There’s a good chance you have it in your house. But do you know all the things that one little bottle can do?? From cleaning and laundry to health and cooking, what is this little miracle in a bottle? It’s vinegar, of course. Anytime I can use a natural agent for problem solving and sticky situations around the house, I’m all aboard. The less chemicals, the better. Check out some of the amazing uses below!
- Shine chrome sink fixtures with lime deposits by making a paste of 2 T salt and 1 t white distilled vinegar
- Clean and deoderize a drain by pouring in 1 c baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 mins, then run hot water down the drain
- Deoderize the garbage disposal by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 mins, then run hot water down the disposal.
- Clean your microwave by mixing 1/2 c white distilled vinegar and 1/2 c water in a microwave safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. This will loosen baked-on food particles and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
- Clean grease splattered over your oven door window by saturating it with a solution of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 15 mins before wiping with sponge.
- Remove odors from a lunch box by placing inside a slice of bread soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave overnight
- Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances, and wherever pests are coming in
- Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white distilled vinegar
- Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar
- Remove a label, decal, or price tag by covering with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and label should slide off
- For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar
- Shine porcelain sinks by souring them with undiluted white distilled vinegar
- Clean grout by letting full-strength white distilled vinegar sit on it for a few mins, then scrubbing with an old toothbrush
- Get rid of stubborn bathtub film by wiping with white distilled vinegar and scouring with baking soda.
- Kill germs around the bathroom by spraying full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with damp cloth.
- Mix up your own tile cleaner: 1/2 c baking soda, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup ammonia to a gallon of warm water.
- For the toilet bowl, pour in 3 cups white distilled vinegar and allow to sit 30 mins before flushing. For a sparkling toilet, pour in a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit overnight. Scrub well with toilet brush and flush.
- Remove ballpoint pen marks by dabbing the surface with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Repeat as needed.
- Get rid of smoke odors by soaking a cloth in vinegar and waving around a bit. Or fill a small bowl with vinegar and set in the room where the odor seems to be the strongest. Smoke smell should be gone within a day.
- Apply full strength vinegar to mosquito or other insect bites to relieve the itching. (Caution: Do not do this if the affected area is raw.)
- Place a vinegar-soaked brown bag on sprains to ease pain and aid recovery.
- Rub cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects.
- Use vinegar to wash your washing machine! Find out how HERE
- Add 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of a load to act as a natural fabric softener. Add 1/4 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of a load of laundry to combat lint and static cling. It also helps keep colors from running!
- Use vinegar as a rinse aid instead of Jet Dry in your dishwasher
- Run an empty dishwasher with vinegar: It’s the same concept as running a vinegar load in your washing machine. You simply toss a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of an empty dishwasher and run a normal cycle. It cleans out old food particles to keep your dishwasher smelling fresh.
- Add 2 Tbs vinegar to the pot of water to produce a perfect hard boiled egg.
- You can even use it as a tooth whitener!
Never use white distilled vinegar on marble, natural stone, granite, hardwood floors, egg stains, or your iron
Leave a comment of how you’ve found a helpful use for vinegar below.