Household Products Vinegar Can Replace

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(MONEY TALKS NEWS) — From pickling cucumbers to salads, a bottle of white distilled vinegar is a household staple. But, using vinegar as a cleaning item? Yes!

“Vinegar is easily made, it’s very simple, so that’s why it’s so universal it can interact with a lot of different things” said Chemist Deb Houts.

Since 3000 BC in ancient times, vinegar was used for just about everything, like cleaning wounds for example. Several books have been published since, talking about the many uses of vinegar. Author Vicki Lansky published a book called, “Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of“, with many other uses besides cooking and cleaning.

“We use vinegar as a disenfectant, we use it to cut grease away”, adds Deb Houts.

Houts tells Money Talks News’s Stacy Johnson, a lot of these household cleaners have ingredients in common with good old vinegar. So, why would you pay big bucks for household cleaners when you could pay just a couple of bucks for a bottle of vinegar?

Here are just a few ways you can utilize the strong smelling stuff. First, dump a little in your garbage disposal.

Houts says, “it does a couple of things there, it takes away the grease if you have grease built up, it gets rid of that smell that you have.”

  • Mix two parts vinegar with one part water and you have an all purpose cleaner that’s effective on just about everything, especially windows.
  • Add a cup of vinegar to your wash. It reduces the amount of soap you need, keeps colors vibrant, and reduces lint.
  • Got a nasty case of athletes foot? Apply vinegar full strength two times a day until the fungus goes away.
  • If you have annoying grass or weeds growing around your sidewalk or drive way, douse it with vinegar.
  • If you have ant hills in your hard, pour full strength vinegar on them.

Vinegar’s not the only thing here at the grocery store that’s a less expensive substitute; the shelves are full of them. So do yourself a favor, stop watching so much advertising, do a little research and the next thing you know, you’ll be cleaning up.

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  • Dawn

    Love this! I did not know that you could put it in the wash to keep colors bright! Thanks :)

  • Wren C

    Nice post. I have to say, I didn’t know vinegar kills weeds. I’m a bit skeptical, but I’ll have to give it a try.

    I have a blog post with recipes for a ton of inexpensive, homemade, eco-friendly household cleaners here:

    • Courtenay

      I have used vinegar for years to kills weeds but this past year decided to switch to the extended weed killer to cut down on spraying time. Unfortunately it didn’t work as stated after I spent alot of money. Going back to using vinegar.

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    You neglected to mention that it can replace products like “Lime Away” in removing hard water stains and buildup on faucets, etc.

  • Lisa

    I use a vinegar rinse as a condition for my hair. I use vinegar in a Downy ball and throw it in with the wash in place of dryer sheets. I pour baking soda in a sink’s drain and pour vinegar on top and it cleans the drain. I’ve used vinegar on weeds and yes it does kill them.

    A gallon of store-brand is $4.79 where I live.

    I also make my own laundry detergent. Between that and my vinegar in the downy ball it costs me about a penny to do a large load of laundry.

  • Amy

    there is another site that has 1001 ways to use vinegar.

  • BlogShag

    1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda  and 1/2 cup of washing soda works great as a bleach substitute for whites in the laundry. And it gives you whiter cleaner whites, without the nasty toxic effects of bleach.  It’s also high-efficiency washer safe. The homemade laundry soap recipes mentioned on here are HE washer safe as well.

    I discovered this recipe on my own a few months ago and have never looked back. I don’t use toxic chlorine bleach anymore.