Remember when we were kids, we would make a volcano with vinegar and baking soda just like the one on the left? No? Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it seemed that way to us. Of course, while we were giggling uncontrollably, mom was having heart failure.

But vinegar is so much more than a cooking ingredient or science project. Did you know that vinegar, along with your trusty vacuum cleaner, can keep your appliances running more efficiently and help them last longer?

If you or someone in your house is a coffee drinker, you are probably already aware that cleaning your coffee maker every so often with vinegar removes buildup from the heating element. This not only makes it work better but helps remove any bitterness your coffee may have picked up over time.

But did you know that vinegar can also help your dishwasher be more efficient? Or that it’s great for windows and even your blinds?