12 Uses for Vinegar
Distilled white vinegar is an amazing alternative to many products you may normally use, but unlike those products it is inexpensive and non-toxic. It has a wide range of uses for the home, garden, or in your beauty routine. If you avoid using it, because you don’t the house to smell like you’ve been dying Easter eggs all day, don’t worry, the smell disappears after the vinegar dries.
- 1. Defrost car
Simply mix a 3:1 ratio of vinegar to water and generously spray over your windshield at night, in the morning everything should be ice free.
- 2. Clean and sanitize
Vinegar is an amazing household cleaner use it on its own, mixed with dish soap, baking soda, or as a rise after using castile soap. Use it on floors, hard water stains, mildew buildup, as a glass cleaner, or wiping down miscellaneous surfaces that need sanitized. If the smell still bothers you try this.
- 3. Fabric softener
Adding ¾ a cup of vinegar to your final rinse cycle serves as the perfect fabric softener, perfect for keeping clothes soft if they are being line dried or static free if you’re using the dryer. Try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make a scented fabric softener.
- 4. Fruit and veggie wash
Either keep a spray bottle with equal parts of water and vinegar in the kitchen or fill the sink with the solution and let your produce soak. After they have soaked for a few minutes give the produce a little scrub and a good rinse and they are ready to eat.
- 5. De-greaser/ label remover
Any unwanted labels or bumper stickers simply soak with vinegar and wipe away. This also works with grease buildup in your kitchen or car.
- 6. Soothe sunburn
Due to different skin types and sensitivities start with equal parts vinegar and water on a paper towel to soothe a burn. If the vinegar mixture feels good and you want more relief try using a stronger mixture or simply pure vinegar on a paper towel.
- 7. Weed killer
Spray pure vinegar on any unwanted weeds in your yard to kill them the natural way. Note: It may take a few applications in order to completely kill the weeds.
- 8. Pickle things
The obvious use of vinegar. Try doing something a little more creative than just cucumbers though, such as cauliflower, carrots, pumpkin, onion, or radish.
- 9. Make nail polish last longer
Wipe fingernails with vinegar before applying nail polish, this removes any residue on your nails that may prevent the polish from adhering properly.
- 10. Remove white water rings from wood
Using equal parts vinegar and olive oil wipe those unsightly marks away. One tip: be sure to wipe with the grain.
- 11. Stain remover
Soak the area with vinegar, allow it to sit and then wash. This works on deodorant, mustard, and ketchup stains just to name a few.
- 12. Facial toner
Start out with a light mixture of 1:4 or 1:3 of vinegar to water to make sure the skin does not get irritated. Everyone’s skin is different so play around with a mixture that works for you.