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Vinegar Tips – 8 Favorite Ideas to Help Around Your Home


These vinegar tips and tricks will save you some frustration with your everyday household chores!

vinegar tips and tricks

I recently wrote a series on Ask Anna called Vinegar Tips & Tricks: 40 ways in 10 days.  I’m still so surprised at how versatile vinegar is, and I learned a TON of cool tips! Today I want to share 8 of my FAVORITE vinegar tricks with you!

Vinegar Tips and Tricks

All items in quotations are referenced from Vinegar: 1001 Practical Household Usesa book I received from my mom at Christmas.

Vinegar can help prevent color fading

1|| Vinegar can help prevent color fading.

To brighten the color of your clothes and to prevent them from fading, forget purchasing expensive anti-fade products. Simply add 1 cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle!

2|| Vinegar can help remove odors from clothes.

My daughter recently got food poisoning and she threw up all over everything! Unfortunately the smell of vomit will stick to anything it touches, and it can often linger on linens even after they are washed.  Fortunately, adding 1 cup of white vinegar to a load of laundry will get rid of a number of offensive smells, including vomit!

vinegar can keep sponges smelling fresh

3|| Vinegar can keep cloths and sponges smelling fresh.

If you use a sponge to wash your dishes, you’ve probably noticed that after a few days it starts smelling pretty awful. One way to combat the bacteria that causes this odor is to soak your sponge overnight in a mixture of white vinegar and water. In the morning when you pull your sponge out, not only will your sponge smell fresh again but it will also be disinfected.

4|| Vinegar is a natural insect repellent.

There aren’t a whole lot of things that are worse than having your home being invaded by ants!  To prevent future invasions, pour full-strength white vinegar around your door crossings, window sills and all your baseboards!

Vinegar on how to get rid of hard water spots

5|| Vinegar can get rid of hard water spots.

“To remove hard water spots from sinks, showers and baths, wipe using a cloth soaked in full-strength vinegar.  Allow to stand for about 5 minutes and then rinse with water.”

To stay on top of water spots, keep a spray bottle of white vinegar in the bathroom. Just before brushing your teeth, going to the bathroom, etc. spray the bathroom fixtures down with vinegar. When you are finished, rinse the fixtures with cold water and then dry with a hand towel.

6||Vinegar can remove paint from glass.

This past summer I restored a couple of old windows and I used paint stripper to get the paint off the glass.  I sure wish I had known this trick because it would have been nice to use a product that isn’t so toxic!  To remove paint from glass all you need is hot vinegar.  “Heat up the white vinegar [in the microwave] and then use a cloth to wipe away [the] paint.”  Way less headache {literally} than using paint stripper!

7|| Vinegar can get rid of rust.

To get rid of rust on your outdoor tools, bolts, or other metal items, simply “soak them in full strength white vinegar.”  How rusty they are will determine the length of time they need to be soaked. (If they are super rusty let them soak for a couple of days!)  After removing them from the white vinegar, rinse them with water and then dry them off with an old rag. (You don’t want any left over rust to get on your nice towels!)

8|| Vinegar can keep animals our of your yard.

I wish I had known this trick when we built our first house! We lived out in the country and I couldn’t keep the pesky deer from eating our plants! Deer, as well as other animals, “including cats, dogs, rabbits, foxes and raccoons, [don’t like] the scent of vinegar even after it has dried.  [To keep these pesky] visitors out of your garden, [soak] several rags in full-strength white vinegar and then place them on stakes around [the] garden, particularly around areas such as vegetables and flower beds.  Re-soak the rags every 7-10 days.”

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Do you have any tricks that you use vinegar for?

Leave me a comment in the section below – I’d love to hear about them!

About the Author: Anna is the creative blogger from Ask Anna. She loves to answer your household questions about cleaning, organizing, decorating and more! Anna was a monthly contributor on Somewhat Simple from 2011- 2012.

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This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in April 2012.

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