20 genius uses for vinegar you wish you knew about already


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

This method is less complicated than that for the coffeemaker. Reader’s Digest recommends boiling 3 cups white vinegar in the kettle for 5 minutes. Leave the vinegar in the kettle overnight and rinse with cold water. It should be good as new.

10. Clean pots and pans

If your pots and pans are covered in gunk and grime, look no further than a bottle of vinegar. Mix equal parts salt and flour. Add vinegar until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Scrub using the paste and then rinse with warm water, as recommended by Reader’s Digest.

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11. Ban bugs

The pantry can be a nesting grounds for all sorts of creepy crawlers. If you have a bug problem, Reader’s Digest recommends filling a small bowl with 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Leave the bowl for a week. Next time you look, you’ll see all sorts of insects floating in your DIY trap.

12. Trap fruit flies

You’ve taken care of bugs in the pantry, but what about ever-annoying fruit flies? Follow the advice of Reader’s Digest and fill a jar half full with apple cider vinegar. Cover with the original lid or plastic wrap and punch a few holes in the top. You’ll be surprised how many fruit flies land straight in your trap.

13. Soothe sunburn

To relieve pain from a sunburn, treat the affected area with vinegar, as recommended by AOL.

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