Stock Up on the White Vinegar!

I do a lot of cleaning with vinegar.  I spray it on the shower walls and let it sit for a few minutes before I wipe the walls with a damp cloth and baking soda and the scum just slides off.  We soak our humidifier filter in white vinegar to dissolve the mineral deposits that accumulate during the heating season.  Of course I use it in many recipes for cooking but never did I realize how many more uses this versatile, eco-friendly and inexpensive miracle liquid has!  The following list from is from just one category of uses; gardening. Their site boasts 1001 uses for vinegar for many applications in numerous categories so I decided to devote my next several blog entries to white vinegar.  I also plan to switch from buying it in gallon jugs to buying it in five gallon drums…maybe a bit of an exaggeration but I will never look at white vinegar the same way again.


Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.

Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.

Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.

Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.

Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.

Get rid of the water line in a flower vase by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar, or by soaking a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuffing it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.

Clean out stains and white mineral crusts in clay, glazed and plastic pots by soaking them for an hour or longer in a sink filled with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.

Remove crusty rim deposits on house planters or attached saucers by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full-strength white distilled vinegar.

Clean a birdbath by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.

Get rid of rust on spigots, tools, screws or bolts by soaking the items overnight or for several days in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Neutralize garden lime by adding white distilled vinegar to the area.

Avoid skin problems after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in white distilled vinegar.

Increase the acidity of soil by adding white distilled vinegar to your watering can.

Eliminate anthills by pouring in white distilled vinegar.

Cure a cement pond before adding fish and plants by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly.

Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.

Kill slugs by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.

To catch moths use a mixture of 2 parts white distilled vinegar and 1 part molasses. Place mixture in tin can and hang in a tree.

Keep rabbits from eating your plants. Put cotton balls soaked in white distilled vinegar in a 35mm film container. Poke a hole in the top and place in the garden. (We don’t use these containers much any more but any small plastic container will do as long as you can poke a hole in it. I am going to start saving my medicine bottles!)

Remove berry stains on your hands by rubbing them with white distilled vinegar.

Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.

Wash fresh vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 ½ quarts of water.

When cleaning an outdoor fountain, soak the pump in white distilled vinegar to remove any mineral deposits.

Clean a hummingbird feeder with white distilled vinegar—soap or detergent can leave behind harmful residue.



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  1. White malt vinegar is also useful as a pre-soak to remove mouldy smells from clothing – just a cup in your soaking water does the trick. And add some to your rinse water for fine wool garments as it keeps them beautifully soft.

  2. If white vinegar price goes up, I’m blaming it on you. LOL.

    I recently discovered making Dishwasher Detergent cheaply and WV is a vital ingredient.

    Check it out.

  3. Great Vinegar List!! It also works really well for removing crusty lime from the inside of a tea kettle! Just pour a little vinegar in with the water, boil, lightly scrub, rinse. . . boil more water to make a cuppa tea!! Gotta love inexpensive (safe) cleaning products :)

  4. Now that is a list! Thank you.

  5. Great info! I have been wanting to buy a gallon of vinegar to use in the garden and around the house. I have been fighting the battle against the lawn since I took it out and this will help me with the hot spots in the garden. This will motivate me to get it now. Thanks, Juanita

  6. Fabulous article!!! I been playing with vinegar this year as well (recently organic apple vinegar on my hair:-)). One of our kittens recently had an accident on our upstairs carpet, which we didn’t find right away. I poured a bunk of baking soda over the mess & sprayed the area with vinegar water & let it bubble up & set, then scrubbed it out. This worked great!!! Thanks for the article.