Vinegar Not Only In the Kitchen

Vingegar Not Only in the Kitchen - Hints
United States
April 6, 2007 7:06am CST
I had seen a discussion a while back saying vinegar would kill weeds wanting to get details I googled it and found some great tips and I also found myLot and every posting reagrding the word vinegar...we really are getting a lot of publicity! Here are some great vingegar tips: Vinegar's usefulness doesn't stop inside the house. Kill grass or weeds by pouring hot vinegar on it. This might take a couple of times to work completely. Another reader says: I have used white vinegar straight from the bottle to pour on the weeds and grasses that come up through the pavement. Just pour on and let set a couple of days and the weeds will die back and wont reappear for several months. Have been doing this for several years and always works. Wash your windshield with vinegar in the winter to help keep ice and frost away. If you have a septic tank, use vinegar instead of harsh chemicals to clean the toilet bowl. Let it set overnight if you can; it will keep germs down. Pour vinegar around the sides of your pool to help keep flies away. When you have to leave your car outside in the winter, mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and coat the windows with this solution. This vinegar and water combination will keep windshields ice and frost-free. Drink a couple of spoonfuls a day to keep mosquitoes away from you - your perspiration will be unpleasant. When my kids were small they did not have a good car riding experience (vomiting). We cleaned it out and nothing would get rid of the smell until we placed a bowl of vinegar on the floor of the car, closed it for the night. In the morning, no more smell. I have poured vinegar around my children's sandbox to keep cats from using it as their litter box. About every two months I reapply just to be sure. It has worked so far. To get ride of calcium buildup on brick or on limestone, use a spray bottle with half vineger and half water, then just let it set. The solution will do all the work. This was taught to us when we first moved to the south. (You've never truly experienced ticks 'til you've been to Tennessee) I didn't believe it until I tried it. Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day. (I mix mine with orange juice.) You'll never get a tick. (I walk through tall grass, woods, etc...) Dosen't seem to work for chiggers though. I used vinegar with baby oil on holidays this year, got a great tan and never burned! I use full strength vinegar on a rag to wipe away the lime deposits the sprinklers leave on my car's paint and windows. There are lots of products for BIG DOLLARS that will do the same thing... I WONDER what their "secret ingredient" is???!! If you have a slug problem, drop a few drops (an eye dropper works well) of white vinegar on them and they will dissolve. But be careful not to get the vinegar on plants, it will kill them. Put a tablespoon of vinegar in your dog's drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog's urine. If you rub or spray yourself with vinegar, it will keep ticks and chiggers off. They may get on you, but will not stay... And no, once it dries, you do not smell like vinegar. For the past 5 years or so, I have used vinegar to deter birds from building their mud nest in my carport and on my front porch. When I see they are interested in building where they are not wanted, I drench the area with full strength vinegar. They try to brave the vinegar smell to light anyway, but the smell is too strong. They will try several more times to make a nest. When I see them interested again, once more I again drench the area they are trying to use. They become discouraged after several attempts and go elsewhere. Down the shore there are bitting flys in the bay area. Dousing your skin in the vinegar seems to deter even the boldest flys. If you have moss on your sidewalk/patio/deck, etc., spray white vinegar directly onto it. You might have to repeat this a couple of times but in a few days, it should completely disappear. http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/tips/a/blvinout.htm
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Great post I knew alot of this but found out more from this post and as for living ion the south (hubby from there) I s mom didnt come up with the vinagar and tick one lol have to tell my son that one for he still lives out there.
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• United States
6 Apr 07
This has been the most useful artical i have read today. Thanks so much for posting it. I have also saved the site to my favs.
@GardenGerty (98075)
• United States
6 Apr 07
When I am being disciplined about my health, twice a day I drink two spoonsful of apple cider vinegar, with an equal amount of honey in a glass with water or juice. I really think it is almost undetectable in apple juice. It is a good hot beverage in winter as well. According to folklore, it cures or prevents a multitude of ailments, but I never knew about repelling insects. I will also start spraying for flies with it, since your so very helpful discussion. Thanks.
• United States
11 Apr 07
A 99 year old lady, that I help take care of has been taking this remedy for 60 years! She adds hot tap water to hers. It must really do wonders. I'm considering it...
@honeyangel (1992)
6 Apr 07
thanx for the site will save it to my favorites
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I pour white vinegar in my mothers laundry, who is incontient and her clothes smell of urine. The vinegar takes the urine odor out of the clothes.
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@rohit55_56 (2301)
• India
7 Apr 07
vin. is the great in used i agree with you....it is having very much use in scintific labs also
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@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
Thank you for this information!!I will be ready for the onslaught of mosquitoes this year as I will try the vinegar idea! I hope this works as Iplan on doing alot of vacationing north of where I live where the mosquitoes are rumoured to be bigger than the birds!
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Great tips! Vinegar also balances the body's ph levels to make alkaline (neutral) as it should be.
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Wow, I am amazed. I normally use vinegar to clean my coffee pot, and I did not realize it was good for so many other things. Thanks for sharing.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
6 Apr 07
Vinegar is a great thing to have in the house. It does a lot. I use it to clean out the coffe maker. Run it through like you would water and then do a few with just water to rinse. It makes the coffee taste so much better afterwards. Also I find the coffee brews faster because the build up is gone. I've also used it in the laundry to get rid of odors. I have heard it works great at making things soft and can be used intstead of fabric softner but haven't tried it. I've also started making my own febreeze and one of the things to add is vinegar because it eats the odors. I use 25 oz of water, 1/2 a capful of downey lavender and vanilla softner, and a full capful of vinegar. It works great.
• United States
6 Apr 07
We run white vinegar through the coffee pot to clean it. We also use white vinegar for cleaning in the house.
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I did know that vinegar could be safely used as a good cleaner, especially for glass, but I had no idea it could be used so many ways. Besides being a good deterrent for bugs, it's safe to use. I have to try it on weeds though. Thanks for posting this valuable information.
• United States
6 Apr 07
I'm an avid vinegar user and buy it by the gallons! We put a cup to every load, keeps from bleeding colors and also helps lift stains. It also can be used as a softener. It has a bit of a disinfecting effect too, so I will sometimes use it to clean the cupboards, etc. instead of harsh chemicals. Of course vinegar and water for the windows is a must. It's so inexpensive, chemical free and useful! I don't know why more people don't hop on the vinegar band wagon!!!!
@weemam (13378)
11 Apr 07
It is so funny that you posted this , I told mu mum about it killing weeds ans I got her to buy some when we went grocery shopping yesterday , I got her to buy a large shops own but I told her brown malt vinegar , I told her just to pour it on , Was I wrong? will brown not work? will it have to be hot or warm ? I am sorry to be thick but she is 88 and I want to make things easier for her , she is so independant and won't let me do it for her , some brilliant tips here pal , thank you xx
• United States
11 Apr 07
I tried it with a little white cheap vinegar I had left in a bottle, it took a couple of days but it killed the weed. So today I bought a huge bottle of white store brand (cheap) vingegar for some more weeds and some of the other uses on the list. I don't know if brown vinegar will make it work any less because it has acid in it just the same as white.
@mauier113 (688)
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
This is a very useful tips regarding vinegar although I already used some ofyour tips. But efinitely your other tips will surely help us a lot of us here who read your post, thanks.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I did not know all these great uses for vinegar. I use vinegar once a month in my washing machine and dish washer. It will clean up an soap scum, lime, or rust buildup from hard water!
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• United States
6 Apr 07
I have used vinegar for lots of stuff, vinegar in your rinse water removes soap scum from clothes, rinsing your hair with vinegar and water gets all the excess soap out and leaves it silky. We have many interesting everyday things that have a wide variety of uses, but still we go for the specialty items at the store. Think we may be getting status conscious.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
6 Apr 07
My mother uses vinegar for EVERYTHING!!!! She truly does. We tease her that she has so much vinegar in her system that she is pickled and will be around for a very long time. She believes in it for natual healing and cleaning. A few of us in the family have tried a couple of her "remedies" with vinegar, and have found that they do indeed work.