Save Money with These Vinegar Hacks
Check out these amazing vinegar hacks that will actually save you money!
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.
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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
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 an 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 it.
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.
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 sit for about 20 minutes before applying another coat.
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.
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 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!
What are your favorite vinegar hacks?
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66 thoughts on “Save Money with These Vinegar Hacks”
My Mom always used vinegar, works great! ? God bless!
She’s a smart lady. ? Have a blessed weekend!
Great tips! Thank you for sharing. ???
Thank you so much!
I’ll try the laundry one, and the scratch remedy!
Great!! It’s amazing what vinegar can do. ?
Wow! I wouldn’t have thought of the hydrangea idea, but it makes sense. Thanks for sharing these.
You’re welcome! I thought that was a good one, too. ?
My favorite product in the house, great tips!
Thank you so much!
I love vinegar – I put it on most of my food!
It’s definitely a versatile product. ?
I use vinegar in cleaning. Thanks for sharing these tips.
You’re very welcome! Vinegar is great for cleaning. ?
Wow that tip about the hydrangea is amazing! Never heard it before!
I think that’s my favorite tip! I love how it changes the color of the flower. ?
Good reminders and some new information. I never thougt of using vinegar on rusty tools. Thanks.
You’re very welcome! Thank you for reading. ?
After work I plan to open a bottle of wine and do some cleaning… exciting day ahead…. thank you for the tips, these will make a few jobs alot easier! X
Wine makes cleaning better, too. ? Enjoy your weekend!
Lol you too lovely x
Awesome tips! Thank you, Michelle. 🙂
Thank you so much! ?
Thanks for sharing this ma’am.
You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!
You are welcome ma’am.
I’ve been using just vinegar and it smells so strong haha so I will get some lemon oil 🙂
Lol! Yes that really helps take out that vinegar smell. ?
I’ve been a longtime user of vinegar yet found it interesting that it can be used for removing scratches and as a wood stain! Thanks for sharing.
I think it’s amazing how many uses vinegar actually has. Thank you for reading! ?
Vinegar is awesome!! I have been truly amazed at all the wondrous things it will accomplish 😀 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 🙂
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! ♥
It amazes me how many uses vinegar actually has! And it’s cheap, too, which is a huge plus. ?
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! ❤️
You always have so many good ideas to share. By the way, how much vinegar do you put in the washing machine?
Thank you so much! I usually put about 1/4 cup in the machine. ?
I have been use it for years ( I cannot use chemicals) , some miss use it too…. thanks for reminder ?
That’s great! I try to keep as many chemicals out of our house as possible. ?
Thank you so much!
I wrote the stain recipe down. When I have a chance I will definitely give it a try. Thanks!
Great!! Thank you! I hope you enjoy using it. 😀
Oh wow, turn Hydrangeas blue? A lot of good tips to know but this is pretty awesome! ?
My mother in law has quite a lot of them, I’ll ask her to try ? Thank you for sharing Michelle ??
You should ask her to try with at least one and see what happens. ? Thank you for reading! ❤️
Thank you for your useful tips
You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!
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!
You’re very welcome! Thank you for reading! I’ve always been amazed by the many uses of vinegar. 😀
Wow, I had no idea that vinegar can turn a flower blue!? Amazing, thanks for sharing.
I thought that was pretty cool, too! 😀
I buy this in bulk!!!
I love vinegar’s many uses! And the fact that it’s so cheap makes it even better. 😀
Yes, i stick to the basics and make if work as well. ?
These are precious tips Michelle! Thanks!
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them. ?
Vinegar is a wonderful product!!!
I agree! I always stock up. ?
I knew about descaling kettles and the laundry but certainly will try out some of the other ideas. Thanks for sharing ?♀️?
Thank you for reading! I’m glad to help! 🙂
I like your idea to unclog the sink Michelle. You’re right. Typically, I’d go get a bunch of chemicals that would, anyway, disappoint me because I have to forget about them and not use the sink for over 30mns. Vinegar might just do the trick!
I’ve spent so much money in the past on chemicals to unclog my sink that didn’t even work. It was so frustrating! Vinegar and baking soda are cheap and they do a perfect job! Plus the baking soda eliminates any odors that may be down there. 🙂