30 Uses for Distilled White Vinegar | Other Than Cooking & Disinfecting


Distilled Vinegar…  Good for so much more than cooking.

In fact, In our house it’s the go to disinfectant and cleaner.  Not only is it very frugal, but also much safer than cleaning with chemicals.

But distilled vinegar is good for so much more than disinfecting and cooking.

In fact, Here are 30 money saving ways to use frugal distilled white vinegar through out your whole house.   How does it save you money?  Well, Quite a few of them will save you from buying other products that can cost a whole lot more then a bottle of vinegar.

Let’s get started.  Here are 9 ways to use Vinegar in the bathroom to help your health and beauty routine

Distilled White Vinegar for Health & Beauty

  • Soothe a Jellyfish Sting — This came in handy during our vacation when my daughter got stung by a jellyfish.  Just douse the irritated area with vinegar to take out the sting and relieve itching.
  • Relieve Sunburn — No need to pay for expensive Burn Care cream.  Just lightly rub vinegar on the sunburn.  Reapply as needed.
  • Clear up Acne – Its not only Apple Cider vinegar that works for this, but also the plain old white vinegar.  Just dip a cotton ball in the vinegar and rub it over the affected area.  The acidity will dry out the blemish and balance your skin’s ph levels.
  • Brighten your Hair — After your shampoo, take 1 cup of vinegar and add to warm water in a cup.  Then use it to rinse your hair.  The Vinegar adds highlights to brown hair and removes soap film.
  • Keep the Flakes Away — Fight dandruff by rinsing with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water after shampooing.
  • Clean Dentures — Just soak them overnight in vinegar and then in the morning brush away tarter with a toothbrush.
  • Whiten Your Teeth and Eliminate Bad breath — Just brush one or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.
  • Make Nail Polish Last Longer — Wipe Fingernails with cotton balls dipped in distilled vinegar before putting on your nail polish.
  • Soft the Feet for a Pedicure – Scrub those calluses and rough spots of your feet much easier with this tip.  Prior to the start of your pedicure, soak two washcloths in white vinegar and wrap around your feet.  Let it sit for fifteen minutes and then rinse.  This will make it much easier to use a pumice stone or food scrubber.

Up next, is 4 ways to use that vinegar in your Lawn & Garden.

Distilled White Vinegar for Your Lawn and Garden

  1. Freshen Cut Flowers – Add 2 TBSP Vinegar and 1 tsp sugar for each quart of water.  Great when you run out of the packet supplied with the flowers.
  2. Kill Grass on Walks and Driveways –  No need to use harmful chemicals, just pour vinegar full strength on unwanted grass.
  3. Increase Soil Acidity –  This is perfect for growing plants like rhododendrums, gardenia or azaleas that like acidic soil.  Just add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water when you water your plants.
  4. Keep Ants out of your House — Here’s another way to keep the harmful chemicals out of your house.  Just spray vinegar around door and window frames, under appliances or any where else the ants are coming in.

Unto the kitchen, for 7 ways to use it other then cooking.

Distilled White Vinegar in the Kitchen

  • Freshen Vegetables — Extend the life of your vegetables by soaking wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Keep Hard Boiled Eggs from Cracking — Just add 2 TBSP water before boiling
  • Cut your Calories — Sprinkle a little vinegar on prepared food to take the edge off your appetite.
  • Clean your Dishwasher — Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month.  This will reduce soap build up on the dishwasher workings.
  • Unclog a drain — Another idea that will save you from buying a special product.  Just pour a handful of baking SODA down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar.  Then rinse with Hot Water.
  • Restore your Cast Iron Pots – First clean the pan with hot soapy water and an abrasive sponse to remove as much rust and dirt as possible.  Then in a large bin or sink soak it for an hour to no more then 5 hours in a mixutre of 50% Water 50% Vinegar.  Then scrub until the rust is gone.  Now season it using your preferred method.
  • Cut out the water spots – Hate having spotty glasses after running the dishwasher.  Get rid of those water spots by simply adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to the rinse cycle.  No need to pay for those pricey rinse aids.

Not a specific room, but help for the Pets is next.

Distilled White Vinegar for Pets

  • Have a Flea Free Pet — Add a little vinegar to your pet’s drinking water and the fleas will stay away.
  • Keep the cat’s off the Counter – Turns out cats can’t stand the smell of vinegar.  So make up a half water, half vinegar spray bottle and spritz a little bit where you don’t want your kitty to go.  (If you’re spraying it on upholstery, do a colorfast check first because the vinegar could cause a discoloration.)

Move it out into the garage with these money saving ideas.

Distilled White Vinegar for the Car

  1. Polish Car Chrome — Apply Vinegar full strength
  2. Avoid Scraping Frost off Car Windows — Just coat the car windows the night before with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water and save yourself some time in the morning.
  3. Remove Decals or Bumper Stickers — Soak a cloth in Vinegar.  Than cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in.  The sticker should peel off easily.

Last, here are several laundry room ideas and a couple general cleaning ideas.

Distilled White Vinegar for General Cleaning and Laundry

  1. Take Grease off Suede — Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spots.
  2. Remove Deodorant Stains — Lightly rub with distilled vinegar and than launder as usual
  3. Make your Wool Sweaters less itchy – Have a sweater that’s too itchy to wear.  Try adding one cup of vinegar to the wash water.  Let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing well.  This will help soften the scratchy wool.  (find more reasons to have White Vinegar in your Laundry Room Here.
  4. Soften off a Paint Brush — Soak the paint brush in hot vinegar, then wash out with warm sudsy water.
  5. Remove Rings on Wood Furniture — Has a glass left a mark on your expensive wood furniture.  Try mixing an equal part of distilled vinegar and olive oil and rubbing with the grain.

So what about you?  Do you have a favorite use for Vinegar?  I would love to hear about them.



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  1. We use a mixture of vinegar and water when we wash windows. I think its a 50/50 mix. I never mix it because my Mom always has some ready to go. When I wash windows I also dry them with newspaper. I never get streaky windows when I do this. My Mom always washed windows with vinegar water and newpaper.

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