green footprint

Did you know that vinegar is a great addition to your gardening tool box?

If you are trying to go "green" and reduce your "carbon footprint" then why not start replacing some of those chemical cleaners with more natural ones.

Before you think, "what could I use them for in the garden" here are a few ideas to get your started:

Mud Nests

As much as we all love birds, sometimes they will try and build nests in your roof, fascia or places that are not safe for you or them! Once the birds have finished for the season, especially the mud nests, then here is a great way to deter them from building there again. Use white vinegar full strength and drench the area with it..

Do NOT spray the birds, this is just to deter them from a particular area. You can put the vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the spot, and it will put them off and they will go looking elsewhere.

Garden Furniture

If you have wicker outside furniture, then you can use a sponge and a solution of one part white vinegar and one part very hot water. Put the chairs out in the hot sun to dry and this will clean and make them look better, and less dingy.

Flower Pots

You can remove stains from plastic and clay pots, by making a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts cold water, and soak the pots, they will soon look clean and new again. I find you need to do this for about an hour or so. Then make sure and wash with plain soap and water before you use them for your plants and flowers.

Concrete paths

You can remove stains from concrete by pouring full strength white vinegar over the area. Keep doing this until the stain fades.

Fresh Flowers

Keep cut flowers fresher longer, by adding two tablespoons of white vinegar and one tablespoon of white sugar to the vase of water. This even works for droopy flowers!

Greenhouse glass

Take three tablespoons of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid detergent and one pint of water and put into a spray bottle (you can get empty spray bottles at the dollar store), lightly spray and then wipe with a crumpled piece of newspaper. This makes them gleam!

There are so many uses for vinegar in the garden, and the house. My grandmother used to use natural cleaners all the time. She said back in "the day" you couldn't just run to the store and buy cleaners. But we have come full circle again, and as a favor to the environment, we are trying these natural cleaners again. Plus look at the money you will save!