Horse and Buggy for Transportation
Following the old-school form of transportation, the Amish people use ‘horse and buggy’ for moving around. Be it going to church, roaming around the town, or even embarking on a long-distance journey with heavy luggage — they always prefer this option. Why? Because it’s simple, time-saving, eco-friendly, and also very affordable.
Most Amish households own buggies. The ‘horse and buggy’ is actually now recognized as a symbol of the Amish lifestyle. Some Amish nowadays even use pony carts, open carriages, etc., for transportation.
Mothballs are placed in wardrobes to help protect woolen items from moths and plant fibers. However, due to it being loaded with pesticides and other toxic chemicals, the store-bought kind isn’t usually safe for human health.
The Amish use natural ingredients which serve the same purpose without the bad side effects. They make small cotton balls and let those balls absorb a solution made of cinnamon oil and clove oil. After some time, these become ready to use as mothballs.
Peanut Butter as Stain and Glue Remover
Yes, you read it right! The Amish often use peanut butter to remove stains and sticky residue. The process is simple — take a lot of peanut butter, apply it on the affected areas of the surface, and then rub gently using a brush.
Give it a few minutes to set, then wash it away and see the result! Peanut butter contains natural oils. This oil has a unique consistency, which makes it easy to remove stains. So, next time you have some extra peanut butter, you know how to use it.
Vinegar as Disinfectant
Vinegar works as an excellent disinfectant, helping to remove bacteria, dirt, and odor from any hard surface. Also, it’s relatively safe for your health. The Amish have been using vinegar for a long time, developing several methods to increase its effectiveness.
First, heat one cup of vinegar with one cup of water, and let it come to a boil. Then, add some orange peels, cover, and wait for a while. Now, turn the heat off and leave it for a night. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle in the morning, and your natural disinfectant is ready to use!
Herbal Mosquito Repellent
Most of the mosquito repellents available in the market are quite harmful to our health. For this reason, the Amish always prefer going for natural ingredients when it comes to keeping mosquitos at bay. They use a mixture of clove, catnip, lavender, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, and spearmint to prepare this repellent.
First, mix these herbs in a bowl with some boiled water, cover the pot, and then let the mixture cool for a while. Now, all you need to do is use a strainer to separate the solid matter, and then the remaining liquid is ready to be used as a mosquito repellent.
Citrus Solution to Deodorize Rooms
The Amish have proved that something as simple as a citrus solution can also be used innovatively. They use it to deodorize rooms, making the process of getting rid of the odor natural as well as inexpensive.
You can also use it at your home. How? First of all, boil some water and white vinegar together. Now, add a few orange peels to it and wait for a while. Pour the mixture into a bottle, leave it overnight, and your natural deodorizer is ready to use!
Natural Burn and Wound Ointment
Instead of relying on modern medications, the Amish people make their own medicines to treat many common ailments. For instance, they use aloe vera as a natural ointment for burns and wounds. Honey, lavender oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, etc., are also sometimes mixed with aloe vera to increase its effectiveness.
Another effective burn and wound ointment that they use is a mixture of charcoal, alum, burdock leaves, honey, and cornmeal. This mix has recently gained popularity all across the world.
Salt and Vinegar to Unclog Drains
A mixture of salt and vinegar can also be used to unclog drains. The Amish have been using it for decades and have made it popular among other communities as well. The combination of these two ingredients easily cuts through tough clogs, without damaging the pipes.
To replicate this at home, prepare an even solution using one cup of salt and one cup of white vinegar. Now, pour the mixture into the drain, cover it up, and let the clogs soak for about thirty minutes. Then, use some boiling water to rinse the drain.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution
Vinegar and baking soda are both used for several different purposes in the Amish lifestyle. In fact, the Amish use a solution of these two ingredients as an alternative to toxic cleaners. They use it to clean pots, dishes, kitchen sinks, washing machines, and more.
The solution can also be used to deodorize indoor spaces, wash clothes, unclog drains, treat dull hair, and more. Make sure to use equal proportions of vinegar and baking soda to make the solution.
Your washroom showerhead requires regular cleaning to perform properly. Mineral deposits in the water supply sometimes block the holes of the showerhead through which water passes. As a result, your showerhead gets clogged and eventually stops working the way it used to.
However, the Amish have a quick and effective method to unclog those showerheads. All you need to do is fill a plastic bag with some white vinegar, and wrap it properly around the showerhead. Now, leave it overnight, and your showerhead will be unclogged by the next morning.
Crochet Hook to Unclog Sink
A clogged sink is a serious issue as it restricts the water flow. It usually occurs due to food particles that get trapped in the pipe system under the sink. However, next time you deal with such issues, try this simple Amish hack instead of calling a plumber to unclog the sink.
All you need to do is simply hold a crochet hook properly and use it to remove all the materials accumulated in the pipe. You can hold the hook similarly to how you would use a knife to cut vegetables.
Baking Soda to Revive Tarnished Silver
Silver items tarnish over time, losing their natural shine. However, instead of throwing them away, you can use this simple Amish hack to bring them back to life in no time.
First, lightly clean your silver utensils using a non-abrasive mild soap. Now, apply a blend of baking soda and warm water to the affected areas, leave it for about 15-20 minutes, and then simply wipe the solution off with a dampened cloth.
Milk to Polish Leather Accessories
Leather accessories are an excellent style statement for many. However, the drawback is that they lose their shine over time, and hence, require frequent polishing. As most leather conditioners on the market are quite expensive, the Amish follow a DIY method, making leather polishing cost-effective.
Take some raw milk and rub it gently on the leather using a microfiber cloth. Give it some time, and be prepared to see amazing results!
The Amish are known for great organic gardening, and for making their own organic fertilizer. For gardening, they typically use animal manure as it has been proven to be the best for soil. In addition to that, it’s cheaper compared to fertilizers available on the market.
Besides animal manure, they also use kelp, seaweed, cottonseed meal, etc. Wet waste, such as tomato tops, onion peels, potato skins, etc., makes for effective fertilizer as well.
Borax Solution as an All-Purpose Cleaner
In the Amish way of life, a borax solution is used as an all-purpose cleaner. Borax has alkaline properties, which break down acidic stains easily, leaving a long-lasting shine.
To make the solution at home, all you need to do is mix equal proportions of borax and boiled water in a stainless-steel container. Apply it on affected surfaces and clean using a brush or dampened cloth. Use the solution frequently to see better results.
DIY Method to Clean Rugs
If you’ve ever felt like vacuuming just isn’t enough to clean rugs, you’re not alone. The Amish have developed an effective DIY method for cleaning those pesky rugs, which you may also want to try.
First, prepare a smooth mixture of baking soda, borax powder, cornstarch, and bay leaves. Now, pour the mixture onto the rugs and leave it for about three hours. Clean the top of the rugs when it gets completely dried.
Natural Water Purifier
The Amish people believe that rainwater is the safest option for drinking. They collect rainwater in a reservoir and then pour it into a natural purifier made out of an oak barrel.
There are many small stones at the bottom of the barrel, which are covered by layers of sand, charcoal, and big stones, respectively. As the water channels through the layers, it loses impurities, becoming suitable to drink.
Growing Your Own Food
The Amish follow the “grow your own food” concept very strictly. Most families in the Amish community hold a garden space on their home grounds, where they grow many different kinds of crops. This isn’t only cost-effective but also allows them to eat better quality fresh fruits and vegetables.
Moreover, they raise their own livestock as well. They make the most out of it and help each other in farming. A major reason why the Amish people are so healthy is definitely their good food habits.
Cooking Over Fire
Spending money on cooking gas isn’t the Amish way of living. They prefer to cook naturally over a fire, using iron wood-burning stoves. This not only saves a lot of money but also adds a delicious flavor to the dishes.
The Amish typically build the stove in the center of the house, so that it provides a sufficient amount of heat to all corners of the home. During harsh winters, Amish families often spend the evenings gathered around the burning stove.
Food Preservation Methods
Preserving food for later seasons is a common practice in the Amish community. They ditch the modern ways and stick to traditional methods of keeping their food fresh. For instance, they store food in an ice house (made out of wood) to keep it cold during summer.
Likewise, instead of using a pressure cooker, they boil canned food naturally for more than three hours to preserve it. Also, when it comes to food like sauerkraut, they ferment it for about ten days at room temperature.
DIY Cold Remedies
As mentioned before, the Amish rarely use modern medicines for common issues, and, instead, go for natural ingredients to fight ailments. They use something as simple as lukewarm salt water to treat problems like a cold or a sore throat. For the remedy, all you need to do is dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water and use it to gargle three times daily without fail.
Similarly, some Amish people also use ginger root dissolved in boiled water for a sore throat. Garlic, honey, echinacea, soup, etc., are also commonly used in the Amish communities to treat minor issues.
Dandelion Juice for Health
Dandelion has long been recognized for its medicinal properties. In Amish health care, dandelion juice is primarily used to remove toxic substances from the blood. Packed with vitamins and minerals, it effectively purifies your blood, making you healthy from the inside.
It apparently promotes the formation of red blood cells, helping in reducing the risk of anemia. It also improves skin health, aids in immune functions, boosts liver functions, fights inflammation, regulates cholesterol levels, promotes weight loss, and more. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach to see good results.
Orange Peels to Polish Wood Surfaces
Instead of throwing them away, the Amish use orange peels in numerous innovative ways. For instance, they use those peels to clean and polish wood surfaces.
Orange peels contain D-limonene, which is highly effective at polishing greasy and dull-looking wood surfaces. Also, it provides a protective layer on the wood’s top, helping to prevent the build-up of dust. Simply rub the white side of the peels over the wood, and it will do the job within a few minutes.
DIY Method to Remove Mildew
For mildew, there are lots of toxic cleaners available in the market. As you surely don’t want to remove mildew at the cost of your health, try using this simple DIY Amish method to conquer mildew.
Mix half a cup of borax powder with three-four cups of lukewarm water and a small amount of thyme essential oil. Then, apply the mixture to the affected areas of the surface and use a brush to get rid of those spots.
The Amish love organic gardening, and, therefore, avoid using chemical pesticides on plants. They use a simple solution of boiled water and brown sugar, which is effective for killing pests without causing harm to the plants.
Some Amish communities also use salt spray at the base of plants. This not only gets rid of pests but also boosts the absorption of nutrients in plants. Eucalyptus oil is also an excellent pesticide; however, it needs to be used almost daily for good results.
It’s a real pain seeing those cockroaches and ants scuttling across the kitchen floor. They spread diseases and also make the floors dirty. However, using store-bought chemicals to get rid of these insects could eventually be hazardous to your health.
Thankfully, you can simply use an Amish recipe to make DIY insecticide. All you need to do is mix equal amounts of borax and white sugar and then sprinkle it across all infested areas of your house. Your bug problems should be gone in no time.
DIY Skin Remedies
Amish women are well-known for their glowing and flawless skin. The secret to their unmatched beauty lies in their homemade skin remedies, a major one being apple cider vinegar. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes — apple cider vinegar helps reduce pimples, soothe skin, heal sunburns, and restore natural tone. The remedy can typically be used three to four times a week.
Besides apple cider vinegar, they also apply a citrus solution on their skin to remove dark spots, scars, pigmentation, etc. Aloe vera gel is another commonly used skin care remedy popular in the Amish community. The list also includes cherry paste, charcoal, coconut oil, and more.
DIY Remedies for Sore Muscles
Muscle soreness is a very common issue all around the globe, especially among those who often engage in vigorous exercises. Luckily, the Amish have found several remedies to fix this. So, next time you deal with a sore muscle, use any of the following remedies.
Apple cider vinegar works like a charm to fix sore muscles. It can be either applied to the affected areas or consumed on an empty stomach regularly. Besides, topical application of essential oils (such as thyme, lemongrass, or peppermint) is another great solution for the problem. The list includes Epsom salt, watermelon juice, cherry juice, etc. as well.
Removing Grease Stains
Seeing grease stains on your clothes isn’t uncommon nowadays. However, using detergents to remove those stains is a bad idea as it could eventually fade the clothes’ color and make them dull. The Amish have developed a DIY solution for this problem as well, which is definitely worth a try.
First, heat two cups of plain water with one teaspoon of salt. When the mixture comes to a boil, cover it properly and let it cool for a while. Now, scrub the stained areas of your clothes with this mixture. You can also add vinegar, baking soda, or cornstarch for even better results.
Preventing Bed Sheet Pilling
Pilling refers to those tiny fuzz balls on your sheets due to the breakage of cotton fibers. Many bed sheets develop this issue after they’ve been used for a certain time. This is undoubtedly a very annoying problem and can cause itchiness and irritation on your skin.
In the Amish way of living, there are some easy methods to prevent this. Firstly, go gentle when washing your bed sheets. Also, avoid using harsh detergents, and go for mild ones instead.
Drying Clothes Without a Dryer
Most Amish people wash their clothes on a fixed day, usually Monday, with their hands or in a washing machine (powered with a diesel generator or a pneumatic motor). However, when it comes to drying those clothes, they don’t prefer modern-day drying machines, and, instead, go for the traditional method of sun drying.
They simply hang clothes on clotheslines out in the yards. During rainy days, they hang small batches of clothes underneath their roofs, or sometimes near the wood stove.
Natural Stovetop Cleaner
The most popular stovetop cleaner in the Amish community is a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. They also use a solution of table salt, baking soda, and warm water to clean their stovetops. You can also add some lemon juice to the mix to see more effective results.
For any of these remedies, all you need to do is apply the mixture on the stovetop and then scrub gently. It’ll only take a few minutes to clean the area.
Keeping Cookies Fresh
As mentioned, the Amish have some innovative ways of preserving food. So, when it comes to keeping cookies fresh longer, they have another great hack. Amish families keep cookies in an airtight container with a little piece of bread. This keeps the crunchiness of the cookies intact for a longer period.
When trying this trick, make sure that the cookies are completely cool before you store them. Also, store different varieties of cookies separately or in layers. Moreover, if possible, try to store them without frosting.
Pineapple Juice for Cough Relief
Pineapple juice is widely used in the Amish community to relieve cough symptoms. It has a group of enzymes called bromelain, which contains anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective against mucus. Additionally, it contains fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene, zinc, copper, folate, manganese, and more, all of which are cough-preventing agents.
For the best result, mix one cup of pineapple juice with one teaspoon of honey, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Drink the mixture three to four times a day for a few days.
Garlic to Relieve Digestive Issues
Garlic is one of the most commonly found herbs (although it’s botanically a vegetable) in Amish kitchens. Besides adding it to various dishes to boost flavors, the Amish also use it as a remedy to treat and prevent digestive issues.
Rich in antibiotic properties, garlic flushes out toxins from your digestive system. This, in the long run, helps keep digestive issues at bay. For the best result, chew a clove of garlic on an empty stomach every morning. Besides digestion, it will also help regulate blood pressure, boost the immune system, and fight against heart diseases.
Strategic Garden Planting
The Amish take a strategic approach when it comes to garden planting. They’re very specific about which plants they want to grow and plan accordingly. They grow vegetable crops vertically, as this makes it easier for the plants to get air circulation.
Amish grow certain plants (like marigolds) next to vegetable crops. This is due to the fact that marigolds reduce the risk of pests. They implement the “companion planting” method and design the space of the garden beforehand.
Purchasing Goods in Bulk
Even though the Amish grow their own food, they need to visit stores to buy certain items. However, they follow a simple strategy that turns out to be very cost-effective.
They purchase goods in bulk for the entire community at once and later distribute the goods accordingly. This makes the rate a lot lower than the actual price. Notably, the Amish rarely spend money on frivolous goods.
Vinegar in Cherry Desserts
The Amish way of cooking is interesting in many ways. They add a splash of balsamic vinegar to all kinds of cherry desserts, including pie. While it may sound a bit odd to many, this enhances the taste enormously.
According to “The Amish Cook” columnist Elizabeth Coblentz, vinegar’s acidic nature helps make cherry desserts a bit tart. This is similar to using lemon juice in many other types of desserts.
Aloe Vera for the Eyes
If you visit an Amish community, you will notice that, except for a few members, no one is wearing specs there. The reason is simple: they go natural when it comes to taking care of their eyes.
Most Amish people apply aloe vera gel around their eyes. This helps to hydrate the skin around the eyes, keeping your eyes relaxed for a long time. Also, it reduces swelling, which in the long run, helps keep your eyesight strong. You can either use the natural gel from the plant or buy the gel.
Using Butter When Baking Bread
The Amish make a very delicious bread, which is known as “friendship bread” all across the world. Among all the factors that make their bread unique, the use of butter is certainly a major one!
They brush some melted butter all over the top of the bread before putting it into the oven for baking. This makes the bread soft, crunchy, and golden in appearance. It’s recommended to use herb butter instead of normal butter for a better taste.
Softening Brown Sugar
Brown sugar adds a boost of flavor to baked dishes. But a major challenge of using brown sugar is that it gets dried and rock-hard quickly. However, the Amish have developed an easy method to soften it again.
First, put the sugar in a container and place a small piece of apple or bread at the top. Now, seal the container and leave it at room temperature overnight. This restores moisture in brown sugar, making it soft and ready to use! You can also use an oven or a piece of terracotta to make it go quicker.
Olive Oil as Floor Cleaner
The Amish people prefer using natural ingredients for cleaning, ditching all chemicals available on the market. One such ingredient is olive oil, which the Amish often use to clean floors.
As surprising as it may sound, olive oil works as a great floor cleaner. It removes dirt and other impurities with ease, leaving the floor shiny. For even better results, you can add some lemon juice and vinegar to the oil, and apply the mixture to the floor with a cotton pad.
“Waste nothing and fix everything” — this is a principle that most Amish people live by in their day-to-day lifestyle. They preserve leftover food and take all necessary measures to follow an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Also, they don’t throw peels of vegetables and fruits in the dustbin. For example, they use lemon pulp to clean shower doors. Banana peels are used to polish shoes or to help grow household plants. And, apple peels are used in various dessert recipes.
The Amish people have crafted numerous recipes for natural soap, some of which have recently gained enormous popularity across the world. Free from harmful ingredients, these soaps have no side effects on your skin. So, if you want to give your skin a superb glow naturally, try these.
You can make a bar of soap using lavender buds, patchouli, and lavender essential oil. Additionally, you can add some poppy seeds as well because they effectively remove dead skin cells while also improving blood circulation. Finally, add a few drops of lemongrass or eucalyptus oil for a pleasant fragrance.
DIY Hair Remedies
In the Amish way of hair care, one should always go as simple as possible and ditch all kinds of chemical treatments. They mostly use natural remedies for hair, which are very effective in the long run.
For instance, they use a simple solution of ginger paste and carrier oil for scalp treatment. First, combine two teaspoons of ginger paste with four teaspoons of carrier oil, massage the mixture into your scalp for about five minutes, leave it for thirty minutes, and wash it off with a mild shampoo. Do it twice a week for better results.
Amazing Vinegar Hacks to Make Your Life Easier Than Ever
Revive Those Towels
Towels lose their softness and fluffiness after being used over and over again. That’s when they start looking dingy and rough — and they aren’t exactly the most comfortable to dry yourself off with after a warm shower.
But, there’s a little trick to save them. Pull out a bottle of vinegar and include half a cup in your next wash cycle in the washing machine. The vinegar will magically revitalize your towels — making them fluffy, soft, and inviting once again.
Pesky Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are unwelcome in any household. But, if you have a little apple cider vinegar, you can say goodbye to these pesky critters flying around your kitchen all the time.
Pour some apple cider vinegar into a bowl. Add a few drops of dish soap and place the bowl in a place that’s infested with the flies. Attracted to the scent, these pests will gather around and eventually drown
Dish it Out
Vinegar is actually a much simpler — and all-natural — way to clean your dishes, without having to use any of those harsh dishwashing tablets. Try running a cycle on your dishwasher, using a bit of vinegar. You may find that it leaves your dishes even cleaner than before!
Not only that, though. Vinegar can keep your actual dishwasher sparkly clean, too! Every few months, pour vinegar in a cup or dish and run a short cycle with the dishwasher empty. It will clear out all the built-up soap scums in your machine, ensuring peak efficiency next time.
Clean & Unclog Garbage Disposal
Sometimes, you need to get your hands dirty — but it certainly doesn’t have to be from cleaning out the food bits trapped inside your garbage disposal. Thankfully, vinegar can be your savior in cleaning and unclogging that pesky disposal of yours!
Simply sprinkle about a half-cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white or apple cider vinegar. You can thank us later…
Put Your Feet Up
Even if you’re at home, it’s important to treat yourself once in a while. Indulge in some self-care fun with an at-home pedicure, using just a bit of vinegar. It may sound unusual, but vinegar can leave your feet feeling softer and smoother than they’ve ever felt before!
For a salon-worthy treatment at home, mix one part vinegar with one part mouthwash. Now, soak your feet in the liquid mixture for about 15 minutes before scrubbing with a callus brush or rock, and voilà!
Pets are prone to fleas and there are several flea shampoos available on the market to fix the problem. But, if you’re out of shampoo and you’ve forgotten to buy a new one — or you simply don’t want to spend the money — vinegar can also do the job.
As you can see from the picture on the right, all it takes to create this DIY flea shampoo is one part vinegar, one part dish soap, and four parts water. Combine this mixture in a spray bottle and use it during your pet’s next bath. Vinegar is a non-toxic substitute that’ll take care of those pesty bugs in no time!
Heal Bruises Faster
Getting occasional bruises now and then is a part of life. But, did you know that you can get rid of bruises faster with a simple vinegar compress?
If you get a nasty bruise, soak a paper towel in distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and press it on the bruised area for a few minutes. The properties in the vinegar help to quickly heal bruises, eliminating the associated pain and removing the mark along the way…
Preserve Your Produce
Washing new fruits with vinegar can help to preserve them for longer. Simply add half a cup of vinegar to warm water and let the fruits sit in the mixture for roughly 10 minutes. Then, rinse and dry them off before storing them in the fridge.
The vinegar clears out all the extra gunk that rots the fruit faster. If you make it a habit to wash fruits in vinegar first, you’ll notice you’re getting an extra week out of the produce!
A bouquet can liven up a room, for sure, but it also comes with a short life span. Flowers begin to wither the moment they’re cut. So, it won’t be long before your bouquet begins to droop and dry up.
However, you can prevent this — simply add two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase before placing your new bouquet in it. This is a sure way to keep those flowers blooming!
Defrost Your Car Windows
Car windows are prone to frosting during the winter season. If you can’t defrost them properly, it can create a severe problem on the road, obstructing your vision while driving.
However, a bottle of vinegar at home can be a handy solution to this. Mix three parts vinegar with one part water — and spray the mixture on the windows, windshield, and any other frosted surfaces of the car. Then, wipe them clean to prevent them from frosting over.
Clean Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors require extra care, and non-toxic cleaners are obviously best. After sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming your hardwood floors, take a second before you begin mopping.
Create a solution, mixing one gallon of warm water and half a cup of white vinegar. This mixture is not only a great solution for those hardwood floors, but it’s also completely safe for animals and children to be around.
Prevent or Reduce Lint
Lint and pet hairs are prone to cling to your clothes. And some cloth fabrics are prone to catch more lint than others. Sometimes, it doesn’t even come off after a wash.
This can be a serious headache if you have somewhere important to be, and your favorite dress is covered in lint and pet hairs. Don’t worry! Just add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to your normal wash and watch the lint magically disappear.
Clean the Fridge
When a bottle of ketchup inexplicably leaks or a few forgotten veggies rot, your fridge becomes a mess! Only a thorough cleaning can save you in such a case.
Sadly, water alone is not enough to remove all the residue and marks. Instead, wipe down the refrigerator using a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Along with the racks, don’t forget to give the side walls a good cleaning as well.
Clean Your Washing Machine
Front-loading washing machines are highly efficient and great for saving water, but they do tend to develop a musty smell. Removing the debris from the crevices around the rubber seal isn’t enough, unfortunately.
Vinegar to the rescue! Make a solution with equal parts water and vinegar, and wipe down the rubber seal around the door. Your washing machine will be odor free and sparkling clean in no time!
Did you know you can clean your office gadgets with vinegar, too? Your computer, laptop, and tablet can all be cleaned using a simple vinegar solution.
For this, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Take a soft, clean cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out before wiping down those nooks and crannies.
Freshen Up Sponges
Cleaning things known as cleaning aids — like sponges — is actually lot more important than you think. After all, bacteria can start to breed on your sponges after using them over and over again. But, instead of chucking them, you can simply renew their life!
Take a bowl and pour enough water to cover the sponge pieces. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar to it. Now, dip the dirty sponges and let them soak in the solution overnight. Tomorrow morning, your sponge will be as good as new!
DIY Clarifying Shampoo
People with particularly oily scalps know how difficult it is to keep their hair clean without damaging or drying it out. We’re here to tell you that clarifying shampoos are the best in such situations, but they can also be quite expensive. So, instead of purchasing expensive clarifying shampoo, why not make your own?
Mix two parts of water with one part apple cider vinegar — along with few drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake up the mixture and apply it evenly to your scalp and hair. Allow it to sit for five minutes before washing it out.
Repair Scratched DVDs
Amid all the hubbub of streaming services, many of us still turn to our trusty DVDs now and then. But, those discs tend to get scratched quite often. In such cases, don’t toss them out as a lost cause — rather turn to your bottle of vinegar!
Wipe down the bottom part of the scratched disc with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar. Allow it to dry completely. Then, insert the disc into your player and enjoy a freeze-free and skip-free movie.
The only thing worse than handling smelly trash is dealing with an even smellier trash can. Despite what you may think, though, there are ways to get rid of these horrid odors without having to bleach the bin into oblivion. Simply empty your trash containers and remove the lids.
Then, pour water into the bins before adding vinegar. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes until you’re ready to scrub the bins clean! Rinse, dry, and there ya have it — an odor-free and brand-spankin’ clean trash can!
Do You Respect Wood?
Scratches are bound to develop on your furniture over time, due to natural wear and tear. But, don’t give up! Maintain the pristine condition of your wooden furniture by using a little vinegar.
Mix ACV and iodine together and then spread the concoction over the scratches. All you have to do is create a mixture containing cooking oil and white vinegar. Dip a rag in the mixture, and rub it on the scratch. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute or two before wiping away excess liquid.
It’s not only winter frost that should worry you when it comes to your car. Over time, dirt and grime also build up on the glass surfaces of your car, creating the same vision-obscuring problem. In such a case, you’ll need something a little stronger than a normal glass cleaner.
Spray a healthy amount of vinegar onto the surface. Then, scrub with a clean rag and wash away as normal. The acidity of the vinegar will efficiently cut through all that built-up grime, leaving your car windows sparkling clean in no time!
Sunburns, Wounds, & Bites
Even if you use sunscreen regularly, you’ll likely get an unfortunate sunburn at some point in your life. But, instead of just waiting out, try to calm your suffering with a little bit of vinegar.
Pop a bottle of distilled apple cider vinegar in the fridge. Once it’s cool, pour it onto a soft cloth and gently pat the desired areas. The properties in the vinegar can help to minimize itching, peeling, and aching.
Clean Your Microwave
This is one of the most popular tried and tested cleaning hacks that uses vinegar. It’s natural for grease and gunk to build up the surface and ceiling of your microwave after regular use, making it dirty and unhygienic.
To clean it, all you have to do is to put a bowl of vinegar in the microwave and let it heat up for about a minute. The steam from the boiling bowl of vinegar will efficiently loosen all the caked-on gunk. Then, simply wipe the micro clean with a cloth or sponge.
Make a Wrinkle-Releaser
Keeping a bottle of vinegar on hand in the laundry room has several benefits. After washing, you likely want to iron the delicate pieces to smoothen out those pesky wrinkles. But, instead of wasting time with the ironing board, try making a DIY wrinkle-releaser.
Combine two cups of water, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and one teaspoon of hair conditioner in a spray bottle. After gathering the clothes from the dryer, mist them with the spray. The mixture will relax the fibers of the fabrics in your clothes, eliminating any and all wrinkles immediately!
Vinegar can be an all-purpose solution for several car problems. In the case of old cars, streaky and sticky windshield wipers are a huge headache. They tend to smear water and dirt across the windshield instead of making it cleaner.
But, you don’t have to replace those wipers altogether for better cleaning. Just soak a piece of cloth in distilled white vinegar and rub it back and forth across the rubber of the wipers. It will remove the stubborn grime and dirt, leaving your windshield wipers as good as new.
Bye-Bye, Garden Weeds
Garden weeds can be an annoying problem for your beautiful outdoor or patio garden. No matter how hard you try, they always manage to find a way to come back and harm your beloved plants and flowers.
But, now you can get rid of unwanted garden weeds for good. Just pour a bit of vinegar onto the weeds and ta-da! Not only will all the weeds be taken care of, but the soil will be as healthy as ever.
Glassware should be handled with caution. Still, glasses and stemware can become cloudy while air drying or after being put in the dishwasher, and those cloudy deposits on glass can’t be removed that easily!
To prevent this, all you need to do is to wrap the glasses in vinegar-soaked paper towels. Keep them like this for a while and the vinegar will rinse the deposits right off, making your glassware sparkle once again.
When Nature Calls
Regular use of the toilet can result in dirt, grime, and — well, you get it. If you ignore it for too long, you’ll likely have to resort to heavy elbow grease in order to get this “golden throne” even remotely clean.
To avoid the tedious job, pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit overnight. The next morning, sprinkle a little baking soda into the bowl, scrub, and then flush clean.
This is another much-talked-about miraculous hack using vinegar. Sometimes, during a shower, we feel the water pressure slowing down —and so, we look up at the showerhead only to find cruddy residue blocking the holes.
To combat this problem, make a solution of one quart of water to ½ cup of vinegar and pour it into a plastic bag. Now, tie the bag around the showerhead to soak it for a while before brushing it clean using a toothbrush. The more build-up, the more time you’ll need to keep it soaking.
This one use of vinegar is common to almost every household and is even a beloved trick of professional chefs. When you’re boiling eggs, don’t forget to add a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to the water.
The vinegar will ensure that the shells don’t crack during the boiling process. It will also make the boiled eggs much easier to peel, saving lots of time and effort.
Remove Carpet Stains
Carpets and rugs can be nice, especially if you live in a colder climate. Still, with rugs and carpets, you run the risk of stains. That’s okay, though — vinegar is here to save the day.
For those nasty carpet stains, all you have to do is take a spray bottle and mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar, one tablespoon of dish soap, and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake it up, spray the area liberally, and let soak for five to ten minutes before blotting with a clean, dry towel.
Vinegar doesn’t only keep the fabrics of your clothes healthy — it’s also an effective stain-remover. Spray vinegar on the fresh stains, and let it soak for a few minutes. Then, throw the clothing into the regular wash and the stains will come right off.
Older stains are much harder to remove. But with vinegar, you can do that too! Just continue spraying vinegar and blotting it with a clean rag. Once the stain has lightened, throw it into the washing machine.
Seasonal coughs and colds are a common problem for almost everyone. There are also various home remedies available to calm and cure the effects of cold. One of the easiest is the use of vinegar, especially to soothe a sore throat.
In case you’re suffering from a sore throat, sip on one cup of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, as well as a tablespoon of honey. Both apple cider vinegar and honey have antibacterial properties that may help soothe a sore throat. Please note, though, that water should always be used to dilute the acidity of apple cider vinegar.
Stickers are all fun and playful until you realize it’s hard to remove them! Also, if you somehow manage to take them off, the sticky residue will leave the area marked forever! And you can’t do anything about it.
It turns out, you can! To get rid of those pesky stickers for good, pour distilled undiluted vinegar on the top and sides of the sticker, and allow it to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, use something like a credit card to scrape away the sticker, along with the sticky residue.
Scorching the bottom of the pan while cooking is a normal accident in almost every kitchen. A burnt pan looks like a disaster at first, but a little vinegar and baking soda actually go a long way together.
Place the burnt pan back on the stove and fill it with one cup of vinegar and one cup of water. Once the mixture is boiling, turn off the heat and add two tablespoons of baking soda to it. Allow the mixture to sit for one to two minutes. Then, toss out the liquid and clean the pan as per usual.
One of the many uses of vinegar is its efficiency in cleaning almost any surface, without any harsh chemicals. Even the most stained, grimy, and dirty bathroom tiles can be sparkling clean with a little bit of vinegar.
Pour a gallon of warm water into a bucket and add half a cup of vinegar to it. Splash the solution over the tiles and let it sit for a couple of minutes to get the stubborn dirt to loosen up. Soak a mop with the solution beforehand, and get scrubbing!
The Amish way of life, in many ways, is different from ours. While we depend on modern technology and yet struggle a lot to get even the simplest of things done, the Amish people approach life in a simple and hustle-free manner. They have developed and adopted many interesting hacks over the years, which make their life fun and easier. Be it housekeeping, gardening, or basic survival, these hacks are surely worth a try in your daily lifestyle.