70 Uses for a Humble Jug of Vinegar

Submitted by Marsha Newsom on Tue, 01/19/2010 - 13:42

In your search for earth friendly solutions for your daily needs, go no farther than your kitchen cabinet. Vinegar is one of the most versatile products you'll find. There are hundreds of ways a humble jug of vinegar can be used around the house. Here are 70 of them:

Cleaning

1. Run a cup of white vinegar through your dishwasher once a month to remove odors and soap scum.

2. Prevent ants by spraying white vinegar around sills, doors or wherever they creep in.

3. Set out a dish of undiluted vinegar to clear fruit flies.

4. Kill germs in bathroom with a spray of full strength vinegar.

5. Make air freshener by mixing one cup water, one teaspoon baking soda and one tablespoon of vinegar.

6. Remove carpet stains with a paste of one-quarter cup of baking soda and two tablespoons of vinegar. Rub on stain, let dry over night and then vacuum.

7. Mix equal parts of vinegar and cooking oil. Rub solution with the grain to remove white water rings from wood.

8. Spray full strength to kill germs on door knobs, in bathroom, etc.

9. Shine pennies.

10. Clean urine stains on mattress.

11. Boil paint brushes in vinegar to remove hardened paint.

12. Clean water and salt stains from shoes with solution of equal parts water and vinegar.

13. Use same solution to remove salt stains from the carpeting in your car.

14. Keep your drains clear by pouring one cup of baking soda, then one cup of vinegar, then boiling water.

15. Clean mineral deposits from your drip coffee maker by filling reservoir with vinegar and running through a complete cycle. Rinse with a water cycle.

16. Keep car windows frost free in the winter by coating them with a solution of three parts distilled vinegar and one part water.

17. Clean DVDs that are sticking with soft cloth moistened with a few drops of vinegar.

18. Soak gold jewelery in one cup of apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes. Dry completely.

19. Soak cups in vinegar overnight to remove coffee and tea stains.

Laundry

20. Use one-half cup in wash cycle to remove lint.

21. Pre-treat mustard, ketchup, spaghetti, and barbeque stains with solution of equal parts of vinegar.

22. Spray full strength on perspiration stains before laundering.

23. Replace your fabric softener or dryer sheet with one-quarter cup of white vinegar in rinse cycle.

24. Make panty hose last longer. Add a spoonful of vinegar to water to hand wash.

Gardening

25. Keep cut flowers fresh by adding two tablespoons vinegar and one teaspoon sugar to water.

26. Keep rabbits from eating your plants. Place cotton balls soaked in white vinegar in a 35mm film container with a hole poked in the lid. Place several around your garden.

27. Rub white vinegar on your hands to remove berry stains.

28. Used full strength, vinegar will kill weeds. Especially good in cracks and crevices of sidewalks and driveways.

29. To make homemade plant food, mix one part vinegar to one part sugar to sixteen parts water.

30. Sanitize patio furniture with a spray of full strength vinegar.

31. Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Personal Care

32. Soothe sunburn and prevent blisters and peeling with a spray of ice-cold vinegar.

33. Got foot odor? Wash feet well daily with antiseptic soap and soak them for ten minutes in undiluted cider vinegar.

34. Refresh and tone your facial skin with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water.

35. Use undiluted white vinegar as an aftershave lotion.

36. Brush once or twice a week with full strength white vinegar to eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth.

37. Vinegar added to drinking water will also repel mosquitoes.

38. Eliminate head lice by rinsing with equal parts vinegar and water after combing hair.

39. Relive the burn of spicy food by dabbing your tongue with vinegar.

40. Dab cotton balls soaked in apple vinegar on face to flake off old skin cells. It's cheaper and as effective as alpha hydroxy products.

41. Deodorant doesn't work? Dab your underarms with vinegar to knock out underarm odor.

Healthcare

42. Add apple cider and honey to a glass of water and drink to reduce the queasiness of morning sickness.

43. Gargle with a mixture of one cup of hot water, two tablespoons honey and one tablespoon vinegar to soothe a sore throat.

44. Add two cups of vinegar to bath water to soothe sore muscles.

45. Add vinegar to drinking water to treat low grade fevers.

46. Add honey with vinegar in drinking water to take the edge off of your appetite.

47. Clear up chest congestion by breathing in a mist from a steaming pot containing water and several spoons of vinegar.

48. To relieve arthritis pain, drink a mixture of one teaspoon honey, one teaspoon apple cider vinegar, and one teaspoon orange flavored Knox gelatin dissolved in a cup of water.

49. Cure dandruff with a rinse of two cups water and one-half cup vinegar.

50. Drink two tablespoons of vinegar in glass of water first thing in morning. Then drink one tablespoon of vinegar before every meal to treat acid reflux.

51. Mix one teaspoon teaspoon vinegar in a cup of hot water to cure hiccups.

Pets

52. Spray white vinegar around your house or garden to keep your cat from marking its territory.

53. Apply white vinegar with a cloth or in your carpet scrubber to eliminate pet stains and orders in your carpet.

54. Soak your cat litter box with one-half inch of white vinegar weekly to remove odor.

55. Keep fleas off of your cat and dog by adding a little white vinegar to their drinking water.

Cooking

56. Use vinegar as a marinade or while cooking to tenderize inexpensive cuts of beef.

57. Freshen wilted vegetables by soaking in cold water to which you have added a spoon or two of vinegar.

58. Don't pay for commercially made additives. Instead, add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to the water when washing fresh fruits and vegetables.

59. Add a spoonful vinegar when cooking cauliflower, broccoli, and beans to reduce gassy elements.

60. Make pasta less sticky by adding a spoonful of vinegar to cooking water.

61. Clean up food stuck to pans by filling with vinegar and letting stand for 30 minutes.

62. Make a chocolate cake more moist and tasteful by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to your recipe or box mix.

63. Eliminate the greasy taste of oil in a deep fryer by adding a dash of vinegar.

64. Add a little distilled vinegar to water when poaching eggs. Eggs will cook better and keep form.

65. Add tablespoon of distilled vinegar to water when boiling eggs to keep them from cracking as they cook.

66. Used too much salt? Add a one teaspoon each of sugar and distilled vinegar to correct taste.

67. Make buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of milk. Let stand for five minutes.

68. Out of lemon juice? Substitute one quarter teaspoon of vinegar for one teaspoon of lemon juice.

69. Make gelatin molds firmer by adding one teaspoon per box.

70. Store cheese with a vinegar soaked cloth to make it last longer.

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