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Uses for Vinegar | 250 amazing ways to save

by Penina

There are thousands of uses for vinegar! White Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar, like Baking Soda, are amazing money-saving products.  Vinegar can be used for cooking, personal care, medicinal and cleaning purposes. When I’m doing housework or beauty treatments my big bulk bottles of White (Distilled) Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar are never far from reach. I keep them in my little cleaning trolley for quick action!
If you want to get really crazy about Vinegar there are plenty of variations out there. Other types include balsamic, beer, can, coconut, date, East Asian black, flavoured (i.e fig or thyme flavoured), fruit, honey, Job’s tears (a Japanese aged vinegar), kiwifruit, Kombucha, malt, palm, raisin, rice, spirit, sherry and wine vinegar.
As for White Vinegar, it is made from the fermentation of distilled alcohol. Where Apple Cider Vinegar is made from cider. It’s very acidic and can burn if taken directly rather than diluted for the purposes such as cooking and cleaning. You can buy different versions of Apple Cider Vinegar, such as Honey Apple Cider Vinegar. These flavoured types make digestion more pleasant. Some people drink Apple Cider Vinegar with orange juice also.


You can use vinegar in cooking for all kinds of purposes. Basically the product is good for pickling and also bringing out the flavor in food include meat and veggies. Vinegar is used for salad dressings, making sauces, mayo, chutneys and marinades. My special move in a Spag Bol is vinegar! It makes the mince taste more quenching.

Personal care and medicinal purposes

Vinegar also has uses, like Baking Soda, for beauty and medicinial purposes. You can use it to whiten teeth, cure bad breath, improve dry skin or for helping a cough. You can even add vinegar to water for a cheap face toner!

Cleaning and laundry

Because white vinegar is an acidic little liquid you can use it for cleaning purposes. Go crazy with vinegar! It’s eco-friendly and you can get a lot done! For example you can clean a kettle, aquarium, baby bottles, dog houses, doorknobs, grout, dentures, dishes and even your reading glasses!
I suggest grabbing your reading glasses and a cuppa. Read this extensive list on 250 Amazing Ways to Save with Vinegar and you will be shocked at its uses! Also be sure to check out my video related to 150 Ways to Free Yourself from Housework. I touch on vinegar in this vid. Have a cheaper and happier life with your bottle of vinegar and save more money daily!
Put this list in your bathroom, laundry or shed. It is useful if you need a quick and cheap beauty, cleaning or home and garden fix.

250 amazing ways to save

Add to a salad

Add a little vinegar to a salad as a low calorie dressing and for flavour.

Add to gravy and soup

Add one teaspoon of vinegar to soup, gravy or sauce for flavour.

Add to jelly

For firmer jelly add a teaspoon of vinegar to the mix.

All-purpose cleaner

Vinegar, salt and water make a great all-purpose cleaner. Go nuts.

Ant hills

Pour vinegar down the anthill to keep ants at bay.

Asthma help

Have a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.

Better cake icing

Add a drop of vinegar to icing to stop the icing going clumpy.

Better desserts

Add vinegar to desserts. This will make them taste more delicious.

Better digestion

Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water twice daily.

Better hot chips

Add vinegar to hot chips (fries) for a delicious snack!

Better pasta

Add vinegar to pasta water to reduce starch and stickiness.

Better pastry

Add one tablespoon of vinegar to pastry for an exceptional crust.

Better poached eggs

Add a teaspoon of vinegar to egg water to stop eggs separating.

Better potato salad

Combine whole egg mayo with vinegar, sugar and salt.

Better white sauce

Add half a teaspoon of vinegar to white sauce for extra zest.

Boling fruit

Add one teaspoon of vinegar when boiling or baking fruit for flavour.

Brick cleaner

Clean your fireplace bricks using undiluted vinegar.

Bright colours

Add half a cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle for brighter colours.

Brighten carpets

Add vinegar to water and brush lightly. Wipe down with water.

Brittle nails

Have a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.

Can opener wheel

Clean a can opener wheel using a toothbrush dipped in vinegar.

Carpet odour

Use vinegar and water to get the smell out of carpets.

Carpet spot cleaner

Add diluted vinegar and a little detergent to a urine stain.

Carpet stains

Combine with detergent vinegar and water to spot clean carpets.

Carpet stains

Use water and vinegar to remove carpet stains.

Carpet steam cleaner

Add vinegar to your portable steam cleaner with the water.

Catch moths

Place vinegar and molasses in a tin can. Hang outside to catch moths.


Add vinegar to cooking water to make cauliflower whiter.

Cement Ponds

Add vinegar to cement pond water and leave for three days.

Chest cold

If you have a chest cold add half a cup of vinegar to your vaporiser.

Chewing gum

Soak chewing gum stuck to a surface with vinegar.


Get out there and shine up your chrome belongings.

Clay pots

Clean clay pots in the garden with warm soapy water and vinegar.

Clean a brush

Soak a hairbrush or other types of brushes in diluted vinegar to clean.

Clean a kettle

Boil water with vinegar in your kettle to remove minerals.

Clean a lunch box

Soak bread in vinegar and place in a lunch box overnight.

Clean a shower head

Learn how to clean a showerhead using vinegar.

Clean a teapot

Clean the inside and outside of a teapot with vinegar.

Clean an aquarium

Clean and remove grime from aquariums and fish bowls.

Clean baby bottles

Add vinegar and water to baby’s bottle. Soak for one hour. Shake with rice.

Clean bathtubs

Clean bathtubs in combination with baking soda.

Clean bird baths

Use water and vinegar to clean birdbaths.

Clean blinds

Dip gloved fingers in vinegar and water. Wipe along blinds.

Clean brass

Mix up one teaspoon of salt and one cup of vinegar to clean brass.

Clean concrete

Clean concrete with straight vinegar and then rinse. Allow to dry.

Clean copper

Mix together one teaspoon of salt and one cup of vinegar.

Clean dog houses

Use a sponge with vinegar to clean away grease and dirt in a doghouse.

Clean doorknobs

Spray and wipe straight vinegar onto doorknobs to kill germs.

Clean fixtures

Clean fixtures in the bathroom with straight or part diluted vinegar.

Clean grout

Clean grout with a toothbrush and straight vinegar.

Clean lino

Add vinegar to warm water and mop a lino floor clean.

Clean outdoor tables

Sanitise by wiping down with vinegar on a cloth.

Clean patio furniture

Clean outdoor furniture with warm soapy water and vinegar.

Clean pipes

Generally add vinegar to pipes to reduce the build up.

Clean plastic pots

Clean with warm soapy water and vinegar.

Clean pots

Add three tablespoons of water to a pot and boil.

Clean radiators

Add vinegar to the water in your radiator to reduce mineral deposits.

Clean reading glasses

Clean with straight vinegar and you can see again!

Clean shoes

Wipe down with white distilled vinegar and water.

Clean shower tracks

Put straight vinegar into shower tracks.

Clean suede

Add vinegar on a toothbrush to clean suede. Dilute if preferred.

Clean toys

Add one tablespoon of vinegar to one litre of water. Clean.

Clean vinyl books

Wipe down vinyl baby books with vinegar and water.

Clean wood panelling

Combine olive oil and vinegar to remove stains on wood.

Clean your wipers

Wipe down window wipers with straight vinegar.

Cleaner bread box

Keep a breadbox clean by wiping down with vinegar.

Cleaner dentures

Soak false teeth overnight to make dentures sparkle by day!

Cleaner dishes

Add vinegar to soapy water. Your dishes will sparkle.

Cleaner dishwasher

Place a cup of vinegar in the bottom rack of your dishwasher.

Cleaner furniture

Add vinegar to plain water and wipe down wooden furniture.

Cleaner wood

Ammonia, vinegar and baking soda will effectively remove stains.

Cleaning containers

Pour vinegar and add rice to the container. Shake vigorously. Rinse.

Clear chemicals

Add half a cup of white distilled vinegar to water. Clean chemicals away.

Clothes iron

Add vinegar mixed with water to the chamber of an iron. Heat. Rinse.

Coffee and tea stains

Add salt and vinegar to the coffee and teacups. Clean as normal.

Coffee makers

Run vinegar through the coffee maker’s brewing cycle. Now rinse.


Soak in straight vinegar overnight to make them shiny.

Combo drain cleaner

Put baking soda mixed with vinegar down a drain to help unblock it.

Control blood pressure

Drink in moderation with water to control blood pressure. Consult a doctor.

Control diabetes

Research how vinegar can help diabetes. Consult a doctor.

Cooking smells

Boil a little pot of vinegar on the stove while cooking.

Correct salt

Add vinegar and sugar to correct a too-salty meal.


Combine apple cider vinegar, warm water, some cayenne pepper and honey.


Wipe down with vinegar and warm water.

Cracked skin

Rub cracked skin with vinegar.

Creamy scourer

Use baking soda, detergent and vinegar on a scourer for a better clean.

Creamy Vinaigrette

Combine cream, white distilled vinegar and oil.

Cure for bad breath

Gargle with water and white vinegar to help cure bad breath.

Cure for corns

Soak vinegar in bread for one hour. Tape to a corn overnight. Peel off.

Cutting boards

Apply full strength vinegar to your cutting board.

Cutting soap

If you need to cut some soap you can soak it in vinegar first.

Dead rodent smell

Clean out the area with water and vinegar.

Deter ants

Spray vinegar on ant trails to keep them away.

Deter cats

Spray around areas you do not want a cat to go.

Deter slugs

Put vinegar in a slug’s path to deter them.

Drain cleaner

Put one cup of vinegar down a drain. Rinse after 30 minutes.

Dry skin

Add two tablespoons of vinegar to your bath.

Eat less

A sprinkle of vinegar on your meal will lessen your appetite.

Enhance beetroot

Add vinegar to boiling beetroot for enhanced colour and taste.

Exhaust fans

Use vinegar on a sponge to clean away grease and dirt.

Face toner

Use vinegar and water as a face toner.

Fine china

Add one cup of vinegar to soapy water to clean china.

Fix a tank

Add vinegar through your tank systems to help reduce minerals.

Fix DVDs

Wipe down old and worn DVDs with vinegar to revive them.

Fix fabric holes

Place a damp cloth with vinegar on it under fabric and iron.

Flavour ham

Add to boiling ham for flavour and reduce salty taste.

Floor cleaner

Combine dishwashing liquid, alcohol, water and vinegar.

Fluff up rice

For fluffier rice add one teaspoon of vinegar to the water.

Fluffy meringues

Beat three egg whites with one teaspoon of vinegar.

Foil on grill

Put vinegar on some aluminium foil and clean.

Food poisoning

Have a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.

Foot odour

Soak feet in straight Apply Cider Vinegar and wear cotton socks.

For a new oven

Wipe down ovens with water and vinegar.

Fountain pumps

Soak pumps in water and vinegar.

Freshen baby clothes

Add one cup of white distilled vinegar to baby clothes loads.

Freshen canned fish

Soak canned fish and shrimp in sherry and vinegar to freshen.

Freshen veggies

Soak wilted vegetables in vinegar to freshen and brighten up.

Frost on windows

Wipe car windows with water and vinegar the night before. Reduce frost.

Fruit and vegetables

Wash veggies in water and vinegar for freshness and colour.

Fruit stains on hands

Remove fruits stains from hands with a little vinegar.

Furniture joints

Use vinegar in a spray bottle to loosen joints.

Garbage disposal

Make vinegar ice cubes and feed the unit. Rinse with cold water.

Garden lime

Neutralise with water and vinegar.

Gargle, gargle, gargle

Have a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.

Get more eggs

Add vinegar to chook-shed water to get more eggs.

Get mud off aluminium

Mix vinegar and baking soda together. Wash and rinse.

Get rid of warts

Add vinegar to an equal part of glycerine. Apply.

Get stickers off

Add vinegar and warm water to remove a sticker.


Add one cup of vinegar to soapy water to clean glassware.

Glassware trick

Wrap straight vinegar-soaked paper towels around and in glass. Rinse.

Glazed pots

Clean with warm soapy water and vinegar.


Pour full strength vinegar on unwanted grass.

Grass and weeks

Pour full strength vinegar on grass and weeds in paving.

Hair rinse

Apply diluted apple cider vinegar after shampooing.

Ham mould protection

Rub vinegar on the sliced end of uncooked ham to stop mould.

Hand scrub

Rub baking soda and apple cider vinegar into hands.

Hard water areas

Add a cup of vinegar to a bucket of water for watering plants.

Hard water stains

Wipe down with water and vinegar. Rinse.

Hay fever helper

Have a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.


Try half a tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar to help with heartburn.

Help acne

Wash your face with half apple cider vinegar and half water.

Help cuts

For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic.

Help morning sickness

Drink some apple cider vinegar in water. Add honey.

Help sinus

Add some vinegar in your vaporiser and clear a stuffy head.

Help with stains

Attack stains with white distilled vinegar and water.

Help for yeast infections

Add one tablespoon of vinegar to a douche of warm water.

Help your eyesight

Drink a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.


Stand fresh herbs in vinegar to make them taste better.


Swallow one tablespoon of vinegar to help with hiccups.

Iron plate cleaner

Heat vinegar and salt on a hot pan to clean. Scrub when cool.

Iron scorch marks

Unplug iron. Warm up a solution white distilled vinegar and salt. Clean.

Jam and mustard stains

You can get many stains out by spot cleaning with vinegar.

Jar cleaner

Rinse jars with vinegar to remove the lingering smell and any grease.

Keep cats away

Spray vinegar using a spray bottle around a sand box.

Keep flies off a horse

Spray around horses to keep flies away.

Kill weeds

Spray vinegar on walks and driveways.

Label remover

Soak labels with vinegar for easy removal.

Lemon substitute

Substitute recipes that contain lemon with vinegar.

Less greasy chips

Add half a teaspoon of vinegar to hot oil. Be very careful!

Lessen suds

Run vinegar through your washing machine to lessen suds.

Linseed on leather

Add linseed oil and rub onto leather. Polish with a soft cloth.

Linseed wood cleaner

Mix vinegar with linseed oil to make an effective cleaner for wood.

Liven up a sauce

Add one teaspoon of red or white wine vinegar to enhance a sauce.

Liven up a soup

Improve the taste of a soup by adding some vinegar to it.

Long lasting hosiery

Rinse stockings in water and vinegar. They will last longer.

Longer burning wicks

Soak propane lantern wicks with vinegar and then dry.

Love your flowers

Add diluted vinegar with sugar to the water in your vase.

Lower cholesterol

Drink with water to lower cholesterol. Consult your doctor.

Make condiments last

Add vinegar to condiments like sauces and spreads.

Make nail polish last

Wipe nails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar.

Make red wine vinegar

Add dry red wine to vinegar to make red wine vinegar.

Make sour cream

Blend cottage cheese, milk and vinegar to make sour cream.

Microwave cleaner

Clean the microwave with vinegar. This will take the odour out as well.

Moisten chocolate cake

Add one teaspoon of vinegar to cake mix.

Mouldy laundry

Add white distilled vinegar in the machine. Wash in hot water.

Mud on fibreglass

Mix vinegar and baking soda together. Wash and rinse fibreglass.

Mud on plastic

Mix vinegar and baking soda together. Wash and rinse plastic.

Musty clothes

Sprinkle cotton clothes lightly with white distilled vinegar and press.

Nausea treatment

Dilute two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water.

Nice cabbage

Add vinegar to cooking water to remove odours.

Non fishy fish

When scaling a fish rub it with vinegar beforehand.

Oily skin cure

Rinse your face with half apple cider vinegar and half water. Rinse.

Paint adherent

Paint adheres better to galvanized metal wiped with vinegar.

Paint brushes

Soak in hot vinegar, wash with warm soapy water to soften up.

Paint odour

A bowl of vinegar will help remove paint smells from a room.

Patching plaster

Add one tablespoon of vinegar to plaster water when mixing.

Perfume a dog

Add to a dog’s water to stop odours.

Perspiration stains

Dilute one-quarter cup of vinegar in water. Rub on the stain directly.


Add one teaspoon of salt to one cup of vinegar.

Pickle capsicums

Add fresh capsicums to boiling vinegar in a jar and seal to pickle them.

Plant acid

Spray vinegar diluted on acid loving plants.

Prolong olives

Olives will keep much longer when covered with vinegar and chilled.

Protect from line

Rinse vinegar on your hands after working with garden lime.

Quench your thirst

If you are very thirsty drink apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water.

Reduce dandruff

Rub scalp with half water and half apple cider vinegar.

Reduce freckles

Vinegar will lighten freckles over time.

Reduce gas in beans

Add vinegar when cooking beans to reduce gas effects.

Reduce lint

Add one cup of vinegar to the washing cycle.

Reduce your appetite

Have a warm apple cider vinegar, water and honey drink.

Relieve a burn

Apply ice-cold vinegar immediately for fast relief.

Relieve a sore throat

Gargle vinegar and water to help a sore throat.

Remove mustard

Before washing a mustard stain, dab with white distilled vinegar.

Remove stains on a tap

Put vinegar on a cloth and sit on the back of a tap.

Remove vomit smell

Leave a bowl of vinegar on the floor overnight.

Removing lime

Use vinegar to remove lime from a garden pot before using it.

Renew a blanket

Add two cups of white distilled vinegar to the wash cycle.

Repel bugs off plants

Spray water and vinegar around plants.

Repel bugs off yourself

Add with water to a spray bottle and spray yourself.

Repel rabbits

Soak cotton balls in vinegar. Place in plastic containers with air holes near plants.

Rid a dog of fleas

Add to dog’s water to stop fleas.

Room deodoriser

Combine vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle.

Sagging cane chairs

Sponge chairs with hot solution of half vinegar and half water. Dry.

Salt on your car

Wipe your car down with water and vinegar.

Save a plant from a cat

Spray around plants to stop cats eating them.

Scorch marks

Rub clothes with distilled vinegar using a damp cloth. Now wash as normal.

Scratchy dog ears

Wipe out dog-ears with white vinegar using a warm wet cloth.

Set colour

When dyeing fabric add one cup of vinegar to the final rinse.

Sharing a coke?

Rub vinegar on coke stains and spot clean. Wash normally.

Shine a dog

Add to dog’s water to make fur shiny.

Shine leather

Clean leather with hot white distilled vinegar.

Shine patent leather

Shine patent leather with vinegar on a soft cloth.

Shine shoes

Wipe shoes down with white distilled vinegar.

Shine utensils

Boil utensils in a pot of vinegar and water.

Shine your crusts

Before baking bread brush the dough with vinegar for a shiny crust.

Shower curtain grime

Wash shower curtains with vinegar to clean them.

Smokers room

Place a bowl of vinegar in a room if people are smoking.

Soak a fish

Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking to make fish sweeter.

Soak dirty tools

Soak tools in soapy vinegar water overnight to get them clean again.

Soak laundry

Add one cup of white distilled vinegar clothes in boiled water. Soak.

Soak vintage lace

Soak lace in cold water and vinegar and then rinse a few times.

Soften skin

Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to bath water to soften skin.

Soothe a bee sting

Dab on a bee sting,. This will sting but will help to draw out the venom.

Soothe bug bites

Soothe your bug bites and wounds with vinegar and water.

Sore hands

Rub vinegar on sore or swollen areas of your hands.

Speed up weight loss

Drink vinegar with water for weight loss. Do in moderation. Check with your doctor.

Spicy deodorizer

Add spices to a bowl of vinegar in a warm room.

Sponge on grill

Use a sponge with vinegar to clean away grease and dirt.

Stop a dog barking

Spray around a dog’s bed or where the dog hangs out to stop barking.

Stop cats fighting

Sprinkle around areas where cats are fighting to stop them fighting.

Stop chickens fighting

Add vinegar to a chicken’s water bowl so they stop pecking each other.

Stop eggs cracking

Add two tablespoons of vinegar into egg water.

Stop scratching

Apply a paste made from vinegar and corn flour.

Stop spuds browning

Stop peeled potatoes going brown by adding vinegar to the water.

Storing cheese

Wrap cheese with a cloth soaked in vinegar and store in the fridge.

Stronger bones

Drink vinegar and water in moderation to strengthen bones.

Tender home chickens

Add vinegar to chook-shed water to get tender chicken.

Tenderize meat

Marinate tough meat in vinegar overnight to tenderize it.

Tired feet

Rub vinegar on tired, sore or swollen areas of your feet.

Treat lice

Rub apple cider vinegar into the scalp to treat lice.

Treatment for arthritis

Drink two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass twice a day.

Unstick scissors

If your scissors are getting stuck dip them in vinegar.

Vase water lines

Add vinegar and water to a vase to remove water lines.

Vinyl upholstery

Clean vinyl upholstery with warm water and vinegar.

Wallpaper removal

Spray water, vinegar and hot water on wallpaper to saturate.

Wash toys

Wash baby toys with soap, water and vinegar.

Wet mattress cleaner

Spraying with vinegar and water. Dust with baking soda and dry.

When cutting onions

Rub vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing onion.

Whiten your teeth

Brush your teeth with vinegar.

Window cleaner

Clean the inside of windows using full strength vinegar. Wipe clean.

Window treatment

Spray windows with vinegar and water using a water bottle.

Wine stains

Spot clean wine stains on a garment immediately after the spill.

Wool smell

Soak a wool garment in water and vinegar to remove smell.

Wrap a tap

Wrap a cloth soaked in vinegar around the tap for the night.
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