It is hard to imagine that crushing a few apples and adding some yeast and bacteria to the collected liquid could create anything useful. Surprisingly, that is exactly how the convenient and versatile household staple, apple cider vinegar, is created. This type of vinegar is found in nearly every kitchen in the country and because of its effectiveness as a cleaning solution it is often found in may other rooms as well.
Helpful Household Cleaner
Vinegar can remove odors from soft materials, eliminate the residue from stickers and labels and clean stained dishes and appliances. Vinegar helps to clear away hard water stains in coffee makers and steams off stubborn stains in the microwave when mixed with water and heated. Apple cider vinegar helps polish windows and mirrors and eliminates soap scum in the bathroom. The vinegar smell disappears quickly and it is much safer to use this natural product on dishes and appliances than chemicals.
Useful Garage Helper
A few minutes spent soaking in vinegar will remove paint from old paintbrushes and rust from old tools and nuts and bolts. Vinegar is also useful for keeping car windows from frosting over when they cannot be stored in the garage. Mix a 3:1 ratio of vinegar to water in a spray bottle, spray it on a clean, soft rag and apply directly to the glass. Allow it to dry without wiping it off.
Effective Garden Product
Vinegar increases the iron level in the soil for iron-loving flowers like camellias and rhododendrons and vegetables like potatoes, radishes and peppers. It is a safe and effective pesticide that deters fruit flies and ants. It is also useful for stopping mold growth in gardening containers and keeping gardening tools clean and rust-free.
Some of the most important vinegar tips are learning when not to use the product. Granite and marble could be damaged by vinegar and the acid in the liquid will dissolve wax. It will create a toxic gas if mixed with bleach and may dry out unfinished wood or harm some finishes on hardwood floors. Always spot test vinegar in a hidden area before applying to a new surface.