Vinegar: Is There Anything It Can't Do?

I think any frugal blogger would be remiss if they did not write at least once about the multiple uses of vinegar. To that end, here is my contribution.

Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and it can be used on almost anything except marble and paint as a frugal, all purpose cleaner. The typical ratio is a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture.

Floor Cleaner: wash ceramic and vinyl floors with a mixture of one cup vinegar to one gallon of hot water.

Dishwasher: Use full strength vinegar instead a rinse aid.

Windows and Mirrors: Spray with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar and dry with crumpled newspaper.

Meat Tenderizer: Add two to three tablespoons to a pot roast, stew or soup.

Onion Odor: Eliminate it from your hands by rinsing them in vinegar.

Weed Killer: Use undiluted and spray directly on weeds.

Feet: To treat foot fungus spray them with full strength vinegar twice a day until fungus is gone.

Pet Odor Treatment: Use the 50/50 water and vinegar solution to saturate the offending area, let sit for a while, and then blot up with a towel.

Wallpaper Remover: Spray on full strength to dissolve the glue, let sit, and then peel away.

Stain Remover from Clothes: The good old 50/50 mix can work on everything from barbecue sauce to grass to perspiration stains.

Coffee Stains: Use a mixture of salt and vinegar to clean coffee stains off of china.

Clean Coffee Maker or Washing Machine: Run vinegar through it, followed by water.

Dandruff/Hair Rinse: Rinse your hair with a cup filled with 50/50 mixture to prevent buildup and dandruff.

Dirty Pots: Fill the pot with water to cover the stain, add one cup of vinegar, and boil for a few minutes.

Remove Glue: Saturate the area in vinegar and scrape the glue off.

Paint Remover: Spray full strength, let soak, and then scrape off the paint.

Laundry: Add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to your wash water, which can brighten colors, reduce the amount of lint produced when drying and cuts down on laundry soap.

Shower Head: Unscrew it and boil it in a pot of 50/50 mixture for a few minutes to loosen deposits.

Bathtub/Shower: Spray scum with vinegar then rinse with water.

Chrome: Spray on full strength vinegar then wipe for a nice shine.

Rust Remover: Soak the rusty items for 24 hrs then rinse.

I’m sure I missed some…what do you use vinegar for?


  1. I must agree 100% thier isn't Anything that takes out the Urin smell from your Pets like White Viniger, half water half Viniger and as you said let it sit it needs to get into the carpet pad, then if you don't want the whole house smelling like Viniger steam clean it up using the rinse only setting on your steam cleaner....Works Wonders, I know I raise Hunting Dogs


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