There are hundreds of uses for vinegar, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. We are in the season of Spring cleaning and gardening, so I created this list of my top 20 ways to use vinegar in my home.
Vinegar is not only money saving, but it is a fantastic natural way to clean and take care of a large variety of household problems. Over time I have eliminated harmful toxins and harsh chemicals from our home. Using vinegar is one of those ways that makes me feel good that I am not only saving money, but keeping our home Eco-friendly.
My Top 20 Springtime Uses For Vinegar
1. Clean out the refrigerator with a vinegar / water solution. Apple cider vinegar helps to absorb bad odors for a couple of days if left in an open container.
2. Cleans wooden cutting boards. Works as a great substitue for baking soda, making the boards clean and free of germs.
3. Brass polisher. Vinegar (a cup) mixed with a teaspoon of salt, and a cup of flour makes a brass polish paste. Rub into brass or any metal cookware and leave for fifteen minutes before rinsing with warm water, then polish dry till they shine.
4. Insect repellent. Vinegar is a safe and effective insect repellent, chasing away ants and other insects once you wash the countertops with a vinegar solution.
5. Fruit Fly Trap. Place a small bowl of vinegar on counter, add a few a drops of liquid dish detergent. The detergent creates a skim on the top of the vinegar, and the gnat or fruit fly can’t escape and drowns. Works like a charm!
6. Weed killer. Vinegar is a great natural way to kill weeds in the lawn. Over the counter weed killers are full of harmful chemicals, and vinegar is a great alternative. Be sure to just spray your unwanted plants and not the ground. Vinegar will kill your grass as well, so be careful to get it just where you want it!
7. Enhances the acidity in soil. When some plants call for high acid soil, use a gallon of water to a cup of vinegar then water these plants.
8. Preserves flowers. Love cut flowers in the home? Add two tablespoons of vinegar and sugar to the water to help the flowers last longer.
9. Alternate fertilizer. Vinegar, used an in eight to one mixture with water helps to fertilize plants that are in need of help. Do not use on healthy plants.
10. Soap scum remover. Rub in white distilled vinegar followed by a nice scrub with baking soda to remove soap scum from tubs and showers. Rinse well with water.
11. Toilet cleaner. Vinegar works as a substitute for baking soda to clean the toilet, inside and out. Allow vinegar to stand in bowl for half an hour before flushing.
12. Shower cleaner. If you soak a towel in vinegar then wrap around the shower head to remove the corrosion and buildup of hard water.
13. Disinfectant. Spray and clean with full-strength vinegar on all bathroom surfaces to kill germs.
14. Tile cleanser. Vinegar works well to clean mildew and scum build up on tiles and grout. Mix 1 gallon of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia and 1/2 cup of baking soda for optimum effectiveness.
15. First aid. Vinegar takes the sting out of insect bites and stings and takes the burn out of sunburns. Apple cider vinegar also works to soothe sunburns too. Apply a vinegar paste of vinegar and cornstarch to dry, itchy skin to soothe and moisturize. To fight dandruff rinse shampooed hair with a one to four mixture of vinegar to water.
16. Pet odor remover. After bathing your pet, mix one cup of vinegar to two gallons of water and pour over dog, or do this instead of bathing too.
17. Mildew remover in laundry. Add vinegar in place of a fabric softener, and it will freshen up your towels and cloth items that have gotten mildewed. Vinegar naturally freshens laundry and is a softener as well.
18. Make my favorite recipe for Natural Window Cleaner Recipe
19. Make this great Natural Furniture Polish Recipe
20. Make your own All Purpose Fresh Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
Recipe For All Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
- Use your favorite Citrus fruit peels. (Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit or Lime)
- Place peels in a quart fruit jar
- Add 3 1/2 Cups of distilled vinegar, cover with lid.
- Shake up vinegar a few times and place mixture in cupboard to let it “marinate” for 1-2 weeks.
- After 1-2 weeks, strain vinegar, to remove fruit peelings and sediment.
- Pour citrus vinegar mixture into a spray bottle.
- Add some drops of your favorite scent of essential oil, like lemon, orange or lavender, and shake up. (I like lavenderfor a fresh clean smell)
This vinegar cleaner works well for cleaning all kinds of surfaces in your home.
I hope you are inspired by these quick 20 uses for vinegar. There are literally hundreds of uses for vinegar, but I wanted to hit the highlights for you, and hopefully show you how wonderful this common household item can be. Just think, of the money you will be saving and creating a fresh environment for your family at the same time.
Happy Spring cleaning and gardening!