It seems like I am always hearing about a new use for vinegar, so I decided to put together a list of several of the different ways that it can be used! Here are 20 different ways you can use plain white vinegar- many of them will help you save money by not having to buy commercial products! Stay tuned for a separate list of uses for apple cider vinegar coming soon!!!
#1. Cleaning Your Computer (& Just About Anything Else)
Make sure all electronics are unplugged before cleaning! Mix a combination of equal parts white vinegar and water. Dampen cloth with mixture and wring out completely before beginning. Wipe down PCs and accessories. Use cotton tip applicators to clean the thigh spaces such as the keyboard.
You can also use vinegar to make your own homemade cleaners!
#2. Cleaning Your Blinds
Looking for an easy way to clean those blinds? Use a mixture of equal parts hot water and white vinegar. Buy a pair of cotton gardening gloves and simply dip your finger into the solution and run it over both sides of the slats. Easy!
#3 Fabric Softener
Tired of spending money on expensive fabric softeners at the store? Check out how you can use vinegar as fabric softener instead! Not only is it a great fabric softener, but it also gets the smell out when you leave a load in the washer for too long (not that I have ever done that!) 😉
#4. Polishing Metals
- Shine silver items (including silverware and jewelry) by soaking them in 1/2 C vinegar and 2 Tbs baking powder for 2 hours.
- Polish brass and copper by making a paste with equal parts vinegar and salt. Use a clean cloth and rub with paste until tarnish disappears, then rinse with cool water and polish with dry cloth.
- Clean chrome and stainless steel with undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Buff with a clean cloth.
Use undiluted white vinegar to loosen the edges of price tags, stickers, or decals that you would like to remove from furniture, painted walls or glossy surfaces. Use a credit card to scrape it off, then rub the remaining glue off with more vinegar.
#6. Cleaning Carpets
To freshen up a dingy carpet, use a carpet brush and wash it with a solution of 1 C white vinegar in 1 gallon of water. To spot clean a carpet, rub with a mixture of 2 Tsp salt and 1/2 C vinegar. Vacuum area after drying.
#7. Prevent Frost From Forming on Your Windshield
This is one of my favorites! Keep a spray bottle of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and spray your car windows and windshield when you park outside in the winter. This should stop frost from forming for weeks!
#8. Cleaning a Microwave
Afraid to look inside your microwave? Here is an easy way to make the inside sparkle! Fill a glass bowl with 1/4 C vinegar and 1 C water. Microwave the bowl on high for 5 minutes. Once the bowl cools down, dip a cloth into the bowl and use the liquid to easily wipe down the inside.
#9. Cleaning a Coffee Maker
If your coffee starts tasting a little off…it’s probably time to clean it! It doesn’t make a difference if you have the type of machine that uses filters, or the type that uses coffee pods- all you have to do is run a full cycle using vinegar rather than water. After the cycle is complete, run 1-2 cycles using water and your coffee will be back to normal!
#10. Make Perfect Eggs
I don’t know how many hard boiled eggs I have ruined because they cracked while boiling, or the shells did not come off easily! Try adding 2 Tsp vinegar to every quart of water you are using to solve both of these issues! Also, when poaching eggs, adding the same amount of vinegar will stop the whites from spreading!
#11. Killing Weeds
Put plain full-strength vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on unwanted weeds. Repeat until weeds are gone!
#12. Getting Rid of Berry Stains
Ever wonder how to get rid of those pesky stains left on your hands after handling berries? Simply rinse with vinegar and they should come off easily!
#13. Pasta with Fresh Herbs and Tomato
Moving on to some vinegar recipes- this one is a great light pasta recipe for the summer time!
- 8 oz uncooked pasta (fettuccini recommended)
- ½ C olive oil
- ⅓ C white vinegar
- 2 C halved cherry tomatoes
- ⅓ C chopped fresh parsley
- ¼ C chopped fresh basil
- dash pepper
- dash salt
- ½ C grated parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions and drain
- Combine olive oil and vinegar and whisk briskly
- Combine pasta and oil mixture in a large skillet and cook on low heat
- Toss to coat pasta
- Add next 5 ingredients and heat gently
- Serve pasta topped with parmesan cheese
#14. Chocolate Cupcakes
Vinegar is a surprising ingredient in this yummy chocolate cupcake recipe!
- 1½ C flour
- 1 C sugar
- 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 Tbs butter or margarine
- 1 Tbs vanilla
- 1 Tbs white vinegar
- 1 C cold water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Fill cupcake tins with 8 liners
- Sift dry ingredients
- Add remaining ingredients to bowl and mix
- Pour batter evenly into 8 tins
- Bake approx 35 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when touched
- Cool on wire rack
- Frost with desired frosting
#15. Buffalo Wing Sauce
Yum, yum! Vinegar is one of the main ingredients in this wing sauce!
- 2 C dry cayenne peppers
- ½ C water
- ⅓ C chopped onion
- 1 clove chopped garlic
- ⅓ C chopped tomato
- 1 C white vinegar
- 1 stick butter
- 1 bottle hot sauce
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- ¼ C ketchup
- Roast peppers in a pan on medium high heat, stirring frequently
- Add water until peppers are covered, bring to boil for 10 minutes
- Drain peppers and place in blender
- Add ½ C water, ½ C vinegar and salt
- Blend on high speed
- Melt butter over medium heat
- Add onion, garlic, tomato and hot sauce
- Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add mixture to peppers in blender and blend on high for approximately 2 minutes
- Add lemon juice, honey and ketchup to blender and blend just enough to combine evenly
- Pour mixture back into pan and simmer for 20 minutes
#16. Cucumber Salad
This recipe is super easy- and perfect for cucumbers from the garden! My step-dad adds A LOT of pepper to the recipe too so if you like things a little on the spicier side you might want to try that!
- 4 cucumbers sliced thin
- 1 small white onion sliced thin
- 1 C white vinegar
- ¾ C white sugar
- ½ C water
- Add cucumber and onion to large bowl
- Bring water, vinegar and sugar to a boil in saucepan
- Once at a boil, add liquid to cucumbers and onions
- Cover and refrigerate until cold
#17. Dill Pickles
You can’t make a list of recipes that use vinegar without including pickles…
- 8 lbs pickling cucumbers
- 4 C white vinegar
- 12 C water
- ⅔ C pickling salt
- 16 cloves garlic (peeled and halved)
- 8 sprigs fresh dill
- 8 heads fresh dill
- Wash cucumbers and soak in ice bath for 2-8 hours
- Sterilize 8 quart sized canning jars and lids in boiling water for 10 minutes
- Combine vinegar, water and pickling salt in large pot
- Bring to a rapid boil over medium high heat
- Place 2 halves of garlic cloves and 1 head of dill in each jar, then fill with cucumbers
- Add 2 more garlic halves and 1 sprig of dill on top of cucumbers
- Fill each jar with the vinegar mixture and seal in a hot water bath according to your canning directions that came with your canning pot
- Store pickles for at least 8 weeks before opening
- 1½ lbs green cabbage finely shredded
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
- ½ C sugar
- ½ C white vinegar
- ½ C salad oil
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp celery seed
- Combine cabbage, onion and green pepper in a bowl
- Combine sugar, vinegar and oil in a saucepan and bring to a boil
- Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables and add seasonings, stir to combine
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours
- ½ C mayo
- ½ C sour cream
- 2 Tbs milk
- 1 Tbs white vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp honey
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving
- 1 C distilled vinegar
- ¼ C ketchup
- ¼ C apple juice
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 3 Tbs light brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Whisk together all ingredients and allow them to sit for a minimum of 3 hours
- Sauce can be basted over meat while cooking, served on the side as a dipping sauce, or both
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