Friday, March 20, 2009

100 Uses for Vinegar

I found a super nifty article at Wide Open Wallet. The article is entitled, "100 Uses for Vinegar." My favorite uses on the list include:
  • Shower head: To unclog a shower head mix 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar in a sandwich bag. Tie around shower head and let soak for an hour after the bubbling has stopped. Remove bag and turn on the water.
  • Eyeglasses: Wipe each lens with a drop of white distilled vinegar.
  • Hair Rinse: Rinse hair with one cup of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Brings out highlights and removes shampoo buildup.
  • Bruises: speed healing and prevent bruises by soaking a piece of cotton gauze in white or apple cider vinegar and leaving it on the injured area for one hour.
  • Perfect rice: Add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the boiling water.
  • Cut flowers: Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase. It will preserve fresh flowers and perk up droopy ones.
And last, but not least:
  • Freak out your kids: Turn a chicken bone into rubber by soaking it in a glass of white distilled vinegar for three days.
Check out the link to view the rest of the list. There are some great ideas for using this super-frugal item!

Don't forget, you can also use it as fabric softener. :)



  1. omgoodness! I love this blog!
    I forgot about the rice trick, and I haven't tried it on hair yet because Im not cool with the smell. I should give it try anyway.

  2. I'm sure once your hair dries the smell would be gone. It's that way with clothes. I'm going to try it tomorrow. If the smell is horrible, I can always just wash it with shampoo afterwards.

  3. Oddly, I just heard a story on NPR this week about using less shampoo, and vinegar was one thing they suggested instead. The person who used solely baking soda and vinegar in their hair developed dandruff. But as an occasional rinse it's probably good.

    The suggestion about using it to clean the shower head makes me think it really would work to spray my clear shower curtain with vinegar to get the hard water spots off it. I'm going to have to actually try it now.

    I'm definitely going to have to try that last one though. That's cool!

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