25 Ways to use Distilled Vinegar other than Cooking and Disinfecting

June 30, 2011

in Product alternative uses


This week at Giant Eagle you can get white distilled vinegar for FREE.  I’ve known for a long time that Vinegar is a great cleaner because it disinfects.  I’ve used it many a time to clean out nebulizer tubing.  But did you know that there are a ton of other uses for Vinegar besides Cooking and Cleaning.

Here are 25 ways to use that Free Vinegar and quite a few of them will save you from buying other products.  So in the end it will save you money.

  1. Freshen Cut Flowers.  Add 2 TBSP Vinegar and 1 tsp sugar for each quart of water.  Great when you run out of the packet supplied with the flowers.
  2. Kill Grass on Walks and Driveways.  No need to use harmful chemicals, just pour vinegar full strength on unwanted grass.
  3. Increase Soil Acidity.  This is perfect for growing plants like rhododendrums, gardenia or azaleas that like acidic soil.   Just add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water when you water your plants.
  4. Keep Ants out of your House – Here’s another way to keep the harmful chemicals out of your house.  Just spray vinegar around door and window frames, under appliances or any where else the ants are coming in.
  5. Polish Car Chrome – Apply Vinegar full strength
  6. Have a Flea Free Pet – Add a little vinegar to your pet’s drinking water and the fleas will stay away.
  7. Avoid Scraping Frost off Car Windows – Just coat the car windows the night before with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water and save yourself some time in the morning.
  8. Cut your Calories – Sprinkle a little vinegar on prepared food to take the edge off your appetite.
  9. Soothe a Jellyfish Sting – This came in handy during our vacation when my daughter got stung by a jellyfish.  Just douse the irritated area with vinegar to take out the sting and relieve itching.
  10. Relieve Sunburn – No need to pay for expensive Burn Care cream.  Just lightly rub vinegar on the sunburn.  Reapply as needed.
  11. Brighten your Hair – After your shampoo, take 1 cup of vinegar and add to warm water in a cup.  Then use it to rinse your hair.  The Vinegar adds highlights to brown hair and removes soap film.
  12. Keep the Flakes Away – Fight dandruff by rinsing with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water after shampooing.
  13. Clean Dentures – Just soak them overnight in vinegar and then in the morning brush away tarter with a toothbrush.
  14. Take Grease off Suede – Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spots.
  15. Remove Deodorant Stains – Lightly rub with distilled vinegar and than launder as usual.
  16. Freshen Vegetables – Extend the life of your vegetables by soaking wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
  17. Keep Hard Boiled Eggs from Cracking – Just add 2 TBSP water before boiling
  18. Clean your Dishwasher – Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month.  This will reduce soap build up on the dishwasher workings.
  19. Unclog a drain – Another idea that will save you from buying a special product.  Just pour a handful of baking SODA down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar.  Then rinse with Hot Water.
  20. Make Buttermilk – Add a TBSP of Vinegar to a cup of Milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken
  21. Remove Decals or Bumper Stickers – Soak a cloth in Vinegar.  Than cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in.  The sticker should peel off easily.
  22. Soften off a Paint Brush – Soak the paint brush in hot vinegar, then wash out with warm sudsy water.
  23. Remove Rings on Wood Furniture – Has a glass left a mark on your expensive wood furniture.  Try mixing an equal part of distilled vinegar and olive oil and rubbing with the grain.
  24. Whiten Your Teeth and Eliminate Bad breath – Just brush one or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.
  25. Make Nail Polish Last Longer – Wipe Fingernails with cotton balls dipped in distilled vinegar before putting on your nail polish.

So what about you?  Do you have a favorite use for Vinegar.  Leave it in the comments or over on The Coupon “High” Facebook Page.

Want more ways to use products your get for free, check out the rest of my series on Product Alternative Uses.

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Revealed: Secret to Reducing Air Conditioning Costs

Certain results indicate how each American household pay an estimate of $1000 for both heating and air conditioning systems every year.
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taz July 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

We use a mixture of vinegar and water when we wash windows. I think its a 50/50 mix. I never mix it because my Mom always has some ready to go. When I wash windows I also dry them with newspaper. I never get streaky windows when I do this. My Mom always washed windows with vinegar water and newpaper.


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