50 Best Uses for White Vinegar – The best places and ways to use vinegar in your everyday life; from cleaning to eating, vinegar is basically the best thing in your kitchen!
Did you know that you can stop buying 50 different products and just buy 1 gallon of white vinegar instead?
It’s true. White vinegar is the frugal duct tape for the home. You can use it quite literally almost anywhere and get the same or even better results as a store-bought alternative!
When I was young, the only time I’d ever seen white vinegar was when my dad would wash all of the windows in spring time. He used white vinegar and newspaper to wash all of the windows and they would be spotless for months.
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50 Best Uses for White Vinegar
Freshen up the fridge. Cleaned the shelves and walls with a solution of half water and half vinegar with a few drops of lemon essential oil.
Cleaning a dirty microwave. Fill a small microwave-safe bowl with equal parts water and vinegar with 2 drops lemon essential oil, and place it in the microwave on high for 5 minutes. As the steam fills the microwave, it loosens the mess and you can literally wipe the mess clean.
Eliminate Odors. Spray the inside of the trashcan with a mixture of vinegar, essential oils and water first.
Kill gross boy bathroom smell. Put vinegar into a spray bottle (not diluted) and spray the toilet to kill stinky bathroom smells (from men and boys… ugh).
Keep the shower streak-free. Fill a sponge wand with vinegar and a few drops of Dawn dish soap. Keep it by the shower and when you’re done with your shower, do a quick wipe down of the shower walls. Just rinse off with water when you’re done. You’ll never need to spend hours scrubbing soap scum-y walls.
Brighten dingy coffee cups and teacups. If you’re a coffee drinker like I am, stains happen. Just gently scrub stains with equal parts vinegar and baking soda.
Clean a Keurig. Run a cup of vinegar through your Keurig like you do normally. You’ll need to run at least 2 cups of plain water through before using it again.
Clean your coffee maker. Run a full pot of half vinegar and half water and run it through the coffee maker. If you have any buildup on your coffee pot, you can let the hot mixture sit in the coffee pot before scrubbing lightly with baking soda if there is any residual hard water marks. Once it’s clean, run 2 full cycles of plain water.
Clean and deodorize the toilet. Pour a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar into the bowl. Let sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with a toilet brush and flush. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils (my favorites are lavender and tea tree oil).
Eliminate carpet stains. Mix 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and ¼ cup salt or baking soda into a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain and it let dry completely. Vacuum the residue the next day. (Always test an out-of-sight part of the carpet first.)
Clean dried-on paint off of brushes. To remove old paint, place brushes in a pot with vinegar. Soak for an hour, then turn on the stove and bring the vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean.
Remove ballpoint marks. If you get pen on your walls (not that my kids would ever do that…) wet a sponge or rag with full-strength white vinegar on the marks. Repeat until the marks are gone.
Wipe off a dirty faucet. To get rid of lime buildup, make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.
Stop static cling. Add ½ c. of white distilled vinegar to your wash cycle. The acid reduces static and keeps dryer lint from sticking to your clothes.
Get rid of that mildew smell from clothes. If you forget about a load of laundry in the washer overnight, don’t worry. Just rewash the load of laundry with 1/2 c. white vinegar and a few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil, and you’ll never know that you forgot the laundry.
Make your towels fluffy again. If your towels are starting to get dingy and are just not fluffy anymore, run a load of laundry with 1/2 c. vinegar. (Super fluffing bonus when you use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets in the dryer!)
Make old socks look new. Get the stains out of old socks and sweaty gym clothes by letting them soak in the washer for a few hours with 1 c. vinegar. Just fill the washer with plain water (not detergent) and 1 c. vinegar and let it sit for a few hours. When it’s done, just add detergent and finish the laundry cycle.
Get rid of weeds. Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and spray liberally on the weeds growing in the cracks of your walkway and driveway. Soak the plant so the vinegar can reach the roots. For stubborn weeds, use warm or hot vinegar in a spray bottle with 1/2 c. salt to spray the weeds and kill them.
Liven droopy flowers. Are your anniversary flowers starting to droop? Don’t throw out cut flowers once they start to wilt. Instead, just add two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water. Pour the solution into your vase, and the flowers will perk up.
Put an end to itching. Dab a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar on mosquito bites and any other insect stings. It will stop the itching and help disinfect the area so that they heal faster.
Whiten your teeth. Brush your teeth once a week with white distilled vinegar. Dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and brush thoroughly.
Get rid of bad breath. Get rid of the store-bought mouthwash and gargle with white vinegar to get rid of bad breath. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to combat the taste of the vinegar.
Make nail polish last longer. Wipe your nails with a cotton ball soaked in white distilled vinegar before using nail polish. The clean surface will help your manicure last longer.
Keep car windows frost-free. Prevent windows from frosting over in the winter by coating them with a solution of three parts white distilled vinegar to one part water. The acidity hinders ice, so you won’t have to wake up early to scrape off your car.
Keep your dog’s fur shiny. Spray your dog with 1 c. vinegar mixed with one quart of water. The solution is a cheap alternative to expensive pet-care products. Bonus: the vinegar will help repel fleas and ticks.
Fight a stinky litter box. Get rid of a stinky litter box by pouring a half-inch of vinegar into the empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Let it dry completely before adding the fresh litter to it.
Remove pit stains. To remove light underarm stains, rub gently with vinegar with a clean cloth.
Repair DVDs. If you have a worn DVD that skips or freezes, wipe it down with white distilled vinegar applied to a soft cloth. Make sure the DVD is completely dry before reinserting it into the player.
Get those last drops. Never waste mayo, ketchup or salad dressing that’s still stuck in the jar. Add a little bit of vinegar to the jar and shake vigorously. This will get the remaining food out of the jars without watering down the taste.
Rinse fruits and vegetables, and preserve them for an extra week. Fill a sink with warm water and mix in 1/2 c. white vinegar. Stir the produce lightly and let sit. You’ll see all of the gunk at the bottom of your sink in no time. Rinse them off with water and let them dry before storing them.
Dye and brighten Easter eggs. Before your kids dye Easter eggs, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with ½ cup of hot water, then add food coloring. The vinegar keeps the dye bright and prevents the color from streaking.
Loosen a rusted screw. Pour vinegar onto the screw, and it will easily unstick.
Remove gum. To get gum out of fabric or hair, heat a small bowl of vinegar in the microwave. Pour the warm vinegar over the gum, soaking the area. The gum will dissolve in the mixture.
Restore handbags and shoes. Wipe vinegar on scuffed leather bags and shoes. It will restore their shine and help hide the marks.
Renew a loofah. Soak your loofah in equal parts vinegar and water for 24 hours to dissolve soap residue, then rinse in cold water.
Remove wax. If you get melted candle wax on your wood furniture or floors, just gently wipe it away with a cloth soaked in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. For stuck on wax, you might want to spray the vinegar on the area and soak it to loosen the wax.
Take a relaxing bath. Add ½ cup of vinegar to warm bath water for a cheap spa session at home, but add a few drops of essential oils to truly soothe and offset the smell. The vinegar removes dead skin, leaving you feeling soft and smooth.
Brighten your hair. Remove hair product buildup by rinsing a tablespoon of vinegar through your hair once a month.
Freshen couches and carpets. Stinky dog pillow? Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spritz your home to neutralize odors in fabrics, carpets, shoes or any sprayable surface.
Erase crayon. If your kids get crayon marks on the walls or floor, dip a toothbrush in white vinegar and gently scrub. The vinegar breaks down the wax, making for an inexpensive, nontoxic way to clean up after children.
Sticky stickers. Don’t scratch at the residue left by stickers or price tags. Instead, apply vinegar to the gunk, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe the glue away. For more stuck-on stickers, soak in a hot sink of water and a tablespoon of Oxiclean. Works every time.
Clean the dishwasher. Reduce soap buildup and food residue by pouring a cup of vinegar into your empty dishwasher once a month and letting it run a full cycle.
Sanitize pet accidents. You can remove the stain―and smell―of your pet’s accident by mixing ¼ cup vinegar with a quart of water and blotting the mixture onto the mess with a washcloth. Continue dabbing until the spot is gone.
Prep for summer grilling. To remove charcoal buildup from your grill, spray white distilled vinegar on balled up aluminum foil and scrub the grate thoroughly.
Restore shower head pressure. If you have a clogged shower head, remove the mineral deposits by soaking it overnight in a Ziplock baggie full of 1 part vinegar, 1 part water. Secure with a rubber band and let sit overnight.
Clean your scissors. When your scissor blades get sticky or grimy, wipe the blades down with a cloth dipped in full-strength white vinegar, and then dry it off with a rag or dish towel.
Unclog drains naturally. For a nontoxic way to unclog and clean pipes, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by one cup of white vinegar, down the drain. Let the products bubble and foam, then flush the pipes with a pot of boiling water.
Eliminate dandruff and create a healthy scalp. If your scalp is feeling dry or flaky, vinegar can be a simple at-home remedy. Once a week, pour one cup of apple cider vinegar over your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Soften your feet. Do summer sandals leave you with cracked heals and calluses? Soak your feet for 20 minutes a day in one part vinegar to two parts warm water. Again, I use a few drops of essential oils too. The vinegar removes dead skin, leaving your feet soft and smooth.
Have you ever used white vinegar around you home? What’s your favorite way to use it?
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