133 Uses for Vinegar
IN THE GARDEN:
1. Kill grass on walks and driveways. Pour full strength on unwanted grass.
2. Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.
3. Increase soil acidity. In hard water areas, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water for watering acid loving plants like rhododendrons, gardenias, or azaleas. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to use.
4. Prolong the life of flowers in a vase. Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water.
5. Neutralize garden lime. Rinse your hands liberally with vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin. Clean pots before repotting, rinse with vinegar to remove excess lime.
6. Spray ripening melons and pumpkins to prevent mold from growing on the skin
7. Clean your lawn mower blades. Spray the blades with vinegar and scrub off.
BUGS & ANIMALS:
1. Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet. Blot up urine with a soft cloth, flush several times with lukewarm water, and then apply a mixture of equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry.
2. Deter ants. Spray vinegar around door and window frames, under appliances, and along other known ant trails.
3. Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur full strength vinegar; rinse.
4. Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on an area to discourage cats from walking, sleeping, or scratching on it.
5. Keep dogs from scratching ears. Clean the inside of the ears with a soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
6. Keep away fleas and mange. Add a little vinegar to your pet's drinking water.
7. Keep chickens from pecking each other. Add cider vinegar to their drinking water.
8. Clean milking equipment. Rinse with vinegar to leave system clean, odorless, and bacteria free without harmful chemical residue.
9. Clean up bird poop by spraying area with vinegar and wiping away with sponge or cloth. This will also disinfect the area.
10. Keep bugs away. Have a shallow dish with cider vinegar away from your food. By the end of the night you will have a bowl full of bugs.
CARS & TOOLS:
1. Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots. Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted vinegar overnight.
2. Keep car windows frost free. Coat the windows the night before with a solution of three parts vinegar to one-part water.
3. Clean your windshield wipers with vinegar to keep them functioning properly
HEALTH & BEAUTY:
1. Dampen your appetite. Sprinkle a little vinegar on prepared food to take the edge off your appetite.
2. Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritated area with vinegar and relieve itching.
3. Relieve itching by using a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with Vinegar straight from the bottle.
4. Relieve sunburn by lightly rubbing it with vinegar. You may have to reapply.
5. Take 1 cup of vinegar and warm water into a large glass and use to rinse your hair after you shampoo. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil.
6. You take 1 tablespoon full and swallow when you have the hiccups. It stops them instantly.
7. Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.
8. Fight dandruff, by rinsing with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water, after shampooing.
9. Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, and then swallow.
10. Cure for colds. Mix one-quarter cup Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.
11. Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.
12. Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.
13. Remove warts by applying a lotion of half cider vinegar and half glycerin. Apply daily to warts until they dissolve. Or drip some cider vinegar onto a bandage pad and place on wart. Replace the bandage nightly and the wart should be gone in a week.
14. Relieve arthritis. Before each meal, drink a glass of water containing two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar. Give it at least three weeks to start working.
15. Remove corns by making a poultice of one crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup Vinegar. Let poultice sit for one-half hour, then apply to the corn and tape in place overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning, reapply the poultice for several consecutive nights.
16. Cure an upset stomach by drinking two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water.
17. Prevent yeast infections. Douche with one tablespoon vinegar to one-quart warm water, to adjust the pH balance in the vagina.
18. Clean dentures by soaking them overnight in vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.
19. Relieve cough by mixing one-half cup Apple Cider Vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon when cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime.
20. Wipe away hair spray residue off your flat or curling iron with a rag dipped in full strength vinegar.
21. clean brushes or combs by letting them sit in a gallon of water with 1 cup vinegar
22. Whiten your teeth. Dip your toothbrush in vinegar and brush your teeth. Do once a week and rinse afterwards.
23. Get rid of blemishes by mixing 1-part vinegar and 10 parts water and dabbing the solution on a freshly cleaned face.
24. Soften your cuticles by soaking your fingers in vinegar for 5 minutes.
25. Strengthen nails by dipping them in vinegar
26. Dry up a cold sore by dabbing it with a cotton ball soaked in vinegar
27. Prevent infections from spreading by spraying cuts with vinegar
28. Disinfect retainers and Invisalign braces in vinegar for a few minutes.
LAUNDRY & CLOTHES CARE:
1. Use in laundry to cut soap.
2. Prevent lint from clinging to clothes: Add one cup vinegar to each wash load.
3. Keep bright colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar for 10 minutes before washing.
4. Freshen up the washing machine. Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum. Once a month pour one cup of vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.
5. Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
6. Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
7. Remove perspiration stains from clothes by applying one-part vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.
8. Deodorant and antiperspirants stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.
9. Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if 2 cups of distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle of the wash.
10. Clothes will rinse better if a cup of vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics but strong enough to dissolve the alkalis in soaps and detergents.
11. Nylon hose will look better and last longer if 1 tablespoon of vinegar is added to the rinse water when washing.
12. To obtain a sharper crease in your knit fabrics, dampen them with a cloth wrung out from a solution of 1/3 distilled vinegar and 2/3 water. Place a brown paper bag over the crease and iron.
13. Excess laundry suds that develop during hand laundry may be eliminated by splashing a little vinegar into the second rinse. Follow this with another rinse in plain water.
14. Deodorize a wool sweater: Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts vinegar and water to remove odor.
15. After a hem or seam is removed, there are often unsightly holes left in the fabric. These holes can be removed by placing a cloth, moistened with distilled vinegar, under the fabric and ironing.
16. Unclog steam iron by pouring equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow cooling. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
17. Clean a scorched iron plate by heating equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Then rub the solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
18. Tame stinky shoes by spraying the inside with vinegar, putting them in a bag and freezing them overnight.
19. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to reduce static cling in your clothes.
CLEANING IN THE KITCHEN:
1. A mixture of salt and vinegar will clean coffee and tea stains from chinaware.
2. Put vinegar on a cloth and let sit on the back of your kitchen faucet and it removes hard water stains.
3. Vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers. Fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions).
4. Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of distilled vinegar.
5. Clean the dishwasher by running a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
6. Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
7. Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
8. Eliminate onion odor by rubbing vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing.
9. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards by wiping with full strength vinegar.
10. Cut grease and odor on dishes by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
11. Clean a teapot by boiling a mixture of water and vinegar in it. Wipe away the grime.
12. Get rid of cooking smells by letting a small pot of vinegar and water simmer on the stove.
13. Freshen a lunchbox by soaking a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox overnight.
14. Clean the refrigerator by washing with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
15. Clean stainless steel by wiping with vinegar dampened cloth.
16. Get stains out of pots by filling the pots with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
17. Clean the microwave by boiling a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
18. Prevent soapy film on glassware by placing a cup of vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle.
19. The minerals found in foods and water will often leave a dark stain on aluminum utensils. This stain can be easily removed by boiling a solution of 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar per cup of water in the utensil. Utensils may also be boiled in the solution.
20. Unsightly film in small-necked bottles and other containers can be cleaned by pouring vinegar into the bottle and shaking. For tougher stains, add a few tablespoons of rice or sand and shake vigorously. Rinse thoroughly and repeat until clean or determined hopeless.
21. Grease buildup in an oven can be prevented by wiping with a cleaning rag that has been moistened in distilled vinegar and water.
22. No-wax linoleum will shine better if wiped with a solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar in 1/2 gallon of water.
23. Stains on hard-to-clean glass, aluminum, or porcelain utensils may be loosened by boiling in a solution of one-part vinegar to eight parts water. The utensils should then be washed in hot soapy water.
COOKING IN THE KITCHEN:
1. Prepare fluffier rice by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water when it boils.
2. Make wine vinegar by mixing 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of dry red wine.
3. Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
4. Replace a lemon by substituting 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
5. Firm up gelatin by adding a teaspoon of vinegar for every box of gelatin used. To keep those molded desserts from sagging in the summer heat.
6. Debug fresh vegetables by washing them in water with vinegar and salt. Bugs float off.
7. Scale fish more easily by rubbing with vinegar 5 minutes before scaling.
8. Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
9. Boil better eggs by adding 2 tablespoons water before boiling. This keeps them from cracking.
10. Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup vinegar for a two to three-pound roast, marinate overnight, and then cook without draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs to the vinegar when marinating as desired.
11. Make a delicious salad dressing by mixing 1 cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon salt, and 2 tablespoon oil. Add more of each by taste. Mix and serve.
IN THE BATHROOM:
1. Kill germs on bathroom fixtures by using one-part vinegar to one-part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.
2. Sprinkle some baking soda around your faucets, tubs and toilets and pour some vinegar into each. Let it have its chemical reaction and clean away with a sponge.
3. Soap and stain build up can be removed from chrome and plastic fixtures if they are cleaned with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar.
4. Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains. Simply wipe the surface with Vinegar and rinse with water.
5. Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush. Baking soda can also be added as an extra boost for tough stains.
6. Corrosion may be removed from shower heads or faucets by soaking them in diluted distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the shower head or faucet.
7. Any stubborn stain (Hard water, mildew, the works) will come off when you heat up a cup of vinegar add in a tsp of Dawn dish soap (The blue kind) and put in a spray bottle. Spray the tub let it sit for 30 minutes or so and rinse it off. No scrubbing. Just clean.
CLEANING THE HOUSE:
1. Cleaning windows by using undiluted Vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry off with newspaper.
2. Deodorize the air. Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.
3. Clean eyeglasses by wiping each lens with a drop of vinegar.
4. Mix vinegar with linseed oil and use it to clean your wood
5. Plastic can be cleaned and made anti-static by wiping down with a solution of 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water. This will cut down on the plastics' tendency to attract dust.
6. The colors in carpets and rugs will often look like they have taken a new lease on life if they are brushed with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar in a gallon of water.
7. A mixture of one teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered.
8. Spots caused by cola-based soft drinks can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton polyester and permanent-press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To do it, sponge distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer's care tag.
9. Sponging away grease and dirt with a sponge dipped in distilled vinegar will keep exhaust fan grills, air-conditioner blades and grills dust free.
10. Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.
11. Varnished wood often takes on a cloudy appearance. If the cloudiness hasn't gone through to the wood, the cloudiness can be removed by rubbing the wood with soft lint less cloth wrung out from a solution of 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar in a quart of lukewarm water. Complete the job by wiping the surface with a soft dry cloth.
12. Dirt and grime can be easily removed from woodwork with a solution of 1 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar, and 1/4 cup of baking soda in a cup of warm water. This solution will not dull the finish or leave streaks.
13. Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.
14. Wood paneling may be cleaned with a mixture of 1 ounce of olive oil and 2 ounces of distilled vinegar in 1 quart of warm water. Moisten a soft cloth with the solution and wipe the paneling. The yellowing is then removed by wiping with a soft, dry cloth.
15. You can re-use Swiffer's Wet Jet Solution bottle with 1-part vinegar 2 parts water and a few drops of scented herbal oils.
16. Cleaning rugs. Clean dingy rugs by pouring some vinegar onto the ends of a clean push broom. Sweep life back into those rugs. You don't even have to rinse the solution away!
17. Before you start painting a room, wipe the walls with a cloth dipped in vinegar and let dry. This will assure that dirt and grime are removed, and the paint will adhere properly.
- Soak new propane lantern wicks in vinegar for several hours. Let dry before using. Will burn longer and brighter
- Turn a chicken bone into rubber by soaking it in a glass of vinegar for three days. It will bend like rubber.
- Remove decals or bumper stickers by soaking a cloth in Vinegar and cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper stickers should peel off easily.
- To loosen old glue around rungs and joints of tables and chairs under repair, apply distilled vinegar with a small oil can.
- Soak a paint brush in hot vinegar, then wash out with warm, sudsy water to soften it up.
- To add a pleasant scent to a room while at the same time removing an unpleasant odor, add cardamom or other fragrant spice to a bowl of distilled vinegar and place in the warmest corner of the room.
- Brighten up brickwork. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a gallon of water. And go over them with a damp mop. You can also use this for your fireplace.
- Keep flies away from your pool by pouring vinegar around the edges.