25 Uses for Vinegar

I’m sure you know you can use vinegar when cooking, but did you know you can clean with it, use it as pain relief, preserve foods with it, and much, much more?! Here are a few ideas to get you started. After you read this, if you find one (or more) that we left out, leave a comment and we’ll use it in our next post on the awesomeness of vinegar!


  1. Clean your coffeemaker by brewing 1 pot of cold water with 1/4 cup of vinegar. When finished, I like to use the water that comes through to clean the outside of the machine, too. Run another cycle through with clean water. Repeat as necessary until you no longer smell vinegar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup vinegar to an empty dishwasher and run the rinse cycle. This will open any clogs in the dishwasher drain lines and deodorize the machine.
  3. Clean your shower head by filling a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the shower head. Secure the bag around the head with a twist tie. Leave the bag around the shower head for a few hours. Remove the bag and turn on the water for a few minutes to clear the vinegar out of the shower head.

shower head vinegar

  1. Add a cup of vinegar to a gallon bucket of warm water and mop lightly onto hardwood floors taking care not to saturate. No need to rinse. This will keep floors shiny and remove any greasy buildup.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your laundry to soften clothes, reduce lint buildup, keep pet hair from clinging to clothes, and reduce static cling.
  3. To keep hair healthy and control dandruff, massage full-strength vinegar into your scalp several times a week before shampooing.
  4. Soaking in a bathtub of hot water and 2 cups vinegar for 30 minutes will help relieve a minor backache and soothe sore muscles. It will also help eliminate hard water deposits and rings around the tub.
  5. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 8 ounces of warm water and gargle to ease a sore throat.
  6. To soothe summer sunburns, mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water in a spray bottle and spray to affected areas.
  7. Mix 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in 1 gallon of water. Fill a garden sprayer with mixture and spray roses daily to control black spot or other fungal diseases.
  8. To control weeds, boil 1 quart water, then add 2 tablespoons Epsom salt and 5 tablespoons vinegar. While still hot, carefully pour mixture directly onto weeds between cracks on sidewalks and driveways.
  9. If your tent develops mildew after camping, clean problem areas by wiping them with vinegar and letting the tent dry in the sun.


  1. Picnic jugs and coolers often take on musty smells. Rinse these items with undiluted vinegar, then wash with soap and water to clean thoroughly.
  2. Rub freshly caught fish with vinegar before cleaning and scaling it. This will make using your fish scaler easier, and the vinegar will help control the fishy odor on your hands.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your cat or dog’s water bowl to improve overall health and digestion.
  4. Use vinegar to clean out rabbit litter boxes and to control buildup of dried urine.
  5. Use vinegar to clean a chicken’s water container. Pour vinegar directly onto a cleaning cloth and wipe containers, then rinse with water.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar onto a horse’s regular grain feed once a day to deter pesky flies.
  7. When getting to the bottom of a ketchup bottle, add a little vinegar and swish it around to make ketchup stretch further. Works well with mustard, barbecue sauce, and other condiments, too.
  8. In a tomato sauce or a tomato-based soup, add 1-2 tablespoons vinegar just before completing the cooking process. Flavors will be enhanced.

tomato sauce

  1. The acid content and tangy flavor of vinegar make it an excellent ingredient in a marinade for meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables. Vinegar can also tenderize tough cuts of meat.
  2. Peel cloves from a large bulb of garlic and add them to a quart of white or apple cider vinegar. Allow flavor to infuse for 2 weeks, then strain and discard garlic Use a few drops to flavor salads, cooked meat or veggies.
  3. Reduce the overly sweet flavor in fruit pies or other desserts by adding a teaspoon of vinegar.
  4. Freshen wilted vegetables such as spinach or lettuce by soaking them in 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
  5. As a substitute for buttermilk, stir 1 tablespoon vinegar into 1 cup of whole milk. Let stand a few minutes, then measure out the amount called for in the recipe.

25 Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar can indeed perform miraculous tricks! I can’t imagine life without it! These are just a few uses for vinegar. I’m sure there will be more posts in the future about the many amazing uses of vinegar.

Did we miss some? How do you use vinegar in your daily lives? Leave a comment and we may use your idea in the next “Uses of Vinegar” post!


  • Very informative! I use straight vinegar for cleaning my stove top.

  • Great information! I have always heard if you drink a shot of vinegar every day it helps your immune system. My grandfather did this every day and he lived to be 112!!

  • I had heard of some of these, but not all of them. I used to hate the smell, but now, when I smell vinegar … I think “clean.” Will be trying some of these other ideas! THANKS!

  • Some of these were totally new to me – thanks! Shared with our FB readers.

  • If your pet dog or cat (hamster, squirrel, whatever) pees or worse on you carpet or floor, after cleaning up, spray the area with neat vinegar from a spray bottle. This will kill any remaining smell and it will deter the animal from doing the same again at the same spot.

  • You can use vinegar to clean pots and pans. It will gleam as new afterwards. You can also use vinegar to remove urine stains on mattresses, with the help if baking soda of course

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