Uses for Vinegar
If you have a container of vinegar stashed in your pantry, pull it out and get to work! I have a ton of vinegar uses for all areas of your home. You can use white vinegar for cleaning different areas of your home, tending to weeds in the garden, and so much more. I want to share a bunch of household uses for vinegar that will allow you to get your home nice and clean and for a fraction of the price of buying other cleaners. Sit back and enjoy all the ways that bottle of vinegar can be used.
Awesome White Vinegar Uses
Degreasing and Unclogging Drains
Heat white vinegar, then pour 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda down the drain and follow with the heated vinegar…great for de-greasing and unclogging the drain!
Spritz white vinegar on mirrors and clean with tissue paper for a streak-free shine without having to use ammonia-based cleaners.
Vinegar is great for polishing silver. Just dampen a soft brush and polish your silver like you normally would.
Deep Clean Sinks And Counters
Make a scrubbing paste for sinks and countertops by mixing baking soda with white vinegar. Apply paste to counter and let it stand for five minutes and then wipe off with a damp rag. This will help brighten and remove any stuck on food or gunk.
Replace your car’s windshield washer fluid with a 50/50 mixture of warm water and white vinegar. Works just as good and for a fraction of the price. This vinegar and water mixture works great.
Pen Mark on Wall
If your child gets pen mark on a painted wall, take a deep breath. Take full strength vinegar and dab on a soft cloth and use it to wipe away the pen marks.
An all natural toilet cleaner, simply pour 2 cups of vinegar in the toilet and let it sit for an hour. Then clean with a brush like normal. It will disinfect and remove any stains.
Garbage Disposal Care
Rid your home of the stinky garbage disposal smell. Dump one cup of vinegar down the drain with running water, and have your disposal on. This will help clean the blades and get rid of any odors.
Take a cup of vinegar and place in a bowl on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run on the hottest setting, to help clean your dishwasher. Do this once a month.
Make the shelves of your refrigerator sparkling clean by wiping them down with a 50/50 mix of warm water and vinegar.
Loosen stuck-on food particles in the microwave by boiling 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Let the bowl sit until it cools down, remove the bowl and then just wipe down the microwave. It will build condensation up as it heats, so it will wipe away easily.
Soak a paper towel in white vinegar then place into a cloudy glass for 20 minutes to remove mineral buildup.
Give your BBQ Grill a like-new scrub by pouring vinegar over the grates then using your grill scrubbing brush. Do this when you are not cooking on your grill of course.
Kill Bathroom Germs
Spray full strength vinegar in the bathroom around counters and toilet and wipe it down. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant.
Wipe down the inside of your oven or any other greasy surface with white vinegar. If you have stuck on messes, sprinkle baking soda onto the spills and then spritz vinegar on top, let it sit 20 minutes and then wipe it away.
Clean Computer Keyboard
Wipe down the computer keyboard and monitor screen with a cloth damp with vinegar. This helps get rid of sticky fingerprints in a flash.
Clean Your Blinds
Easily clean mini blinds by dipping the end of a cotton rag in vinegar and wiping the top and bottom of the blinds down. I find wrapping a rag around tongs and then using that to wipe each blind blade helps.
Stained Food Storage
Wipeout stained plastic food storage containers with a cloth soaked in vinegar. If it doesn’t wipe it away instantly, soak it in a mixture of vinegar and water for 10 minutes and then rinse clean.
Test this out before you do it on the carpet, but mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to a 1/4 cup salt. Take the mixture and apply to the stain and let it dry. Then vacuum up any residue the next day once it is dry. The salt should absorb the stain overnight. This works for new stains only.
If your scissors are sticky don’t wash them as it can cause rust. Take white vinegar and apply a dab to a soft cloth and wipe the blades until it is clean and free from any residue.
Clean Brass or Pewter
A 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and table salt makes a paste that is perfect for cleaning tarnished brass or pewter. With a soft cloth wipe the item down to clean it.
Clean Coffee Pot
If you have a Keurig or similar single-cup coffee maker, run 2 cups of white vinegar through it monthly to keep mineral deposits from forming and help your coffee machine running great. You can do this once a month. Follow by running straight water after to help get rid of any vinegar still in the system.
Disinfect the house after cold and flu season by wiping down doorknobs and faucets with a half water/half vinegar mixture. Go a step further and add in a few drop of lemon, peppermint, lavender, or thieves essential oils.
If you have a piano mix 2 cup water to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the keys. Leave the keys uncovered for at least 24 hours after it gets cleaned. Make sure not to get excessive water on the keys.
Revive old paint brushes. Take a cup of vinegar and place it in a pan, along with the paint brush. Let the paint brush soak for an hour and then turn the stove on and bring to a simmer. Let it cool down and then rinse the paintbrush and it will be a lot nice.
If you have bricks on your fireplace or even outdoors and want to brighten it up, do this trick. 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. Use a sponge and wipe your bricks down.
Shine Up Leather Furniture
Mix equal parts of linseed oil and white distilled vinegar together. Put in a spray bottle and shake it really well. Then spray on the furniture and let it sit for a minute, and then rub it off. Test an area to ensure it doesn’t discolor.
If you have had an issue with burning last nights casserole or find a funky odor in your home, take a cup of vinegar and sit in the room in a bowl. It will help deodorize the air. Or put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray around the room.