Vinegar

@cyrus123 (6383)
United States
January 28, 2010 10:32pm CST
I love the smell of vinegar! Did you know that vinegar will help keep your pets from chewing on your furniture? You just put some in a spray bottle and just spray it on your furniture whenever you've noticed they've been chewing on it and they will leave it alone. You can also spray it on your garbage cans and they will leave them alone, too, and it won't hurt your furniture, either. It never has hurt mine, anyway. Some friends of mine at church have a little poodle they keep in the house and they were the ones who told me about this. I don't let my dog go any further than the kitchen but vinegar does make your house and kitchen smell good. It always reminds me of springtime and Easter when my mother used to dye easter eggs for me! Childhood is calling, lol, as that commercial says! Do you like the smell of vinegar? Kathy.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
29 Jan 10
Wished ya sent this a few days ago as our dog has chewed a big hole in the seat of the couch we have out side. BUt i will spray it and see if this help she chews everey thing!
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I'm so sorry about your dog doing this! My dog made a hole in my leather sofa in the kitchen. This made me so mad!This must have been before I knew about the vinegar remedy. I have patched it up since then and covered it with a blanket so it can't be seen because it's so unattractive. This is where she sometimes likes to sleep but I just spray vinegar on it and she hasn't chewed on it since. I hope it works for your dog. Kathy.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I hope so too I just got to find a spray bottle and do it!
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@stormygrl (763)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I like the vinegar smell as well,when I was younger my mom likes to ear cucumbers in vineagar & water,she lets it soak awhile. Good info for the cats I'll try that since neither cat is declawed.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
31 Jan 10
The cucumbers sound so good! I don't know if it will work with cats or not but you can try it. I just know that it works with dogs. It never hurts to try anything. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
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@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I also love the smell of vinegar it smells so like vinegar. Oh this is very good advice I will try putting vinegar on my furniture. Oh vinegar is also an enemy of ants they don't like the stuff, I always put some on them and they will be gone quick and won't come back. If some do dare to come back I just get the vinegar out again and I'm ready to go.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Thank you for your response. I'm learning so many new tips about vinegar. I sure didn't know it was good to keep ants away. I'll try to remember this next time I see them around the container where I keep my horse feed (I have one horse). They're bad to get around it in the summer. I have used skin-so-soft bath oil to keep them away but next time I'll try the vinegar. Another mylotter said she uses it for hair rinse when she washes her hair. I used to use it for hair rinse a long time ago and I had forgotten about this until she mentioned it. Also, my mother used to pour vinegar down the sink in the kitchen to get rid of any odors in there. I've done this, too, but not in a long time. Kathy.
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@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Really? Havent heard of it yet but it seems to be very interesting. Honestly, I dont like the smell of vinegar but it is so beneficial.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I'm learning a lot of interesting facts about vinegar, myself, since I started this discussion. For example, I had forgotten that I used to use it as a hair rinse a long time ago. One mylotter said she uses it as a hair rinse when she washes her hair. It can also be used to pour down your sink in the kitchen to get rid of any odors in your sink. You said you didn't like the odor, though, so you would probably prefer to use something else. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
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@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
30 Jan 10
I don't really like much the smell of vinegar, but, weird as it sounds, I like the taste I didn't know that spraying vinegar in the furniture can keep pets from chewing on it! I don't have a pet, but in the future I might consider it if I get a pet
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Do you like animals? If you do, I hope you do get a pet someday. They can be a lot of company for you, especially if you're alone like I am. I didn't mean to get off the subject but since I started this discussion, I'm learning so many new and interesting tips about vinegar. I bought a spray at Walmart not too long ago called "Bitter Barrier" to spray on the furniture but it was a little over $6.00. Vinegar is a lot cheaper! Kathy.
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@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I like vinegar for it's cleaning solutions. I mean with laundry or the coffee pot. But I can't say that I like the smell.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I didn't know you could use vinegar for washing clothes and cleaning the coffee pot. This is an interesting tip. How do you use it for these chores exactly? Kathy.
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@derek_a (10903)
29 Jan 10
Yes, vinegar is very good for stopping pets chewing on the furniture as they don't like the taste of it. Where I live we put out our trash in plastic bags and the seagulls tend to rip them open and pull out a lot of the rubbish. A good way to stop this is to spray some water with bleach in it over the back. They don't come near it then. _Derek
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
That's the way my dog is. She won't go near the object once I've sprayed vinegar on it. You must live on or near the beach. That sounds very nice. I bet it's not very nice whenever a storm comes up, though, is it? My brother used to live on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama and I know he was glad to get away from there. He and his wife at the time couldn't deal with the hurricanes they used to have all the time. I didn't mean to get off the subject but concerning spraying water mixed with bleach on trash, that's a very good tip. I didn't know about this. Thank you for sharing it with us. Kathy.
@cynthiann (18637)
• Jamaica
29 Jan 10
Isn't it amazing how we can smell something and it transports us back to childhood? I hate the smell of lavender as it always takes me back to bombed buildings in the U.K. after the war - the lilacs covered all these buildings that were so scary. I used to run passed them clinging to my sisters. Many thanks for this tip- I had not heard of it and it is good to share information like this. Excellent post
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
That's what I like about Mylot. We get so many good tips here. I like the smell of lavendar, myself. It's understandable if it reminds you of something bad like this happening after a war. It's just like I like the smell of fire burning in the fireplace. On the other hand, if your house ever burned down and you smelled the fire from it, it can bring back too many bad memories. Kathy.
• India
29 Jan 10
Good one cyrus 123,I am surprised,as well as very glad to know about the vinegar and its usage,after going through the responses I have learned quite a bit of it but still somewhat cautious as well b'coz still I am not sure about it after all it seems some sort of chemical composition even though it is also available in natural form in the market if I am not wrong and quite often only use it in the kitchen only,its very difficult b'coz in the market there are lots of varieties are available,hence there is lots of things that is to be learned...... so thanks once again.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
It's good to be cautious about things like this. When I first told my sister (she and her husband have dogs they keep in the house)about it, she asked me wouldn't it stain your furniture and I told her it never has stained mine. I bought some spray at Walmart not too long ago called "Bitter Barrier" and it was a little over $6.00. I think vinegar is a lot cheaper. I hope it works for you. Kathy.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I do, and like you I use it for many things around the house. I do not have any pets to deodorize, but I like to put vinegar in the rinse water when I do laundry and I rinse my hair with it from time to time to strip out the soap residue that builds up over time. Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide used one after the other as a rinse (not together) will kill more germs than almost anything, so that is what I use to wash fruits and veggies and disinfect other stuff.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Your response brings back some more memories for me. I used to use vinegar as a hair rinse a long time ago. Wow, I had forgotten about this! I can't use it on my hair now since I get color once a month. I have to use the Pantene for Color treated hair shampoo and the conditioner now. Kathy.
@Hazelrose (2186)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
Hi cyrus123,I think most people loves vinegar.My family always had vinegar in our almost every meal.we use vinegar wit chopped garlic as our daily simple sauce.I also use it in cooking and cleaning purposes.We always have it in our kitchen.Have a nice day!
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I think just about everybody likes the smell of vinegar, too. I only know of one other girl who doesn't like it and she and I ride on the drill team at the therapeutic riding center where I volunteer. I think they use it as part of the mixture of the insect repellant we use out there on the horses and she thinks it stinks. She's kind of funny about some things, anyway. I don't mean to be talking about her or anything and I like her but she's the only one I know of who doesn't like it. She's autistic for one thing and she has something called PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder). I think she also has ADHD. I'm not sure, though. She's an adult but we work with a lot of children out there who have these problems. I'm sorry I got off the subject but I just thought I would throw these facts in. Kathy.
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@BART78 (2933)
• Canada
29 Jan 10
nice tip cyrus, i'll try it so my two dog wouldn't touch my garbage at night...can it also be spray to plants? cause my dog love playing on my garden of flowering plants..
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I don't know if it will work on plants or not. You might can try it, although it might be kind of risky. It might be a good idea to talk to somebody who deals with plants or call your home demonstration office before you try it. They might can tell you. I hope it works for you. Kathy.
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@nilouette (635)
• Philippines
29 Jan 10
There are many uses of vinegar too, not just for cooking.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
That's right. One of the mylotters said she uses it as a hair rinse when she washes her hair and I had forgotten about this. I used to use it as a hair rinse when I was younger. I get color now so I would have to use one that is formulated for color treated hair. Thank you for your response.
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29 Jan 10
It just so happens that I also like the smell of vinegar. Smelling vinegar also brings to my mind childhood memories. I've always enjoyed smelling vinegar. I've heard about using vinegar as an animal deterrent, but I've not yet tried it.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I just happened to remember that mother use to pour vinegar down the sink to get rid of any odors that were in the kitchen. I've done this in the past, myself, but not in a long time. I just didn't know if any mylotters knew that it was a good pet deterrent, too. I don't mean to get off the subject or anything but I'm just so sick of all this cold weather we've been having and I was just thinking about spring. Whenever I spray vinegar on my furniture to keep the dog from chewing on it, it just brings back the memories of Easter and springtime when I was a child and we would have easter egg hunts out here. Kathy.
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@quita88 (3716)
• United States
3 Feb 10
I don't mind the smell of vinegar but will it help keep my cats from clawing my couch?? I am going to try it tho. thanks for the info.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
4 Feb 10
Hi quita88! How are you doing? It's been a while since I've seen you on here. Antiquelady has been worried because she hasn't heard from you, either. I hope you are doing okay. I don't know if the vinegar will keep your cats from clawing your couch or not. You can try it, though. Dogs don't like the taste of it and that's why they stay away from it. One mylotter said she uses it to clean her windows and mirrors. I tried it on one of my mirrors and one of my car windows and it works wonders. I don't mean to get off the subject but I don't think I ever gave you the website of the therapeutic riding center where I volunteer, did I? I thought you would like to check it out sometime if you would like to see some horses. It's: www.easi.webs.com. The last time I checked, my picture still wasn't on there or I would tell you which one I am. Maybe one of these days it will be, though. I ride the big Palomino out there named "Yellow". Kathy.
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
4 Feb 10
I don't remember but have been off line due to an ice storm and the sudden lack of power fried my computer and DSL unit. Anyway, got you web address for horses. That must be fun to work at a place like that. I use vinegar for lots of things and one of them is to take away odors and another is to freshen coffee pots and I've used it too on mirrors. Grandma used it to fresen up with by putting a "tad" in a basin of water and she washed with it when a bath wasn't possible. We use vinegar on batteries when they are corroded, to take out rust stains. So many uses !! Now alls I have to do is find an empty spray bottle and spray my couch. I guess I could just wipe it one with a paper towel tho.............gonna try it !! I am fine but afraid we are looking at another ice storm moving in........... But, that is part of life.........ice :( My friend who lives in MT. says it's ok cuz it's just one more day to spring. But, he also says it's one more day in the summer he can plow his snow ------- to each his own !! Later and thanks, quita
@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
1 Feb 10
i never had a dog to chew on things in the house but i use vinegar to clean with.i like to smell it when i am making pickles but it don't smell good by its self.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
1 Feb 10
Have you ever kept a dog in the house? If you have, well, you were lucky he/she didn't chew on things. I always say to each his own but I like to smell vinegar by itself. I'm sure it really smells good to it use it while making pickles. I never have used vinegar to clean with but I have used it as a hair rinse in the past. I have also poured it down the sink in the kitchen to get rid of odors in there. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
• United States
1 Feb 10
i have had two dogs i kept in the house and the one i have now i kept her in when it is cold like now,they all have been good dogs.i have used vinegar on my hair too it has been alot time ago.it is good for lot of things.when you clean windows and mirors it don't leaves stricks.
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
30 Jan 10
Good morning, cyrus123.....I buy vinegar, like other's buy fuel for their car! LOL! Vinegar is the main-stay cleaner in my home, from windows to floors, appliances to bathrooms....and it puts a wonderful shine on stainless steel! A terrific deodorizer......BUT, all of my furniture is refinished antiques..which I have done myself, stripped, cleaned and the finish is "Watco Oil" and any vinegar shows up as great white marks! Vinegar...and oiled furniture DO NOT mix! Getting the white marks out is a labour of love....as the entire area has to be "pumiced" then "rottenstoned" and then re-oiled...the small area can't be re-done, as that area will be a different color...as the oil ages and darkens. So just a small caution about your great hint...NOT oiled furniture! Take care & Cheers!
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
31 Jan 10
Hi pergammano! How are you doing? I haven't seen you on here in a long time! I haven't been spending much time on here for the past few weeks because I've been spending so much time on another site. However, until I hear from that site again, I may be spending some time on mylot for a while. Anyway, I didn't know that vinegar wouldn't work on oiled furniture. It makes sense, though. I don't have very many antique pieces but this is a good tip. I bet you have some beautiful pieces! I love antiques! I just spray it on leather and wooden furniture in the kitchen because that's the only place in the house where my dog stays. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
29 Jan 10
No, to be honest i don't like the smell of vinegar. Guess i have made too many pickles where the smell about takes your breath when u are making them. lol.Have a great weekend, Kathy.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
30 Jan 10
As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks. You must have gotten tired of it, in other words, lol. Thank you for responding, Jo, and I hope you have a great weekend, too. Kathy.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I am snowbound. Been snowing since this morn & weather man says it want stop till sat. morning. fun, fun.
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• United States
2 Feb 10
Hello. This is an interesting topic. I have never heard of anyone likeing the smell of vinegar, so this is something new to me. I don't like the smell of vinegar myself, but it is cool how it brings back memories for you. I wonder if vinegar works for cats as well? I have heard that citrus smells deter cats. The smell of vinegar makes me nauseous after a while. The smell of vinegar and trash is very nauseating to me as well. I do love the smell of pine-sol though, it makes me very happy. Maybe people like the smell of vinegar because it does take them back to some happy childhood memory.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
3 Feb 10
I don't know if vinegar will work with cats or not but you can try it. I didn't know that citrus scents would deter them. That's an interesting fact. The girl that I ride horseback with on the drill team at the therapeutic riding center where I volunteer doesn't like the smell of vinegar, either. I don't know why. She's funny about a lot of things, though. I don't mean to be talking about her or anything because she is sweet and she has a dry sense of humor. However, there are so many things she doesn't like that the rest of us do. I always say different strokes for different folks, though. I like the smell of pinesol, too. Thank you for responding. Kathy.
@yparson (582)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I just recently started using white vinegar in my laundry when I wash. It helps get your cloths brighter and will take out some stains if you don't over load the wash. I didn't know you can spray on furniture, I will try it to keep our dog off the couch, I hate the hairs that are left behind. Thanks for the tip!
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
3 Feb 10
Hi yparson! Thank you for your response. My dog made a hole in my leather sofa in the kitchen before I learned anything about the vinegar tip! This made me very mad! I have patched it up since but it ruins the looks of the sofa. I keep it covered with a blanket now. Anyway, I didn't know that white vinegar would would brighten your clothes and take stains out. I will have to try this next time I get a stain on any of my clothes. I've learned so many interesting things about vinegar since I started this discussion. Kathy.