Here are some of our favorite household uses for vinegar. From cleaning shower curtains to relieving insect bites, vinegar has a multitude of uses!
(Note: In this article, “vinegar” refers to “distilled white vinegar” unless otherwise noted.)
Cleaning with Vinegar
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.
- 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.
Remove Clothing Stains with Vinegar
- 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.
- To remove chewing gum, rub it with full-strength vinegar.
- Soak paint stains in hot vinegar to remove them.
- 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.
See our page on how to remove stains for more tips.
Natural Remedies with Vinegar
- For brunettes, rinsing hair with vinegar after a shampoo makes hair shinier. Use one-tablespoon vinegar to one-cup warm water.
- 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.)
- Place a vinegar-soaked brown bag on sprains to ease pain and aid recovery.
- Rub apple cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects.
- Apple cider vinegar can be used to make a refreshing summer drink known as switchel or Haymaker’s Punch, or a remedial cold-weather tonic called fire cider.
Explore another page about vinegar and its impressive versatility. We could keep on listing vinegar uses for pages! If you know of one we missed, tell us about it in the comments below!