30 Everyday Uses for White or Apple Cider Vinegar

30 everyday uses for white or apple cider vinegar


Vinegar is something that you should always have on hand. It isn’t just used  for cooking, baking and canning. you can use it for a multitude of things. Vinegar is also safer to use around pets and children far more than cleaning chemicals that you can find in stores. It  not only cleans but it also disinfect and deodorized all at the same time.

For quick cleaning, always have these two spray bottles on hand. One filled with just white vinegar and the second one filled with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.

#1 – Sticky surfaces?

Vinegar will remove sticky surfaces and stickers from products you buy.

#2 – Scissors and Can openers need cleaning?

Use vinegar to clean  your scissors and can openers instead of water and soap. They are less likely to rust.

#3 – Smelly lunch box, smelly old chest, or smelly locker?

You can make those places smell better by placing a wet piece of bread soaked in vinegar and placing it in the smelly lunch box, old chest, locker or any other crevice and box that has a smelly odor.

#4 – Cedar paneling looking grungy?

Vinegar can be used to brighten up dull and grungy looking paneling.                    Use this solution:  Mix 1 pint of warm water with 4 tablespoons of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a container. next give it a couple of shakes and apply with a clean cloth.
Don’t wipe away immediately let it sit and soak into the wood for several minutes then go ahead dry and polish the wood.

#5 – Worn out and dull looking rugs?

Go ahead and dampen your broom bristles and brush the rugs clean. The rugs won’t need to be rinsed just let dry and your rugs will brighten right up.

#6 – Carpet stains need cleaning?

Sprinkle the stain with baking soda and spray with white vinegar, wait until it bubbles and rub into the stain. Let it sit and dry. Once dry go ahead and vacuum. You can also use 2 tablespoons of borax instead of baking soda in the same way.

#7 – Grease stains in the kitchen?

Go ahead and mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and wipe down the surfaces with the mix. It will not only remove the grease but it will also help deodorize your kitchen.

#8 – Refrigerator dirty and gross inside?

Use 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and clean the inside of your refrigerator. It will not only remove the gunk but it will also help deodorize.

#9 – Need to disinfect your cutting boards?

Use just your plain white vinegar full strength and wipe down your cutting boards after each time.
The acetic acid that is found in vinegar will disinfect areas that you cut on and will help prevent E. coli, staphylococcus and salmonella.

#10 – Dishwasher smelling gross these days?

Place 1 cup of vinegar in a cup on the top rack or in the bottom of your dishwasher to help clean and deodorize your dishwasher. Do this once a month on a full cycle without any dishes or  dish washing soap. Double check with your owner’s manual or manufacturing company on vinegar usage.

#11 glassware looking foggy and need a little extra shine?

Add 1/4 cup of vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle.

#12 – Windows looking grungy?

mix 1 part water to 1 part apple cider vinegar into a bucket and wash your windows with the solution and wipe clean with a dry micro fiber cloth.

#13 – Fruit flies bothering you?

Use an old jar and place enough apple cider vinegar to fill the bottom part way. Punch holes in the top of the lid and screw the jar lid on and place in your kitchen. near your fruit.


#14 – Smells lingering on your hands?

Wash your hands with distilled vinegar to remove the smells from fish, onions, garlic and so on.

#15 – Muscles ache?

If your muscles ache or you just feel worn down try adding 2 cups of Apple Cider vinegar to your bath water. It will help soothe away aches and pains and it works wonders for helping relieve stress from the day. You can also use a couple drops of peppermint oil to help enhance the relief.

#16 – Bruises on your body?

You can soak a cotton ball or gauze in Apple cider vinegar or even white vinegar and place it on the bruise for about one hour. It will help prevent black and blue marks and help speed the healing up.

#17 – Bug bites?

Soak  a cotton ball or a soft cloth with apple or white vinegar and place it on the bug bite for a bit. It will help relieve the itchiness of the bite. This also works great for bee bites and any other bugs that bite.

#18 – Sun Burn?

Grab a cotton ball  and soak it in white or apple cider vinegar and dab the area. This works really well if you do it before the sunburn starts to itch.

#19 – Garlic or onion breath?

Rinse your breath with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with 1 teaspoon of salt in a small glass of warm water. Swish around and spit out.

#20 – Feet itchy?

This is really awesome especially if you have athletes foot. Go ahead and rinse your feet 3 to 4 times a day in Apple cider vinegar. To also help soak your socks in apple cider vinegar for 30 minutes or so before washing them in the washer.

#21 – Age or sun spots?

go ahead and soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the spots at least twice a day for 10 minutes. you should see the spots clearing up within 2 weeks or so.


#22 – Ants running the place?

Go ahead and grab your full strength vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the outside of the house, by the windows and doors where they like to come in.

#23 – Grill dirty?

Clean your grill with spraying full strength white vinegar over a piece of wadded up aluminum foil and scrub vigorously.

#24 – Grass and weeds all in the wrong places?

Go ahead and grab your white vinegar and pour it on the crevices and areas that you don’t want grass and weeds to grow. They will die.

#25 – Plant food?

This mixture works really well for plants that LOVE acidity  such as azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias. Mix one cup white vinegar into a bucket of water and water your plants.

#26 – Tools have rust on them?

Place them in a tub of Just white vinegar over night. By morning the rust should be gone.

#27 – Veggies and Fruit need a good washing?

Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 1/2 quarts of water and wash and rinse your veggies and fruit with it.

#28 – Rabbits in your garden?

Place soaked cotton balls in small containers with holes poked in the top and place around your veggies on the ground to keep them away.

#29 – Moths bothering your fruit trees?

to catch these pests grab your white vinegar and molasses and use this mixture. Mix 2 parts vinegar to 1 part molasses and place in bottles or jugs. Put tops back  and poke holes around the top. They will climb in and not be able to get back out.

#30 – Hummingbird feeders need a good cleaning?

Clean them with white vinegar instead of soap and water. The soap and water can leave behind harmful residue that would hurt the birds.

These are only some of the simple things you can do to help save you money around the home. For more ideas on ways you can use White distilled vinegar and Apple cider vinegar click the link below.

1001 Tips for Vinegar

And as always leave a comment on ideas and suggestions for how you use vinegar in and around your home.


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Posted on May 30, 2013, in DIY - Do It Yourself, Money Saving Ideas, Pointers and Tips and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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