If I had to make a list of my secret weapons for homesteading, I would rank vinegar as #1! There is no other household tool that is quite as useful and inexpensive and it’s easily found at supermarkets, health food shops, and even convenience stores. Some people may only think to use vinegar in the kitchen for cooking or dressing a salad, but there are many more ways you can use vinegar for home and health. Here are some of my favorite ways to use vinegar.
Vinegar For Health
- One of the best ways to get relief from sunburn is to use vinegar. Simply use a cotton ball to apply the vinegar to the affected area. The vinegar will help with itching as well.
- If you have problems breathing due to congestion, try adding ¼ cup of vinegar to your vaporizer along with the water.
- Vinegar can also help you to have healthy hands by softening cuticles. All you need to do is soak your nails in a vinegar only solution for just a couple minutes.
- Pouring vinegar over a bee sting will help so that you will have an easier time removing the stinger.
- Vinegar also works well as a skin toner for your face. Combine equal amounts of water and vinegar in a small bowl and apply to your face with a cotton ball.
In the Kitchen
- Though vinegar is a tasty ingredient in many dishes, why not use it to make some great hard boiled eggs. Just by adding 2 T. of vinegar to each quart of water you used to cook your eggs, you can make sure you eggs won’t crack while cooking. The vinegar will also help when it comes time to peel the shell off of the eggs.
- All produce should be cleaned before eating, and vinegar can help with this task too. To make a simple produce cleanser, mix 1 gallon of water with 4 T. of vinegar and rinse your produce thoroughly in this solution.
- When you cook in your kitchen, you will probably be faced with cleaning up grease stains on your counter or table. A wash rag plus a mix of half water and half vinegar will wipe the grease right off.
- Vinegar is also great to keep your refrigerator clean and fresh. A Cleaning solution of equal parts vinegar and water will work great when cleaning inside a refrigerator.
- One of the dirtiest places in your kitchen is likely your cutting boards. Make sure to keep your cutting boards disinfected by applying a vinegar only solution to keep them clean.
- Clean out the dishwasher by running your dishwasher with nothing more than a cup of vinegar on the top shelf. This will help clean out and sanitize your dishwasher.
- Use vinegar to replace your dishwasher rinse aid. This is not only a great way to use vinegar in your kitchen but it is also a great way to save money.
- Vinegar gets rid of those nasty stains on pots and pans. All you need is 1 t. of vinegar per cup of water. Make sure the stain is covered, and then put the pan on the stove and bring to boiling for a couple of minutes. A cold water rinse will finish up the job.
The Ultimate Cleaning Agent
- Vinegar makes a great Mildew Remover in the bathroom or wherever you may find mildew in your home. Spray or wipe a vinegar only solution on the mildew, then rinse with water.
- A vinegar and salt solution is the good option for getting rid of soap scum in the bathroom. Make sure you have 4 parts vinegar to every one part of salt to make the solution effective.
- Another part of the bathroom that some people often forget to clean is the drain in the sink. After dumping ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, pour 1 cup of vinegar to activate the baking soda. After 5 minutes turn on the cold water to finish deodorizing and cleaning your drain.
- And of course, you can’t forget about cleaning the toilet bowl. To make sure your toilet is deodorized, place 3 cups of vinegar in the bowl and leave it for one hour. The last step is to just flush and enjoy your clean toilet.
Wait… There’s More!
- Vinegar is great for removing stickers or other things like price tags that often get stuck on and seem impossible to get off. Make sure the sticker is covered completely with vinegar. Then use a plastic scraper, something like a credit card to remove the sticker. If needed add more vinegar to completely remove the sticky stuff.
- Just like baking soda, vinegar is great at removing smells, like smoke from your home. Simply place a small bowl of vinegar in the room for about a day to remove lingering odors.
- Consider vinegar the next time you are in need of a carpet stain remover. A half cup of vinegar mixed with 2 T. of salt works great. Just rub into the stain and let dry. When it is has dried, use a vacuum to remove from the carpet.
- You should always make sure you have vinegar handy when you need to remove water rings from your wood furniture. A simple mixture of one part vinegar and one part olive oil applied with a soft cloth will help to fix the water ring. Make sure to wipe it down with a clean dry cloth after to dry the area and make it shine.
- Not many people know that vinegar also makes an excellent candle wax remover. With the help of a hair blow dryer on the lowest setting soften the wax. While you are doing this blot up as much as you can with a cloth. Any wax that remains can be removed by using an equal parts solution of water and vinegar and rubbing with a soft cloth.
- Vinegar makes an excellent glass cleaner for windows, mirrors and even eyeglasses. For your glasses, all you need is vinegar and soft cloth. If using on windows or mirrors, add a half cup of ammonia and 2 T. of cornstarch to each cup of vinegar.
- Disinfect your whole house with a spray bottle of vinegar. Forget those disinfectant sprays with all of the chemicals and kill germs with vinegar.
- And lastly, keep a bottle of vinegar multi-purpose spray in every room in your home. All you need to do is add a few drops of dishwashing soap to 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water in a spray bottle and you can clean just about anything in your home.