Uses for Vinegar

Uses for Vinegar

Man cleaning car interior with vinegar

Vinegar – it can be used to clean your home, to make health and beauty products, to get rid of pests and so much more. Experiment with some of these recipes, and discover what vinegar can do for you.

How to Clean with Vinegar

Woman Cleaning a Window with Vinegar
Woman Cleaning a Window with Vinegar. Howard Shooter/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Make vinegar your go-to cleaner. It has the same cleaning power as commercial cleaning products, but none of the harsh chemicals and questionable ingredients that you're trying to avoid. Use it to sanitize surfaces, cut through grease and grime, clean your windows and wash your clothes. As a cleaner, there's little that vinegar can't do.

Here are some ways you can use vinegar to clean your home:

Microwave Oven Cleaner
Dishwasher Rinse Agent
Grease Remover
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mold & Mildew Remover
Mineral Deposit Remover
All-Purpose Cleaner
Carpet Cleaner Recipes
Furniture Polish
Frugal Air Freshener
Frugal Laundry Booster
Laundry Stain Remover
Wool Wash
Crayon Remover
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Clean Window Blinds
Eyeglass Cleaner
Copper and Brass Tarnish Remover
Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Sponge Sanitizer
Glass Cleaner
Fabric Softener
DVD/CD Cleaner

Not in Love with the Way Vinegar Smells?

Here's a simple way to add your favorite fragrance to vinegar.

Make Health and Beauty Products with Vinegar

Use Vinegar as a Beauty Product
Use Vinegar as a Beauty Product. Image Source/Zero Creatives/Getty Images

Keep a bottle of vinegar in your bathroom. It's tops as a beauty aid and as a first aid supply. Use it to clean your hair, soothe your skin and extend the life of your manicure. Once you discover all the things vinegar can do, you may just find you have fewer beauty products to buy.

Hair Conditioner
Make Your Own Aftershave
Athlete's Foot Home Remedy
Sunburn Home Remedy

Uses for Vinegar in the Kitchen

Homemade Vegetable Pickles
Homemade Vegetable Pickles. Maximillian Stock Ltd./Photolibrary/Getty Images

Vinegar is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. It can be used as a substitute for other ingredients, to marinade meat, to preserve foods and to make all manner of gourmet treats -- even cheese. Keep white vinegar and apple cider vinegar on hand, so you can explore all the tasty possibilities.

Culinary Uses for Vinegar:

Buttermilk Substitute
Egg Substitute
Make Your Own Meat Tenderizer
How to Make a Simple Marinade
Lemon Juice Substitute
Pickle Recipes

Around-the-House Uses for Vinegar

Stripping Wallpaper
Stripping Wallpaper. LifesizeImage/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Need an affordable handyman, plumber or pest control specialist? Vinegar is the one for the job.It can tackle clogs, speed up your home improvement projects and help you win the battle against household pests. 

Here are some ways to put vinegar to work around the house:

Toilet Unclogger 
Homemade Wallpaper Remover
Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Make Your Own Flea Spray
Rust Remover

Outdoor Uses for Vinegar

Using Vinegar as a Weedkiller
Using Vinegar as a Weedkiller. Gary K. Smith/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Vinegar is just as useful outside as it is inside. Use it to beat weeds, improve your soil and detail your car, so you have more time for the fun stuff.

DIY Soil Test
Car Cleaner Recipes