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How-To: Ten Garden Uses For White Vinegar

Now that you know the household uses for white vinegar, I thought you might like to know how you can expand its use to your garden. As you may remember, white vinegar is an eco-friendly product, and it's also cheap: You can buy a gallon of white vinegar for less than $3.

The word "vinegar" is from the French term vin aigre, meaning "sour wine." White vinegar is made from allowing a distilled alcohol, like white wine, vodka, or gin, to oxidize. This changes the chemical components of the alcohol, making it more sour, but also more useful.

To find out how you can use white vinegar in your garden,


  1. Pesky raspberry leave stains on your palms? Banish berry stains by rubbing your hands with white distilled vinegar.
  2. Make sure your hummingbirds avoid toxic cleansers in their nectar by cleaning feeders with white distilled vinegar.
  3. Rust on your tools or spigots? Soak them overnight in white vinegar to loosen and get rid of rust.
  4. Dingy plastic patio furniture gets cleaner with a solution of one tablespoon white distilled vinegar to one gallon of water.
  5. Hate slugs as much as I do? Say sayonara by spraying them with one part water and one part white distilled vinegar.
  6. Azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and gardenias are all acid-loving plants. Add a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water, and water them generously every month or so.
  7. If you have weeds or grass in cracks in your sidewalks and steps, pour white vinegar in the cracks to get rid of the greenery.
  8. If your terracotta pots have white mineral bits on them, soak the pots for an hour or two in a sink filled with half white vinegar and half water.
  9. Make your cut flowers last longer by adding two tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to each vase. Fill with water, and enjoy.
  10. Stop the ants from marching in by pouring white distilled vinegar on their paths, as well as in ant hills.

Do you have other garden uses for white vinegar? Tell me about them by commenting below!

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pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
I use vinegar for so many things! To clean anything, all you need is vinegar, water, and baking soda.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
NOt garden, but i clean my coffee pot with white vinegar and run it through several times. It makes your coffee pot last longer and does a great job.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Some other tips from one of my favorite sites The site has other tips, not only for garden, for the enviroment conscious lad or lass :-) Acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias can use a a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture. Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar. Clean a birdbath by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well. Avoid skin problems after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in white distilled vinegar. Cure a cement pond before adding fish and plants by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly. Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Keep rabbits from eating your plants. Put cotton balls soaked in white distilled vinegar in a 35mm film container. Poke a hole in the top and place in the garden. Wash fresh vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 ½ quarts of water.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
When entertaining in your backyard, use vinegar to reduce the itch from insect bites. Rubbing it on the bitten skin will also promote healing and reduce swelling.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I'm going to use this instead of Round Up too once the bottle I have is gone. Vinegar can do anything LOL.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
*gasp* I had no idea white vinegar was so versatile!! I'm going to stock up...maybe even replace my husband's ROUND UP (gross!) with a big bottle of it :-D heh heh
lawchick lawchick 8 years
(in a kettle so you don't slop water everywhere)
lawchick lawchick 8 years
haze, you can also use boiling water to kill weeds in cracks
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