Amazing Household Uses for Vinegar

Discover secrets of cleaning with vinegar

I know we can cook and make salad dressings with vinegar but there are many other household uses for vinegar. Vinegar and olive oil together or separately can be used as powerful cleaning agents as well.

Household uses for vinegar?

A regular white vinegar is very cheap and will work just fine. Just like olive oil, vinegar is one of the most versatile cleaners around. It is also safe for your skin and better yet, it is environmentally friendly.

Take a look at some of the amazing household uses for vinegar.

Vinegar uses in the kitchen...

  • Eliminate cooking odors: all you need is 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of water. Boil white vinegar in water to eliminate odors around the kitchen.

  • Eliminate smoke odors just by placing a small bowl of white vinegar in the room. That should o the trick.

  • Are the the type like me that keeps beautiful looking jars after they're done even if they smell bad? Eliminate bad odors in jars that you want to keep and reuse by thoroughly rinsing them out with just white vinegar.

  • Vinegar helps to remove pesticide and bacteria residues from fruits and vegetables. Just mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water and soak fruits and veggies for about 5 minutes. Rinse with water thereafter.

  • Remove coffee or tea stains from china cups using an equal mixture of salt and white vinegar.

  • You can easily remove spots on stainless steel by rubbing the stain with a cloth dampened in white vinegar.

  • Vinegar is also effective in loosening any hard-to-clean stains in aluminum, glass or porcelain pots or pans. Just use 1/4 cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of water. Boil white vinegar with water in the pan. Wash in hot, soapy water afterwards.

  • Clean your favorite glassware by using 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. It will help get rid of that dull soapy film and leave them sparkling. Who needs Cascade when you have your vinegar in the house.

  • Get rid of any food stains in your pots and pans by soaking them in white vinegar for about 1/2 hour. Just rinse in hot, soapy water after soaking.

  • Use vinegar to clean your microwave oven - just add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1 cup of water in a bowl (do not cover) and place it inside the microwave oven. Set on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Finish it off by wiping out the oven cavity.

Vinegar uses in the wash...

  • Cut grease and odors in the wash by just adding a capful of white vinegar to the cleaning water.

  • Remove any deodorant stains in your clothing by rubbing lightly with white vinegar just before putting them through the washing machine.

  • Remove grass stains from clothes - before putting the clothes in the regular wash, make a mixture of 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup water. Just apply the solution right on the stain and try blotting with a clean cloth until the stain is removed. Then, you can just add it back to the regular wash.

  • Remove any leftover detergent or undissolved link in the washing machine by using white vinegar. Just pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the washing machine tub and run through the normal cycle, without clothes, using the hot-water setting.

Vinegar uses around the house...

  • Remove stains or spots in your carpet simply by diluting one part vinegar, 1/16th part lemon juice, and 8 parts distilled water.

  • You can even clean your windows using vinegar - Just mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of regular water. Put the mixture in a sprayer bottle and rub with any newspapers. Using newspapers will not cause any streaks. We've been using newspapers for cleaning regular windows to car windows...It works!

  • Remove any sticky label residues - we've moved to a new house recently and some of our bureaus had sticky labels from the tapes that wouldn't come off from taping in the drawers. We used vinegar as a solvent to remove and dissolve those annoying adhesives.

What are your favorite household uses for vinegar?

Site Build It!