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The average household ingredient, vinegar, is thought of mostly as a salad or cooking ingredient. But did you know the crazy things this simple product can do? From gardens to house, from germs to food, this amazing ingredient can transform the way you clean and hack your life! Here is a list of the top 15 things vinegar can do to change your world!



  1. Use Vinegar in Your Garden.

By putting white or apple cider vinegar straight on your weeds, it will pull the moister out of the leaves and therefore kill the weeds! Stop wasting money on toxic and hazardously expensive products in your garden! All you need is basic vinegar and you won’t ever have to pull another weed again! Careful though, vinegar doesn’t know the weed from the tomato, be careful which plant you spray.

  1. Getting Rid of Ants.

Ants hate the smell of vinegar. Mix equal parts white or apple cider vinegar and water and spray the ant hill in your yard and garden or around your doors and windows. You could even bring it on your next picnic or outing to the beach! This mixture will have them marching in the opposite direction!

  1. Keeping Fresh Cut Flowers Fresh.

Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tsp of sugar in the vase and your beautiful cut flowers will stay fresh much longer. No more waking up to drooping petals 2 days after you bring home that gorgeous bouquet of fresh roses.

  1. Feeding Your Plants.

There are tons of plants that need more acidic soil. By mixing 1 gallon of water and a cup of white vinegar and spraying it AROUND THE GROUND of the plant (remember vinegar will kill plants and weeds) you can add acidity to the plants and help them flourish like crazy. Some plants that require more acidity are hydrangea, blueberries, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Holly, Gardenias

  1. Keeping Animals Out.

There are always pests in the garden. But most of them can’t stand the smell of vinegar. Drench some rags or towels in white vinegar and lay them around your garden. This will have the animals running away, and possibly you too! (unless you like the smell of vinegar!) Remember to re drench the towels and rags weekly to keep the smell potent and doing its job.




  1. Disinfect the Toilet.

Instead of buying overpriced and toxic cleaning products all you need is the natural white vinegar. Use vinegar and baking soda in your toilet. The ratio is up to you and how gross a job you are tackling. Heat the white vinegar up to 104 degrees and add baking soda. For every 7 oz of vinegar you will need 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the toilet tank leave it for several hours. For best results do it at night so it can sit all night without being flushed.

  • Vinegar can dissolve lime scale and melts off rust
  • It removes odors
  • It kills bacteria


  1. Clean Kitchen Garbage Disposal.

By freezing vinegar in an ice cube tray and throw the cubes into the disposal. Turn it on. This will clean and sharpen your blades.


      8. Dishwasher 

Removing the filters and wiping under the door area is a must. These places can get slimy, and moldy. After you have swiped and removed the filters pour white vinegar into a mug and put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher, pour about 2 cups of baking soda into the bottom of the dishwasher and run on a high temp wash cycle. Your beloved appliance will be sparkling and smelling like new in no time. And it will last a lot longer.

  1. Clogged Drains.

1 cup of baking soda and pour vinegar down the drain. You will see a foaming bubbling explosion, but it will melt and dissolve the clog. After some of the bubbling has calmed down pour a pan of boiling water down the drain to wash it all away. (you may need to do this several times depending on the severity of the clog)

  1. Laundry.

By pouring a cup or two of white vinegar into your load of laundry you can get rid of musty, smelly odors in your socks, workout clothes, towels, and washcloths. It also strips the clothes of lint creating less static.

  1. Removing Stickers.

By soaking a sponge in vinegar and microwaving it for 30 seconds you can press the sponge onto the sticker and the sticker will magically wipe off! No more scrapping or breaking your nails!

  1. Freshen Up the Fridge.

Clean the shelves and walls with a solution of ½ vinegar and ½ water and your fridge will be sparkling and smelling fresh and clean. Be careful not to use chemicals in the fridge or you might cause your food to taste the same way the product smells. Here are a couple other vinegar based cleaners.

  1. Coffee and Tea Stains

By using a cloth soaked in vinegar you can polish the coffee and tea stains out of your mugs and tea cups. Making them sparkle like new all over again.


  1. Clean a Coffee Pot.

By filling the water basin with white vinegar, you can clean mold and calcium build up out of your drip pots and Keurig’s. No more moldy cups of coffee! Gross! You can learn how to clean your coffee pot here.

  1. Restore Old Socks.

You can restore your old socks by soaking them in hot vinegar. Getting all the stains and smells out of your white socks. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to a pan of water and bring to boil. Let them soak overnight and the stains will be gone like magic in the morning. You can also add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils to add the freshened smell.

You can also check out my post on How to Clean Your House Like a Professional in 4 Quick and Easy Steps HERE!


It’s amazing what kind of versatility and magic this simple house hold ingredient can do! I hope you found at least 1 option here that will change your life!

Please email me any ideas you have I’d love to make another post with more powerful uses for vinegar we would have never thought of!



  • The more research I tend to due, the more information I seem to discovered about Apple Cider Vinegar. Where as in this cast just plain vinegar itself gets the job done as well.

    Great Article

    • Hey Tony,
      Thanks for your comment! Yes I agree Apple cider vinegar is an amazing product! I love the versatility that all vinegars bring to a home.

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