Tips: 10 household uses for white vinegar

Tips: 10 household uses for white vinegar

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10 household uses for white vinegar
1. Get your dishes to sparkle - Pour vinegar into the rinse aid dispenser of your dishwasher and stop spending the money on expensive commercial rinse aids. This trick works well whether using commercial or homemade dishwasher detergent. If hand washing dishes, add a cup of vinegar to your rinse water for spot-free dishes. The savings over commercial rinse-aids is insane.

2. Clean your produce - Have you seen the expensive produce wash sold in stores? If you don’t want to rinse fruits and veggies in plain water, you can simply wash them with one part vinegar and three parts water. Add a little lemon juice and a touch of baking soda to the mix to get non-organic veggies really clean. Just be sure to rinse well with plain water before eating.

3. Perk up leafy vegetables - Don’t throw away wilted lettuce. Droopy greens can be brought back to life with vinegar. Soak in a bowl with cold water and a splash of vinegar for 10 minutes. Just rinse and dry before enjoying your revived produce. I told you this stuff was magic!

4. Cooking (of course) - Over the last few years vinegar has made its way into our kitchen with a vengeance! We now love to make pickles, dressings, and flavor soups and sauces with vinegar. For most edible stuff Matt using organic ACV with the mother or red wine vinegar, but the white stuff makes it to the party every now and again.

5. Keep colors from running - Soak new colored garments to help them retain their color longer. Before washing for the first time, soak garments in a bucket with one part water and one part white vinegar for 20 minutes. This will save you money in the long run because you’ll be extending the life of your clothing.

6. Soften laundry – White vinegar is very effective at removing soap residue in the laundry and softening your clothing and linens. Add one cup to the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine, or fill a fabric softener ball with vinegar and toss it in the load. Laundry comes out feeling soft and fluffy, with no chemical coatings or perfumes like commercial softeners. Did I mention it’s a great softening alternative for sensitive skin.

7. Clean your house – Where do I begin? I use diluted vinegar on floors, walls, windows, carpets, showers, sinks, mirrors, and faucets. My favorite cleaning trick is to sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl and spray vinegar around the lid, bowl, and floor surrounding the toilet. I allow it to sit while I go about my chores (and make sure nobody uses the bathroom). When I return I scrub the inside of the toilet, wipe away any remaining vinegar, and flush! Cheap, easy, and effective.

8. Deodorize - Since moving into a new house, we have been trying to eliminate odors left by the last tenants. Smoke and pet odors are improved by spraying a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water enhanced with a few drops of my favorite essential oils. Spritz this mixture into the air throughout the room; the vinegar smell will dissipate after a few minutes leaving a fresh scent.

9. Repel ants - Ants seem to hate vinegar. Spray it in cracks, around baseboards, on countertops, or anywhere ants tend to crawl around your house. No need to put poisonous ant traps on your floor that kids or pets could get into.

10. Kill grass or weeds without chemicals - Spray full-strength vinegar on young weeds or grass that creep into places they’re not welcome. The acidic properties of vinegar wilt and kill the baby plants by the very next day. Really tough weeds will need a few treatments and are sometimes better off pulling – just pull them and spray any remaning roots.
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solowkoe
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Thanks for all the positive comments. I agree with iowaharkeyes, we need to bring back the stuff our parents used instead of paying extra for fancy names.
solowkoe posted Jun 18, 2012
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shimisi
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Softens laundry and repels ants? How intriguing. Thanks!
shimisi posted Jun 16, 2012
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ArtemisDeals
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Wow These are all really great! Some of them I had no idea about. Eric99 is right you should write and article about this. There is a lot if information that people would like from this one :)
ArtemisDeals posted Jun 16, 2012
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iowahawkeyes
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Nice old fashoned stuff like this needs to be resurrected. All this fancy cleaners and stuff now and days isn't truly as good.
iowahawkeyes posted Jun 16, 2012
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FibroMom
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Awesome Tips! I only knew about a few of them! LOVE finding new uses for products I already have on hand! Thanks for sharing this article! :)
FibroMom posted Jun 16, 2012
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mayhemt
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I can corroborate on the point 10 - Recently I didn't have RoundUp handy. When I saw a pesky weed near my shrubs, i shot a good half cup of vinegar on this weed. By evening, the weed was so dry, I couldn't locate it for few minutes.
mayhemt posted Jun 16, 2012
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poe601
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Great tips here, will give some of these a try!
poe601 posted Jun 16, 2012
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encorez
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Thanks for the tip
not sure why it's not on FrontPage.....
encorez posted Jun 16, 2012
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solowkoe
solowkoe replied:
it should have been. oh well :)
Posted Jun 18, 2012
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rd995
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i use white vinegar to clean the A/C drain line every time i replace the filter it never gets clog
rd995 posted Jun 15, 2012
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erick99
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This could be expanded upon and made into a useful Page for DP.
erick99 posted Jun 15, 2012
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nimase85
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Thanks for all the lovely tips I will defiantly pass this along to my friends and maybe put it on pinterest
nimase85 posted Jun 15, 2012
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rockinnrolla
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WOW how interesting! I will have to try out a few of these cleaning tips! Thank you so much!
rockinnrolla posted Jun 15, 2012
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arsiel
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Cool. I recently read that it worked as a deodorizer. It's pretty crazy how much white vinegar can be used
arsiel posted Jun 15, 2012
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branie
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Thanks, I really love tips and tricks like this, I will pass this along as well, very useful information :)
branie posted Jun 15, 2012
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grandma5
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Good for cleaning your feet also.
grandma5 posted Jun 15, 2012
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themoneyman1113
themoneyman1113 replied:
haha. My Mom would tell my younger brother this all the time. He had the worst smelling feet and so dirty. That is because he never wore shoes.
Posted Jun 15, 2012
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krmills1
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Vinegar has a lot of uses, I have a book that has over 100 different things that you can do with it.
krmills1 posted Jun 15, 2012
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YesBoss
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Good Pints, We Use To Clean Silverware And Jewelry. Thanks For sharing The Post.
YesBoss posted Jun 15, 2012
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barang_square
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Thanks for the tips. They are wonderful.
barang_square posted Jun 15, 2012
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solowkoe
solowkoe replied:
No problem. I thought it was a interesting quick read too. I want to try the dishwasher one. We have been using it to wash our raspberries and it DOES make them last longer.
Posted Jun 15, 2012
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dealwagger
dealwagger replied:
@solowkoe, so do I! I will keep you posted on whether it works out well or how close it comes to matching Finish Jet Dry :)
Posted Jun 15, 2012
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solowkoe
solowkoe replied:
I used mine in the dishwasher last night and it made less hard water spots. I think it did a good job. But the house smelled like vinegar afterwards :)
Posted Jun 18, 2012
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