We all know that vinegar can be a great natural household deodorizer and antifungal, but this natural acid does more than keep surfaces clean. Here are ten ways to put that bottle of vinegar to work in your life right now.
Apple cider vinegar, when added to a relaxing, hot bath, can promote healthier skin. Aim for one to two cups of vinegar to a bathtub full of water, and be sure to follow with a cool shower rinse to remove the vinegar wash. Great for hair, too!
Stop the burning and itching of mild athlete’s foot with a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water. Soak affected feet in a vinegar solution for 15 minutes. You’ll not only get some relief, but you’ll also help eliminate foot odor.
When sprayed or poured directly on weeds, straight undiluted vinegar can be a great alternative to harsh weed killers. This works especially well on weeds growing in the cracks of sidewalks.
In addition to cleaning muck and road grime from the glass, vinegar also lowers the freezing point of water. Applying a half vinegar/half water solution with a mist sprayer to your windshield the night before a deep freeze will help to prevent frost from building up.
Prevent fungus on your garden plants.
In the same way that vinegar kills athlete’s foot, which is a fungus, it will also protect and even rescue plants from fungus growth. Mix vinegar with water or herbal tea and spray directly onto plants for an organic prevention method.
Mix together one part cider vinegar with eight parts water and bathe the afflicted area. The change in pH will prevent blistering and also promotes the repair and regrowth of skin cells.
Brighten up the garden.
Many plants, such as azaleas and hydrangea, love acidic soil. Adding vinegar to your gardening water will revitalize tired plants and can even change the color of some blooms.
Soothe razor burn.
Apple cider vinegar has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties. A soft washcloth or a cotton ball soaked in vinegar will soothe and heal the rash associated with razor burn. Dab, let air dry and then rinse with cool water.
Mix a cup of vinegar with a healthy pinch of salt and stir to dissolve. Add enough flour to make a paste, and you have an all-purpose polishing compound that works wonders on everything from leather shoes to brass lamps. Make sure to test in an inconspicuous area first!
Soften old paint brushes.
Stop throwing away hardened paint brushes; soak them the bristles in warm vinegar water instead. The acidic properties of vinegar will break up the paint enough for you to clean the brush normally with soap and water.
Have you heard of other unusual uses for vinegar? Tell us about them in the comments!
The Maids doesn’t use vinegar as part of our cleaning routine, but we are proud to use environmentally sound cleaners and practices during our recurring, occasional, and seasonal cleanings. Learn more here.