White vinegar is like duct tape to a home. It is so versatile that it will fix just about any problem you may be facing. I have started using more white vinegar in my apartment and I have noticed some differences. I have more money in my wallet since I quit buying store bought cleaners and I still get the same sparkly clean results I did when I used store bought cleaners. Win-win situation, in my opinion.
There are tons and I mean TONS of uses for white vinegar, but typing all that out would be painful, so I limited the list down to 45. Check the list out and see how you can substitute vinegar for some other products you find in your home.
45 Inexpensive Uses for White Vinegar
1. Fridge freshener
Clean the shelves with a solution that is 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar.
2. Brighten coffee cups and teacups
Scrub the stains with equal parts vinegar and salt or baking soda.
3. Odor eliminator
Swab plastic containers with a damp vinegar cloth.
4. Bathroom germ killer
Spray full-strength vinegar around the sink and tub and wipe down with a clean damp cloth.
5. Garment saver
Remove light scorch marks on fabrics. Rub the mark gently with vinegar then wipe with a clean cloth. Also good on deodorant stains.
6. Carpet stain remover
Make a paste using 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup of salt or baking soda. Rub the paste into the stain, let it dry, then vacuum the residue the next day.
7. Toilet cleaner
Pour a cup into the toilet, let it sit for several hours or overnight. Scrub well then flush.
8. Renew paintbrushes
You can remove old paint by putting the brushes in a pot of vinegar and letting them soak for an hour. Then turn on the stove to bring the vinegar to a simmer. Drain the liquid and rinse the brushes clean.
9. Clean dirty faucet
Create a paste using 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt. Apply the paste to the sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.
10. Static cling
Add 1/2 cup vinegar to your laundry. The acid will reduce the static and keep the dry lent from sticking to the clothes.
11. New socks
Take a pair of old socks and soak them in a vinegar solution. Add a cup of vinegar to a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil and add the clothes. Let the clothes soak overnight. The next day the clothes will be bright, fresh, and just like new.
12. Restore handbags and shoes
Wipe vinegar on scuffed leather bags and shoes. This will restore the shine and hide marks.
13. Weed killer
Pour vinegar on weeds growing through the side walk or driveway. Saturate the plant so the vinegar gets down to the roots.
14. Liven droopy flowers
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water. Pour this solution into the vase and the flowers will perk right up.
15. Anti itch solution
Dab a cotton ball that has been soaked in vinegar on mosquito bites and insect stings. Vinegar will stop the itching and promote fast healing.
16. Whiten teeth
Brush your teeth with vinegar. Dip the brush in the vinegar and brush thoroughly. This will help prevent bad breath also.
17. Longer lasting nail polish
Before applying the polish, wipe the nails with a cotton ball soaked in vinegar. A clean surface helps the manicure last.
18. Keep windows frost-free
Prevent your car windows from frosting over by spraying 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water on your windows. The acidity hinders ice. So you won’t have to scrape the windows.
19. Dog shiner
Spray your dog with 1 cup of vinegar with 1 quart of water to make a solution. This is cheap and inexpensive in comparison to pet-care products. It also prevents fleas and ticks.
20. Battle litter box odors
Pour a 1/2 inch of vinegar into an empty litter box. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
21. Meat bacteria killer
Marinating the meat in vinegar knocks out bacteria and tenderizes the meat. The marinade consists of 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar for every 2 pounds of meat to your own blend of spices and herbs. Let this sit anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours, depending on how strong you want flavor. Then cook without rinsing.
22. Prevent cracked eggs
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your water for hard boiled eggs. The eggs will stay intact and the shells will peel off easily when ready to eat.
23. Microwave steam cleaner
Fill a small bowl equal parts hot water and vinegar. Place the bowel in the microwave for 5 minutes. As the steam fills the microwave it loosens up the dirt and grime so all you have to do is wipe it clean.
24. Repair DVDs
Wipe down the DVD with vinegar applied to a soft cloth. Make sure the DVD is dry before inserting it into the player.
25. Getting the last drops
If you can’t get the last little bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out of the container, you can dribble a few drops of vinegar into the container, put the cap back on tight, and shake. The remaining condiments will slide right out.
26. Produce rinse
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 pint of water and use it to wash produce. Rinse off the produce with clean water. This solution will rid the produce of pesticide residue.
27. Brighten Easter eggs
Before dying the eggs, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 1/2 cup of hot water, then add the food coloring. Vinegar keeps the dye bright and will prevent streaking.
28. Rusty screw loosen-er
Pour vinegar over the screw and it will loosen up.
29. Gum remover
This will remove gum from fabric or hair. Heat a small bowel of vinegar in the microwave then pour it over the gum. Saturate the gum and it will dissolve.
30. Prevent moldy cheese
Wrap the cheese in a vinegar soaked cloth then place it in a air tight container and refrigerate.
31. Loofah renewal
Soak the loofah in equal parts vinegar and water for 24 hours. This will dissolve any soap residue. Then rinse in cold water.
32. Wax removal
If you get melted wax on wood furniture or floors, gently wipe it away with a cloth soaked in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water.
33. Relaxing bath
Add a 1/2 cup of vinegar to your warm bath water for a cheap spa session at home! Vinegar removes dead skin, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
34. Brighten hair
You can remove hair product build up by rinsing your hair with 1 tablespoon of vinegar through your hair once a month.
35. Freshen fabrics
Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz your home to neutralize odors in fabrics, carpets, shoes, or any spray-able surface.
36. Crayon eraser
Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently scrub. The vinegar will break down the wax creating a cheap and nontoxic way to remove crayon.
37. Remove sticker residue
Apply vinegar to the gunk. Let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it away.
38. Clean dishwasher and coffee pot
Pour a cup of vinegar into an empty dishwasher or coffeepot once a month and run the appliance full cycle.
39. Sanitize pet accidents
You can remove the stain and smell by mixing a 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 quart of water. Blot the stain with the mixture with a cloth. Continue dabbing until the spot is gone.
40. Summer grilling prep
To remove charcoal build up from the grill, spray vinegar on balled up aluminum foil and scrub the grate thoroughly.
41. Restore shower head pressure
Soak the shower head in a mixture consisting of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart of water for 15 minutes. This will clean out the mineral deposits in the shower head.
42. Clean scissors
When the blades get sticky, wipe the scissors down with a cloth dipped in vinegar. The vinegar won’t ruin the blades or rust the metal.
43. Unclog drains
Pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda chased by 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let the products bubble and foam. Then flush the pipes with boiling water.
44. Eliminate dandruff
One per week pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar over your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
45. Soften feet
Soak your feet for 20 minutes a day in 1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water. The vinegar removes dead skin resulting in soft and smooth feet.
This list could really go on and on. Pinterest has plenty of more ideas and uses for vinegar. I’ve seen lists as big as 100+. The possibilities are truly endless. Vinegar and baking soda are definitely must have things in any home. I have a similar post on baking soda, 36 Inexpensive Uses for Baking Soda.
Latest posts by Kristy (see all)
- How to Master the Art of Napping - December 15, 2017
- 21 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep and Get Better Sleep - December 8, 2017
- 12 Best Cable Alternatives: Save Money and Enjoy Your Favorite Shows - November 24, 2017