25 Uses for White Vinegar

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1. Clean out your microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a bowl Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Wipe microwave clean – even the most caked on foods will disappear.

2. Remove carpet stains! Use 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup salt or baking soda, make into a paste. Rub into the carpet stain and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day. Voila!

3. Clean the BBQ grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and scrubbing vigorously.

4. Make an eco-friendly super simple floor cleaner: mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray (sparingly) and mop.

5. Wipe grease off the inside of your oven, or any other place that grease may end up with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar.

6. Test on a small part of carpet first, but it’s said that you can bring out the color in carpet by brushing it with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water.

7. Remove wallpaper: use a paint roller to wet the surface until saturated, with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and hot water.

8. Clean up Fido’s accidents by blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until the area is almost dried, then sprinkle some baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue a few hours later.

9. Get rid of odors, mildew, and dust, by wiping down walls with undiluted white distilled vinegar on a cloth.

10. Make the toilet shine! Pour one cup of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit several hours. Scrub with the toilet bowl brush, then flush.

11. Get rid of calcium deposits by soaking a cloth in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight, and wipe to remove.

12. Remove stains from coffee cups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt and white distilled vinegar, then rinse.

13. Combine 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup ammonia with a gallon of warm water for a cheap kitchen cleaner.

14. Remove a label or price tag with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave the cloth on overnight and the label will simply slide off.

Reader Submissions

15. Wash a load of towels in hot water with just a cup of vinegar, then wash them on hot again with a 1/3 cup of baking soda, then dry them with no dryer sheet. It is a MIRACLE. They smelled like NOTHING. — Stephanie

16. Works on athlete’s foot! — Jennifer

17. Clean dingy white t-shirts. — Stephanie

18. Put vinegar on bruises to help them heal faster. — Heather

19. Wipe your nails with vinegar before you paint them. — Cristel

20. Use it in your dishwasher and to clean your sink drains. — Kat

21. Shine pennies by soaking them for a couple of hours in a bowl of white vinegar. — Amber

22. Remove odors from a lunch box by placing inside a slice of bread that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar. Leave overnight.

23. Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of white vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. — Kristin

24. Clean your shower head by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar into a sandwich bag and tying it around the showerhead. Let set for a few minutes. Remove the bag and then turn on the water. — Rachel

25. Clean vinyl baby books or board books by wiping with vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. — Kay

What’s your best tip for using vinegar?

Laurie Bennett

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  1. Wow! I never knew vinegar has huge benefits. I’ll definitely buy few bottles later. :)

  2. I keep a mixture of 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar in a spray bottle. I spray a very little bit on a mirror or window, then wipe dry with a crumpled up newspaper. I use the same newspaper over and over again until it’s all shredded up. And my mirrors/windows are always sparkly and streak-free (after I do this, I mean. Not in general!).

  3. Clean out coffee makers. Put a little vinegar in with the water and let it cycle through. All the grime and grounds will get cleaned out. My mom usually runs one or two more cycles of just water afterwards so that the vinegar taste won’t come through her next pot of coffee.

  4. For the floor cleaner avoid vinegar and add baking soda instead. Vinegar’s acidic nature can corrode marble and wooden floors

  5. Hi Sadie. I love using vinegar to clean my carpets. It’s safe and effective and also gets rid of bad odors. I also use it to clean my kitchen counters and bathroom. You can also use it as a hair rinse!

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