A couple months ago, I bought a huge bottle (because it was cheaper than a small bottle) of white vinegar for a recipe and  I found myself starting at the huge bottle of white vinegar last night wondering what I could do with it other than make a massive amount of salad dressing.  So I decided to do a little looking into what else I could do with vinegar and here’s what I found:

  1. If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can perk them right up.
  2. After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.
  3. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food and get rid of odors in the microwave too.
  4. There’s no need to use bleach on tile grouting when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.
  5. If a child has an “accident” on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it’s dry.
  6. Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing. It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.
  7. Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.
  8. To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.
  9. Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.
  10. Vinegar gets rid of skunk odor. If your pet gets sprayed, soak him with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with fresh water.