*This post is sponsored by Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar*
Did you know that vinegar dates back to before 5000 BC? According to legend, the Babylonians discovered how to make wine from grape juice, and then that wine turns into vinegar over time. How ironic that something that came from sugar can turn out to be one of the best cleaners you can buy. But did you know it has a few great ways you can use it for DIY projects?
Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar challenged me to use cleaning vinegar for a week, and I realized that while it cleans great inside on everything from the washing machine, to a yucky fridge, or a little boy’s bathroom… it really rocked at DIY projects, too! Why Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar? It’s formulated to be tough on grime while easy on that normally strong vinegar smell. And since it’s made from food-grade vinegar, you know it’s safe for everyone in your family. So how can you DIY with vinegar?
10 DIY HACKS USING VINEGAR
I’m a sucker for old windows, but they always come with old grime attached. I knew when we started building my new studio that I wanted old windows because of their charm (and the price!) But they were sooooo dirty! They’d been sitting in an old abandoned school building for years – and it showed. I was super impressed with how easily Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar cut through all of the grime, but didn’t streak the way most window cleaner does.
Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar is great for working with galvanized metal. You can use it in a couple of different ways. First, if you spray vinegar on and let it set until dry. Then leave it outside for a couple of weeks, and you’ll take a brand new bucket and turned it into one that looks like it has aged gracefully.
Want to kick it up a notch? After the metal has been wiped down with vinegar, it becomes a stable surface for paint – meaning it won’t all flake off easily.
Have some rusty tools? Soak them overnight in Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar and then use sandpaper and the rust will come right off!
Love that weathered paint look? Use vinegar to distress chalk style paint to get the perfect finish!
Heat up Four Monks™ until almost boiling. Put brushes in an aluminum baking pan, then pour vinegar over brushes. Let soak 15-30 minutes (or longer if needed). Use a wire brush or comb to remove the loosened paint. Rinse well and let dry.
Vinegar helps with hinges in several ways –
- Remove paint by mixing together 1 cup of Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar with 1 cup water and heat on stove. Put hinges into an aluminum pan and pour mixture to cover them. Let paint soften 15-30 minutes (longer if needed) and then remove old paint with a soft bristle brush and rinse well and dry.
- Remove rust from hinges by soaking them overnight in vinegar, then rinse and use sand paper to remove any remaining rust. Rinse well and dry.
- Want to age new galvanized hinges a bit? Spray them well with vinegar and let them set several hours to dull the shine.
Need some wood stain? DIY your own by adding steel wool to a jar of Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar and let sit for 24-48 hours. Then brush on the wood and let dry. It will darken as it dries to resemble a barn wood look.
*This post is sponsored by Four Monks™ Cleaning Vinegar. All ideas, words and opinions are my own.*