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Household Uses for Vinegar

By Edited Sep 29, 2015 2 1

Most people have vinegar in their pantry, but did you know you can use vinegar for more than just cooking. You can use vinegar to in your laundry, to get rid of weeds, clean your home, in your garden and even as a part of your beauty routine.

Add vinegar to your garden to make soil more acidic. Most plants prefer slightly acid to neutral soil. If you have alkaline soil, mix in some vinegar to bring the pH down.

Use vinegar to kill weeds. Spray or pour the vinegar onto the weed until it dies. Be careful not to get vinegar on any of your desirable plants because it can damage or even kill them.

Use vinegar to extend the life of cut flowers. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar and a few tablespoons of sugar to the vase water.

Use vinegar to remove animal urine stains on your carpet. Remove as much urine as you can with a dry cloth; don't rub, just blot. Rinse the area with warm water. Dilute vinegar with an equal amount of water and pour it on the area. Use a dry cloth to soak up the vinegar and then rinse with fresh water. Soak up as much water as you can from the carpet and let it dry.

Use vinegar on your car windows to keep the frost off. Spray vinegar on the windows the night before you expect a frost.

Use vinegar to help ease the pain and itching of a bee or jellyfish sting. You can also use vinegar on mosquito bites. Use a cotton ball to dab the bite or sting with vinegar as often as needed.

Rinse your hair with vinegar to remove buildup and make it shinier. Dilute vinegar with water and pour it over your hair after you shampoo.

Remove the smell of smoke from clothes, carpets and walls. Add vinegar to your washing machine to deodorize your clothes. Steam clean your carpets or wipe down your walls with a mixture of vinegar and warm water to remove any lingering smoke smell.

Soak your clothes in vinegar for a few minutes before washing them to keep the colors from running. You can also add vinegar to the rinse cycle to make colors brighter.

Use vinegar to unclog your drains. Pour some baking soda into the drain and follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse. Pour one cup of vinegar down the drain each week and let it sit to keep your drains clear and remove any smells.

Add vinegar to your cleaning water to remove soap, buildup and mildew. You can use vinegar to clean just about anything, including bathroom fixtures, dishwashers, toilets, floors and sinks.



Jan 25, 2011 3:18pm
Good tips for the uses of vinegar, it also gets rid of ants that congregate in the cracks in concrete. ^^
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