101 Surprising Uses for Vinegar

I’ve been going crazy with vinegar lately, so I’ve been buying 2 or 3 of the huge 1 gallon containers at a time. I’ve saved so much money by using vinegar instead of more expensive store bought products and I feel like I’m also improving our home environment by not “polluting” it with so many harsh chemicals! It took me a while to put this entire list together. Enjoy and let me know what you think and if you have other uses for vinegar.


  1. Naturally disinfect all surfaces (mix 6 oz. vinegar with 6 oz. water in a spray bottle)
  2. Scrub stuck on stains (make a paste with vinegar and baking soda and scrub with a sponge)
  3. Clean your dishwasher (pour 1 cup into the bottom of the dishwasher and run it with no dishes inside)
  4. In place of “Jet Dry” (fill the Jet Dry cup on your dishwasher with vinegar instead)
  5. Clean out your coffee maker (pour 2 c. white vinegar and 1 c. water into the coffee maker and run a full brew cycle. Remove and replace the filter and run 2 cycles of just water)
  6. Disinfect cutting boards
  7. Clean and disinfect pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, etc.
  8. Clean your hands with vinegar to remove strong onion and garlic odors
  9. Keep sponges and kitchen rags fresh by soaking in vinegar overnight. (rinse them before using again)
  10. Clean “un-washable appliances” (spray white vinegar on electric griddles, George Foreman grills, etc. and then just wipe with a damp cloth or paper towel.)
  11. Unclog your drains
  12. Natural de-greaser (clean with vinegar and then rinse with cold water)
  13. Microwave: (pour 1/4 c. vinegar and 1 c water in a glass bowl; microwave on high for 5 minutes; wipe clean)
  14. Disinfect ice trays and remove build-up (soak ice trays in vinegar overnight and then rinse with cold water)
  15. Mix vinegar with citrus juice to freshen your garbage disposal (citrus peals work great too)
  16. Naturally clean your fruits and veggies by soaking them in 1 part vinegar and 1 part water
  17. Clean a non-self-cleaning oven by spraying the inside with vinegar and then sprinkling with baking soda. Let sit for 5-10 minute and then scrub with a sponge
  18. Clean your stove top
  19. Remove hard water spots from stainless steel by wiping with a cloth dipped in vinegar
  20. Clean the insides of water bottles and coffee thermoses by “swishing” with vinegar — this will naturally kill any bacteria lingering at the bottom where you might no be able to reach
  21. Clean counters and all surfaces with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water
  22. Toilets (pour white vinegar directly in the toilet, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub with toilet brush)
  23. Mirrors (cup-water, tbsp vinegar, tbsp rubbing alcohol, ½ tbsp cornstarch)
  24. Showers and bathtubs (Pour 6 oz. of white vinegar into a plastic spray bottle, Heat it up in the microwave until very warm only for the first use. You do NOT need to reheat it every time you want to clean your showers, Pour 6 oz. of Dawn dish soap into the spray bottle. Put the top of the spray bottle on and gently shake until they are combined.
  25. Stinky towels (wash towels with 1/2 c. of white vinegar in the rinse cycle)
  26. Mold and mildew (mix 3 tbsp white vinegar, 1 tbsp. Borax, and 2 c. hot water. Shake, spray, and let it soak for a few minutes, then rub the area with a soft brush or cloth)
  27. Remove hard water stains from your shower nozzle by pouring 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a plastic bag. Use a rubber band to attach the bag to the nozzle and let soak for 10-15 minutes.
  28. Remove limescale buildup on your shower door or in your tub by heating a small container of vinegar to the boiling point. Pour vinegar over the problem areas and it should loosen the lime.
  29. Wash your shower curtain by putting in the washing machine with a few old towels. Use 1/2 c. laundry detergent and 1/2 c. baking soda for the wash cycle, and then 1 c. vinegar for the rinse cycle.
  30. Clean the grimy soap build up from your soap dish by soaking it in 1 part vinegar and 1 part warm water
  31. Wood floors (mix 1 c. vinegar with 1 gal. warm water; clean floors with this mixture and then dry with a clean cloth)
  32. Use it in a steam mop to clean most surfaces
  33. Leather sofas/chairs (spray white vinegar over surface and “buff” with a soft clean cloth)
  34. Walls (wipe down pretty much any wall surface with a cloth dampened with white vinegar)
  35. Disinfect kid’s toys, books, etc. using 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.
  36. Remove dirt and stains from your mattress by blotting with a clean cloth dipped in vinegar. If the spot is still damp, simply sprinkle a little baking soda over the area and vacuum it up.
  37. Clean the filters in your dehumidifier / humidifier by soaking them in vinegar for 1 hour
  38. Clean mini blinds by soaking them in a bathtub filled with warm water and a few cups of vinegar
  39. Spot clean carpets by spraying a little vinegar on the spot and blotting it with a damp cloth
  40. Wipe down the inside of all your refrigerator shelves and drawers for a food-safe alternative to traditional cleaners.
  41. Wipe down electronics (computer keys, mouse, phone keypad, etc) by wiping with a rag dipped in vinegar.
  42. Clean residue and build-up on the inside of your washing machine by dumping in 2 c. of vinegar and running it on the quick cycle.
  43. Remove water rings from wood furniture by mixing 1 part white vinegar and 1 part olive oil. Dip a soft cloth in the mixture and rub on the affected area (going with the grain). Then wipe with a clean, dry cloth.



simply add about 1/2 c. to your rinse cycle to…


  • Remove built-up soap residue
  • Reduce static cling
  • Naturally soften your clothes, towels, blankets, etc.
  • Stop colors from running
  • Whiten whites
  • Reduce irritation for those with sensitive skin
  • Prolong the life of your tights and nylons
  • Remove lingering odors (cigarette smell, smoke, gas)
  • Eliminate that “moldy” smell from damp towels and work-out clothes
  • Remove yellow stains from sweat
  • Remove blood stains (let soak for 10 minutes)
  • Remove ink stains (mix 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts cornstarch, rub on stain, let dry, wash)
  • Removing wrinkles (mist clothing with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water)
  • Cleaning the inside of your iron (fill the water reservoir with white vinegar)
  • Cleaning the metal plate of your iron (mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part salt and scrub the plate with this paste)
  • Eliminating scorch marks (rub the scorched area with a cloth dipped in white vinegar and then blot with a clean towel)





  • Hair rinse (in place of conditioner). Just pour 1/2 c. or so over your hair and rinse well
  • Clean your children’s retainers or Invisalign braces by soaking them in vinegar for a few minutes
  • Strengthen your nails by regularly dipping them in vinegar
  • Prevent infections by spraying small cuts with vinegar
  • Dry up a cold sore by dabbing it with a cotton ball soaked in vinegar
  • Drink 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to help relieve constipation and/or heartburn
  • Kill lice by spraying warm apple cider vinegar onto the scalp just before the final rinse. This will break down the “glue” the nits/lice use to attach to the hair
  • Soften your cuticles by soaking in a bowl of white vinegar for 5 minutes
  • Get rid of blemishes by mixing 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water and dabbing the solution on your freshly-washed face with a clean cotton ball
  • Soothe sunburned skin by soaking a towel in vinegar and then laying over the burned areas
  • Naturally whiten your teeth by dipping a toothbrush in white vinegar and brushing your teeth (only do this once a week and rinse thoroughly with water after you are finished)
  • Put cider vinegar on the pad of a bandage and cover your warts. Replace with a fresh bandage every night and the warts should be gone within a week
  • Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar in your babies bath water to help with diaper rash
  • Remove the hairspray residue from your flat iron or curling iron by wiping with a rag dipped in vinegar
  • Clean brushes and combs by letting them sit in a 1 gallon of water mixed with 1 c. of vinegar




  • Clean your windshield wipers with vinegar to keep them functioning properly
  • Loosen rust — like rusted-on screws or rusty patio furniture by soaking the areas in vinegar
  • Keep flying bugs away from your outdoor parties by putting cider vinegar in a shallow dish away from your food. By the end of the night, your dish will be full of “floating bugs”!
  • Make a fly trap for your kitchen by filling a mason jar half full of cider vinegar. Then punch holes in the lid and put the lid back on. The flies will crawl through, but won’t be able to get out again.
  • Mosquito spray — just pour vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz on your skin. The vinegar smell will go away after a few minutes, but you should be bug-free all night!
  • Clean the grill by scrubbing the grates with vinegar and scrubbing with a grill brush
  • Spray it on your weeds as a natural weed killer
  • Clean all your patio furniture with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle
  • Clean your lawn mower blades (spray vinegar on the blades and scrub off)
  • Keep cats out of your children’s sand box by pouring vinegar around the outside of the box
  • Put a few drops of vinegar in your dog’s water bowl to neutralize his/her urine and prevent those ugly brown/yellow patches in your grass
  • Keep flies away from your pool by pouring vinegar around the outside edges of the pool
  • Spray ripening melons and pumpkins with vinegar to prevent mold from growing on the skin
  • Quickly clean bird droppings by spraying the area with vinegar and then wiping with a cloth/sponge. This will also disinfect the area.
  • Keep uninvited guests out of your veggie garden by soaking several rags in vinegar and then placing them around your garden. Repeat the process every 7-10 days.
  • Before you start painting, wipe down the surfaces with a cloth dipped in vinegar and let dry. This will assure that all the dirt and grease is removed and the paint will adhere properly.
  • Remove the “skunk smell” from dogs (or anything else) by washing with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and then rinsing thoroughly with warm water.




  • Make your favorite vinaigrette or salad dressing
  • Tenderize tough cuts of meat mixing a little vinegar in with your other marinating ingredients.
  • Use it to “pickle” almost anything!
  • Freshen smelly shoes by spraying the insides with vinegar, placing them in a paper bag, and then putting the bag in the freezer overnight.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the water when boiling an egg to prevent the yolks from turning brown
  • Add 2 tablespoons to the water when poaching an egg to stop it from “spreading” out
  • Naturally sanitize baby bottles/nipples by washing with vinegar and warm water and then storing in the freezer
  • Remove sticky residue from labels, stickers, gum, etc. by rubbing the area with a rag dipped in vinegar
  • Use vinegar and baking soda as rising agents in vegan cake (I’ve never tried this, but I’m told it works)
  • Polish sliver by mixing 1/2 c. white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda together. Then letting your silver soak for 2-3 hours, rinse with cool water, and dry immediately.
    Did I miss anything? What do you use vinegar for?



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