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10 More Household Uses for Vinegar


10 More Household Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar is clearly one of the safest and most versatile household products on the planet: Hundreds of readers responded with more great ideas to our first round-up on the subject (8 Household Uses for Vinegar).

As suggested by Circle of Moms members, here are ten more handy uses for vinegar in the home.

1. Glass Cleaner

"My absolute favorite is using it to clean my windows," shares Adriana P.  "There is no window cleaner that can even compare." In addition to cleaning windows, vinegar is also great for cleaning other glassware, says Leanna S.: "Vase looking dingy? Put vinegar and uncooked rice in it and swish around. The rice is a natural abrasive...and the vinegar cleans it."

2. Itch Reliever

Vinegar can provide relief from itchy insect bites, shares Sharleen S.: "I cover a fresh mosquito bite with it for about a minute and it takes the itchiness away.” And Ursala P. suggests that vinegar can also soothe skin that's been irritated by plants: "You can also use vinegar for the sting of bluebottles, hairy worms, plants that burn your skin."

3. Pet Deterrent

In addition to eliminating pet odors, vinegar can deter your furry friends from gnawing on your lovely living room furniture. As Jo D. shares: "Vinegar and lemon in spray bottle keep pets from chewing furniture."

4. Anti-Fungal Agent

Several moms shared that vinegar can help banish various fungal problems. Ellen M. advises: "Vinegar can be used to kill toe fungi! Soak the foot in a pan of warm water and vinegar daily for several months. Works!" And Meredith B., who suffered from swimmer's ear, recalled: "The ENT suggested that after swimming I use a mixture that is half white vinegar and half rubbing alcohol and put it in my ear for a few seconds. The vinegar is an a anti-fungal and the alcohol kills germs. No problem since!”

5. Hard Water Stains/Mineral Build-up Remover

There are many ways to use vinegar in the kitchen, including cleaning coffee pots and tea kettles. Catherine P. explains: "I usually use it [vinegar] to clean lime off my electric kettle; just add 20ml of vinegar to the kettle, fill it up with water and switch on the kettle, and ta-da! The lime is gone!"

6. Heartburn Reliever

Suffering from heartburn? Mellisa J. is one of many moms who recommend vinegar as a cure: "Vinegar works awesome for heart burn. It neutralizes the stomach acid. It's the best heartburn medication I've ever used!"

7. Gnat and Flea Catcher

Having a problem with gnats? "Put about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup," advises Marci P. "Add a few drops of dish soap, and leave the cup sitting around. The gnats are attracted to the vinegar, and the dish soap will kill them.” A similar trick works for catching fleas, says Sue D., who suggests putting vinegar out in a white container: "Fleas are attracted to white, [so] use white foam plates and they will jump in there and drown. Also, you can spray it on carpets."

8. Ironing Aide

"I use plain white vinegar to set or remove creases in clothing," shares Angie G. "Just put some in a spritzer bottle, lightly spray the area, then press. It doesn't leave your clothes stiff like spray starch and the smell disappears with the steam. Works great!"

9. Ant Deterrent

If you're looking for a humane way to get rid of ants, Jena L. says vinegar will do the job: "I use vinegar to clean away ants. It may not kill the little buggers but it disrupts their sense of smell enough that they cannot find their needed foods and go away."

10. Hair Conditioner and Product Remover

Many moms also recommended using vinegar for various hair care needs. As Hari M. relays, “My hairdresser advised me to rinse my hair with a little white vinegar and water mixture to remove all of the remnants of hair products after washing it. I tried it and it renewed the shine in my hair, as well. Great advice.” And Cindy O. found apple cider vinegar was a great alternative to a cream rinse: "Mix 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of warm water and pour over your hair to detangle...works great!"

Got another vinegar tip not covered here or in our first round-up of vinegar tips? Share in the comments!

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