Here Are The Best Of The Best Ways To Use Vinegar

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Over the last decade, I have written a lot of posts sharing how to make various health, beauty, and cleaning products at home. And if I had to venture a guess as to which item comes up most frequently in these types of posts, I would put my money on vinegar!

From apple cider to classic white, vinegar can be used to clean, deodorize, and sanitize all sorts of things around the house. To highlight just how useful it is (and to demonstrate how many ways I use it personally), I’ve compiled a list of some of my all-time favorite uses for vinegar, and I’ll be sharing that list with you today!

To make the list a little easier to navigate, I’ve split the items up in a few different categories like laundry, cleaning, beauty, and more. I hope you have fun discovering (or re-discovering) all of the amazing things that vinegar can do! And don’t be afraid to stock up on vinegar so you can take advantage of all its uses — because you can store vinegar forever and it never goes bad!

33 Of The Best Uses For Vinegar

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Laundry Uses For Vinegar

1. Laundry Detergent Tabs

There’s no doubt about the convenience of laundry detergent tabs and pods, but they can be really expensive! But there’s no need to sacrifice convenience—you can easily make your own single-use laundry detergent tabs right at home for less!

2. Wrinkle Release Spray

This wrinkle-release spray is perfect for when your clothes just need a bit of freshening up (or when you just don’t want to drag the iron and ironing board out.)

3. Eliminate Odor From Smelly Towels

Mildew buildup on your bath towels can make them smell funky, rather than fresh. But there’s an easy fix! With the help of some baking soda and vinegar, they will come out of the wash feeling fluffy and smelling great.

4. Stop Denim From Bleeding

If you’ve ever ended up with blue hands or stained car/couch upholstery due to a new pair of dark denim jeans, then this post is for you! In just a few simple steps, you can set the color in your jeans and prevent it from rubbing off further.

5. Rosemary-Mint Fabric Softener

This homemade fabric softener recipe is definitely the easiest that I’ve come across. All you need to do is combine three simple and affordable ingredients (and as an added bonus, it smells amazing!)

6. Clean Your Washing Machine

Your washing machine needs to be cleaned regularly to eliminate the grime that can build up inside over time. This method will leave you with a sparkling washing machine that smells (and works) great!

7. Pretreating Stain Stick

The best thing about this homemade stain stick is that you don’t need to wash the stained item right away! Rub the stain stick onto a fresh stain, toss the item in your hamper, and wash it the next time you do laundry. The stain will lift right out!

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General Cleaning Uses For Vinegar

8. All-Natural Dusting Spray

This non-aerosol dusting spray uses vinegar and natural oils to clean, shine, and protect your furniture. And the addition of lemon essential oil makes your home smell fresh and clean, too!

9. Reusable Lemon Dust Cloths

Dusting furniture has always been such a chore—until now! These lemon dust cloths are easy to make, they’re great for your furniture, and they smell really nice too.

10. Clean Suede Items

Suede is such a great material, but many people avoid it because it gets dirty easily and they don’t know how to clean it! Well fear no more, because you can return your scuffed, stained, and dirty suede items to their former glory (and keep them that way!) just by following these simple steps.

11. Scented Cleaning Vinegar

I love cleaning with vinegar because it’s non-toxic, inexpensive, easy to find, and works well on just about everything. This lemon-scented version helps mitigate the potent vinegar fumes and leaves your home smelling lemon-y fresh.

12. Screen Cleaning Spray

Say goodbye to smeary fingerprints and dog drool splatters on your computer screen! Your electronics will shine after a quick cleaning with this simple homemade spray.

13. Homemade Cleaning Solution For Swiffer WetJet

I used to love my Swiffer WetJet, but I wasn’t loving how much the refills of cleaning solution cost! So I figured out how to make my own and haven’t bought another bottle since.

14. Cleaning After Someone’s Been Sick

After an illness, it’s important to clean light switches, remotes and more. This antibacterial spray is the perfect thing for killing germs and refreshing a dirty home.

15. Clean Your Humidifier

Due to our hard water, I have to clean my humidifier tank regularly to eliminate mineral deposits and other grime. Luckily, a bit of vinegar cuts right through the mineral deposits so I can get my humidifier running again in no time!

16. Grease-Cutting Mopping Solution

Kitchen floors can turn into an ice rink after being subjected to oil and grease splatters. This easy-to-make mopping solution will help you cut through the grease effectively and prevent any unfortunate slip-and-fall situations!

17. Remove Pet Stains From Carpets

This stain remover technique is a miracle worker in my eyes! I originally tried it on a stain my grandpuppy Milo so lovingly left in my living room. I had scrubbed and scrubbed that stain with other cleaners to no avail, but this technique got it right out!

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Bathroom Cleaning Uses For Vinegar

18. Natural Glass Cleaner

The vinegar in this homemade glass cleaner helps dissolve stubborn hard water deposits. Your bathroom mirrors and fixtures will sparkle!

19. Powerful Shower Cleaner

This two-ingredient shower cleaner cuts through soap scum like nothing else I’ve ever used! And I’m willing to bet you have the ingredients sitting in your cabinet right now.

20. Clean Your Shower Head

If you have hard water like I do, then you know how quickly mineral deposits can build up on your shower head! To keep the water flowing through it smoothly, use this simple vinegar soak as needed to get rid of those pesky deposits.

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Kitchen Cleaning Uses For Vinegar

21. Clean And Shine Your Microwave

I used to hate cleaning my microwave because the crusted-on messes were impossible to wipe away. But using this method, this chore is now a breeze and leaves my microwave looking brand new.

22. Clean And Deodorize Your Fridge

Cleaning sticky messes on your fridge shelves can be trickier than it sounds. Discover how warming up some white vinegar helps to loosen stuck-on messes in this chemical-free refrigerator cleaner!

23. Clean And Sanitize Your Garbage Disposal

A grimy, gummed-up garbage disposal can lead to all kinds of expensive plumbing and drain problems. Here is a quick, easy, and cheap idea that will keep your kitchen smelling fresh and your sink drain working properly.

24. Clean Your Dishwasher

Cleaning your dishwasher helps get rid of any food grease and detergent residue that may be building up in the inner workings. It’s easy to do and will help ensure your dishes continue coming out clean!

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Beauty & Hygiene Uses For Vinegar

25. Foot Soak For Soft, Smooth Feet

Listerine and vinegar in a foot soak? It may sound crazy, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! It’s an easy and affordable treatment that results in super soft feet.

26. Draw Up A Detox Bath

This “detox” bath is perfect for unwinding after a hard day, or as a pick-me-up if you’re feeling under the weather. Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, and bentonite clay will help you relax, restore, and get a great night’s sleep.

27. Cleansing Pads For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, give these cleansing pads a try. The vinegar leaves skin feeling clean and soft while helping to kill bacteria that can contribute to breakouts.

28. Skin Brightening Anti-Aging Toner

This simple homemade toner balances the pH of your skin while killing bacteria and clearing out your pores. It brightens your complexion and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

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Around The House Uses For Vinegar

29. Make Perfect Poached Eggs

I love poached eggs, but I used to avoid making them myself because I thought they would be too tricky to pull off. It turns out that vinegar is the secret weapon for cooking perfectly poached eggs. You’ll be amazed!

30. Two-Ingredient Weed Killer

Traditional store-bought weed killers often contain toxic ingredients, but good ol’ white vinegar works just as well for getting rid of pesky weeds around your yard and garden.

31. Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

A clogged or slow drain can be a real hassle! But with baking soda and vinegar, you can unclog sinks, showers, and other drains easily.

32. “Armor-All” Car Cleaning Wipes

This homemade version of Armor-All wipes makes it a breeze to clean the interior of your car. Your vinyl surfaces have never looked cleaner! (They work great on your wheels, as well!)

33. Substitute For Cream Of Tartar

Vinegar has the right acidity to be a substitute for cream of tartar in many recipes. It will help keep meringue together, for instance.

What’s your favorite way to use vinegar?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Had a hand mail removed from my toe earlier this week. Fabulous Dr. X flushed and cleaned the wound with…vinegar! Wow! Who knew a doctor would do this!

  • Will vinegar plus other ingredients help to remove a bright pink stain on a white smooth lacquered wood furniture piece? It seems to be embedded in the wood now. It supposedly occurred from hand sanitizer that leaked through the bottom of a fabric purse and I did not know about the accident for days after it happened. I don’t want to make it worse

    • I have been using vinegar for years to clean my dishwasher and have never had a problem. I certainly don’t want to go against the manual, but I have had great success. You may want to try a product called Lemi Shine, if you don’t want to use vinegar. There is a powder that you use along with your dishwasher detergent and a dishwasher cleaner.

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  • I bought a gallon of white vinegar, added about 30 drops of essential oil. I shake it before I pour it in my fabric softener dispenser. No more smelly towels. Thanks for sharing.

  • I keep straight white vinegar in a spray bottle by the sink for an easy fruit/veggie wash, disinfecting the sink, handles, faucet, counters and stove top. Also great on slime in dog bowls or anything else that doesn’t rinse out easily before washing.

  • I hope it never happens to you but if you ever get burnt in the kitchen, spill some vinegar on the affected area. You would think that it will worsen the situation. But not only does it immediately soothe the pain, it also accelerates the healing process. You will be surprised at not having any pain or blisters at all!

  • I mixed a solution for tub and shower cleaner today for the first time. The recipe called for both vinegar and castile soap. Does this mean it won’t work?

  • I’ve been using a vinegar solution on my hair for about 4 years. I wash my hair with home-made soap, mix 1/4 cup vinegar into a cup of water, and pour that through my hair. I have very curly hair that tangles horribly, and tangles more while being washed. I let the vinegar solution sit for a few seconds, then, starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp, I comb through with a wide toothed comb. The vinegar loosens the tangles, and the comb slides through. Once all the tangles are gone, I rinse thoroughly! Then I use a tiny bit of commercial conditioner, starting at the ends and working up, keeping it off my scalp as much as possible.
    Since I started this method, my hair has grown in thicker and healthier than ever before… and it’s grown longer… probably due to less breakage.
    As a side note, spraying a solution of vinegar/water on your ‘bits & pits’ will help with odors there, too!

  • I just did my bathtub with the mixture of vinegar and dish washing soap. Everything is sparkly clean with no scrubbing! I love using household ingredients and not spending a fortune on “specialty” cleaners.

  • I have tile floors throughout my house and an old dog who likes to lift his leg next to the couch, not sure why he’s just old but anyway I use a solution of 2 gallons of hot water, vinegar, baking soda and listerine to mop my floors, it deodorizes where the dog went and leaves the house smelling wonderful. I love using Vinegar whenever I can for cleaning.

    • Wish I had known this years ago! I had a sweet little cocker spaniel who seemed to LOVE to hike on our bathroom door. Though it was on linoleum, it still smelled. God bless and rest his precious soul. :-)

  • Several years ago my kids got lice!! Horrible time!! The school nurse said that a 50/50 of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle would help loosen the “glue” of the nits on the hair. Saved my life!! Spray a section and comb through with the little comb. They come off much easier.

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