10 of the Best Ways to Use Vinegar Around Your Home

Some of the most inexpensive, unassuming items in our pantries are actually the most useful. Take distilled white vinegar, for example. It’s one of the most versatile items you can have in your house. It can serve as a multipurpose cleaner, deodorizer, color brightener, pest remover, and more. So it’s clear vinegar should be regarded as every household’s MVP. Here are 10 of the best ways to use vinegar around your house.

1. Clean anything and everything

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Vinegar can clean many surfaces. | iStock.com

A cleaning solution made with vinegar can be used on many household items, including blinds, rugs, furniture, and drains. A simple mixture of white vinegar and water creates a cheap, DIY home cleaner. And by cleaning your household items with vinegar, you’re staying away from harsh chemicals and keeping to a cleaning solution you know is safe for most surfaces.

Take the method of cleaning your window blinds as an example. The Balance suggests you make a cleaning solution by combining equals parts white vinegar and hot tap water. Then, simply place an old sock or glove on your hand, dip the tip into the cleaning solution, and run your fingers along the slats of your window blinds to remove dust.

2. Deodorize

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A vinegar solution can deodorize many items. | iStock.com

You can also remove household odors with vinegar the safe and easy way. Whether you’re interested in deodorizing your kitchen drain, microwave, dishwasher, carpets, or furniture, a cleaning solution made with vinegar is the ticket.

DIY Household Tips, Tricks and Hints has a recipe for a household odor spray that is as simple as 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of water. Combine your ingredients, and store the solution in a spray bottle.

3. Remove stains

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Vinegar can lift stains. | iStock.com

Stains happen, but you can treat them the natural way by acting fast and having a vinegar cleaning solution on hand. Soon you’ll see vinegar can be a messy person’s best friend. According to Savory Lotus, once a stain occurs, you should rinse the stain immediately and then soak the article in vinegar and water.

Vinegar can also work on sweat stains, along with old stains. Soak stains in vinegar and water overnight. The next morning, get to work scrubbing with an old toothbrush and dish soap.

4. Cook eggs

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Vinegar helps to cook eggs. | iStock.com

Vinegar isn’t only good with cleaning. It can help with cooking, too. If you’re an egg lover, you need to know the secret to perfecting hard-boiled and poached eggs. It’s all about the vinegar.

For hard-boiled egg preparation, LEAFtv explains the addition of vinegar to the water is helpful because the acid in vinegar causes a chemical reaction with the eggs that helps to avoid cracks while the eggs are cooking. When it comes to cooking poached eggs, a splash of vinegar to the cooking water is useful because it encourages the egg whites to coagulate quickly.

5. Keep colors from fading

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Back to the laundry room, we come to another impressive use for vinegar. It can help prevent fading in fabrics that have been treated by a lot of detergent. Hunker explains though vinegar can’t necessarily keep colors from fading or bleeding, it can restore colors worn out by chemicals in detergents. Detergent buildup on fabrics can contribute to dulling, and the acid in white vinegar can cleanse fabrics of the buildup, helping them regain their brighter appearance.

6. Make your hair strong and shiny

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Vinegar can make hair shine. | iStock.com/esp2k

You can use white vinegar on your hair, too. Rinsing your hair with white vinegar after shampooing and conditioning helps manage oily hair while also giving your hair a boost of extra shine.

To make the vinegar solution that treats your hair, Livestrong says you should combine white vinegar with an equal amount of water. Apply the solution to your hair after shampooing and conditioning, and then rinse it out thoroughly before drying your hair. The solution will help you manage the oil in your hair, while also giving it more volume and shine.

7. Keep flowers fresh

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Vinegar helps to keep flowers fresh. | iStock.com/Konoplytska

Everyone loves fresh-cut flowers, but no one likes how they can die just as soon as you get them home. Fortunately, there is a foolproof trick to protecting your flowers, and it involves vinegar. When preparing the vase that will hold your flowers, Woman’s Day recommends you add warm water, sugar, and white vinegar. The vinegar protects the flowers against the growth of bacteria, and the sugar nourishes the flowers, helping them stay fresher longer.

8. Clean your coffeemaker

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Your coffee pot could use some vinegar. | iStock.com/tab1962

We’re taking it back to the kitchen to highlight another surprising way in which vinegar can help restore dirty household items. The coffeemaker might not seem like the most obvious thing in your kitchen that needs a good cleaning, but it hosts a lot of bacteria. Before you think too much about the germs that are going into your favorite morning drink, take care of it by cleaning your coffeemaker with a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar.

According to Good Housekeeping, you can easily clean your coffeemaker by placing a filter in the empty basket and then filling the machine’s water reservoir with your vinegar solution. Brew the solution halfway before turning off the machine. After letting it sit for 30 minutes, finish the brewing, dump the pot of vinegar and water, and do a final rinse by brewing a full pot of clean water. You should be cleaning your coffeemaker at least once a month, as hard water minerals build up inside the machine.

9. Drive away pests

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Pests hate vinegar. | iStock.com

Fruit flies, ants, and other pests love to find their way into our homes, but you can keep them away by employing a natural homemade pest-control solution of equal amounts of water and white vinegar. Put the solution in a spray bottle, and shake to mix. You can use the repellent inside or outside wherever pests tend to gather. According to Natural Living Ideas, the water-vinegar solution is especially effective with spiders and ants.

10. Kill weeds

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Vinegar is tough on weeds. | iStock.com

Take your vinegar outside to help kill your weeds. You’ll need a high-strength solution, and Good Housekeeping recommends using a vinegar with 20% acetic acid. The vinegar doesn’t discriminate and will kill anything on which it is sprayed. But it has proven to be effective at killing weeds when you’re at your wit’s end with the gardening pests.