I’m sure many of you might use vinegar for your cooking or your salads, or even just drink it by itself like some of my crazy family members! But is that really all vinegar could offer you? You might have heard of vinegar as a great cleaning agent and I’m sure some of you have tried it as well.

But did you know vinegar could do much more than that? Yes, A. LOT. MORE. Some of them might even surprise you, because it sure did surprise me! But I can tell you right now, they really do work! So without stalling you guys any more than I should, let’s have a look at the list. (The type of vinegar that I generally refer to is white vinegar).

No. 1: Window Cleaner

Window and glass cleaners can be really expensive, especially if you’ve got a lot of windows around your home! So instead of buying 100 bottles of window cleaners, why not just use what you actually have at home? Like…vinegar and water? That’s all you need! Put them in a spray bottle, grab your newspapers and get cleaning!

No. 2: Kills weeds

I know this is a rather strange one, but vinegar can do just that! Say no to toxic-chemical filled-dangerous-othernastyword weed killer and opt for a more natural ingredient like vinegar! Just pour them on unwanted weeds and that is it!

Unique ways to use vinegar: Killing weeds

No. 3: Cleans the Microwave

Another super simple way to clean the inside of your microwave is by pouring 1/4 cup of vinegar and some water into a bowl, then microwave it for a few minutes. After that, the yucky dried stuff on the walls of your microwave should come off easily just like that!

No. 4: Cleaner dishes

Are you suspicious of your ‘washed’ dishes that have been left out overnight? Wondering if any creepy crawlies have been partying on them and leaving their footprints on your clean dishes? No need to wonder anymore and use a bit of vinegar to wipe them down! Rinse it and you’re good to go.

No. 5: Remove tarnish on metal

Are some of your metal objects starting to tarnish and rust a little a bit? Grab yourself some vinegar, salt, and flour to create a paste. Apply it on and wait overnight. Rinse with water and it should ‘shine bright like a diamond’!

No. 6: Little bug killer

If I can, I will do whatever I can to avoid using insecticide or bug sprays. They’re full of toxic chemicals and my dog will come to smell this strange fragrance coming out of this red spray bottle.

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Sydney, we seem to have a lot of these teeny tiny flies that hang around the kitchen and the bathroom. They’re sooo small it’s really hard to catch them and they hang around in groups of 10-15!

Luckily, I have this trick that I swear by which works like a charm! I use black vinegar (you can use white if you want to) and I pour them into an empty plastic bottle. Just a little over half is enough and leave them in the area. Next day, you should see a few small flies stuck in the bottle or sadly (not really) floating on the vinegar.

No. 7: Dishwasher

Dishwashers are life savers. They clean the dishes for us and they do it pretty well too, but dishwashers also need to be cleaned sometimes. What better way to clean it than to pour some vinegar in the tab and use the washing function? Don’t worry, the vinegar smell won’t stay there for long!

Unique ways to use vinegar: cleaning the dishwasher
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No. 8: Stainless cookware

When I was working at a cafe, everyone swears by this method and I believe to this day, there are no better way to clean your stainless utensils than with vinegar. Sure, customers might ask you why you smell like vinegar, but hey, at least they know their cutlery are cleaner than anywhere else!

Cleaning them cannot be any simpler than this. All we did was grab a tub (we had a lot to do) and poured in skin-burning hot water. Then, pour in some vinegar and that’s it. Chuck all your stainless cookware in for a soak, then take them out to dry and polish!

No. 9: Rid fruit colouring and smelly hands

If you ever find yourself with coloured fingers from cooking or smelly hands from cutting onions and garlic, then be sure to grab yourself a little bit of vinegar and wash your hands with it! The smell of vinegar won’t stay on your hands for long and your hands will be clean and odour-free!

No. 10: Fresh Flowers

Do you find your flowers dying out a bit too quickly? Why don’t you switch out water with vinegar and a bit of sugar? Your flowers might stay alive for just a bit longer this way!

No. 11: Stickers

If you’re living with young children, you might find this hack to be a lifesaver. My youngest sister is absolutely obsessed with stickers (like all kids are) and they stick them E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E!!!. Some places come off easy peasy, some…leaves a horrible sticker mark on it! If you find yourself in this situation, grab some vinegar and get scrubbing!

No. 12: Poached Eggs

Now I’m no cook and if you ask my friends, they’ll tell you the same thing. But when I was working as a waitress at a cafe, the chef would always use vinegar to make poached eggs!

When asked about it, he said vinegar in poaching water makes it easier to make poached eggs as the whites becomes firmer much quickly this way! So definitely give this a shot!

No. 13: Wasp Stings

If you’ve ever been bit by a wasp, quickly run to the kitchen and grab yourself a bit of vinegar to suppress the pain and speed up the healing process. WARNING: Do NOT do this to bee stings, I heard it makes it worse!

No. 14: Shine Jewellery

Well if they can polish and clean stainless steel cookware, then it is no surprise that it will do the exact same to your jewelry! Remember to use clear nail polish after this to make your shine last longer! It acts as a protective layer.

No. 15: Stains

This is a very general one. If you’ve got a stain somewhere, whether it’s stains on the carpet, coffee stains on your cup, or on your clothes; definitely give vinegar a shot! Remember only white vinegar works here and don’t leave it there undiluted!

I hope you found this helpful and finally make use of any vinegar that’s been sitting in your shelf for a long time! If you have any more tips on how to use or ways to use vinegar, let me know in the comments below! Thank you all and bye for now!


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  1. It is interesting to learn about all of the different ways to use vinegar! I like that it is more of a natural solution than other products that have a ton of toxic chemicals and such. I didn’t know vinegar is good for killing weed! Oooh, I should look into them to get rid of smelly hands. I know lemon is good as well! I didn’t know that vinegar is also good to make poached eggs. Thanks for sharing all of these tips on using vinegar for more than cooking!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  2. I never knew there was so much vinegar can do! I have heard that is it good to use in cleaning but didnt know the rest.
    I agree with you, I try to minimise my use of chemical products too especially bug killers.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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