- June 24, 2003 at 3:16 pm #235002
50 Uses For Vinegar
1. Kill grass on walks and driveways.
2. Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.
3. Increase soil acidity. In hard water: one gallon of tap water for watering
rhododendrons, gardenias, or azaleas.
4. Deter ants . Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas
where ants are known.
5.. Polish car chrome. Apply full strength.
Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.
7. Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on areas you don’t want the cat walking,
sleeping, or scratching on.
8. Keep dogs from scratching his ears. Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in
9. Keep chickens from pecking each other. Put a little in their drinking
10. Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar over night.
11. Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a
tablespoon of vinegar.
12. Boil better eggs. Add 2 tablespoons water before boiling eggs.
13. Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar and
14. Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white vinegar; you may have to reapply.
15. Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue
left by shampoo.
16.. Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.
Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm
18. Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water.
Gargle, then swallow.
19. Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the
20. Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a
bit of honey added for flavor, will take the edge off your appetite and give you
an overall healthy feeling.
21. Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week.
stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
22. Eliminate onion odor. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.
23. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards . Wipe with full strength vinegar.
Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.
25. Cut grease and odor on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy
26. Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot.
away the grime.
27. Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in
the lunchbox over night.
28. Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and
29. Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2
cup of vinegar.
Rinse with hot water.
30. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed
them down the disposal.
After grinding, run cold water through
31. Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and mustard
jars with vinegar when empty.
32. Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a
month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
33. Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar dampened cloth.
34. Clean china and fine glassware. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm
Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let dry.
35. Get stains out of pots. Fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of
vinegar to a pint of water.
Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
36. Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of
water in the microwave.
Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
37. Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.
38. Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water
39. Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron’s
Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright
position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out
when you empty the water.
40. Clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal parts vinegar and salt in a small
Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
41. Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
42. Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before
43. Freshen up the washing machine. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in
the machine and let in run through a regular cycle (no clothes added).
dissolve soap residue.
44. Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
45. Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over
Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then
wash as usual.
47. Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot
Hang clothes above the steam.
48. Remove decals. Brush with a couple coats of vinegar.
Allow to soak in.
49. Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
50. Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for
each quart of water.
Vinegar as a Cleaner
White vinegar will clean appliance exteriors, ceramic tile and drip coffee
makers (fill reservoir with vinegar, run through brewing cycle, then run plain
water through). Use full strength to clean plastic shower curtains and to clean
toilet bowls, tubes and sinks. As a rinse for your hair after shampooing, add to
As a softener for your laundry, add 1 cup of vinegar during rinse
**** Tip **** Cleaning Ceramic Tile
Use Vinegar. Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar (more if very dirty)
into 1 gallon water. This solution removes most dirt without
scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film.
bounce clothes softener:
and all this time we’ve just been putting bounce in the dryer :
it will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.
it takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don’t get opened too
repels mosquitoes. tie a sheet of bounce through a belt loop when outdoors
during mosquito season.
eliminates static electricity from your television screen. since bounce is
designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a
used sheet of bounce to keep dust from resettling.
dissolve soap scum from shower doors. clean with a sheet of bounce.
freshen the air in your home. place an individual sheet of bounce in a drawer
or hang in the closet.
prevent thread from tangling. run a threaded needle through a sheet of
bounce before beginning to sew.
prevent musty suitcases. place an individual sheet of bounce inside empty
luggage before storing.
freshen the air in your car. place a sheet of bounce under the front seat.
clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. put a sheet in a pan, fill with
water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. the anti static agent apparently
weakens the bond between the food and the pan while the fabric softening
agents soften the baked-on food
eliminate odors in wastebaskets. place a sheet of bounce at the bottom of the
collect cat hair. rubbing the area with a sheet of bounce will attracts cat
eliminate static electricity from venetian blinds. wipe the blinds with a
sheet of bounce to prevent dust from resettling.
wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. a used sheet of bounce will
collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
eliminate odors in dirty laundry. place an individual sheet of bounce at the
bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.
deodorize shoes or sneakers. place a sheet of bounce in your shoes or
sneakers overnight so they will smell better in the am
hope these help
- January 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm #410710
great uses for vinegar seems to be a jack of all trades
- January 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm #410785
I make “sour milk” with vinegar. Just add 1 tsp. vinegar and fill cup to measure 1 cup.
I use this for cakes and biscuits all the time. I hardly ever have to buy buttermilk.
- January 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm #410786
I love using vinegar here. It helps freshen up almost anything, and is really good for getting rid of the nasty smell in the drains. I like some of the other ideas too.
- June 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm #461426