Nowadays, we keep getting more and more information about the dangers of the household cleaning products we've used since the dawn of time (at least since the dawn of our time). It's hard not to wonder what kinds of poisons we're unleashing in our homes every time the stove needs a good scrub or the toilets are stinky — but those suckers still need to get clean, right?
Cue good, old-fashioned white vinegar.
Vinegar is budget-conscious, eco-friendly and easy-to-find, and it actually does help out when you're trying to tidy up.
You might have seen them before on Pinterest, but we've made it easier for you by gathering some of the best quickie vinegar hacks in one place. Who knew one little ingredient could be used to deodorize, sanitize or even marinate meat?
To clean the baked on crud that's on the inside of your microwave, add 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water in a glass bowl. Microwave on high for five minutes and voilà! It'll be a cinch to wipe off all the gunk.
For shoes that smell brand new, just soak the insoles in warm water and a bit of vinegar before letting them dry completely.
Add vinegar to the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before using a brush to scrub it clean. Your commode never looked so sparkly.
Check out our handy infographic for even more nifty unexpected vinegar household uses.
Originally published February 2015. Updated October 2016.
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