12 Surprising Household Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid (CH3COOH), water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.
Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient, or in pickling. As the most easily manufactured mild acid, it has historically had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses, some of which (such as its use as a general household cleaner) are still commonly practiced today.
Commercial vinegar is produced either by a fast or a slow fermentation processes.
In general, slow methods are used in traditional vinegars where fermentation proceeds slowly over the course of a few months or up to a year. The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of acetic acid bacteria. Fast methods add mother of vinegar (bacterial culture) to the source liquid before adding air to oxygenate and promote the fastest fermentation.
In fast production processes, vinegar may be produced between 20 hours to three days.
Using white vinegar is a good way to avoid using harsh chemicals and it’s also economical and environmentally friendly.
Here are 10 life hacks using vinegar.
1. Get Rid of Foul Trash Can Odor
Your trash bin most likely won’t smell like roses after a stint of collecting garbage. Sometimes the stench will permeate the bin and stink up your home even when there isn’t garbage in it. This problem can easily be solved with a piece of bread and vinegar.
Soak the bread in vinegar and place it on top of a paper towel at the bottom of your trash can before bed. When you wake up and remove the bread it will have successfully eliminated the putrid stench. Feel free to try this anywhere in your home where a foul odor is lingering.
2. Remove Wrinkles from your Clothes
You don’t need to bust out an ironing board every time you want clothes to look smooth and presentable. Vinegar can be used as an effective method of removing wrinkles from your clothing. In a spray bottle mix together 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
Hang up the clothing and spritz it with the mixture and let the clothes hang and air dry. After waiting a few minutes you’ll find that the wrinkles are gone and you’re left with some spiffy looking fabric.
3. Unclog Your Drain
When bathtub and sink drains clog up it can lead to some serious headaches. The blockage is stubborn and usually requires a visit to the store and investment in costly products. The answer to your problems could be as simple as a grade school science experiment with vinegar and baking soda.
To unclog your drain with vinegar start by boiling a cup of water and pouring it down the blocked drain. Next pour in a half cup of baking soda and wait a few minutes. Mix together a cup of hot water with a cup of vinegar and add it to the drain then wait about ten minutes. To finish it off you should add a final cup of boiling water and your drain should be cleared of sludge and flowing like new.