Tips for Using White Vinegar

What is the one thing you should absolutely have in your household arsenal? White vinegar! There are more uses for white vinegar that I can list here, but here are just a few from

  • For carpet stain removal, mix 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water. Apply to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse the area with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry.
  • To get streak-less windows, mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
  • To kill weeds, spray distilled white vinegar on weeds.
  • To use as bug spray, combine equal parts water, distilled white vinegar, and liquid dish soap in a spray bottle.
  • For sunburn relief, rub white vinegar on sunburns.
  • For rust removal, soak rusty items in white vinegar overnight and wipe rust off in the morning.
  • To get rid of smoke odor, place a shallow bowl about three quarters full of vinegar in the room where the scent is the strongest. has over 1,001 uses for vinegar, all of which can save you money on household products!

Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Did you know that you can use crayons to fill in scratches on wood furniture? Or that you can remove price tag adhesives with peanut butter? Or that you can prevent rust on tools by rubbing them down with hair conditioner? Did you know that you can keep a cake fresh by storing the cake with a half an apple?
If you don’t have a copy of Reader’s Digest’s Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things, get one! This books has 2,317 ways to save time and money by using ordinary household items to perform tasks that would normally have you running to the hardware store or the As Seen On TV isle at your local Walgreens. You can give up the Kaboom for natural things like vinegar that cost less and pose less of a hazard to you, your family, and your pets.
Here are two tips I’ve used more than once:

  1. Use on wooden furniture. Choose the crayon color closest to the color of your furniture. Soften the crayon with a hairdryer and color over the scratches. Then, buff the repair job with a clean rag.
  2. Remove ticks by dabbing the tick with alcohol to make it loosen its grip. Then, grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out.

Trust me… You will not regret the $13 investment in this book. It has saved me thousands!