82 responses

  1. esther benedict
    August 9, 2012

    I have used striaght vinegar (cider) on fireant bites and any kind of bug bite to relieve the itch and pain.

  2. Marlene Lauder
    August 9, 2012

    I use vinegar as the rinse agent in the dishwasher. Instead of Jet Dry, I just fill the rinse agent cavity in my

  3. Marlene Laudee
    August 9, 2012

    Instead of Jet Dry I use white vinegar in my dishwasher as the rinse agent. Simply fill the dispenser cup in the door with white vinegar, set the machine to wash and your dishes come out sparkling clean.
    I also use white vinegar as the fabric softener inthe

  4. Jon
    August 9, 2012

    Clean my distiller boiler tank by soaking tank in full strength white vinegar overnight. Dissolves most mineral deposits and allows me to continue to distill my well water again. I have heavy minerals like lime and calcium and it removes them just fine. No commercial cleaners necessary.

  5. Jon
    August 9, 2012

    Clean my distiller boiler tank by soaking tank in full strength white vinegar overnight. Dissolves most mineral deposits and allows me to continue to distill my well water again. I have heavy minerals like lime and calcium and it removes them just fine. No commercial cleaners necessary.

  6. Steven Hogan
    August 9, 2012

    Two or three Teaspoons swallowed a day helps your digestive tract and purifies your blood, I also used it to stop infections (in the field)applied to cuts and scrapes. It is a great all around disinfectant cleaner, I prefer using it along with fresh lemon juice in my kitchen.
    It’s uses in cooking,sauces,dressings are endless……

  7. Steven Hogan
    August 9, 2012

    Oh, I forgot one- Spray your tomato plants with a good coating of stout vinegar water to prevent plants from be eaten by tomato worms(moth larva) and other insects

  8. Cherie
    August 9, 2012

    #1 Vinegar and baking soda mixture for stinky socks on a small load in hot water wash.

    #2 Straight vinegar/alchol equal amount combo- on work related stains in uniforms,pour on stain and let set an hour then wash.

    #3 Straight vinegar on chrome of vehicle and headlights/tailights/mirrors/glass use a cotton cloth to prevent scratches.

  9. Stephen Hanley
    August 9, 2012

    I used to vinegar to wipe down picnic tables. Flies left the area and did not return to the picnic table.

    I sprayed vinegar to the exposed areas of my body such as my arms, legs and neck and did not get mosquito bites. This was especially helpful in the evening in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic.

  10. ellie49
    August 9, 2012

    It kills weeds! (But don’t get it on plants that you WANT to grow!)

  11. Joe
    August 9, 2012

    Clean Automatic Drip Coffee Makers
    Pour about 1/2 cup of Vineger into the water recepticle and turn on the coffee maker running through the brew cycle, then follow with a cup of water.

  12. Cheryl Carroll
    August 9, 2012

    I’ve used vinegar to clean my coffee maker, and to clean the shower head.

  13. Dawn
    August 9, 2012

    Fabric softener,

  14. Jaime
    August 9, 2012

    We use undiluted white vinegar as a laundry softener. Our clothes are softer and smell better than they did using liquid softener.

  15. Terry Watson
    August 9, 2012

    Use 1 cup vinegar when washing full load of bath towels and dish towels. It makes them fluffy and absorbent. (do not add fabric softener either in the wash or the dryer.)

  16. Geno
    August 9, 2012

    Awesome info, keep it coming!

  17. joe
    August 9, 2012

    it’s also good if you mix it 50/50 and drink a half cup to get rid of a head ache.

  18. VICKI
    August 9, 2012

    A washing machine repairman once told me to use vinegar instead of fabric softener. Absolutely no smell, your clothes are soft, and is a lot cheaper. That was 3 years ago. I been using it ever since.

  19. Kamie
    August 9, 2012

    Excellent article, thank you! Before I started looking into emergency preparedness and homesteading, I had no idea vinegar was so useful. I’d never bought it. Seriously. Now I stock up on it. Thanks!!

  20. Cynthia Salyer
    August 9, 2012

    I use vinegar with baking soda for cleansing agents for sinks, bathroom fixtures, ceramic top stove…it acts as a natural disinfectant and works as well as commercial scrubbing agents. Vinegar and baking soda in their own right are natural ingredients and each dismiss bad odors.

    Also, use vinegar in water to mop our floors. Our tile man told us when he laid the ceramic tile to ONLY use this for cleaning the tiles…it cleans better than anything, it is natural and will not harm the ceramic tile and will not take off the sheen on the tile. The vinegar/water solution does not leave residue or streaks, and the floor dries faster.

    Vinegar is also good for cleaning windows/mirrors. Spray on surface and wipe down with old newspaper. Amazing!

    AND, one of the benefits I have found in addition to low cost, it helps to deodorize the house…remember that it absorbs odors? Well, there you are … it is multi-purpose.

  21. woodee
    August 9, 2012

    How about a printer-friendly option?

  22. Cliff
    August 9, 2012

    For indigestion (not acid reflux) instead of using an antacid (which dries up all the acid in your stomach causing it to generate a BUNCH all at once) I take a shot glass and fill it half full of either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Take my shot and indigestion is cured INSTANTLY (within a minute or so!)

  23. Marlene Lauder
    August 9, 2012

    I use vinegar as the rinse agent in the dishwasher. Instead of Jet Dry or other costly products, fill the rinse agent cup in the door with white vinegar, and you’ll get sparkling clean dishes.
    I also use vinegar as a fabric softener for the laundry. Just fill the fabric softener dispenser with white vinegar and set the machine to “Wash”. You’ll be surprised at how soft your clothes are!

  24. Mark
    August 9, 2012

    Plain white distilled vinegar is also used to counteract the poison from a jellyfish sting.

  25. jane
    August 9, 2012

    White vinegar is also fabulous at killing weeds. You dont have to spend a fortune on those expensive gallons of weed killer. Put straight white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on weeds. By the next day they will be yellow and die exactly like weed killer. A gallon is only 99 cents.how much better can you get!

  26. Colleen
    August 9, 2012

    Just read the vinegar solutions – there is a sketch of a woman cleaning the shower –
    Can vinegar be used to clean fiberglass shower stalls? Hope you say yes! The commercial stuff is awful and the shower never looks clean.
    thank you -
    Colleen Marie

  27. B Neal
    August 9, 2012

    The article brought many new ideas to light and a new item to my preparedness kit. Keep the information coming.

  28. Peter
    August 9, 2012

    Cleans out mineral deposits clogging water heater coils (in furnace). Just get a hand-drill pump from any hardware store. Use garden hoses to connect pump to coil input valve. Connect another hose to output valve and circulate straight clear vinegar through coil for 15 minute. Works great! Plumbers charge $300 buck for an acid wash.

  29. Tracey
    August 9, 2012

    I use a 1/2 cup vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle to clean my laminate floors. Just a lightly spray sections, mop it, DONE!

  30. Linda
    August 9, 2012

    My grandmother used to use vinegar to clean the outside of her windows. I remember it got all the hard water off but cannot remember how she did it or what the solution recipe was. Does anyone know?

  31. Julian Stovall
    August 9, 2012

    My wife uses white distilled vinegar instead of fabric softener in the wash rinse cycle. It has been working great, leaves no residue and seems to help rinse the detergent out of the clothes. Overall clothes seem cleaner.

  32. Rob Dell
    August 9, 2012

    I always use full strength white vinegar to eliminate pesky squirrels. It’s easy and effective. Pour full strength white vinegar into a 3 quart pot to about 4-5 inches depth.
    Catch the squirrels with a net and hold them face-down in the vinegar until they stop twitching. After that, the treated squirrels will no longer raid your bird feeder. Try it and see for yourself.

  33. Arlyn
    August 9, 2012

    1oz of white vinegar in spray botle fill with water them you use for iron the clothes that have hard wrinkles is great

  34. Dranda
    August 9, 2012

    With all the animal abuse going on, I don’t think Rob Dell is funny. Your suggestion is cruel, and I’m sure that is how you treat the people and animals in your life. Lets keep this to the cleaning or health uses of vinegar not animal abuse.

  35. Thom
    August 9, 2012

    I mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 7-8 parts water and soak blueberries, cherries, etc. or any other produce prone to developing fungus in the refrigerator for about 2 minutes. Usually, my blueberries will keep for a couple weeks longer. And you never taste the vinegar. Great article.

  36. Joseph Christopher
    August 9, 2012

    Instead of buying costly shampoos for lice (I know…yuck!)mix 50% vinegar w/ 50 % alcohol to kill the nasty things. Wash the affected areas; let dry; wash with your regular shampoo and comb out. No, I have never had them, but they have been a problem in some of my friends childrens schools.

  37. Rich
    August 9, 2012

    Vinegar is also called Acetic acid.
    That is why it is such a good cleaner.

  38. Mary S.
    August 9, 2012

    In stead of taking costly medications for acid indigestion that rolls up in your throat and burns, I get up and go get the (raw) apple cider vinegar out of the fridge, put 1 tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it straight down.
    Indigestion gone, no pills, no antacids pure raw apple cider vinegar, and the indigestion is gone and no side effects either. Another benefit from it, it seems not to come back for a long time but when it does back to the fridge and another 1 tablespoon and a glass of water. IT’s great.

  39. Ben Novick
    August 9, 2012

    For medical marijuana growers, soak seeds in a 8 oz glass of water with ten drops of distilled white vinegar and most will sprout within 48 hrs.

  40. Kathy Abbott
    August 9, 2012

    I use it to clean my bird cages

  41. Rose
    August 10, 2012

    If you have food poisoning or stomach flu drink some with water. You will most likely throw up once, but will wonderful afterwards. Rinse mouth with vinegar if you have a toothache or sore throat it will kill the pain. Kidney stones- drink vinegar and you will pass them faster and easier and it will help with some of the pain. Have tried all and it does work

  42. Rose
    August 10, 2012

    Good for getting rid of dandruff. Spray on scalp and rub in and let it set for few hours. You won’t have a problem with dandruff for good while. Also good for making your hair soft, use it instead of hair conditioner. It also is also good for dissolving the nits in hair after treating hair for lice with anything oily, like mayonnaise, cooking oil, baby oil.

  43. Btherbs
    August 10, 2012

    Wipe down counters, floors, etc where ants have been. This destroys their trails and may prevent ants in the future.

    Rob Dell: I hope you are joking although it is not funny. A better solution – add hot pepper flakes to your bird seed and/or sprinkle ground cinnamon around the base of the bird feeder or other areas where squirrels are a problem. This should take care of the problem without the cruelty. And, the birds don’t mind.

  44. Molly Gordon
    August 10, 2012

    If you suffer from leg cramps especially at night….take a spoonful of vinegar and they will be gone!

  45. Patrick R.
    August 10, 2012

    Run a Cycle of Vinegar Diluted with Water to Clean the Build-Up, especially from Hard-Water, in a Coffee Brewer/Pot.

  46. Tore
    August 10, 2012


    Please keep in mind that as carbs are not carbs (but high glycemic or low glycemic).

    Fats are not fats (but Omega 3, 6, or 9; trans, etc.)

    So, vinegar is not vinegar.
    For laundry and other cleaning purposes, use white vinegar.
    For consumption, apple cider vinegar (brown) is best. Paul Bragg’s vinegar with the “Mother” still present is the absolute best for medicinal or recipe applications. White vinegar is not a wise choice for consumption.

  47. DAVID
    August 10, 2012

    For a sore throat, a couple three tbl spoons(whatever you stand) in a glass of orange juice, and sip…kills germs like a hammer kills ants, tho less violent…..for emergency prep: a lot of vinegar and a lot of honey. Both can be used internally and externally to treat wounds…a dab of honey on cuts or larger cleaned wounds works better than expensive antibiotic creams. Dilute vinegar in juice also cleans your teeth……NEVER drink vinegar straight! too pwoerful…tastes terrible too….

  48. Tore
    August 10, 2012

    Hi! David has a great and worthy tip. But again, be aware that honey is not honey.
    Most major brands and generic brands of honey today are from China and are seriously diluted. In an alarming number of cases, they actually have contaminants that could infect a wound or feed the bacteria present.
    Use raw honey; preferably organic. Try to obtain your honey from a local beekeeper or at a farmer’s market.
    Top of the line in effectiveness is Raw Manuka honey (expensive) which usually is graded for its bioactivity (usually from 15 to 35.

  49. Michelle
    August 10, 2012

    My children would get incredibly high fevers when they were younger. Even after a dose of Motrin or Tylenol, they were still high.

    My boss once told me to soak their socks in vinegar, then put them on. Yes, the house smelled funny for a while, but every single time it broke their fever.

  50. sue
    August 10, 2012

    i dont think youre very funny mr squirrel man. matter of fact, dont think id want you in my pack…..

  51. Betty
    August 11, 2012

    I don’t think your idea of getting rid of squirrels is very kind. You must be a horrible person to want to abuse innocent animals. I don’t care for animal abusers in any form. Could have done without your suggestion. I will pray for you.

  52. margo watt
    August 11, 2012

    Instead of waving the vinegar soaked cloth in the air, clothes peg it to the front of a fan and turn on low.

  53. margo watt
    August 11, 2012

    Squirrel killer………you are not funny or acceptable to the majority of people….Why don’t you take yourself off to a locked cellar somewhere and stay there.

  54. rebecca
    August 11, 2012

    I use vinegar to clean my washer machine to rid it of the build up and it works well. My biology teacher said that vinegar has the same properties as bleach, but it does not brighten like bleach does.

  55. Kathleen O’Neil
    August 12, 2012

    Apple cider vinegar makes an excellent hair conditioner. I would pour it on my already wet hair straight from the bottle. Work it in and after leaving it in for a couple of minutes I would rinse it out of my hair with water and let it dry. The smell goes away when it dries, and your hair is soft and silky, and wonderfully shiny.

  56. Shila
    August 13, 2012

    when”brains” took paint above him on ladder & the inevitable happened, all over his hair, & he srarted screaming that it was burning., I just poured a half ottle straight over his hair[ & over his calling Me stupid & ignorant]& it quit burning right away[vinegar cuts effects of most acidic & burn problems]

  57. Adrian
    August 14, 2012

    I faithfully use a brand of.raw organic apple cider vinegar with raw honey three times daily(2tsps each) to very effectivly relieve joint pain and inflamation, as well as soaking fresh fruits and veggies to lengthen keep time in the fridge(2weeks for many veggies with no spoilage)

  58. Donna Johnston
    August 14, 2012

    When I get a new black tactical duty uniform I keep the color from fading over time by adding 1 cup of white vinegar to the washer and then run them through a rinse cycle to set the color.

  59. Phoxy 542
    August 14, 2012

    I’ve used white vinegar and baking soda to clear clogged drains before. Equal parts baking soda then vinegar, let it sizzle, then pour boiling water down the drain – fixed it right up. Need it as a precaution in soap making too

  60. Jamie Yachad
    August 21, 2012

    I have heard to use it for toenail fungus , which makes sense, given that so many comments here say it is against mildew and infection, so probably fungus , too. And i also drink raw vinegar in water as a routine digestive health. Manuka honey is the best for cuts/ burns, always raw honey is a must. Never even bother to buy pasteurized regular honey; go to the health food store for it!
    And if you are not a health-foodist (yet), browse around and get comfortable and start doing all your shopping there, especially all produce and eggs. (-:

  61. fauna smith
    May 23, 2013

    Baking soda: alkaline essential for:

    First Aid (make a paste with water)
    Neutralizing a harsh acid spill on skin (paste)
    taking the sting out of a bug bite (paste)

    I have “fixed” unusable refrigerators and freezers that have had meat rot in them (first scour unit very well – this will not take the smell away) by pouring baking soda over as much surface as possible wire shelves included. Then, douse this with vinegar. Leave the door closed for at least a half of an hour. If you still smell the rottenness, wipe it out and start over again. If your unit has a plug in the bottom, pull it out and allow the solution to drain from this, sometimes the tubing also needs a treatment and this is a good way to do it. I once treated a brand new refrigerator with this, and it took a few treatments but it saved thousands of dollars in replacement costs!


    Great for getting rid of ants and weeds in stone walks, sidewalk cracks etc.

    I was once involved in a lice epidemic in Arizona. We would treat our children with the chemicals on the pharmacy shelves and no sooner would they go back to school than they would return with a new batch. We finally resorted to a prescription from our doctor and were looking at replacing our beds and carpets. The Rx had made our scalps scabbed and painful. I called the health department and they reported that the University of Arizona had done a study on lice treatments. The most effective and least harmful was one with Olive Oil and Vinegar:

    1 – soak your scalp with Olive Oil and let set for at least 30 minutes (wrap hair with a towel)

    2- shampoo your hair and rinse with vinegar, combing out with a lice comb.

    Some cases require more than one treatment, in fact often for a week. The huge advantage of this one is that it is also a very good treatment for your hair and scalp! It repairs your scabby scalp and you quit itching every time you even hear the word lice!

    A fun use for the distilled white vinegar is to set pleats with it. Fill your steam iron with it, heat the iron to the proper setting and “permanently” set a pleat where you want it. If you make a mistake, vinegar steam it out and start over.

  62. Rick
    May 23, 2013

    Air conditioner units sometimes get clogged with a build up of a liquid mold in the drip pan / drain lines, and on the cooling coils. A couple of ounces poured into the pan will flush out the mold.
    A spray bottle with a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water sprayed on the coils, let sit for 5 minutes (longer damages the alum. vents) then rinse with fresh water clears up the mold.

  63. Tracey
    May 23, 2013

    I use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for my pet pigeons. It provides acidity to the water that keeps bad bacteria in check and creates an environment for good gut bacteria to flourish. I give 1 tablespoon per gallon of filtered water as their only drinking source for one day a week for general maintenance. For illness, I up the dosage to 2 tablespoons ACV to 1 gallon of water 1 to 2 times a week. For those who may not know, pigeons make great pets and are actually very intelligent birds. For more information, search for “pigeon talk” online. A great and helpful group of pigeon fanciers.

  64. JoAnne
    May 23, 2013

    My mother and grandma put a small amt of vinegar in homemade bread as a natural preservative. Kept the bread from getting moldy.

  65. Ruth
    May 23, 2013

    I use vinegar in a sinkful of water to clean combs and hairbrushes.

  66. Don
    May 23, 2013

    What can I use to kill mold in my apartment?

  67. lisa
    May 27, 2013

    i think Clorox is best to kill mold.. put in a spray bottle with water and spray it.. should go away..

  68. Nancy
    June 3, 2013

    To clean stubborn food spots when cleaning the refrigerator, sprinkle baking soda on the spot and then spray with vinegar. This instantly breaks up the spot.

  69. Jim
    July 7, 2013

    The use of vinegar for squirrels broke me up. I was expecting a hint so it caught me by surprise and made me laugh. It’s a joke, get over it.

  70. NameLinda
    July 26, 2013

    A lot of people suggested vinegar for stomach and other medical uses. I mix the apple cider vinegar(with mother)that I get at the Health Food Store with raw honey or local honey and add a little warm water. It tastes better and is easier to drink than just vinegar and the honey is good for you. It is nice if you can get local honey, if you can, because it helps with pollen alergies.

  71. Lynne
    August 6, 2013

    I put white vinegar in me dish water and my laundry water and have for many years. But my family and my home health aide scoff a bit.

  72. Marshall
    August 6, 2013

    I agree Jim. Try to catch a squirrel with a net. Without a trap would be impossible. You can tell Rob Dell was making a joke. Just more liberal socialist attacks in an attempt to sequester another person from their right to freedom of speech. From a “Cracker”. Tell me again, who are the racists?!?!

  73. GVinegar
    August 27, 2013

    Clean tile beautifully!!

  74. helen
    October 11, 2013

    I had bad blisters and itching on my feet. went to a dr and he said it was a fungus. prescribed me medicine; didn’t work. after 3 years of suffering, I thought, what the heck. I tried soaking my feet in in vinegar. guess what. after a couple of weeks of soaking, cleared up whatever what was with my feet. haven’t had a problem now for 10 months.

  75. Cat Lover
    October 17, 2013

    I have an elderly cat with a mind of his own. He took it into his head to use the carpet in the corner of my office for his bathroom. I did the usual frequent cleaning of the litterbox, but he liked the carpet better. I found some expenseve spray at the pet store which worked pretty well, and had fairly good residual effect. Then I found on the Internet to use a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water, pour it on the carpet, lay down some clean, old towels, walk around on them, and leave them there for a day or two. Pick them up and let the carpet dry. (I hope you test it first for color fastness; mine was fine!) A fan helps dry the carpet at this point. Effect: the smell, both vinegar and cat urine, was gone; the carpet looked great; and the cat got tired of his favorite spot smelling like vinegar and went back to the litterbox.

  76. Carra
    October 17, 2013

    I hope none of you followed David’s advice from August 10th, 2012 at 1:41 pm or the other person who suggested rinsing with vinegar for a toothache. No disrespect to either of you! I am a dental hygienist with over 20 yrs experience, and another 10 yrs dental assistant experience. Vinegar, and many juices, are very acidic. Acid demineralizes our teeth. (Like soda!) If your teeth demineralize you will have decay leading to needing dental treatment! If you don’t want to use commercially produced toothpaste than use xylitol in its granular form (looks like sugar). If xylitol is used 5x/day it can reduce your decay risk by 70%! Tastes great and comes in many forms – you don’t have to brush 5x/day! If you always “have a lot of build up” it will decrease that also. It won’t magically remove the tartar you have. You still need a professional cleaning (sorry), but after your cleaning (floss and brush, too, of course) you will notice less accumulation by using the xylitol because there will be less of the sticky biofilm present on your teeth to calcify into tartar! Just the tip of a teaspoon of xylitol into your mouth. Your saliva can be the liquid to made a rinse. Then brush with it, and spit. I don’t make any money to promote xylitol. I don’t have any stock in any of the companies, and I know this is about vinegar, but I just couldn’t allow people to unknowingly damage their teeth! Keep them strong and healthy, folks! We may need them to chew through tree branches if we don’t have anything else to eat! : )

  77. Darrell
    October 17, 2013

    Vinegar eats RUST. We were restoring some antiques and several of the old metal parts were rusted badly. We removed the parts and soaked them in some vinegar overnight. Next day most of the parts cleaned up nicely. Two parts needed an extra night.

    Note that some of the metal was pitted due to the rust being there for so many years but we were talking old heavy metal. The pitting was still there but the parts have no more rust and the antique is almost like new.

  78. NameMeredith
    October 20, 2013

    Had a neighbor that drank a quarter of a cup every day. He lived to be in his late 90s. He also piled wood till his early 90s. He gave credit to the vinegar.

    Farmers tea: 1/4 cur cider vinegar, 1/4 cup honey and 2 quarts water. Good for weight loss.

  79. Donnie
    November 9, 2013

    I lowered my insulin by half. Take two of the Apple Cider Vinegar Formula 900mg pills each day. I still ate the same foods, which is what I want.

  80. Michelle
    June 7, 2014

    I use it to clean my bunny’s litter box. It works really well!

  81. jan
    July 6, 2014

    wonderful information, I will use all of them, tried the one with paper towels soaked with vinegar on the chrome on my kitchen sink, ALL THE LIME IS GONE, YAH

  82. Jessie
    August 26, 2014

    I was wondering if anyone had ever use vinegar to keep pest out like mice or sonethiñg I was told to use it was wondering if it Worked

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