Uses for Vinegar

May 9, 2014

rusty toolsVinegar is really great stuff with many cool uses. Here are the the 2 best ones I know of.

  1. Remove rust from metal. Just let the metal (pliers, blade etc.) soak overnight in the vinegar. Rub off with old cloth, rinse with water and dry or place in sun. Bye-bye rust.

  2. Paint the undiluted vinegar on wood to keep nasty woodborers and other insects away. It's better if you can submerge the wood for an hour but not necessary.
Considering the prices nowadays of rust remover and wood treatment, this tip can save you many, many $$!

Source: My own experiments. It works!

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November 29, 2012

I have stopped buying expensive and fume cleaning products and have gone to vinegar for everything. It is the oldest, safest and most effective cleaning product there is.

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February 10, 2016

I keep a bowl of white vinegar on my stove to keep cooking odors down. When a closet or room starts to smell musty or stale, I put a bowl of white vinegar on a shelf for a few days.


This usually takes care of just about any smell. It was especially good when my son was a teenager.

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March 10, 2015

Here are several clever ideas for using vinegar around the house. Post your own favorite vinegar uses.

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April 15, 2013

After a nasty fall in my bath tub, I became extra careful to not have it happen again. My first idea was to always just throw a facecloth in the tub to stand on.


My latest and very effective method that keeps me safe as well as my family is to spray my vinegar/water cleaning solution on the bottom of the tub.

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April 29, 2015

If you don't have any cleaner in the house, you can always use vinegar. It makes your floors shine and cuts the grime off your floor. It makes your house smell cleaner than regular cleaner.

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July 14, 2005

There are tons of uses for vinegar. From cleaning to killing weeds. Post your ideas.


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March 14, 20050 found this helpful

Use vinegar soaks to clean dentures, rusted tools and faucets

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March 14, 20050 found this helpful

Vinegar adds an amazing sheen to dark hair.....(similar to lemon juice for blondes) ....apparantley!

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December 8, 2004

I am a big fan of natural, non-toxic cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar. My question is, can you use vinegar to kill germs? For example, would vinegar be sufficient to kill germs from raw meat on your counter? Also, I am assuming that vinegar is totally non-toxic - please let me know if this is not correct! Thanks.

Ann in Mint Hill


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December 9, 20040 found this helpful

Here is just one site I found that says vinegar kills germs. I had heard about a study that proved this a few years use it without guilt!!!


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December 9, 20040 found this helpful

Vinegar is a wonderful cleaner; but, there are two options I would suggest. 1st: spray the vinegar on the area that you want and let it sit 5 minutes and wipe that off and then spray hydrogen peroxide and do the same thing. separately sprayed on they kill germs well. mixed together they are not as effective. 2: my recommendation and what I use, I add a tsp of tea tree essential oil to a sprayer bottle of about 1 cup of water. shake each time before you use it. Tea tree oil kills just about everything. Ecoli and salmonella. And it smells clean as well and you only have the one step.

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Is vinegar sprayed directly on a laminate surface, such as the kitchen counter, and then left to stand for 5 or more minutes harmful to the counter top? It seems like it would be too harsh to use undiluted.

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If you use a chopping board for all raw meat, (kept solely for that purpose - do not mix chopping boards for cooked and raw foods), you can wash it in very hot water with detergent and then just wipe over with vinegar if you want - but this should not be necessary as long as all food residue and fat is scrubbed off in very hot water. Allow to dry thoroughly following cleaning.




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December 10, 20040 found this helpful

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I don't believe vinegar should hurt your counter top even if left on for 5 minutes. You do not need to use it full strength however. I would think 1 part water to 1 part vinegar would be a good disinfectant. If you know the manufacterer of the counter top you may want to google them to see if they have a website. Often they have cleaning tips or even a support number or email address where you can contact them.

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By Ann in Mint Hill (Guest Post)
December 10, 20040 found this helpful

Thanks for the info. I'm glad to know I can use the vinegar to kill germs. My countertops aren't anything special so I don't worry about harming them...maybe something like marble would be a problem. I've never had a problem with it damaging anything.


I've poured it full strength on carpet and upholstered furniture (when napping children have wet the furniture) and it's never done anything to the fabric.

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January 5, 20050 found this helpful

I work for a commercial cleaning agency and I found that using vinegar to rid indoor brick of a dusty appearance caused by soap residue seems to work best. However I would like to know is there a ratio of vinegar to water that can be used in over a 1000 sq ft area? This is simply to help with cost.

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May 20, 2010

What are some alternative uses for vinegar around the house?

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June 4, 2006

I use iron out in my laundry to get my whites whiter. I saw on this site about using white vinegar, does this really work and how much do I use?

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January 29, 2017

Adding a bit of vinegar to your home humidifier can help freshen the air. This is a page about adding vinegar to your humidifier.

A humidifier blowing steam.

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July 4, 2017

This is a page about vinegar and dish soap fruit fly trap. A simple effective fruit fly trap can be made with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.

trap next to bananas

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January 17, 2017

Vinegar is a great odor eliminator, not only is it natural and non-toxic but it really works! Learn how to use vinegar as a natural odor eliminator in this page.

Hand spraying sofa with vinegar.

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December 13, 2016

This is a page about using white vinegar for dandruff. Instead of trying expensive medicated shampoos, try using vinegar instead.

A woman noticing dandruff in her dark hair.

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