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Save Money with These Vinegar Hacks

Check out these amazing vinegar hacks that will actually save you money!

Save Money with These Vinegar Hacks

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Vinegar is fairly cheap and has many benefits, including weight loss, lowered cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and even has improved symptoms of diabetes. It is also great for cleaning and cooking and has been used in many ancient folk remedies.

I’ve gathered a list of vinegar hacks to help you save money.

1. Homemade window cleaner

Cut the chemicals by making your own window cleaner. Just add 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. You can also add some lemon essential oil to cover up the vinegar smell and up the cleaning power. Before using, just give the bottle a little shake.

2. All purpose spray

DIY Natural Cleaning Supplies

The acid levels in vinegar make it an excellent cleaner. It can clean away soap scum, clean up sticky buildups, and take off sticker glue. I’ve been making my own all purpose spray for years and love it. For the added benefit of killing germs around the house I add tea tree and lemon essential oils.

To make all purpose spray, add equal parts vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Put in 10-15 drops of each essential oil. Shake the bottle before using.

If you don’t have or want to buy essential oils, a lemon will work just as good. Just mix one part white distilled vinegar, two parts water and a squeeze of lemon juice. This works great on floors, too!

See also: 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Lemons

3. Turn Hydrangeas blue

If you have pink hydrangeas, you can turn them blue by adding distilled white vinegar. Acidic soil is the secret to blue hydrangeas. If you do not have acidic soil and want blue hydrangeas, just mix a cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon of tap water and use it to water your pink hydrangeas.

Turn pink hydrangeas blue with white distilled vinegar!

4. Use vinegar to clean rusty tools

There’s an easier way to clean those rusty tools than sanding and scraping them. Pour white vinegar into a glass or tin can and let smaller rusty tools soak overnight. Use a Scotch-Brite pad on the tool the next day to wipe off the rust. For bigger tools, wrap them in a vinegar-soaked rag and cover with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Leave it to soak about 24 hours. After removing the rust from your tools, rinse in water and wipe them dry.

5. Wood stain DIY

Stain can be pretty expensive, but you can make your own for your next woodworking project. Place a steel wool pad in a mason jar and add about 1/4 cup coffee grounds and 1 to 2 cups of vinegar. Close the container and give it a good shake, then let it sit overnight. Gently mix the stain so it doesn’t slosh out and get everywhere. When you’re ready to stain, put on some gloves and remove the steel wool and apply the stain to your project. Let the stain set for about 20 minutes before applying another coat.

DIY wood stain using vinegar
via Family Handyman

6. Scratch remover

Save yourself some time by not sanding out minor scratches in wood furniture. Just mix three-parts canola or olive oil with one-part vinegar and wipe it on the scratch with a soft cloth.

7. Clean your coffee pot

I love my coffee, but I hate when my coffee pot gets dirty inside. Cleaning it is easy! Just run some vinegar through our coffee pot or Keurig to remove build up and clean it. After cleaning the pot with vinegar, I usually run water through a few times, just to make sure my next cup of coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar.

8. Unclog the sink

When the sink gets clogged, there’s no need to run out and grab a bunch of chemicals. Just dump some baking soda in the sink and pour vinegar over it. The chemical reaction that occurs actually creates enough force to clear minor clogs.

Unclog a sink drain with vinegar

9. Clean fruits and veggies

When you get your produce from the grocery store, you may have noticed a waxy coating on them. This is a because of products they put on the fruits and vegetables to keep them safe while being transported and to help them last longer. To remove the coating, make a produce wash by mixing together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your produce, let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

10. Boost your laundry

A great laundry hack to lighten and brighten fabrics is to pour vinegar into your washer. The vinegar will help deodorize and soften the fabrics. And your clothes won’t come out smelling like vinegar!

Laundry boost with vinegar

What are your favorite vinegar hacks?

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48 thoughts on “Save Money with These Vinegar Hacks”

  1. Vinegar is awesome!! I have been truly amazed at all the wondrous things it will accomplish πŸ˜€ We have really hard water here (terribly) so we have to regularly clean our coffee makers with cycles of vinegar unless we want to buy a new one every couple of months. 😐 So we can attest, like you, that it does work πŸ™‚

    I didn’t know about getting rust off of tools though. I’m going to be trying that! I’ve got a pair of garden shears that I must’ve accidentally left outside at some point and they’re in pretty rough shape. I’ll let you know how it works for ’em.

    Thanks as always for these great tips my friend! β™₯

    1. It amazes me how many uses vinegar actually has! And it’s cheap, too, which is a huge plus. πŸ˜€

      Yes, please let me know if the vinegar takes the rust off your garden shears. I’m curious if it works for tougher jobs.

      Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! ❀️

  2. Oh wow, turn Hydrangeas blue? A lot of good tips to know but this is pretty awesome! πŸ˜‰
    My mother in law has quite a lot of them, I’ll ask her to try πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing Michelle πŸ˜‰πŸŒΈ

  3. Thank you for these helpful hacks! That’s so cool that the vinegar would turn pink hydrangeas blue! I had also never heard of using vinegar as a scratch remover, or to brighten and soften fabrics. It’s a great alternative to using harsh chemicals!

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