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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 Labels

If you’re having trouble peeling off a label or sticker without leaving a gooey mess behind, trying applying white vinegar until it’s saturated. It will come right off!

Get Paint Off Glass

Accidentally paint the edge of your windowpane while doing some remodeling? Hot vinegar can be used to remove paint from glass. Just microwave a cup of vinegar until hot (about 1–2 minutes), then dip a cloth in it and wipe the offending paint away.

Revitalize Paintbrushes

There’s no need to throw out old paintbrushes. If your paintbrush is old and crunchy, soften the bristles by warming some vinegar in the microwave and then soaking the brush in it for 20 minutes. Run a comb through the bristles to separate them, then rinse with warm water. It will be close to brand new again!

Remove Wallpaper More Easily

If you’re redoing a room, make wallpaper easier to remove by first spraying it liberally with a mixture of half water/half vinegar. It will soak through the wallpaper and loosen the wallpaper paste, making it easier to remove.

Remove Rust

To remove rust from nuts, bolts, screws, nails, hinges, or any other object, place them in a container and cover with vinegar. Seal the container, shake it, and let it stand overnight. Dry the objects to prevent corrosion.

Freshen a Funky Lunchbox

Kid’s lunchbox starting to smell funky? Freshen it up with bread and vinegar! Just moisten a slice of bread with white vinegar and let it sit in the closed lunchbox overnight. In the morning, any bad odors should be gone.

Get Your Drain Running Again

Most people know the old science fair project of mixing vinegar and baking soda to cause a chemical reaction worthy of a model volcano, but not many know that this powerful combination is also a great drain cleaner. Baking soda and vinegar break down fatty acids from grease, food, and soap build-up into simpler substances that can be more easily flushed down the drain. Here’s how to do it: Pour 2 ounces baking soda and 5 ounces vinegar into your drain. Cover with a towel or dishrag while the solution fizzes. Wait 5–10 minutes, then flush the drain with very hot water. Repeat until your drain is clear.

Repel Mice

Make your home a less attractive place for mice by placing cotton balls soaked with white vinegar wherever you see the little critters: under cabinets, in closets, in corners, and so on. Mice find the smell of vinegar unappealing and will avoid it. Be sure to change the cotton balls frequently so that the vinegar smell remains fresh.

Get Rid of Fruit Flies and Gnats

Have a fruit fly problem in your home? Our favorite way to get rid of fruit flies or gnats overnight is with this DIY trap using vinegar. Add two drops of dishwashing liquid to a bowl of apple cider vinegar and leave it where you see flies. The smell of the vinegar attracts the flies, while the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar and the flying buggers drown!

Dye Easter Eggs

Never, ever pay for egg dye! Simply mix ½ cup boiling water with ½ teaspoon white vinegar, and add food coloring until you get a hue you like. For a striped egg even the Easter Bunny would be proud of, wrap tape around the egg before dipping. Once the egg dries, remove the tape, tape over the colored parts, and dip again in a different color. You can also use stickers in the shapes of hearts, stars, and letters.

Do you have a use for vinegar we missed? We're shocked! Leave it in a comment below, and come join our Clever 2nd Uses group board on Pinterest (or just check it out for uncommon uses for household items). And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook or Instagram

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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.