I was introduced to the wonders of vinegar when I first moved out of home. I hadn’t hit the shops yet to purchase all the new wonderful things I would need to clean my new home, so luckily my mother arrived with a bottle of white vinegar and some cloths in hand to start the cleaning!

Here are some of the many uses of vinegar around the home – some I have tried personally and still live by it, others I am yet to try but it is great information to have handy in case the only thing you have is a bottle of vinegar!

Salt and Vinegar Cat

CLEANING

  • Clean bench tops and make them smell nice again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
  • Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Any baked-on food will be loosened, and odours will disappear. Make sure you wipe clean.
  • Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.
  • Grease buildup in an oven can be prevented by wiping with a cleaning rag that has been moistened in distilled vinegar and water.
  • Stains on hard-to-clean glass, aluminum, or porcelain utensils may be loosened by boiling in a solution of one part vinegar to eight parts water. The utensils should then be washed in hot soapy water.
  • To clean windows, spray with half vinegar, half water. Wipe clean with either newspapers or cloth.
  • To clean wood paneling, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Apply to paneling with a soft cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.
  • Renew sponges and dishcloths by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.
  • Clean stainless steel by wiping with a vinegar dampened cloth.
  • To clean wooden cutting boards, wipe with vinegar.

COOKING

  • Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Prepare fluffier rice by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water when it boils.
  • Try cider or malt white distilled vinegar instead of ketchup with chips. Nothing like a little salt n vinegar!
  • To make basic vinaigrette salad dressing use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 4 parts oil.
  • Tenderise meat with white distilled vinegar. Use it in marinades or when slow cooking any tough, inexpensive cuts of meat.

LAUNDRY

  • Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.
  • To remove scorch marks from an iron, rub with a mixture of vinegar and salt.
  • Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • To make your “brights brighter”, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • To remove scorch marks from an iron, rub with a mixture of vinegar and salt.
  • Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
  • Get smoke smell out of clothes by addibng a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
  • Remove musky smells from cotton clothes by sprinkling them lightly with white distilled vinegar and then pressing them.
  • Remove perspiration stains from clothes by applying one part vinegar to four parts water,then rinse.

GENERAL USE

  • Repel ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find them coming in.
  • Clean dentures by soaking them overnight in vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.
  • Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow.
  • To keep dogs from scratching their ears, clean with a soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
  • Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.
  • Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandpit with white distilled vinegar
  • Rid the windshield wipers of road grime by wiping them with a white distilled vinegar-soaked cloth
  • Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.

I know there are MANY more uses for vinegar, so let us know your tips!

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