Green Living Tips: Versatile Vinegar

October 01, 2013

For thousands of years - dating back to the Egyptians - people have found uses for vinegar. The active component that makes vinegar so useful is acetic acid, a byproduct of a bacteria called acetobacter. Most common viengars contain around 5% acetic acid, and of these, white vinegar is both incredibly inexpensive and versatile for greener cleaning, treating scrapes and bruises, and even a weed killer. We've compiled some of our favorite tips for using vinegar around your house. 

  • Freeze white vinegar in an ice cube tray and add a few cubes to the bottom of your dishwasher just prior to a cycle. This is an ecofriendly cleaning alternative to heavy chemical cleaners!
  • Want to speed the healing process? Vinegar can be applied to scrapes and burnes to help alleviate pain, or try it on a cotton ball. When applied to bruises for an hour it is said to speed healing. 
  • Use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in your show to remove soap scum, or spray undiluted on tile to remove mold and mildew. 
  • Spray vinegar around doors, windows and any other area where you find ants to repel these pests. 
  • Vinegar can also be sprayed on carpets to prevent staining and odors from pet accidents. 
  • Combine vinegar and baking soda to create your own scouring cleaner and deodorize your garbage disposal.
  • Onion and garlic can cling to your hands, but washing them with vinegar removes the offending odors. 
  • Take advantage of this natural de-greaser by cleaning with vinegar and then rinsing with cold water. 
  • Vinegar in your rinse cycle can help remove the "moldy" smell from towels and work-out clothing, whiten whites, reduce static cling, and remove yellow sweat stains. 
  • Vinegar can even soften cuticles and strengthen nails.

What other green cleaning or ecofriendly beauty tips do you have employing the power of vinegar? Leave us a note in the comment section.