While on my debt-free journey, I had to come up with some creative ways to cut expenses. One simple way my family was able to cut costs and save money was when I learned how useful white vinegar was around the house. It eliminated the need for our many household cleaning products. Not only is it great to help avoid toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals around my daughter and our pet, vinegar is cheap.
So if you’re looking to possibly save some money too, here are some ways I use vinegar around my home:
Cleaning The House
Vinegar can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer.
- You can clean the microwave and get rid of odors by putting a bowl of vinegar and water inside for about one minute. The steam will loosen caked-on food for an easy wipe down, while eliminating odor.
- When cleaning tile, instead of using bleach, you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.
- To clean and deodorize the garbage disposal, mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda and pour it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean, stink-free sink.
In The Kitchen
White vinegar is helpful for cooking tasks.
- When your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can liven them right up.
- If you like Mexican food, when cooking beans, add a little vinegar to the water help reduce the gassiness they can cause. This is also works when cooking vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
- I used to use a lot of detergent pretreating deodorant stained shirts. By spraying vinegar on them before the wash you can remove the discoloration.
- If your child has an accident on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water, then, pour some baking soda on the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it dries.
- Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. I haven’t had any issues with vinegar harming the fabric. It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer and a mildew-inhibitor.
- Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.
- Cats avoid vinegar, so keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, by spraying a vinegar solution onto the spot.
- If you want to remove an old bumper sticker, remove it by spraying the decal with white vinegar. Be sure to saturate the area and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. You might need to repeat it a few times.
- Extend the life of cut flowers by adding a few tablespoons of vinegar along with a teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase.
Vinegar can clean, disinfect and deodorize just about everything. It’s an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals and it costs less than a gallon of milk. With its many uses and low price I’d call it a good buy. Using vinegar will not make you rich, but over the course of a year you can save a few hundred bucks. You can then take advantage of those savings and put those dollars to good use by allocating it towards one of your financial goals.