20 Uses for Vinegar

20 Ways to Use Vinegar At Home

Today most of are familiar with vinegar only from cooking – we pickle vegetables in it, toss it in with poached eggs, or put oil and vinegar on our salads. But throughout most of history vinegar hasn’t just been kept in the kitchen. In fact, in the thousands of years it’s been around vinegar has been used for all sorts of things, from the everyday to the theatrical. It was a common beverage in ancient Rome while Hannibal is said to have used vinegar to break the rocks in the alps, and legends from the middle ages told of thieves who survived the plague by drinking red wine vinegar. Today vinegar isn’t usually called on for anything that dramatic, but it’s main ingredient, acetic acid, can still be put to use all around your home as a safe, natural alternative to toxic commercial chemicals.

While vinegars can come from an endless variety of sources (anything with sugar can be made into alcohol, and from there into vinegar), we recommend sticking with white vinegar for most of these easy recipes.

1. Keep a mixture of vinegar and water on hand in your kitchen to spray on counters to get rid of odors like onion and garlic.

2. Use it instead of tomato juice to get rid of skunk odor on unfortunate dogs and cats.

3. Soak your pets in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water after a bath to calm skin infections and irritations.

4. Spray a mix of salt, vinegar, and an eco-friendly detergent on toxic weeds around your home (be careful though, this really will take out anything you use it on!).

5. A mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water is a great all-purpose cleaner for bathrooms and kitchens.

6. Use undiluted white vinegar to scrub away mold and mildew: studies show it’s as effective as antibacterials and bleach.

7. Soak glassware in diluted vinegar to get rid of the mineral deposits that cause those cloudy stains.

8. Spray vinegar on clothes to get out organic stains like sauces, blood, and dirt.

9. Apply straight vinegar on carpeting to help remove pet urine stains (you can also put down dry baking soda to get rid of lingering odors).

10. A few tablespoons of white vinegar in the laundry will boost your detergent’s cleaning power.

11. Use it to loosen sticky gum or peanut butter from carpet and clothing.

12. A  mixture of vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol is a great alternative to toxic glass cleaners.

13. Soak stubborn decals or stickers with a vinegar-soaked cloth and they’ll peel right off.

14. Use vinegar to wash misplaced or leaky glue off of messy home repair projects.

15. Add a fragrant spice like cinnamon to a bowl of white vinegar and set it out to remove unpleasant smells from any room.

16. Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water you use on azaleas – they love acidic soil.

17. Add two tablespoons of vinegar and one tablespoon of sugar to the water and your fresh cut flowers will perk up and last longer.

18. Spray vinegar on countertops and around cabinets to deter pests like ants and roaches.

19. Clean garden shears with vinegar to prevent the spread of plant infections.

20. Sooth bug bites and other skin irritations by dabbing them with vinegar.

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