5 Uses for Vinegar That You Probably Didn’t Know

5 Uses for Vinegar That You Probably Didn’t Know

Vinegar is a versatile pantry ingredient I can’t live without. Apart from making pickles and salad dressings, you can use this magical liquid for so much more. Here are a few unexpected uses for vinegar that you probably don’t know about.

Removing Berry Stains

I enjoy a nice bowl of berries in the afternoon, but it can result in stained hands from the juices. Since it’s plant-based and sensitive to acids, vinegar is effective at removing berry stains from hands. I dry my hands to remove any excess juice and then rub them with vinegar for several seconds before washing.

Removing Laundry Stains

Vinegar is also great at getting stubborn stains—such as grass, coffee, and wine—out of clothing. Before washing my stained clothes, I soak them in half a cup of white vinegar and water for 15 to 30 minutes. My clothes come out stain-free and smelling fresh, without any damage.

Softening Fabrics

I’ve ditched the commercial fabric softener, which is loaded with harsh chemicals. I add half a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of my washing machine, and the laundry comes out soft and wrinkle-free. Plus, vinegar is an excellent natural alternative to fabric softener for people with sensitive skin.

Keeping Your Flowers Fresh

I love having fresh flowers around the house to brighten up the space. To make them last longer, I mix white vinegar and sugar in a vase filled with warm water, and then I add my blooms. This simple trick works great for keeping my flowers fresh for longer and lengthening the time before I have to change out the water.

Banishing Insects

I cannot stand when pests invade my kitchen. To remedy this, I make a quick fruit fly trap by mixing apple cider vinegar, water, and a few drops of dish soap in a bowl. The fruit flies gravitate to the sweet smell, and the dish soap traps them.

When I go camping, I also like to spray vinegar around the windows to prevent seasonal pests from entering my camper. The acidic odor makes them think twice before entering my space.

I always keep a bottle of vinegar handy for a variety of uses. Consider these lesser-known uses of vinegar and benefit from the strong-smelling chemical as I have.

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