18 Ways to Get More Out of Vinegar

This kitchen staple is also a household hero. Read up on how you can start utilizing this natural and budget-friendly ingredient in your home.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Uses for vinegar

From eliminating windshield streaks to curing hiccups, you'll be sure to find a use for vinegar beyond just in your recipes. Here are all the ways you can start putting this natural and eco-friendly ingredient to work.

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1. Vanquish Smells with Vinegar
Vinegar absorbs and neutralizes odors—from smelly pets and paint to smoke. Place a cup of vinegar in any room the odor reaches. In the kitchen, try boiling a cup of vinegar in 2 cups water. In 15 minutes, the smell should be gone. To remove odors from washable items, add 1 cup of white vinegar during the wash cycle.

2. Steam Away Microwave Mess
Microwave walls can take a beating from food and drink explosions. But cleanup and deodorizing are simple when you use vinegar. In a microwavable bowl, combine ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup water. (You can also add a few drops of lemon juice, if you like.) Microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, then let sit for a few minutes while the steam goes to work. You should be able to easily wipe away any formerly caked-on mess.

3. Whiten Grout—Without Bleach
You can dissolve nasty buildup without harsh bleach. Simply create a paste from baking soda and water and apply it to the grout. Spray the area with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush. Then rinse with warm water and admire the results!

4. Stop Windshield Wiper Streaks
Dampen a cloth with vinegar and run it down each blade. The acetic acid cleans away any dirt and residue but also coats the wipers to make them frost-free.

5. Get Fresh-Car Smell
A bowl of vinegar set in the car overnight will remove odors left by pets, kid athletes, takeout food, and more!

6. Make Sweat Stains Disappear
Is your laundry nemesis a perfectly good white tee yellowed by pit stains? Vinegar to the rescue! Just pour a small amount of white vinegar directly onto the stain and gently rub it into the fabric before washing.

7. Make your own fabric refresher!
In a spray bottle, add a 1:3 mixture of vinegar and water plus a few drops of an essential oil. Mist onto clothing and let dry.

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8. Stop Pasta from Sticking

Skip the oil that can chase away your pasta sauce; turn to vinegar instead. Adding a bit of white vinegar to the cooking water will lower the pH level and stop starch from getting pulled into the water, creating a sticky situation.

9. Out of Eggs? Vinegar to the Rescue!
Already started a baking recipe and realized you don’t have eggs? Just mix 1 teaspoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon baking soda for every egg needed. The combination will cause dough to leaven, much like eggs do.


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