Vinegar isn’t just for salads anymore. Use it for cleaning, first aid, and so much more around the home! A few bottles of vinegar can help you save money, reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning, and even keep you, your family, and your pets healthier.
Mix white vinegar with orange oil and use it to soak your dusting cloths for instant shine. It can also disinfect hard surfaces like coffee tables and doorknobs.
Soften your laundry by adding 1 cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle. Vinegar doesn’t affect the absorbency of towels like commercial softeners tend to.
Whiten your nails by rubbing them with a cotton ball dipped in a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and lemon juice. Vinegar can also be used as a soak to disinfect your nail clippers and other salon implements.
If you’ve got hard or dry cuticles, soften them with a short soak in vinegar.
Clean soap scum and hard water stains from your shower with a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and Dawn dish soap.
Make your rice perfectly fluffy by adding a small spoonful of vinegar while the water is still boiling.
Increase the acidity of sandy soil by adding small amounts of vinegar to your watering can.
Get rid of weeds by spraying them with undiluted white vinegar.
Remove salt residue from your car and winter boots by wiping them with a soft cloth dipped in vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar makes a great marinade for inexpensive, tougher cuts of meat. Experiment with mixing cider vinegar with honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and other seasonings to find your favorite flavors.
Remove rust from car parts, nuts and screws, or a bike chain by soaking them in full-strength white vinegar for a few hours. The acidity will break down the base (low pH) rust.
Itchy ears? Clean them out with a few drops of lukewarm white vinegar to disinfect and cut away wax buildup. This also works on pets’ ears – simply swab out Fido’s ears with your solution on a cotton ball.
Soften dry skin with a 1:1:1 solution of warm white vinegar, blue Listerine, and Epsom salts. This works especially well as a foot soak to revitalize cracked and scaly heels.
Keep cats from using your garden beds as a litter pan by spraying the edges with vinegar. They hate the smell, so this can also work on furniture or other off-limits areas.
Unclog a drain by pouring a liberal amount of baking soda into it (use a funnel if need be). Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and then slowly add a cup of hot white vinegar. The reaction will help break up old hair and other scum collected in your drains.
Deodorize your laundry. Has a pile of pool towels, bathing suits, or other damp items gone mildewy waiting to be washed? Rinse them in cold water with 2 cups of white vinegar, then wash in hot water as usual.
Shine your hardwood by 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or another natural oil like orange or almond). Shake to mix and buff your tables and cabinets with a soft cloth dipped in.
Whiten your teeth by gargling and swishing with white vinegar or dipping your toothbrush in it at least once a day.
Soften cheap yarn or fabric by soaking it in a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and cold water for an hour. Rinse thoroughly in cold water after soaking and then dry as usual.
Dry up oily acne patches by dabbing them with a cotton ball dipped in regular white vinegar.
Wash away berry stains from your hands and clothes with undiluted white vinegar.
Clean wax and dirt from your produce by soaking them in a sinkful of cold water mixed with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let them sit for 10 minutes and the vinegar will also wash away any spores and prevent molding.
Make your own gourmet vinegar salad dressing at home for cheap. Simply sterilize a glass jar by boiling, place your flavoring agent in, and then add white or apple cider vinegar and cover. After a few days, the two will have soaked together enough to add some excellent zest to your next recipe. Some good flavoring agents are whole fruits like strawberries or raspberries, pineapple chunks, dill, basil, peppercorns, citrus peels, or even strips of bell or jalapeno peppers.
Prevent colors from running in the wash by soaking your garments in cold water and vinegar before washing.
Remove urine stains (human or pet) from a mattress by sprinkling the affected area with baking soda and then scrubbing with full-strength vinegar. Spray the entire mattress with diluted white vinegar after scrubbing and then let it air-dry in full sunlight to freshen and whiten.
Gum stick in your hair or carpet? Dissolve it with full-strength white vinegar.
To clean built-up gunk from your microwave, fill a bowl with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and white, then microwave it for 25 seconds. Hardened residue should wipe away easily.
Make hardboiled eggs easier to peel by boiling them in a quart of water mixed with 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Clean your Keurig coffeemaker by brewing 10oz of vinegar. Afterwards, flush with water a few times or your next cup might have an unpleasant tang.
Deodorize smoky laundry – whether from a campfire or cigarettes – by filling your tub with very hot water, adding 2 cups of white vinegar, and soaking the garments for several hours.
You can lower your blood glucose levels by as much as 5% by taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every night before bed.
Turn your hydrangeas blue by adding a cup of vinegar (white or apple cider) to the soil around the roots every time you water them.
Uncrust your paintbrushes by soaking them in warm vinegar. This will help dissolve dried paint and make the bristles soft and flexible again.