64 Uses for Vinegar

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Thank you all for your requests I decided to post this here so all can benefit from it.

I keep white, cider and balsalmic on hand.

Uses for Vinegar

1. Kill grass on walks and driveways. Pour full strength on unwanted grass.
2. Kill weeds. Spray full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new growth until plants have starved.
3. 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.
4. Neutralize garden lime. Rinse your hands liberally with vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin. Clean pots before repotting, rinse with vinegar to remove excess lime.
5. Deter ants. Spray vinegar around door and window frames, under appliances, and along other known ant trails.
c 6. Keep car windows frost free. Coat the windows the night before with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water.
7. Polish car chrome. Apply full strength with a soft cloth.
8. Soak new propane lantern wicks in vinegar for several hours. Let dry before using. Will burn longer and brighter.
9. Clean milking equipment. Rinse with vinegar to leave system clean, odorless, and bacteria free without harmful chemical residue.
10. Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with vinegar.
11. Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on an area to discourage cats from walking,sleeping,or scratching on it.
12. Keep dogs from scratching ears. Clean the inside of the ears with a soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
13. Keep away fleas and mange. Add a little vinegar to your pet's drinking water.
14. Keep chickens from pecking each other. Add cider vinegar to their drinking water.
15. Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
16. Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar overnight.
17. Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in a quart of cold water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
18. Replace a lemon. Substitute 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
19. Firm up gelatin. Add a teaspoon of vinegar for every box of gelatin used to keep those molded desserts from sagging in the summer heat.
20. Boil better eggs. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to each quart of water before boiling eggs, keeps them from cracking.
21. Prepare fluffier rice. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water when it boils.
22. Make wine vinegar. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of dry red wine.
23. Debug fresh vegetables. Wash leafy greens in water with vinegar and salt. Bugs float off.
24. Scale fish more easily. Rub with vinegar 5 minutes before scaling.
25. Dampen your appetite. Sprinkle a little vinegar on prepared food to take the edge off your appetite.
26. Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Douse with vinegar. Will soothe irritation and relieve itching.
27. Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed.
28. Conditions hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to your rinse to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.
29. Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.
30. Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
31. Soothe a soar throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow. For another great gargle: 1 c. hot water, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. vinegar, gargle then drink.
32. Clear up warts. Apply a lotion of half cider vinegar and half glycerin.
33. Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.
34. Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor, will take the edge off your appetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.
35. Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
36. Eliminate onion odor. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.
37. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full strength vinegar.
38. Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.
39. Cut grease and odor on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
40. Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.
41. Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox over night.
42. Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
43. Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
44. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through a minute.
45. Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.
46. Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
47. Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar dampened cloth.
48. Clean china and fine glassware. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let dry.
49. Get stains out of pots. Fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
50. Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
51. Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.
52. Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
53. Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
54. Clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
55. Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
56. Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
57. Freshen up the washing machine. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in the machine and let in run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.
58. Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
59. Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
60. Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
61. Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
62. Remove decals. Brush with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow to soak in. Wash off.
63. Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
64. Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.

-- Susan Barrett (sue59@bellsouth.net), November 17, 1999


Very useful.....

Printing this now......


-- PJC (paulchri@msn.com), November 17, 1999.

Susan, Thanks, I really should make up a plant sprayer bottle with vinigar, that would be a good idea. #25, sprinkle on food to "dampen" your appetite, well I guess that would be a good way to diet! :-)

-- Lilly (homesteader145@yahoo.com), November 17, 1999.

Thanks Susan!

Love the list.

Diane, who prefers natural alternatives too

See also...

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-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), November 17, 1999.

hmmmmmm looks like I'll have to add vinegar to my shopping list. Can't seem to get finished. Thanks Susan

-- April (Alwzapril@home.com), November 17, 1999.

Susan,does vinegar kill poison ivy as well?

-- Tom (timbereyes@usa.net), November 17, 1999.

The 65th use of vinegar is:

Put in a spraybottle and if you have athletes foot or any skin fungus, it will take care of the itch real fast if you apply once or twice a day. Spray it on your feet before you put your socks on. The apple cider vinegar is a bit sticky, so use the clear vinegar.

-- freddie (freddie@thefreeloader.com), November 17, 1999.

lots of new things i did not know, I always used vinegar and water to wash windows(and newspaper) lots cheaper than windex. Thanks wish I had ink in my printer would print it too...o'well

-- sandy (rstyree@overland.net), November 17, 1999.

Vinegar will also remove pet odors (urine and such) from carpets and furniture. It also discourages repeat visits to the same spot.

-- Sam Mcgee (weissacre@gwtc.net), November 17, 1999.

Apple cider vinegar dries up cold sores. Dab it on straight. It stings. It works.

-- Tom Carey (tomcarey@mindspring.com), November 17, 1999.

I use it to clean my coffee maker(Mr. Coffee).I pour a pot full of vinegar in it,then pour about three pots of water to rinse it out.

-- Maggie (aaa@aaa.com), November 18, 1999.

Thanks, Susan and all others for such a good list. Here's a couple things you can do with vinegar's friend oil.

Olive Oil Uses & Properties

Olive oil, mixed with an equal part of limewater, for burns. Olive oil for the discomfort of teething and inflammations of mucous membranes. To a quart of olive oil was added 200 centipede legs, a piece of snake's skin, and the sprouts of a Spanish herb, the combination boiled down to a third and then used as a potion against paralysis.

-- alice (alice@wonder.land), November 18, 1999.

Diluted - douche. ===).,

-- A (A@AisA.com), November 18, 1999.

ain't creation amazing? really. when you look at the simplicity of something as simple as this -- yet with so many functions. thanks for the list. keeper for y2k. are you sure someone won't accuse you of trying to be a vet? a florist? a groundskeeper? how about a plumber?

-- tt (cuddluppy@yahoo.com), November 18, 1999.

Vinegar is diluted acetic acid, yes? Correct a metabolic alkalosis.

-- Spidey (in@jam.ewr), November 18, 1999.

does it make a difference whether you use apple or white in the listed uses? Are they interchangeable? Is one preferable?

-- Arewyn (isitth@latealready.com), November 18, 1999.

Great list. Just wanted to add to #51. Be sure not to soak your rusty bolts, nuts, etc., too long. They'll begin to disolve the threads!

Also, add to #51, or a new number: I use vinegar soaked on a rag and wrapped around a bolt to loosen. Great plumber's help. I find vinegar works better that "Liquid Wrench."

AZ Joe

-- AZ Joe (Az.mountain@home.here), November 18, 1999.

Wow, Susan...GREAT tips. I'll be printing this one also. I use vinegar and water to wash wood floors, wood furniture, ceramic tile floors, walls, rugs, windows, etc. I typically purchase about 4 quarts every time there's a good sale. Guess I'll be buying more now.

Thank you.

-- Anita (notgiving@anymore.com), November 18, 1999.

Great list, Susan

Do you know what strength the mixture would need to be for cleaning the milking equipment?

Thanks again

-- Tim Jacob (tjacob@nb.aibn.com), November 18, 1999.

Use a teaspoon in the dogs water, gets rid of gas!

-- Cheryl Rausch (mindachs@pwrtc.com), February 09, 2003.

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