10 uses for vinegar

Along with baking soda, I’m also a huge fan of using vinegar around the home.  My current favourite way to use white vinegar is in the dishwasher (instead of Jet-Dry) and in the washing machine (instead of fabric softener).

But, there are a ton of other ways to put vinegar to use!

Here are 10 uses for Vinegar:

#1 – Clean Your Bath with Baking Soda and Vinegar: The bathtub can get quite dirty after a lot use and neglect. That doesn’t matter though, because you can clean your bath quickly and easily with both baking soda and vinegar. Just give dirty areas a good dusting of baking soda, follow with vinegar, and scrub vigorously with a sponge while the mixture fizzes away. Clean away any leftovers with water.

#2 – Clear up and Prevent Bruises: All of us have suffered a nasty spill of some kind (and I’m not talking about the kind where someone drops a drink) and those bruises can become extremely sore after a while. However, you can make all those nasty bruises go away; just soak some cotton gauze in a bit of vinegar, apply it to the bruised area, and let it sit for around an hour.

#3 – Brighten Your Laundry: You have a choice, spend a pretty penny on some fancy “all-color, stain-fighting, super-effective” laundry agent, or you can spend a couple of bucks on some plain, white vinegar. Just add 1/2 a cup of that stuff to your wash cycle to reinvigorate and brighten all the colors in all of your laundry loads; reds, blues, greens, yellows, blacks, and whites!

#4 – Hot Vinegar Drain Cleaner: Is the sink not draining as quick as usual? Chances are it’s probably a little clogged up by grime and such. This isn’t a problem though, all you need to do is pour roughly a half of a cup of vinegar and a half of a cup of baking soda down your drain, wait a little more than 15 minutes, and then follow it all down the drain with hot (preferably boiling) water.

Related: DIY Natural Drain Cleaner

#5 – Frost-Proof Your Windows: We’ve all had to wait that dreaded 5 minutes every winter morning; the windows are slowly-but-surely clearing up and you’re already 10 minutes late for work. You can help keep the frost off your windows by spraying a solution that’s 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water on your car windows every few weeks.

#6 – Deodorizer: Hate having to hold your breath when open your trunk to put the groceries away, or maybe that musty old closet is getting to be a little too unbearable? You can freshen up the smell of these places quite easily! All you need to do is give a slice of white bread a soak in some white vinegar, place the soggy piece of bread on a plate, and keep it in that closet or trunk for a night. Things will start smelling good again in no time!

#7 – Clean Fresh Produce: Whether you are the gardening type or you just took a stroll through the produce section at your local grocery store, you never know what’s clinging to the surface of your fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re not feeling safe about your food, you can always wash them with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar mixed with 1 1/2 liters of plain water for a nice, bacteria-cleansing wash.

#8 – Clean Rust Off of Old Tools: So, you’ve finally gotten grandpa’s old tool box open, expecting gold and treasure, and just got some rusty old Depression-era hammers and screwdrivers. You can clean up grandpa’s old tools easily; just submerge them in some plain white vinegar for a couple of days until the rust is all gone.

#9 – Streak-less window cleaner: If you have some vinegar, water, and dish soap lying around, you can make a window cleaner that outperforms most others. Put 2 cups of water, 1/4 of a cup of plain white vinegar, and 1/2 a teaspoon of your favorite dish soap all into a spray bottle then have clean, clear windows in no time at all.

#10 – Keep Pests off your Pets: Is Fido biting and scratching away at himself because flea season has started? You can keep those bugs away by filling a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and applying it to your dog or cat’s coat before rubbing it in. Be careful with cats though, they’ve been known to get a little resistant and violent when vinegar and its “horrific” scent get involved.

How do you put vinegar to use in your home?