5 Neat Household Uses for Vinegar

The old adage might say that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but amusingly enough, you can literally trap more fruit flies with a simple homemade vinegar trap! And that's just one of the more obscure things that vinegar can help you do around the house. Here are 5 great, useful ways that plain old white vinegar can help get your house cleaner and greener soon.

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Get rid of glue residue from stickers

To get rid of stickers, decals, bumper stickers, and more, soak the edges of the sticker with white vinegar and carefully scrape it off. Remove any sticky remains by pouring on a bit more vinegar. Let the vinegar sit for a minute or two, and then wipe up the rest with a clean cloth.

Keep your windows frost free

All you need to do is wipe or spray the outsides of the windows with a solution of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water! This will prevent light frost from forming on your windshield. However, this will not work very effectively at all in heavy snowfall or in very cold temperatures, so keep a scraper on hand.

Get rid of grease better

If you add 3 or 4 tablespoons of vinegar to your dishwashing detergent, it will really increase the soap's grease-fighting capabilities. Plus, you'll also need less soap to clean your dishes, which means saving money in the long run! Also, if you boil 2 cups vinegar in your clean frying pan for 10 minutes, that will help keep food from sticking to it for months at a time!

Brush off suede stains

If you've got dirt, grease, or other stains on your suede, plain white vinegar can be a useful tool in getting them out. Gently brush the suede with a soft toothbrush dipped in white vinegar, let the spot air-dry, and then give it a good brush with a suede brush. Repeat the process if needed.

General cleaning and deodorizing

Vinegar, in various combination with baking soda, lemon, and water, is a very effective cleaning tool! For example, the combination of vinegar and baking soda is one of the most effective ways to unclog and deodorize drains. Just pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water! A combination of vinegar and water also makes a great window cleaner and mildew cleaner.