There are some products hiding in your pantry that can actually be useful for multiple everyday things. I’m not talking about mayonnaise hair conditioning treatments, but rather real cleaning and cooking hacks that everyone should try — and it starts with a bottle of vinegar . This product is not only already in your pantry, it’s environmentally friendly, safe around kids, and keeps your cleaning expenses under budget .
Most cleaning products contain harsh chemicals with intense fumes that can have harmful health effects. For a natural alternative without the fumes, grab a bottle of distilled white vinegar. Due to its high level of acidity, it is effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs — perfect for chemical-free cleaning. When cleaning with vinegar, there are a few things to keep in mind. Since it has a high level of acidity, it’s important to dilute it with water to avoid damaging any surface.
Vinegar can also be used in cooking — beyond the basic salad vinaigrette . Make perfectly poached eggs and rejuvenate wilted greens with this pantry superstar. Vinegar can also be used outside as a natural insect repellent on plants — think edible plants like herbs and vegetables. This is a great alternative to gardening sprays full of pesticides and harmful ingredients.
Dig out the vinegar and try some of these life-altering vinegar uses. Not only will your house sparkle like new, but you’ll be avoiding bringing harsh chemicals in your home. Check out some of our tips and see which surprising use you’ll try first!
Freshen Wilted Vegetables
To give your vegetables a little life, try soaking them in cold water with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar. This will help give them new energy and get them ready for any salad or recipe.
Remove Coffee Stains
Scrub the stains clean on the inside of coffee and teacups by mixing equal parts salt and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean and enjoy a sparkling clean mug. To remove stains from a coffee machine, add one part vinegar to two cups water and run a cycle without coffee grounds. The vinegar will help remove those excess coffee stains.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes .
Additional Research by Terra Baltosiewich