How long do you keep a bottle of vinegar? If it’s more than a few months, there’s no way you’re using vinegar to its greatest potential. You won’t believe how many uses there are for vinegar.
It’s not only good for putting in your body, but also on your body. Your home will also benefit from a vinegar bath. Continue reading to learn 20 genius uses for vinegar:
1. Kill bacteria in meat. POPSUGAR advocates marinating meat in vinegar not only for the taste, but also for the disinfecting benefits. Vinegar slows the growth of listeria and makes the protein easier to digest. It also reduces the number of cancer-causing carcinogenics produced when the meat is grilled or cooked at high temperatures.
2. Wipe out mold. Rodale’s Organic Life reports store-bought vinegar with 5 percent acetic acid is strong enough to kill mold. To get rid of mold, spray the problem spot with vinegar and allow it to dry.
3. Clean produce. Fruits and vegetables can harbor some nasty bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. That’s why Rodale’s Organic Life recommends spraying produce first with vinegar and then with hydrogen peroxide. Allow the produce to dry completely before eating.
4. Disinfect cutting boards. Rodale’s Organic Life recommends cleaning wood cutting boards with a mixture made from either hydrogen peroxide and vinegar or salt and vinegar. This will reduce the risk of transferring dangerous food-borne bacteria to other kitchen surfaces.
5. Steam clean the microwave. You’ll love this expert tip from Reader’s Digest. Pour 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in a glass bowl. Place it in the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes. Let the bowl cool, dip a cloth in the mixture, and wipe away stains.
6. Clean the refrigerator. Wipe the refrigerator, inside and out, with a solution made from equal parts water and white vinegar. Reader’s Digest says this is an excellent method for disinfecting your refrigerator.
7. Refresh ice trays. Reader’s Digest recommends soaking ice trays in undiluted vinegar for 4- 5 hours to remove hard water stains. Rinse the trays under cold water and allow to dry.
8. Clean the coffeemaker. Coffeemakers can get pretty gross. Give yours a reboot with a vinegar wash. Reader’s Digest says to fill the decanter with 2 cups white vinegar and 1 cup water. Place a filter in the machine, pour the vinegar mixture into the water chamber, and then turn on the coffeemaker to allow it to run through a full brew cycle. When it’s finished, remove the filter and replace it with a fresh one. Run clean water through the machine for two full cycles, replacing the filter after the first brew.
9. Clean a tea kettle.
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