From cleaning shower curtains, to relieving insect bites, vinegar certainly has many functions. Here are some of our favorite household uses for vinegar.
(In this article, we are referring to “distilled white vinegar” for household use.)
- Bring a solution of one-cup vinegar and four tablespoons baking soda to a boil in teapots and coffeepots to rid them of mineral deposits.
- A solution of vinegar and baking soda will easily remove cooking oil from your stovetop.
- Clean the filter on your humidifier by removing it and soaking it in a pan of white vinegar until all the sediment is off.
- Vinegar naturally breaks down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes and diapers soft and fresh. Add a cup of vinegar to each load during the rinse cycle.
- Saturate a cloth with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda, and then use it to clean fiberglass tubs and showers. Rinse well and rub dry for a spotless shine.
- To remove chewing gum, rub it with full-strength vinegar.
- For a clean oven, combine vinegar and baking soda, then scrub.
- Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring undiluted white vinegar into it. Let stand for five minutes, then flush. Spray stubborn stains with white vinegar, then scrub vigorously.
- Clean windows with a cloth dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water. This works for dirty TV screens, too!
- For brunettes, rinsing hair with vinegar after a shampoo makes hair shinier. Use one-tablespoon vinegar to one-cup warm water.
- Soak paint stains in hot vinegar to remove them.
- To clean drip coffeemakers, fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly by brewing two cycles with water before using.
- To remove bumper stickers from car chrome, paint on vinegar and let it soak in. Next, scrape off the stickers. Decals can be removed similarly.
- Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wiping dry.
- Apply full strength vinegar to mosquito or other insect bites to relieve the itching. (Caution: Do not do this if the affected area is raw.)
- To remove smoke odors on clothes, hang them above a steaming bathtub filled with hot water and a cup of white vinegar.
- To prevent mildew, wipe down surfaces with vinegar.
- Place a vinegar-soaked brown bag on sprains to ease pain and aid recovery.
- Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.
- To remove salt and water stains from leather boots and shoes, rub with a solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 cup water. Wipe over the stained area only, and then polish.
- To loosen a stuck jar lid, hold the jar upside down and pour warm vinegar around the neck at the joint between the glass and the top.
- Rub cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects.
We could keep on listing uses for vinegar! If you have one, add it below!