19 Genius Household Uses of Vinegar

Vinegar has many uses around the house, and who doesn’t like a good life hack? Here are 19 genius uses of vinegar that can help you save money.

genius uses of white vinegar and apple cider vinegar on a wooden table-top.

Vinegar is such a simple product, but it really does have superpowers! It’s always the go-to ingredient in any DIY cleaner, helps with natural healing remedies, and so much more.

While it does smell bad initially, and boy does it have a strong smell, the smell dissipates quickly.

Here are some great uses of vinegar you may not know.

Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar is a great natural cleaner that is gentle but effective for cleaning many surfaces. Be sure to check your product’s cleaning instructions before using vinegar.

1. Clean Your Coffee Maker

Black coffee machine sitting on a white kitchen table and a woman's blur image on the background

Dirt and mineral build-up can negatively impact your coffee maker causing it to not give you a full cup of coffee. Filling the reservoir with vinegar and running a cycle will help clean out all the parts you can’t easily get to. Just make sure to rinse with water when you’re done.

2. Sparkling Windows

Streaks on your windows can be frustrating, but you don’t have to fret. Vinegar is a guaranteed product to get your windows sparkling clean. Diminish the vinegar smell by diluting it in hot water.

3. Kiss Bad Odors Goodbye

Vinegar is known for getting rid of strong odors. Spray down your furniture, wipe down surfaces, or simply leave a bowl of vinegar out; all of these things will trap and get rid of any other strong odor in your house.

4. Pen Stain Remover

If you give your kid a writing implement, it is going to end up on their clothes. Soaking the spot in white vinegar before washing will get rid of any stain. You can even do this on set in stains

Vinegar for Food

Vinegar isn’t just useful for salad dressings and marinades. Here are some creative uses of vinegar for food storage and prep:

5. No More Moldy Cheese

fresh cottage cheese in a bowl of cheesecloth

Cheese is fairly expensive and storing it to keep it fresh can be difficult. What do you do to keep your cheese from getting moldy? You can use a vinegar-soaked cheesecloth to wrap up your cheddar to help save it for another day.

6. Use up All the Ketchup

Pour a bit of vinegar into your bottle of ketchup and shake well. Now you have more ketchup for those late-night cheeseburgers and fries cravings.

7. Meat Tenderizer

Add vinegar as a tenderizer in your marinades to have the most tender steak dinners. It breaks down the fibers in the meat making it simply fall off of the bone. 

Natural Remedies

Filling up the medicine cabinet with all the over-the-counter products can get costly. Here are some great uses of vinegar for natural remedies:

8. Clear a Stuffy Nose

woman holding her nose with a handkerchief due to sneezing

Cold and flu season can wreak havoc on your sinuses. Before you run out of tissues, try this hack. Drink a mixture of one teaspoon of vinegar into a glass of water to rid yourself of that stuffy nose.

9. Sunburn Soother

Fun in the sun can quickly turn into a painful red sunburn if you aren’t careful. If you want some relief but are out of aloe, lightly rub vinegar over the burns and you will be feeling better in no time.

10. Bug Bites

Mosquitoes and other bug bites can cause an itch that will drive you crazy. Use a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar to relieve the itch.

11. Hand Deodorizer

We talked about vinegar being used to get odor out of your home, but what about off your hands? Get rid of the lingering smell of garlic or onions by washing your hands with vinegar.

Easy Home Maintenance

Vinegar is a great product to keep around the home for various tasks. Here are some uses of vinegar for simple home maintenance:

12. Get Rid of Rust

old rusty repair tools on a faded black background

Rust is the enemy of all your outdoor tools and replacing them can become costly. Try simply soaking the rusted tools in vinegar overnight and by the next day, the rust can be wiped away.

13. Peel Wallpaper With Ease

Wallpaper is known for staying stuck on the walls for decades, but what should you do when you want to make a stylistic change to your wallpapered space? Apply a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar to remove wallpaper with ease. 

14. Revive Your Wood Glue

What should you do when your wood glue has gotten too thick to apply? Mix a few drops of vinegar in the glue to revive it in no time. You won’t need to waste money buying a new bottle every time something breaks. 

15. Unclog Your Drain

Plumbing expenses can rack up quickly and excessive use of drain cleaners can be detrimental to your pipes. Before calling in an expensive professional, try a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar. The two will bubble up and hopefully dislodge whatever is causing the problem. 

Miscellaneous Uses of Vinegar

Vinegar is quite a versatile product. Here are some genius uses of vinegar you might not have tried before:

16. Gnat Trap

Whether it’s because of your houseplants, or fruit left out just a little too long, gnats have a way of infiltrating our homes. Mix four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in a jar. Leave that jar where you see the most gnats to get rid of them.

17. Keep Ants From Pet Food

Ants are one of the most annoying pests to have around. Even worse is when they are attracted to your pet’s food bowl and you have to be careful about eradicating them with harmful chemicals. Spraying a mixture of vinegar and water will help deter them while you find where they are coming from to get rid of them for good. 

18. Algae Eliminator

It seems vinegar is the number one way to get rid of anything gross and grimy! Spraying down your algae-covered patio with vinegar is an easy way to get rid of the green muck. Simply let it sit for a bit then spray it away with a hose.

19. Color Changing Flowers

beautiful flowers of pink and blue hydrangeas in a garden

Is there anything vinegar can’t do? If you have always loved the vivid blue hydrangeas but are stuck with pink, vinegar is your key. Use one cup for every gallon of water and pour it on the soil. It will make it more acidic and turn those pink blossoms into blue!

Vinegar is an amazing product that can be used in so many different ways. Give these uses of vinegar and try, we know you’ll love the outcome.

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