9 Surprising Ways to Use Vinegar at Home

3. Pets
Dogs and cats can suffer from an itching and scaly skin, in and around the ears. Particularly when you have a pet with hanging ears such as a Labrador or Golden Retriever, you often have to deal with this problem. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of water, put a clean cloth in and let soak for a while. Then use the cloth to clean the inside of your pet’s ears. Do you have unwanted cats in your garden and are they using it as a toilet? Vinegar is the solution. Spray or pour a little vinegar on the spot where they relieve themselves, and before you know you are no longer bothered by cats, because they abhor vinegar.

4. Dishwasher
Using vinegar in the dishwasher has two advantages. The first advantage is that it is a cheap, effective rinsing agent for glasses, plates, and cutlery. The second advantage: vinegar can help clean the dishwasher. Once a year, or more often if you have hard water, pour a cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher. Use a short programme, so the machine is decalcified, and the greasy dirt disappears. That is very useful! You can also use the agent for your car…

5. Tiles
There is a high chance that when you clean the bathroom or kitchen tiles and joints, you pick chlorine, or other bleaching agent from your cleaning agents. Vinegar really is a better option, because it is just as effective as chlorine, but a lot safer. How do you use vinegar in this case? Spray a large quantity in a bucket with water, or spray directly onto the tiles. Scrub the tiles, let it work for some time if necessary, and rinse the tiles. You can also do this with white joints which are discoloured!

6. Laundry (machine)
You can use vinegar for both the laundry and the laundry machine. Are there persistent stains, such as mustard, grass, ketchup, or sweat stains, on your clothing? First spray a little vinegar on the stain(s) before you wash the piece of clothing. Is your white clothing no longer as white as when you bought it? Let the clothing soak in a bath of vinegar and before you know it, it looks radiantly white again. Vinegar is not only great for the laundry, but also for the laundry machine. Just as with a dishwasher, vinegar helps keeping the machine clean. Also, in a laundry machine, residue builds up after each washing. Make sure you add a cup of vinegar when washing once in a while.

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