Vinegar: Not Just For Chips

Natural Uses of Vinegar
Source: Flickr user Mike

Vinegar is one of the most commonly found ingredients in the cupboard at home. As well as being used for pickling onions and adding flavor to dishes, vinegar has many other uses around the home and the garden. We’ve already talked about how to clean carpets using vinegar as one of the main ingredients, but we thought we’d take a look at some of the many other reasons that you should always keep a bottle at the ready.

1 – Cleaning Windows

Cleaning the windows with vinegar has been popular for many years. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with a gallon of water and transfer it to a spray bottle. Spray onto the windows and wipe it off with newspapers. Newspapers are a much better option than paper towels as they won’t cause streaking.

2 – Get Rid of Hiccups

Taking a simple tablespoon of vinegar is a great way of getting rid of hiccups. Sip the vinegar slowly to get the best and quickest results.

3 – Removing Sticky Labels

If you love buying new things but hate trying to remove the sticky label, then vinegar is your new best friend. Rub some vinegar onto the sticky label and it will come off straight away, as the vinegar quickly dissolves the adhesive. And it won’t leave behind a sticky, gunky mess, either.

4 – Leather Furniture

If your leather furniture is looking past its best, then revitalize it with equal parts vinegar and linseed oil. Mix them together in a spray bottle and then spray onto the leather furniture. Wipe it all over the furniture using a soft cloth, leave for a couple of minutes and then wipe the mixture off with a clean cloth.

Cleaning with Vinegar
Source: Flickr user David, Bergin, Emmett and Elliott

5 – Unclog Drains

Use half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar to unclog as well as deodorize your drains. Once the mixture has finished foaming, flush with hot water. Wait for 5 minutes and then flush the plug hole with cold water. You will have an unclogged drain with no nasty smells.

6 – Remove the Smell of Burnt Food

If you find you’ve burnt your food and it’s making your home smell terrible, then vinegar could be your answer. Place small bowls of white vinegar around your home. The smell should disappear within 24 hours.

7 – Clean Wooden Cutting Boards.

Using vinegar to clean your cutting boards is a great way to deodorize and disinfect them.  The acetic acid in the vinegar is such a potent disinfectant that it kills the vast majority of common bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus. To deodorize the cutting board, spread some baking powder over the surface. Spray on white vinegar to make the baking soda foam. Leave the mixture to foam for 10 minutes before wiping it clean with a damp cloth.

8 – Bugs in the Pantry

If you have moths and other small insects in your pantry, then fill a bowl with 1.5  cups of cider vinegar and add a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent to the mixture. Leave the mixture in the pantry for a week. The bugs are attracted to the mixture, fall in, and drown.

Moths from Pantry
Source: Flickr user Erich




9 – Clean Car Wiper Blades

If the wiper blades on your car aren’t cleaning the windows very well then wipe them down with some white vinegar on a cloth. This thoroughly clean the blades, removing road chemicals, dirt, and any residue or debris that’s built up.

10 – Clean Washing Machine

To clean out any soap residue and to disinfect the washing machine, use 2 cups of vinegar in a full cycle without any clothes or detergent in it. If you’ve got a top loading washing machine that is particularly bad, then fill the machine with very hot water and add two gallons of vinegar. Put the agitator on for 10 mins and let the machine stand full overnight. The following day, empty the basin and run the machine through a cycle.

11 – Bee Stings

If you get stung by a bee, then apple cider vinegar is handy to have around. Use a cotton pad to dab on the stung area. This will help reduce both the pain and the inflammation. This also works on jellyfish stings.

Source: Flickr user NatureBoy
Source: Flickr user NatureBoy




12 – Cleaning Make-Up Brushes

Use a mixture of 1 cup of hot water, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and half a teaspoon of dish soap. Place brushes in the mixture for ten minutes before rinsing well in cold water. Place the brushes on a dry paper towel and allow to dry overnight.

Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Source: Flickr user Maria

There are an array of uses for vinegar around the home, and these are just a few of our favorites. Be sure to share your own vinegar uses in the comments below.
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Post Author: Becky Britton

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