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10 Tips That Prove White Vinegar Is Your Best Friend

From odor-elimination, to de-gunking anything, there's nothing white vinegar can't do! Check out these old school cleaning DIYs that'll make your fancy cleaning products feel seriously neglected. These helpful tips are brought to you by State Farm®.

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If your coffeemaker's taken a beating and starts producing bitter, weak coffee, we've got the solution. Place a solution of two parts white vinegar, one part water into the decanter and pour where you would usually place water, making sure that you have a fresh filter in place. Let it go through a full brew cycle, then swap out the filter for a new one and this time, run only water through the water chamber. Repeat the second step and tadaaa, your coffeemaker will be as good as new.

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That embarrassing "Diva" sticker is still clinging to your car's bumper, and it's time to get rid of it. Simply saturate the corners of the sticker with a generous spray of white vinegar, let it sit for two minutes and scrape what is left off with an old credit card.

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So your cute dog-print umbrella has taken on the smell of a wet dog - fear not! Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray directly onto the moldy spots. Let it dry (in the sun, if possible) and wash it off with soapy water, rinsing thoroughly.

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Your morning cup of coffee decided to take a tumble to the ground. Again. Don't freak out! Mix two tablespoons of salt into half a cup of white vinegar. Vacuum up the spot once the solution has dried.

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Your guests forgot to use coasters again and your coffee table is poked with dozens of little white rings. White vinegar to the rescue! Dip a cloth in equal parts white vinegar and olive oil and rub the water ring softly, in the direction of the wood grain. They should disappear as if by magic!

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Do you love cooking but the idea of having garlic-hands for two days after making your favorite pasta dish bums you out? Rub some vinegar on your hands before and after you do your cooking prep - it'll help keep the lingering smell at bay.

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Your keyboard is starting to look like it was discovered in an archaeological dig. Get rid of those gross stains by lightly dipping a clean cloth in a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water and wiping down the keys. Be careful to not overload your cloth with liquid - it could be damaging to the circuitry.

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If dried paint has made your brushes stiff as a board, simply soak them in white vinegar and wash them off with hot water and soap. Note that this only works on synthetic brushes.

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