27 Money-Saving Ways to Use Vinegar in Every Room of Your Home

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Vinegar is probably most useful by far in the kitchen. Here are seven of the many ways it can stand in for more expensive household products in the heart of the home:

  1. Clean the coffeemaker: Run a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water through the machine. Then, run a full pot of water through to rinse well.
  2. De-lime the teakettle: If your teakettle has lime or mineral deposits, boil 3 cups of vinegar and let stand overnight. Rinse well.
  3. Clean the dishwasher: Once a month, run a cup of vinegar through your (empty) dishwasher.
  4. Scrub the fridge: Use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water to wipe down the inside of your refrigerator. Don’t forget the interiors of bins.
  5. Sanitize cutting boards: After washing cutting boards, spray with undiluted white vinegar to further disinfect the surface. Bonus: It’ll neutralize the odor of that fish you just cut up.
  6. Refresh lunchboxes: Wipe out the inside with vinegar to kill weird smells. Pour vinegar and water in the Thermos and let sit overnight to remove any odors.
  7. Kill fruit flies: Cider vinegar stinks to us, but it attracts fruit flies. Create a funnel trap by rolling a sheet of paper into a funnel and placing it into a jar with cider vinegar at the bottom. Fruit flies that are lured in won’t be able to find their way out and will drown.
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