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Vinegar is all natural, dirt cheap and cleans just about everything! I buy it in bulk at Costco for about $3 for 2 gallons. Such a steal!
Here are 40+ uses for vinegar that will blow your mind:
- Label Remover – Saturate the label with white vinegar then peel it off.
- Rid Smoke Scent – Boil 1 cup of vinegar in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes to get rid of the smell of smoke or burnt food.
- Shower Spray – Mix 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water and a few drops of lemon or thieves essential oil in a spray bottle.
- Sunburn – Rub vinegar on a sunburn to cool the skin.
- Room Freshener – Use in place of air freshener or in your heater vents to neutralize odors.
- Fabric Softener – Use in place of fabric softener in your fabric softener compartment of your washer or just pour some into the washer to give you fluffy and soft laundry. Hint: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a nice scent. I love purification, citrus fresh or lavender.
- Stain Remover – Pour white vinegar on all kinds of stains including tar, grass, coffee, soda and fruit to help remove the stain.
- Swimmer’s Ear – Dab a solution of 1 part vinegar to 5 parts warm water into each ear 3 times daily to ward off bacteria and ear pain.
- Bee & Wasp Stings – Apply apple cider vinegar.
- Clean Pots & Pans – Fill kitchen sink with 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water and soak them for an hour. Then wash with soap and water.
- Clean Knives & Silverware – Dab on vinegar with a cloth.
- Clean Dishwasher – Run it on an empty cycle with vinegar instead of detergent.
- Greasy Hair – Shampoo hair, rinse, then pour 1/4 cup of vinegar over hair and rinse.
- Cloth Diapers – Soak them in 1 part vinegar for 9 parts water to balance the pH, neutralize odors and prevent staining.
- Cloudy Glass – Soak cloudy glasses in warm water and vinegar for an hour to leave them sparkling.
- Suede Cleaner – Dab on vinegar with a tooth brush.
- Like-New Jeans – Wash new jeans in white vinegar and waster to remove stiffness and keep colors bright.
- Underarm Stains – Soak underarm areas of clothing in vinegar for 10 minutes before washing. Or make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply to area before washing.
- Remove Gum – Apply warm vinegar with a tooth brush to fabrics with gum and brush until gum comes out.
- Propane Lantern Life – Soak wick in vinegar for hours before use.
- Marinade Meats – Combine balsamic or wine vinegar with spices and garlic to create a nice marinade.
- Low Calorie Dressing – Use balsamic, champagne, fruit or wine vinegar with a little bit of oil.
- Easy Hard-Boiled Eggs – Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt to boiled water before cooking eggs. It will make it easier to peel off the shells.
- Fully Meringue – Add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar to every 3 egg whites when making a meringue to make it fluffier.
- Poaching Eggs – Add 1 teaspoon to water when poaching eggs to keep them from breaking apart.
- Keep Cheese Fresh – Wrap a white vinegar dampened cloth around cheese in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
- Buttermilk Substitute – Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to every 1 cup of milk to make your own buttermilk. Let it stand 5 minutes to get thick.
- Remove Fish Scales – Rub fish with vinegar before scaling.
- Firm Gelatin – To make gelatin firmer, ad 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the recipe.
- Less Starchy Meals – When preparing pasta or rice, add a few drops of vinegar to the water to reduce starchiness.
- Preserve Sour Cream – Add 1-2 teaspoons to an opened container.
- Prevent Mold on Produce – Rub vinegar on produce to prevent molding.
- Weed Killer – Pour onto weeds on concrete or other areas in cracks. The weeds will die in a few days and will not return for months.
- Ironing Clothes – Spray clothing with equal parts white vinegar and water before ironing to remove and prevent creases.
- Deter Cats From Urinating – Pour or apply vinegar around areas where cats pee (other than their own litter box).
- Clean Shower Head – Remove shower head and place in a bowl of vinegar overnight. It also removes calcium and lime.
- Keep Bugs Away – Apply vinegar to keep bugs away.
- Drain Cleaner – Pour 2 ounces of baking soda for every 5 ounces of vinegar down the drain. Let fizz for 5-10 minutes then rinse.
- Remove Rust – Soak in vinegar overnight to remove rust.
- Remove Paint From Glass – Apply hot vinegar to glass to remove paint.
- Windshield Frost – Coat car windows with 3 parts vinegar for 1 part water to keep them free of ice and frost.
- Chrome Polish – Wipe chrome with a rag and vinegar to make it shine.
- Concrete Stains – Pour vinegar directly onto stains.
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