Vinegar is kept in many household for a variety of things. The first use for vinegar we all think of is adding it when preparing a cruet of salad dressing. The second most popular use for vinegar is to soak a cotton ball in the briny solution and apply it to mosquito bites to take the sting out, which helps prevent anyone with a bug bite from scratching and infecting the area that was bitten. There are also numerous ways that vinegar can be used for cleaning purposes too.
One way of using vinegar is to sanitize a sink drain or disposal. Over time the drain picks up smelly odors that cling to the walls of the drain pipe. Sometimes it isn’t enough to just pour a solution down the drain and hope the stench goes away. What has to be done to truly deodorize the area is to provide some added help inside the pipe that will remove stuck-on food particles, eliminate the smell altogether and in the process of doing this sharpen the blades that churn up food scraps before they go down the drain.
If you have a bottle of vinegar that is past its prime for cooking, don’t throw it away. Take out an ice cube tray, fill the cube sections with the vinegar and freeze it. Remove the tray once it is frozen and pop the cubes out. Place them in a freezer bag and mark them somehow so no one accidentally uses them in their next glass of ice water or iced tea. Then every now and then when an odor comes back up the drain pipe toss six to eight vinegar ice cubes into the sink and allow the disposal to do the work for you. As the cubes crush the blades will sharpen, the excess food particles will safely loosen from the inside of the pipe while the vinegar works to kill the odor that can cause bacteria to grow.
Remember that lemon peels also work in the same manner to help deodorize the disposal too. Never throw out the peels to lemons, just place them into a plastic bag and freeze. Next time the sink needs to be deodorized just toss a few peels in and let the disposal grind them up, the result is an odor and bacteria free sink. For those who don’t have a disposal pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain will also be beneficial. Don’t use the sink for at least an hour, and then pour hot or boiling water down the drain so any loosened particles will pass down the drain and leave your sink with a fresh lemon scent. To double the strength freeze lemon peels and vinegar together, this way you get the best of both the vinegar and lemon peels without losing extra freezer space.