37 Uses For Vinegar – And Counting!

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My favorite cost saving tip is to use a product for more then what it was originally intended for.  And, you can not get a more versatile product then vinegar.  Distilled vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for almost anything.  Recently, in my “New Poo” experiement I have come to find that a vinegar rinse has just done amazing things for my hair.  So, I thought I would list some other great uses for vinegar.

  1. Hair Rinse: Use 1 tbsp with 1 cup water to rinse hair after shampooing or using a baking soda wash.
  2. Mosquito Bites: Dab with vinegar to relieve itching
  3. Sunburn: Rinse with vinegar to relieve burn.
  4. Hiccups: Drink 1 glass water with 1 tbs vinegar
  5. Itchy Dry Skin: Take a bath and add 2 tbs to bath water
  6. Sore Throat: Gargle and swallow 1 glass water with 1 tsp vinegar
  7. Suppress Appetite: Drink a glass of water with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar & a bit of honey.
  8. Relieve Arthritis: Drink 1 cup water with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar before each meal.  Takes about 3 weeks to work
  9. Upset Stomach: Drink 1 cup water with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  10. Freshen Vegetables: Soak wilted veggies in 2 cups water with 1 tbs vinegar
  11. Boil Eggs: Add 2 tbs vinegar to water when boiling eggs to prevent them from cracking
  12. Tenderize Meat: marinate roast in 1/4 cu[ venegar overnight.  Cook without draining.
  13. Coffee Pots: Run vinegar through machines to remove lime build up
  14. Dishwasher: Run vinegar through the machine once a month to reduce soap & lime build up
  15. Drains & Disposals: Pour vinegar down drains & disposals to deodorize
  16. Wood Cutting Boards: Wipe down cutting boards to disinfect
  17. Microwave: Boil 1/2 cup vinegar & 1 cup water in microwave to easily wipe food particuls
  18. Formica Countertops: Wipe w/ a cloth soaked in distilled vinegar to make formica shine
  19. No Wax Linoleum: Wash floors with 1/2 cup white vinegar & 1/2 gallon Water
  20. Windows: Wash windows with undiluted vinegar.  Wipe with newspapers.
  21. Ring Stains On Wood: Rub stain with equal parts vinegar & olive oil
  22. Air Freshener: Put 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tbs vinegar & 2 cups water in spray bottle. Use to deodorize room.
  23. Bathroom Soap Scum:  Wipe surface with vinegar and rinse.  Removes mildew as well
  24. Shower Head: Remove shower head.  Place in a pot of boiling water and vinegar.  Let sit for 5 minutes then rinse
  25. Laundry: Add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse cycle to brighten clothes and prevent lint
  26. Towels: Add Vinegar to the wash to remove mildew odor.
  27. Perspiration Stains: Rub with 1 part vinegar to 1 part water.  Rinse
  28. Pet Stains: use equal parts cool water & vinegar to clean pet stains from carperting
  29. Ants: Spray full strength to get rid of ants
  30. Azaleas Plants: water with 2 tbs vinegar & 1 qt water
  31. Kill Weeds: Spray full strength on walkways to kill weeds
  32. Cut Flowers: Use 2 tbs vinegar, 1 tsp sugar for 1 qt water to prolong the life of your flowers
  33. Car Chrome: Spray full strength and wipe to shine chrome
  34. Prevent Frost: Coat windows the night beofre with 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water to prevent frost on your windshield
  35. Rice:  To make your rice fluffier, add 1 tsp of vinegar to water when it boils
  36. Buttermilk: add 1 tbs to 1 cup milk to make your own buttermilk.  Let stand 5 min
  37. Eyeglasses: Clean lenses with a drop of vinegar
  38. Remove Wallpaper: Spray full strength on wallpaper.  Let sit for a few minutes and peel.  I have used a scoring tool with this method and it works great.
  39. Skunk:  When you pet gets sprayed by a skunk you can wash them in a vinegar bath to remove the smell.
  40. Yoga Mats: Use Vinegar, tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle to spray on the mat for cleaning.
  41. Jellyfish: Use a mix of vinegar & water to take away the irritation from a Jellyfish sting.
  42. Stainless Steel Pots: Boil vinegar in a pot to remove burned on food.

What other uses have you found?  Share your secrets!

Source: About.com & Vinegar Tips
Note: These are tips and ideas only and are used at your own risk