Uses for Vinegar


I’ve already told you how to make a Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe and a Homemade Fabric Softener using Vinegar… but check out these fantastic tips for using Vinegar from frugal girl readers right here and on The Frugal Girls Facebook Page!

Keri said: “If you dilute it a bit and use it as a spray cleaner for fresh fruits and veggies, it kills bacteria and helps them stay fresh longer… and avoid mold.  I saw it on Dr. Oz!” clip_image001

Nikki said: “I use it as a veggie wash. Keep a squirt bottle of 50/50 (h20) at my sink. I keep vinegar/dish soap spray bottle in my hand all day!  I use it to clean baby’s high hair tray to my out door play structure’s awning.”

Vicky said: “It is great for sunburns too! Takes the sting out…”

Aurea said: “I use white vinegar with baking soda for cleaning my jewelery.”

Candy said: “I make “Clorox” wipes with it.  {similar to homemade baby wipes}  Cut a roll of Bounty paper towels in half, then put that into an empty plastic Folgers coffee can.  Add 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup hot distilled water.  After about 30 minutes you should be able to pull out the core, and start pulling the wipes from the center  Use them anywhere you would usually use the name brand wipes.”

Wendy said: “I use it to wash clothes, and make whites brighter… and it’s not as harsh as Clorox!”

Tasha said: “I use it for Fabric Softener!”

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Melissa said: “I mix it with my laundry fabric softener so it lasts longer!”

Jan said: “I use distilled white vinegar in washing machine when washing my blacks. It helps them stay “brand new black”.  I use about a cup for a large load. It hasn’t failed me yet.”

Shanna said: “Vinegar gets that smell out of the arm pit area of your teenager’s shirt!  lol”

Amanda said: “I’ve got 3 toddler boys, so I use it to get the pee smell out of laundry.  Just one cup in at the start of a load, and voila!”

Teresa said: “Mix a few drops of vinegar with a few drops of rubbing alcohol, put a couple of drops in ears after swimming to get rid of water in your ears and has antibiotic properties.”

Erna said: “It gets chlorine out of your hair.  No more green hair!” clip_image001[1]

Jennifer said: “Brew it through your coffee pot to clean it out.  You can also run it through your dishwasher on a cycle to clean that out, too!”

clip_image004Drea said: “Microwave 1/4 cup vinegar in a bowl until it boils.  Leave the microwave door closed for a couple of minutes to let it get nice and steamy.  This softens the splatters in the microwave.  Dip a sponge or dish towel in the vinegar and use it to clean and disinfect the microwave ~ without elbow grease!”

Shelly said: “Works great for cleaning that hard to get stuck on food in the microwave. 1/2 cup vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup water for 4-5 min and everything wipes clean instantly.”

Elaine said: “It’s also good for getting hard water deposits off of faucets ~ works like a charm!”

Kali said: “We have extremely hard water so I use it in a spray bottle to clean the hard water build up on my shower doors.  I also use 1/2 cup in my dishwasher with each load so all my dishes come out sparkly clean {without it there is hard water cloudiness}.  I also use it in the laundry.”

clip_image005Patti said: “1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 water in a spray bottle. When I’m done with my shower, I spray the shower stall. Sure has cut down on the amount of time needed to clean my shower each week!”

Leslie said: “It also works great to clear clogged drains… a layer of baking soda, a layer of salt, a layer of baking soda, a layer of salt, then pour vinegar on it all and flush with hot water.  Plunge if needed.”

Monya said: “It’s fantastic at unclogging drains, 1/2 cup of baking soda in the t first, then a cup in half or 2 cups of vinegar, cover the drain. It works great, you may need to repeat but it works. Even unclogging the toilet.”

Leslie said: “I just tried a new cleaner… 2 parts White Vinegar to 1 part Dawn Dish Soap.  I used it clean my tub.  Wow!  It works great.”

clip_image006Melissa said: “I use it to clean windows, with newspaper {instead of paper towels}.  No more streaks!” clip_image007

Heather said: “I use it in my dishwasher instead of Jet Dry.  Never a spotty glass!!”

Jennifer said: “I use it with baking soda to clean stubborn dishes, and also to clean our glass top stove top.  I also use it to mop the floor, with a dash of lemon juice.  With a lot of little kids always on the floor, the vinegar works great… and is not all chemicals!”

Chaslin said: “Mix 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water, and 1 part Febreeze for cleaning floors.  That way it doesn’t stink so bad!  I add a little baking soda to give it some extra punch!”

clip_image008Lorrie said: “I use it in my carpet steamer… rather then spend a ton on carpet shampoo… CLEANS wonderful, and when dried the vinegar smell is gone along with every other nasty smell… GREAT CLEANER!  I also use it as a VEGGIE WASH… 1/2 cup vinegar (I use a giant pot-you could use your sink I guess) fill up with water soak veggies in it, then rinse… removes dirt, wax, and other “things” from fresh veggies and fruits.”

Heather said: “I use it to clean stains out of carpets and in my steam cleaner to clean carpets.”

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Tori said: “I use it in my steam cleaner.  Did you know that cleaner soap actually attracts dirt scum to carpet?  Vinegar makes my floors much cleaner.  I use it straight. I always have a sprayer ready to go.  I have 2 cats and if they vomit on carpet it immediately counter acts the acid from their stomach and turns it clear.”

Laura said: “I use it full-strength on my tile floors in my kitchen.  It smells funny, I know but it cuts the dirt like a champ… and I don’t have to rinse.  Love it!”

Wendy said: “It gets dog pee off of tile… stink and pee are gone ~ hooray!  Just use 2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar in a spray bottle.”

Sandy said: “Use the organic apple cider vinegar… put a few drops in your dogs water, helps with tartar.  Also, rinse your dogs in organic apple cider vinegar.  Pour it on them after you rinse them and do not rinse out, it helps with fleas, etc.”

Gloria said: “I put Apple Cider Vinegar in my dogs food to help with UTI’s and flea prevention.  I also drink ACV with a little water before meals, really helps with GI issues.
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Lauren said: “Mix with dish soap and water for flea shampoo. Works good. I’m not sure the exact recipe but you can find it online.”

Sarah said: “I use vinegar in a mix for fly spray for my horse. Works well and saves me money!!”

Kathleen said: “I soak dog collars and leashes in a small amount of laundry detergent mixed with vinegar and water.  I had never been able to get the odor out in the past, and this works great!”

Dawn said: “Vinegar is great for cleaning small pet cages without fear of hurting them.”

Jessica said: “Plain white vinegar in a small bowl and placed in a concealed area soaks up odors in the air. “

Jennifer said: “I fill up a Dawn Oxi Clean bottle when it is empty {only a few drops left that you can never get out to wash dishes with} with half water, and the rest vinegar.  Put a piece of Saran Wrap over it, poke little holes in it, and set it out near all those pesky gnats.  They are attracted to it and they get trapped inside the bottle.  I did the same with a few drops of the Dawn soap, water, vinegar mix in empty water bottles and put them in my pantry and no more of those pesky weird roly poly flying gnats!”

Sandra said: “I put it in my soapy water when I wash my car.”

Lisa said: “This tip isn’t a cleaner, but I love it on salad with oil!” clip_image001[2]

Jenny said: “Buttermilk substitute- 1 c milk + 1 tbsp vinegar.  I use in recipes, I never have buttermilk on hand and this works just as well.”

clip_image010Amber said: “I use it in the laundry, as a bath/kitchen cleaner, weed killer and as a skin soother when my girls get insect (especially fire ant) bites.  Just dab some on and it takes the sting and itch right out.”

Dee said: “Completely by accident we found that a small bowl full of vinegar will repel bees!”

Alyce said: “Vinegar also kills ants.”

Lisa said: “I spray it on mildew walls. Works as good as bleach & I don’t have to worry about vinegar bleaching out the carpet.  Also spray it 50/50 with water in the shower after each shower to get rid of soap scum.  1/2 cup vinegar in my coffee pot once a week to clean the machine. The list goes on…”

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