There are so many uses of vinegar that can save you money, time and aggravation.
Why a page on the many uses of vinegar? It's because it's cheap to use, works great, and might save you from aggravation while saving you your hard earned money. There are few products as versatile as vinegar.
No-streak window cleaner:
Wash windows with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows shine and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.
You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon
of warm water. Wipe this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.
Garbage disposal cleaner:
Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so. This will help keep the blades sharp and more efficient.
Clean the microwave:
Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splatters of food.
Clean the refrigerator:
Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.
Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:
Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.
A very popular use of vinegar is to deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
Water or alcohol marks on wood:
Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results
Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following mixture.
Dissolve 2 teaspoon of salt in 2 cup of white distilled vinegar and stir in flour until it becomes a paste. Apply paste to the metals and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water and polish until dry.
Use white distilled vinegar to wash floors and counter tops to help keep ants from invading your home.
Use vinegar full strength on weeds or unwanted grass in your garden or in the cracks of your walkways or driveways. Simply spray on the weeds and they will soon be gone. Repeat when needed.
Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands by cleaning them with vinegar.
Clean a scorched iron:
Heat equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface with clean soft cloth to remove dark or burned stains.
Keeping colors from fading:
To hold colors in fabrics that tend to run, soak them for a few minutes in white distilled vinegar before washing.
Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents.
After a hem or seam is removed, there are often unsightly holes left in the fabric. These holes can be removed by placing a cloth, moistened with white distilled vinegar, under the fabric and ironing.
Soothe sore throat:
To soothe a sore throat, put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water, add a little salt, gargle, then swallow. This will help eliminate strep throat as well as soothe the pain.
Remove berry stains from hands:
Pour white vinegar on your hands, rub together and watch the berry stain fade away.
Keeping potatoes white:
When cooking potatoes add a teaspoon of white vinegar to the water; it will keep them nice and white. You can keep peeled potatoes from turning dark by covering them with water and adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar. This is a real time saver when cooking large meals, peel and have ready all you need to do is put them on the stove and cook.
Unclog the showerhead:
Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.
Increase soil acidity:
In hard water areas, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water for watering acid loving plants like rhododendrons, gardenias or azaleas. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to use.
Keep Flowers Longer
Keep flowers fresh longer. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a 1-quart vase of water. Trim stems and change water every five days.
Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish wood with a soft cloth. Try in an inconspicuous place first. Buff with soft dry cloth.
Wine stains on clothes:
Spots caused by wine can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton/polyester and permanent press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To do it, sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer's care tag.
When you can't get the last bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out of the jar, try dribbling a little of your favorite vinegar into it, put the cap on tightly and shake well. You'll be amazed at how much you've been wasting. Save for the next batch of coleslaw.
Perk up a can of soup, gravy or sauce with a teaspoon of your favorite specialty vinegar. Add a few of your favorite spices as well. It adds flavor and tastes fresher.
Use vinegar as a tenderizer for tough meat or game, make a marinade in the proportion of half a cup of your favorite vinegar to a cup of heated liquid, such as bouillon, broth; or for steak, you may prefer a mix of vinegar and oil and spices rubbed in well then allowed to stand for two hours.
Cake icing can be prevented from becoming sugary if a small amount of vinegar is added to the ingredients before cooking. The same is true when making homemade candy.
Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.
By adding a little vinegar in the water when boiling, if an egg should get a crack in it the vinegar will prevent the white from running out.
Cleaning Vintage Lace
Soak the lace in cold water, rinsing it several times. Next hand wash the lace gently with a wool detergent, such as Woolite. If rust spots are a problem, try removing them with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water.
Pest fighter for pets:
A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal.
Test the color fastness of the carpet with white distilled vinegar in an inconspicuous place. Then sprinkle distilled vinegar over the fresh pet accident. Wait a few minutes and sponge from the center outward. Blot up with a dry cloth. This procedure may need to be repeated for stubborn stains.
Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar, and then wash out with warm, sudsy water.
Cleaning fireplaces doors
Wash fireplaces with a 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar to remove the blackened soot on glass front doors. If the doors have a spring-loaded clip,remove it, then take out the doors.
Lay them flat on newspapers, spray with the vinegar/water solution and soak. Wipe it off with newspaper.
Make blankets soft and fluffy:
Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if 2 cupsof white distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle of the wash.
Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of water with a teaspoon of orange flavored Knox gelatin.
Clean a scorched iron plate:
Heat equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
A favorite with children - Dancing mothballs:
Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 2 cups water, green or blue food coloring as desired. In a tall glass bowl or large jar, place several mothballs and add 1 teaspoon baking soda. Pour vinegar mixture over and watch the mothballs dance.
In remote areas when painkillers are unavailable, those with a dangerously high fever are rubbed down with a wash cloth wet with vinegar.