Be amazed: 21 surprising uses for vinegar

Oooh how sparkly.

Did you know that vinegar could be used for more than just a tasty accompaniment to fish shop chips? Behold all these amazing uses for vinegar.

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1. Soothe

Ouch - that hurt!
Ouch - that hurt!

Stung by a wasp? Wasp venom is alkaline, so applying something acidic to the sting may help to soothe it. Try dotting the area with white vinegar.

2. Sparkling jewellery

Grab a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and mix with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Soak for 2 - 3 hours, rinse under cold water then dry with a cloth. You'll be ready for the ball in no time.

3. Bright clothes

Who knew? Brighten your clothes by adding half a cup of  white vinegar to your rinse cycle.

4. Banish smells

Sort out that smell with this great tip.
Sort out that smell with this great tip.

Do your hands smell of onion after chopping them for a meal? Rub white vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing to stop the smell.

5. Unclog a shower head

First unscrew the shower-head, then remove rubber washing, and finally place the head into a saucepan filled with equal parts of both water and white vinegar. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Easy!

6. Scare away ants

Got ants in your garden that you want to get rid of? Mix water and white vinegar into equal parts and spray it around the areas you see them. They hate it and will soon move on!

7. Clean mugs

Mix salt and white vinegar together to get rid of pesky coffee and tea stains from all your favourite mugs. Check out Home Hacks: 18 cleaning cheats you'll definitely use for more great tips like this.

8. De-rust

Remove rust from your precious tools by leaving the offending item bathing in undiluted white vinegar overnight. Ta da - your tools appear like new in the morning!

9. Deodorise

Did you know, you can deodorise the kitchen drain with vinegar? Pour a cup of your trusty white vinegar down the drain once a week leave it for 30 minutes. Flush with cold water.

10. Frost-free car windows

A tip for the winter, spray a mixture of 3 parts white vinegar to one part water onto your windows to help prevent old Jack Frost.

11. Chopping boards

You can clean and disinfect all your wooden chopping boards by wiping them with full strength white vinegar. Easy!

12. So long weeds

Grab yourself a spray bottle of full-strength white vinegar and kill weeds by spraying on them until the plants have starved. Job done.

13. Shiny windows

Oooh how sparkly.
Oooh how sparkly.

Clean your windows using a spray bottle filled with undiluted white vinegar. Finish them off by drying them with an old newspaper.

14. Clean your blinds

Now your windows are clean, it's time sort out those blinds! Mix equal parts water and white vinegar with hot tap water and wipe that muck away.

15. Fresh flowers

Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a vase with water. Add your flowers and they'll last for longer!

16. Stop itching

Relieve any dry and itchy skin by adding 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to your bath water.

17. Give life to an old paintbrush

They're like new!
They're like new!

Place your trusty paintbrush into a jar of full strength white vinegar until the paint disappears and then wash with hot, soapy water.

18. Bye bye grease

Get rid of grease stains with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Use a damp cloth to clean off the grease.

19. Toilet cleaner

Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into your toilet bowl and leave it to soak overnight. Flush in the morning.

20. Unstick stickers

Get rid of those annoying stickers on walls or furniture by using white vinegar on the corners and sides.

21. Stop stinky feet

Balance the pH of your skin by splashing apple cider vinegar on a paper towel or baby wipe. Give you toes a quick rub with the mixture and your feet will no longer smell!

Hope you've enjoyed the list, if you've got more uses for vinegar, comment below.

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Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author susan bowden on May 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

    You can use white vinegar in the dishwasher and washing machine, as well. Add half a bottle to an empty machine and run a hot cycle - it removes smells and cleans them, too - I find it works better than the cleaners on sale! If you have hard water try adding a handful of washing soda at the same time.

  2. Author Virginia Hayes on May 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

    White vinegar cleans parrot cages and parrot poo with no chemicals or toxins

    1. Author Colleen B on May 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Great pet tip - thanks Virginia!

  3. Author Melanie on May 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Soak cotton wool in white vinegar and wrap around the base of taps to remove any gunk and hard water deposits. 10 minutes works like magic.

    1. Author Colleen B on May 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

      I'll give that one a go tonight, thanks so much for your tip Melanie.

  4. Author Diane Fletcher on May 8, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Enjoyed advice on vinegar , but i think there is a spelling OOPS !!! on tip 13 - Shiny Widows !!!!.

    1. Author Colleen B on May 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Whoops - thanks Diane, I'll go change that now!

  5. Author June Holland on May 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    VINEGAR IS FOR WASP STINGS NOT BEE STINGS - ALKALINE FOR BEES (the old fashioned "blue bag") and ACID FOR WASPS; A for B and V for W !!

    1. Author Colleen B on May 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks June - whoopsie, will have to check that one out!

  6. Author Diane Cotton on May 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Does the vinegar have to be white? What about using ordinary 'brown' malt vinegar?

    1. Author Anushka F on May 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Diane, I generally use white vinegar but you can use white for clothes and brown for any other cleaning solutions if you like - just be aware it might smell a bit more than white though!

  7. Author Paul on May 23, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I have just been informed by a chef friend of my wife and I that adding vinegar to the boiling water when cooking a poached egg binds the egg together for the perfect dish.

    1. Author Anushka F on May 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Oh wow that's interesting. I've always struggled with poached eggs so I will definitely give this a go. Thanks for sharing Paul!

    2. Author Nate on October 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      also, to hold the shape of the egg, whisk your water so that you get a vortex in the water. Break you egg in the centre and it spins to perfection!

    3. Author Colleen B on October 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Oooh delicious - love a poached egg! Thanks for your tip.

  8. Author Marilyn Morris on October 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I always use vinegar for cleaning windows and to make them extra shiny i dry them with newspaper . Ill certainly be trying some of the other tips tips out ..Thank you for more great advice .

  9. Author susan bowden on October 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    You can descale a kettle with white vinegar - use equal quantities of vinegar and water to cover the limescale, bring to the boil, wait 10 minutes and keep repeating until the limescale has gone. If you have very hard water or want to do this quickly use all vinegar. Rinse well before using - a clean kettle without nasty chemicals.

  10. Author George P on December 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Cure hiccups with a spoonful of vinegar.

    1. Author Colleen B on December 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Wow, that's a great use for vinegar, thanks George. My nan always said a spoonful of sugar - which works for me every time!

  11. Author John Kimberley on December 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Tip 5. Unclog a shower head. I disconnect the shower head, place in narrow jug or cut off plastic bottle and pour white vinegar over it to cover the top of the rose. Leave a few hours or overnight and then it is perfect once again. Much easier than boiling and no vinegar smell through the house. I do the same with my water distiller.

    1. Author Colleen B on December 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      That's a great trip John, thanks!

  12. Author Tinyredhead on December 16, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I use a tablespoon of white vinegar in water in a spray bottle, to clean areas and items that are used by multiple people ie, our computer desk (not wooden), telephone handset etc, as I've been told is a sanitiser. Do you know if this is true? (It cleans them very well BTW)

  13. Author Leugh Shaw on September 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    White vinegar removes underarm stains from clothes and also the residue from anti-perspirants.

    1. Author Colleen B on September 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thanks for your brilliant tip Leugh - vinegar has so many uses!

  14. Author Miss P on October 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hi can u also use viniger in aluminium windows

    1. Author Colleen B on October 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Miss P - you can use vinegar and water mixed together. Enjoy cleaning!

  15. Author jay on November 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Don't put vinegar on a bee sting - it won't work. However, if you're stung by a wasp, it'll work very well.

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 28, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Jay, this has now been updated :)


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