vinegar in a jar. Use an artist’s brush to paint over the scratch. For darker woods, use more iodine, and for lighter woods, use more vinegar.
- Making Wood Paneling Sparkle—To renew the look of your wood paneling, mix 1 pint of warm water, 4 tablespoons of either white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a container. Shake the container a couple of times, and then apply the solution with a clean cloth. Allow the mixture to soak into the wood for a few minutes, and then use a dry cloth to polish.
- Cleaning Piano Keys—To get fingerprints and stains off your piano keys, make a solution of ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and ring out the cloth until it doesn’t drip. Wipe each key gently, and then use a second cloth to dry each key immediately afterward. Leave your keyboard uncovered to dry completely for 24 hours.
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