Vinegar - The Wonder Liquid!

Vinegar...Just saying the word makes my nose twitch with the thought of the tangy acid smell! Pickles in late summer; relish in jars, a drop in the wash bucket with spic and span soap; all of these are my Vinegar memories!! But today, we have found so many more uses for this incredibly versatile and cheap liquid. The first definition for Vinegar says “The first process is called alcoholic fermentation and occurs when yeasts change natural sugars to alcohol under controlled conditions. In the second process, a group of bacteria (called “Acetobacter”) converts the alcohol portion to acid. This is the acetic, or acid fermentation, that forms vinegar.” It has been around as long as beer, wine and other spirits.People have made and used beer and wine roughly 10,000 years so, it is assumed that vinegar has also been around for about that long.

Here is a list of Vinegar uses I have found on house cleaning sites, pinterest and even a realty site..

Windows I learned this trick years ago when I worked in a framing shop!  We used vinegar with a dash of water in a spray bottle and washed the glass with a newspaper. There never were streaks or left over lint It was amazing and I have since used it on anything glass such as mirrors, windows, car windows, picture frames and glass top tables.

Coffee Maker I learned this trick while working (for years) in the restaurant business.  Just fill the water dispenser with distilled vinegar and run it through a cycle.  I usually let the heated vinegar-water sit in the pot for a while. Voila! All stains magically dissolved both inside the dispenser and inside the pot!  I run another cycle of just clear water through the system afterwards just to rinse everything away.

Garbage disposal and Drains Every once in a while you get a whiff of a smell and can’t figure out where it is coming from. First place I look, if that smell is in the kitchen, is the garbage disposal. Sometimes I forget to run the disposal and food can be sitting inside for a day or two. Vinegar poured down the drain will rid that dark cavern of the smell. Add a rinse out with water and pour a bit more vinegar and it will clean everything out. Every Saturday morning, I pour a cup of vinegar down the garbage disposal and both bathroom sinks and let it sit. Then, before I leave the house for an afternoon of Junkin, I run all faucets and my home is just as fresh and clean smelling as if I had a maid service!! (Sidenote: you can throw a cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher when you start a cycle and not only will it clean the dishwasher, but take out any residue odors and glasses come out extra sparkly!)

Disinfect cutting boards Wood cutting boards are still a kitchen favorite but they also soak up juices and liquids which grow bacteria. Scrub cutting boards with full-strength vinegar. Rinse thoroughly.

Brighten the wash Bleach is wonderful but it can be too strong in smell and whitening. So, as an alternative make your whites whiter and your colors more vibrant by adding a half-cup of vinegar to your wash. Vinegar also helps reduce static cling.

Revive cut flowers I hate when flowers begin to wilt. I just want a few more days. I found that you can boost a tired bouquet by adding a tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of sugar to a half-quart of water. Pour the solution into the vase.

Remove labels Many people participate in recycling by repurposing bottles and cans and plastic containers. They are good for cheap storage or flower vases and eve candle holder. But the sticky stuff left from the label can make you want to just throw it back into the trash.Get rid of sticky label residue by rubbing stubborn glue with vinegar.

Unclog a steam iron After a good work out, an iron can get clogged with calcium and other by products from starch and other sprays. Fill the water chamber with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Set the iron to steam mode, and leave upright for several minutes, then unplug. When cool, pour out any unused solution and refill with clean water. All the gunk is gone!

Relieve itch Itching causes insanity! But with a little soak, relief is around the corner. Add a quarter-cup of vinegar to your bathwater to soothe the itchy skin.

Beat morning windshield frost The night before an expected frost, spray a solution of equal parts vinegar and water onto your car windows. The vinegar lowers the freezing temp of water so frost won’t form as easily.

Soften old paint brushes An artists nightmare are brushes that feel like sticks. The same goes with brushes used for painting walls and floors and exteriors. But, if you soak paintbrushes in warm vinegar, then wash the bristles with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly, you will have brushes that feel like new.

Make nail polish last longer Before you apply your favorite polish, wipe your nails with a cotton ball soaked in white distilled vinegar. The clean surface will help your manicure last.

Whiten your teeth Brush your teeth once a week with white distilled vinegar. Dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and brush thoroughly. It will help prevent bad breath, too.

Shiny dog Spray your dog with one cup white distilled vinegar mixed with one quart water.The solution is a cheap alternative to expensive pet-care products, plus the vinegar will help repel pests like fleas and ticks.

Battle litter-box odor Cat litter can leave behind an unwelcome smell. Eliminate it by pouring a half-inch of white distilled vinegar into the empty litter box. Let stand for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Kill bacteria in meat Marinating in vinegar knocks out bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Create a marinade by adding ¼ cup balsamic vinegar for every 2 pounds of meat to your own blend of herbs and spices. Let the meat sit anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours, depending on how strong you want the flavor, then cook it in the morning without rinsing.


Cleaning with Vinegar is not only cheap and efficient, but it gets the job done as learned through the ages.

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