Vinegar is fab for making dressings and drizzling over chips, but it’s useful for much more than that too.
In the past we’ve shown you how to use vinegar in the laundry and today we’re sharing X more uses for vinegar you can try out all around the home.
Ready for some brand new tips? Then let’s get started!
1. Soothe a bite or sting
Stung by a wasp? Wasp venom is alkaline, so applying something acidic to the sting may help to soothe it.
Try adding some distilled white vinegar to a cotton wool pad and dot the area to provide quick pain relief.
2. Brighten clothes
Brighten your clothes by adding half a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle.
P.S. Vinegar can also fluff up old towels. Check out our other uses for vinegar in your laundry for more great tips.
3. Banish smells
Never mind smelly breath – handling onions and garlic when cooking will make your hands smell too.
A clever tip is to rub white vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing to stop the smell.
4. Make jewelry sparkle
Are your jewels lacklustre? There’s a quick fix for that!
Grab a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and mix with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Soak for 2 – 3 hours, rinse under cold water then dry with a cloth. You’ll be ready for the ball in no time.
5. Unclog a shower head
Showerheads can become clogged with hard water and limescale, which will affect their performance and put pressure on pipes.
First unscrew the shower-head, then remove the rubber washing, and finally place the head into a saucepan filled with equal parts of both water and white vinegar. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Easy!
6. Get rid of ants & other bugs naturally
Got ants in your garden that you want to get rid of? Or spiders in the house?
Mix water and white vinegar into equal parts and spray it around the areas you see them. They hate it and will soon move on!
We have loads of other natural ways to get rid of ants in our other article – go check them out!
7. Clean mugs
If you’ve got out of the habit of washing your mug after every use, it’s likely to develop dark coffee and tea stains which can be tricky to get rid of.
To get rid of them, mix salt and white vinegar together and scrub onto stains.
8. Remove rust once and for all
Remove rust from your precious tools by leaving the offending items bathing in undiluted white vinegar overnight.
Ta-da – your tools will appear like new in the morning!
9. Deodorise with vinegar
Vinegar is great for deodorising.
One of the most effective ways to use it is freshening up smelly drains.
Pour a cup of your trusty white vinegar down the drain once a week leave it for 30 minutes. Flush with cold water to banish bad smells.
10. Get shiny windows
Forget fancy cleaning products, this is our favourite way of cleaning windows.
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar and spritz onto windows. Finish them off by drying them with an old newspaper.
11. Frost-free car windows
Stepping out of the door to frosty windows is a nightmare when you’re in a rush.
Did you know there’s a way to prevent it?
A tip for the winter, spray a mixture of 3 parts white vinegar to one part water onto your windows to stop old Jack Frost from visiting.
12. Chopping boards
It’s really important to give chopping boards a really good clean as they can harbour all kinds of bacteria from meat and veg.
You can clean and disinfect all your wooden chopping boards by wiping them with full strength white vinegar. Cleaning doesn’t get much easier than this.
13. All-natural weed killer
Weed killers can be really potent (not to mention expensive).
Next time you find some unwanted greenery sprouting up in your garden, try a natural method instead.
Grab yourself a spray bottle of full-strength white vinegar and kill weeds by spraying on them until the plants have starved. Job done.
14. Fresh flowers
Give your flowers a helping hand with this quick recipe – chances are you’ll have all of the ingredients in your cupboard already.
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a vase with water. Add your flowers and they’ll last for longer!
This also works for plants – give it a go next time you’re in the garden.
15. Clean your blinds
Now your windows are clean, it’s time sort out those blinds!
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar with hot tap water and wipe that muck away.
16. Stop itching
Can’t. Stop. Itching!
Relieve any dry and itchy skin by adding 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to your bath water.
17. Give life to an old paintbrush
There’s hope for that paint-covered brush yet!
Place your trusty paintbrush into a jar of full-strength white vinegar until the paint disappears and then wash with hot, soapy water.
It’ll be spotless in no time.
18. Toilet cleaner
Is there anything vinegar can’t do?
Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into your toilet bowl and leave it to soak overnight. Flush in the morning to reveal a pearly-white, fresh-smelling toilet.
19. Combat grease
There are still more cleaning uses for vinegar to come. Here’s another one of our favourites.
Get rid of grease stains with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Use a damp cloth to clean off the grease.
20. Unstick stickers
Once stickers are stuck they can be seriously hard to unstick
Get rid of unsightly stickers on walls or furniture by using white vinegar on the corners and sides. It will remove the glue and make them easier to remove.
21. Stop stinky feet
Phwoar – who’s taken their shoes off?
Balance the pH of the skin on your feet by splashing apple cider vinegar on a paper towel or baby wipe. Give you toes a quick rub with the mixture and your feet will no longer smell!
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