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A Gajillion Uses for Vinegar

The uses of vinegar are amazing, varied, and practically never-ending! We've been collecting household hacks for more than two decades, so other the years we have compiled about a gajillion household uses for vinegar! Here they are, organized by uses for your Car, Cooking, Skincare, Health, Cleaning Around the House, Laundry, Cleaning the Bathroom, Cleaning the Kitchen, Doing the Dishes, Garden and Yard, and Other Uses. Grab that gallon jug of vinegar from the dollar store and enjoy!

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
25-minute read
vinegar as cleaning product

***Remove Berry Stains

To remove berry stains, soak the stain overnight in equal parts milk and white vinegar. Then launder as usual.

Get Rid of a Smoke Smell on Clothes

If your clothes smell like cigarette smoke (we’ll save the judgment), you can remove the smell from your clothes by filling your bathtub with hot water and adding 1 cup white vinegar. Then just hang the clothes above the steaming water, and the smoke smell will dissipate in about a half hour.

Clean Suede

Got a spot on suede? Vinegar to the rescue! Simply dip an old toothbrush in white vinegar and gently brush over the grease.

Get Rid of Winter Salt Stains on Shoes

If your shoes or boots are stained with salt from trudging through winter streets, simply dip a cloth or an old T-shirt into white vinegar and wipe away the stain. It’s that easy!

Cleaning the Bathroom

Clean Bathroom Fixtures

To get the cleanest bathroom fixtures you’ve ever seen, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda to faucets, knobs, and towel bars. Lay old towels or rags on top and wait one hour, then buff off. Rinse the fixtures and then let them dry, and you’ll have sparkling fixtures without a hint of water marks.

Make a Daily Shower Spray

Stay on top of mold and mildew by keeping this daily shower spray within easy reach of all family members. Mix one part vinegar with 10 parts water in an empty spray bottle and you’re ready to go. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about a toxic cleaner hitting the baby’s bath toys.

Fix a Clogged Showerhead

It’s easy to remove mineral deposits from a showerhead without using harsh chemicals. Just unscrew it and submerge in white vinegar overnight, and the clogs will disappear. It you can’t unscrew it, fill a small, sturdy bag with vinegar and attach to the showerhead with duct tape, or use an old toothbrush and vinegar. To clean the screen in your showerhead, wash it with water mixed with a dash of dishwashing liquid

Make Your Shower Curtain Mildew-Resistant

Make your plastic shower curtain more resistant to mildew by soaking it in a bucket of water with a cup of white vinegar added overnight before handing.

Keep Mildew Off Your Shower Caddy

If you use a shower caddy, you can use vinegar to prevent mildew on it, as well! We recently featured it in our dorm hacks for college kids.

Remove Hard Water Stains

If your shower door is marked with hard-to-remove deposits, just them with a cloth dipped in warm vinegar, and rinse well.

Get Mirrors Sparkling

Make your mirrors shine with a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water. Is there anything it can’t do?

Clean Your Toilet

To remove hard-water deposits in your toilet bowl, pour 1 cup white vinegar into the bowl and allow it to sit for several hours or overnight before scrubbing.

Prevent Mildew on the Underside of Your Rug

Is the bottom of your bathroom rug prone to mildew? Put some white vinegar in a bottle and use it to spray down the bottom of your rug. Let dry before putting in place. The vinegar will make the rug more resistant to mildew.

Cleaning the Kitchen

Clean Counters

For a quick and easy vinegar cleaner that’s good for counters and other surfaces, just mix half water and half white vinegar in a spray bottle and shake before using!

Make Appliances Gleam

Vinegar can help remove streaks on black and stainless steel appliances. After cleaning them with warm, sudsy water and a sponge, rub them with a rag dampened with straight white vinegar. The vinegar will remove soap residue and make your appliances shine.

Clean Your Microwave

To clean your microwave oven, dampen several paper towels in a mixture of half water/half white vinegar, then stick them in the microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes. (Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t dry out.) The steam will help release the built-up dirt. Once the towels cool, you can use them to easily wipe down the interior.

Freshen Up the Garbage Disposal

Keep your garbage disposal running properly and odor-free with this simple once-a-month trick: Fill an ice-cube tray with white vinegar, and when frozen, grind about a dozen cubes. The ice sharpens the blades while the vinegar deodorizes the drain.

Make Oven Cleaning Safer

To help reduce fumes after you’ve used a powerful oven cleaner, wipe down the inside of the oven with white vinegar. It will remove any remaining residue and help to neutralize the cleaner. Your lungs will thank you.

Clean Your Ice Dispenser

It’s so convenient to have a refrigerator with built-in ice and water dispensers, but you may have noticed how gross the dispenser tray can look after a while. That whitish, mineral build-up seems impossible to wash off with soapy water, but vinegar will do the trick. Soak the tray in straight vinegar for a few minutes, then scrub the stains with an old toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and your dispenser will look like new again!

Make a DIY Foaming Stove Cleaner

Forget about buying those expensive stove cleaners to get rid of cooked-on grease stains. Just wet the stains with vinegar and cover with baking soda. After watching the fun, foaming reaction, wipe with a damp sponge and buff with a dry, clean cloth.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.