Vinegar - Personal Care

Always use apple cider vinegar for personal care. White vinegar is best for cleaning.
·        Used as a hair rinse, vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by shampoos.
A reader says 'it will give your hair an all out shine!'

·        Corn and callus remover - soak a piece of stale bread (a cloth would probably do as well) in
vinegar, and tape it over the callus or corn overnight.

·        Age spot fader - Mix equal parts of onion juice and vinegar and use it daily on age spots.
This will take a few weeks to work, just like its expensive relative from the store.

·        Spray your hands with a mist of vinegar, or dip them in vinegar and dry after washing dishes
or having them in soapy water to keep your hands soft.

·        Splash vinegar on your varicose veins. The vinegar is supposed to reduce the veins and
relieve the pain and swelling. Of course, you might smell like a tossed salad!
·        Use it diluted 50/50 as a skin cleanser as most soaps are alkaline as compared to skin ph.
·        One teaspoon to one tablespoon of vinegar gets rid of hiccups.
·        It's an ongoing battle as to whether vinegar can help you lose weight, but the ones who say
it will, say to drink a glass of water before each meal in which you've added a tablespoon of
vinegar and a tablespoon of honey.
·        Rinse water for face - pour 1/8 cup in rinse water, rinse face and let it air dry (it seals the
moisture in the skin) (great for all over especially when weather is dry)
Vinegar restores the natural acid base of your skin, so it's good for skin problems, too. --Pat
·        Try white vinegar on underarms and other areas of the body as a natural deodorant. Will
not stop perspiration (which is not healthy anyway) but will neutralize odor.
·        Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a quart of drinking water. Helps to deal with heat
stress. Also helps to repel mosquitos.
·        It is also helpful when children get lice, if you take warm vinegar and put it on the hair also
take your nit comb and dip it in the vinegar. As you run it through the hair it helps remove the nits.
It is supposed to be able to help break down the glue the nits use to stay attached to the hair.
·        My dad is 77 years old and his skin on his face is just so smooth and soft looking. His secret
is he uses vinegar for aftershave. Also if he gets any rashes or pimples he uses vinegar for that
as well. He drinks apple cider vinegar, honey and hot water every morning. The vinegar odor
goes away very quickly when he uses it for aftershave. He started this when he always broke out
in a rash after using the regular aftershaves.
·        1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in a small tub of water. Soak your head/hair. It gets rid of
dandruff completely, as well as all the garbage that accumulates on your hair from shampoos and
conditioners. It's absolutely amazing but my husband does complain about the smell...
·        For cleaning dentures - leave your dentures in vinegar for as long as you would leave them
in a denture cleanser - about 15 minutes to half an hour, or longer, if you wish. Then brush them
thoroughly. Your dentures will be cleaner and whiter than a proprietary dental cleaner can do it !
·        Makes a great eyeglass cleaner. Mix white vinegar 1/2 and 1/2 with water. I keep a tiny
spray bottle in my purse.
·        Instead of buying expensive facial products, I mix up my own "toner" using 1/2 water, 1/2
vinegar and a few aspirins. The acids in the vinegar force your old skin cells to flake off, much like
the store-bought "alpha hydroxy" products. The aspirin is my own anti-acne solution. A lot of acne
products use salicylic acid, which is basically aspirin with a few small chemical differences. The
aspirin won't dissolve completely, but it doesn't seem to matter. This works especially well against
those big, deep acne spots which older people often get. I've been using this twice a day on my
face for five years now and people are always amazed when I tell them my real age (44). One
caution, though: Be sure to also use a face lotion with at least SPF 15 everyday--even in winter
(Oil of Olay knock-offs are fairly cheap)--because the vinegar mixture will make your skin thinner
(just like the expensive store-bought ones will) and more susceptible to sun damage. The SPF
prevents age spots from forming, and that's worth the money in my book.
·        I color my own hair and when I go to rinse, I first rinse with warm water then I dilute white
vinegar with water for the final rinse. Use water as cold as you can stand. This really seals your
color so it doesn't fade out as quickly.
·        Nail polish will go on smoother, and stay longer if you clean your finger nails with white
vinegar before applying nail polish.
·        If you have hard water put vinegar in your bath water and also rinse your hair with it. It gets
out all residue from shampoo and conditioner.
·        I work in fragrances and it is generally recommended that vinegar is what to use when you
want to remove the odor of a perfume you don't like. Just apply it to the skin that has been
sprayed with the undesired perfume.
Below is just a sampling of the many frugal uses you've come up with so far. Always use apple
cider vinegar for personal care. White vinegar is best for cleaning.
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Uses for Vinegar
Great Uses For Vinegar
1.       A quarter cup in a quart of water makes a good window cleaner.
A reader adds: When you use vinegar in your water to wash windows, dry with newspapers. Your
windows will sparkle!

2.        Fabric softener and static cling reducer - use as you would liquid fabric softener.

3.        Air freshener, used with baking soda - use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar
and 2 cups of water. After it stops foaming, mix well, and use in a (recycled) spray bottle into the air

4.        Chewing gum dissolver - saturate the area with vinegar. If the vinegar is heated, it will work

5.        Stain remover - for stains caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and berries. Soak clothing in
full strength vinegar.

6.        Use diluted 1:1 in water to take pet odors out of carpets. Find the spot, and saturate it with
about 1 1/2 times the original volume. Let set for awhile then blot up. Repeat if your cloth is very
dirty after blotting. I make sure to turn on a fan and open a window, especially for large spots!

7.        I put about a tablespoon of vinegar in the water when poaching eggs. It helps the eggs to
keep their shape. No taste of vinegar either.

8.        Set a container (shallow bowl) of vinegar throughout the house to absorb unpleasant odors.
Works great on burned food odors. Do not use styrofoam. It will soak thru it.

9.        Use vinegar and olive oil with a selection of herbs on your salad.
A reader adds: I like to use vinegar the old-fashioned way: I eat it!! I use all sorts of vinegars as
salad dressing ingredients (my favorite is the classic red wine vinegar mixed with olive oil). I also
eat my fish with malt vinegar, which is also very good on french fries.

10.        This reader says: I liked the 'spray mister' approach to air freshening, but as a sometimes
poor bachelor cook, I have blackened fish when it isn't on the menu. Vinegar in a towel, twirled
about the head will quickly stop the smoke detectors from screaming. It also freshens the air, and
captures the smoke smell before the whole house is caught.
Added by another reader: Put vinegar on white bread around a house to get rid of smoke smell fom
a fire.

NOTE - Nothing here is to be taken as medical advice. Always ask your doctor before attempting
to diagnose yourself or deciding upon medication to alleviate any symptoms.

·        A reader says; My best use for vinegar is to use 1 tablespoon vinegar to an 8 ounce glass of
warm water for a sore throat. Gargle every hour and swallow after gargling, with two mouthfuls. I
got this from a Vermont Folk Medicine book by D.C.Jarvis many years ago. If started at the first hint
of a sore throat, it always works, usually within a night's sleep. I don't mind the taste, but some
children might.

·        Use for a throat soother. Take equal amounts of honey and cider vinegar, stir or shake until
dissolved. Take a tablespoon at a time to cut mucuous in the throat.

·        This reader writes: My grandmother swears by vinegar as an antiseptic for abrasions,to
reduce itch from poison ivy or mosquito bites,and even to help rehydrate sunburned skin.

·        This reader says - I hate to wear gloves when gardening (except, of course when working
with roses, blackberries or thistles) and once in a while I get a nick or scratch. Since I shoveled
most of it INTO my garden, I know what my hands are in, and I'm 120 yards downhill from the
bathroom sink and the disinfectant! My trusty spray bottle of full strength white vinegar to the
rescue. Stings for a second or two until the endorphins kick in, but I don't have to stop what I'm
doing and make a special trip back up hill. I've NEVER had an infection in a scratch since I
discovered this trick.

·        Another reader wrote: I am allergic to crabs. However, I love them. I have found that when I
dip my crabmeat in vinegar, I don't get an allergic reaction. This may not work for everyone, but it
works for me.

·        1 tsp cider vinegar with one tsp honey taken three times daily helps with arthritis. It dissolves
the crystal deposits of uric acid that form between joints (and also in muscles as with muscular
rheumatism). Also dissolves osteophytes (bony spurs) over long periods.

·        Vinegar in drinking water is very effective in eliminating the low-grade fevers that are present
in Chronic Fatigue sufferers. It also helps eliminate the 'thrush' coating in the mouth which is
sometimes caused by antibiotic use. Mix four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of
drinking water. Drink up to one gallon each day.

·        From another reader: After years of suffering from athlete's foot, consulting doctors, and
spending hundreds of dollars on so called cures (some presciption, some over the counter), I read
in one of the magazines in which I subscibe to try soaking in vinegar. Something was said about it
changing skin ph so that the fungus could not grow. I soaked three evenings in a row. Now, no
more fungus and that has been several months ago.

·        Medicine for toe nail fungus can be very costly, but you can use one part vinegar to one part
warm water and soak your feet.

Another reader writes: My daughter had toe nail fungus, causing the nail to grow up instead of out,
like it should. I started putting a few drops of white vinegar on it several times a day. To my
amazement, her nail is almost normal again! Try this one, for those who have the above problem, it
really works!

·        Use 2 cups of cider vinegar in the tub to soak sore muscles and add potassium to muscles.
·        And this one: A nurse told me molds grow in humidifiers used in sick rooms. After a couple of
days' use, she rinsed out a humidifier, then refilled it, adding maybe 1/4 cup vinegar. She would
run this for a couple of minutes in the bathroom, with the door closed and the window open, to kill
the molds. Then she'd rinse it, run it again with just clear water, rinse that, and declare it fit for
service again. She was also adamant about not just pouring more water in to refill, but rinsed the
reservoir out each time to retard growth of nasty stuff she didn't want spraying all around the sick

·        Quite often muscle cramps, or 'charlie horse', are caused by too low a level of potassium. I
take a tsp. of vinegar when suffering from a muscle cramp to quickly bring my potassium level back
up and relieve the cramp.

·        When making soup stock (as all good frugal-ites do), squirt in a tablespoon of white vinegar,
to help leach (extract) all the calcium from the bones being used. There's no vinegar taste, and
most of us can certainly use the additional calcium.

·        It's never failed me yet: Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of honey
and store this mixture in an air-tight container. Anytime you have trouble drifting off, take two
teaspoons of this mixture and you'll drift off in less than a half hour. And you won't be groggy in the
morning like over-the-counter sleep aids.

·        A teaspoon of vinegar relieves hiccups more effectively than anything else, including lemon
juice or sugar...

Another reader writes: I've found that gargling with cider vinegar will stop the most horrible case of

·        I find mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey in 8 oz of warm water
and drinking before I go to bed has helped eliminate those awful night leg cramps
·        When the weather changes and the sinus start running I get that nagging cough, I simply
take 2 tablespoons of any kind of vinegar and that nasty cough stops.

·        I have a history of having problems with boils and bear the scars of them. They are quite
painful and at times have had to have them lanced. A few people in my family told me about
vinegar tea. One tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon honey mixed in a cup of hot
water at least twice a day has dissolved more than one of my boils. Not only the vinegar tea but
also, the recommended daily amount of water. Stay away from sodas and chocolate, as they seem
to aggravate the infected area even more. If the boil does come to a head where it is going to open
contuine to drink the vinegar tea and the water. Use hot packs on the boil for 15-20 minutes three
times a day. Doing this has more than once saved an unwanted visit to the doctor. What is also
important is not to squeeze a boil. I hope this will help someone out there.

·        Soak (rinsed and dried) egg shells in vinegar until they dissolve. Dilute with water, and drink
your (very easy to assimilate) calcium supplement. Oyster shells can also be dissolved in vinegar
until dissolved, then drunk, for a calcium supplement. [Pearls may be dissolved also, but this is not
very frugal ;-) ]

·        When taking calcium-magnesium tablets/or powder, wash it down with something acidic (like
vinegar diluted in water), so that it will dissolve the cal-mag, so that your body can assimilate it.
Any time you take vinegar internally, be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water. Acid remaining
on teeth will eventually (over time), dissolve your teeth, as it does with calcium deposits around the
sink. [I never thought of my teeth as calcium deposits, but, hmmm, I guess they my

·        We use 1/2 tsp white distilled vinegar to 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol to prevent swimmers ear.
·        Strange as it sounds, vinegar soothes the itching and burning of hemorrhoids. Just take a
cotton ball and dab the affected area with full strength apple cider vinegar! Caution: some people
find the full strength solution stings. If this happens to you, just dilute the vinegar half and half with

·        Sunburn Remedy:
o        At bedtime, cover sunburns with a towel soaked in water and vinegar and try to persuade
the victim to sleep this way. Younger ones, of course, will have a struggle with this, especially
because of the smell!

o        Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on sunburn. It soothes for quite a length of time. Just
like store bought stuff.

o        A reader wrote this: I used this on my son when his legs were sunburned. I used half and
half which was half water and half vinegar. I saturated tea towels in it and layed them on his legs
and he said it didn't smell too good but it sure took out the burning. You must do this several times
but it works and then it gives you a nice tan.

o        Vinegar will take the sting out of a sunburn - just soak a paper towel and apply to burn.
Smells bad but, hey, if you're in pain, who cares?

o        To relieve swelling and fluid from too much sun, mix a paste of baking soda and apple cider
vinegar and apply. This reader says it will draw out the fluid.

o        I met a girl who was told by her doctor to sit in the sun (she had some sort of skin problem).
She was to use diluted red wine vinegar to keep from burning. She was out in the sun everyday of
the summer and had a nice tan.(You have to understand that she lived in Phila., PA and I was
visiting from FL).

When I went on a trip to the Keys to spend a lot of time on the water, I used a spray bottle filled
with undiluted red wine vinegar. I had my friend spray my back occassionally while spraying the
front more frequently. My back did get somewhat burned, but from head to toes the front of me was
nicely tanned. (I did look really red from the vinegar, but after showering...ta da...tan) I'm not sure,
but using the red wine vinegar has seemed to help me tan faster.

·        Vinegar is extremely effective on yeast infections. When I get an infection, I pour about 1 cup
of white vinegar in my douche bottle and finish filling with warm water. I douche twice daily and in
about 2 days my infection is gone. The vinegar smell leaves in about an hour.

Another reader writes: I have found that the vinegar bath also cures yeast infections, not only mine
but also my infant daughter. My midwife suggested the vinegar bath while I was pregnant and it
cured it and hasn't come back since. Twice daily and in about two days it's gone.

·        I nurse my daughter who has extremely sensitive skin. It seems that everytime I turn around, I
have eaten something that breaks her out. I started giving her vinegar baths. I run her bath water
and pour about a cup of apple cider vinegar in. It has been weeks now and her skin is smoother
than it has ever been.

·        Put 1/2 cup into a pan to soak your feet in before a pedicure. It softens your skin.
·        I have seen many posts about using vinegar on a sunburn. When I burn myself when cooking
I splash some white vinegar on a bit of paper towel and put it on the burn. It stops hurting
immediately and if you keep it on, you will not develop a blister.

·        We use vinegar on wasp/yellowjacket stings. Just soak a cotton ball in cider vinegar and
hold to the sore spot (can tape it on with bandage tape). Within a few minutes the pain stops. It
would work on bee stings too, only you'd probably need to get the stinger out.

·        I have been dealing with a problem of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. If I sip water
with apple cider vinegar during the day, those symptoms disappear. It works for me and would
certainly be worth a try for those who experience this distressing problem.

·        My great grandmother swore by vinegar for almost everything. Two uses that I have tried and
had great success with.

For a stiff neck , take a half vinegar half warm water solution and soak a rag in it, then wring the
rag out and wrap it around your neck. Put a layer of plastic wrap (to keep your sheets dry) and
finish up with a towel (be careful not to strangle yourself). Leave this on over night and in the
morning you will not believe the difference.

For bruises and swelling follow the directions above, but use cold water. You can hold the
"compress" in place with an ace bandage. leave on for at least an hour, but the longer you leave it
the better the results. I have personally used this long after ice was effective for reducing the
swelling and it works like a miracle.

·        I suffer from migraines and take Imitrex for them. When I dont have any on hand I use vinegar
and it always helps me. May not be the cause for everyone though. I take a wash cloth and put
water and vinegar on it and put it over my forehead. Seems to work great for me. If you suffer from
migraines it is worth a try.

An old fashioned remedy for any headache was to soak brown paper with cider vinegar and apply
it to the forehead. Possibly something about breathing the fumes helps in some cases, anyway.
·        Being a scuba diver for many years I swear by vinegar to remove the sting of a jellyfish.

·        Soak a cotton ball or piece of paper towel in vinegar, place it on the aching tooth... bite down
- in moments the toothache is temporarily gone, giving you time to get to a dentist.

·        Many elderly people with high cholesterol have tried this drink with much success.
o        2 cups of grape juice
o        1 cup of apple juice
o        1/4 cup of white vinegar
Mix together and take 2 ounces before your largest meal everyday; only 2 ounces is needed for
·        Taking a little bit of vinegar with or just before meals isolates the fat in food and it passes
through your system. I learned this a diet clinic. it works really great.

·        A couple of years ago I was suffering from a very stubborn infection in both of my ears. My
ear doctor tried several antibiotics, but to no avail. Cultures of the infection showed strong
resistance to most antibiotics, including Cipro. Eventually they had me on a regimen of intravenous
injections (which I had to do myself 3 times a day), and a nurse would periodically come to my
home and change the vein into which I would inject the antibiotic. This was all very nerve wracking.
That didn't seem to be making much progress, but my doctor learned of an ear specialist who
apparently had a regimen that seemed effective in solving tough ear infections. Ironically, the night
before I went to see this doctor, my dear old mother-in-law tried to convince me to try using a
vinegar ear wash. Seems she had a book on "miracle" uses for vinegar. Can you guess what the
Phoenix doctor's special regimen was? Vinegar and water! Use any vinegar, white is fine, and mix
in equal amounts with water. Warm slightly so you don't screw up your equilibrium by putting cold
water in your ear. Be sure not to make it too warm. Get an ear flush bulb and flush the affected ear
2 -3 times with the mixture twice a day.

In a few days my infection was history!

·        For those very painful "Charlie Horses" and muscle cramps, use half vinegar and half water,
on a wet towel. Heat in microwave 20 seconds and place on pained area. It works great.

·        I am 49 years old and have suffered with very severe headaches since I was a young girl. I
have tried many medications and remedies, but this simple and inexpensive thing can relieve the
pain, sometimes within minutes. I usually lie down and rest, or try to nap, after doing this, but it's
surprising how fast and effectively it works: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Remove from
heat and add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Make a "tent" with a bathtowel over your head and
breathe in the vapors, deeply and slowly. (If it makes you cough, cut back on the vinegar.) A few
minutes of doing this will cure most headaches as well as pills or shots.

·        I have psoriasis and my skin is very dry. After I have showered, I spritz all over with a spray
bottle filled with 3 parts cider vinegar and 1 part water and rinse again. There is no soap residue
left on my skin and I don't feel itchy. I think it helps body odor, also.

·        I put a capful of vinegar in a glass of water when I am having indigestion problems. It gets rid
of the gassy, bloating, diarrhea problems. It seems to help balance the acid needed for digestion.

·        Just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at meals can change your life
completely. How? Apple cider vinegar contains acedic acid which stimulates the production of
stomach acid. The more stomach acid the better as it breaks down your food into smaller
molecules. The smaller the molecules the more efficiently your intestines and liver can absorb the
nutrients it needs. In the old days the stomach would be producing acid all day long so it would be
ready for meal time. But these days when the body is stressed the stomach stops producing acid
so at meal time there's not enough acid to digest the food. This creates all kinds of problems;
indigestion, gastic reflux, IBS, bad breath, diverticulus, fatty liver, lactose intolerance, allergies,
fatique, you name it. But just a little bit of apple cider vinegar gets the stomach working again.

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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

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 help keep germs down.

·        Pour vinegar around the sides of your pool and it helps keeps flies away.

·        When you have to leave your car outside overnight 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 - your perspiration will be

·        From another reader: When my kids were small, sometimes they would not have a good car
riding experience ...vomiting in the car. We cleaned it out and nothing would get rid of that small,
especially when the car got warm. So, we placed a bowl of vinegar in a bowl on the floor of the car,
closed it up for the night. In the morning, no more smell. And it never came back.

·        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 $$$ that will do the same thing... I
WONDER what their "secret ingredient" is???!!

Clean, fresh smelling clothes are the result of proper laundry techniques - which include the use of

·        Fabric softener and static cling reducer - use as you would liquid fabric softener.

·        Stain remover - for stains caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and berries. Soak clothing in full
strength vinegar.

·        Use a cup of vinegar in two gallons of water in the diaper pail to neutralize the urine in cloth
diapers. It also helps keep them from staining.

·        I use cloth diapers and my baby kept breaking out in a rash. From another web site, it
suggested adding a cup of vinegar during the laundry rinse cycle. It equalizes the ph balance. I've
been doing it ever since and, viola, no rash!

·        Keep a spray bottle of 50% vinegar, 50% water near the laundry station. Spray it on clothing
stains before tossing the clothing into the washer (just as you would a commercial spray stain

·        We have very hot weather here, and from time to time a load of laundry doesn't get dried
soon enough or fast enough. I rewashed a load of clothes and dumped some white vinegar in the
rinse cycle. Presto, no stinky mildew smell.

·        I have four cats, and anyone who has cats know that cat urine is almost impossible to get
out. Just mix 1/2-1 cup vinegar to you laundry, and wash as normal. Vinegar is great if you want to
rid pet odors.

·        Another reason to use vinegar in the rinse cycle is that it cuts down on the lint. I put 1/2 to 1
cup in the rinse cycle. I have a long haired white cat and I have definitely noticed the reduction in
lint on my family's clothes since I started using vinegar.

·        I use white vinegar in my wash if washing something that will bleed. I just pour some white
vinegar in the washer filling with cold water and then add my soap and clothes. It works great.

·        I was so disappointed when I got a big lump of tar on my Levi jeans. Today I was trying to get
the stains out and had no stain remover in the house, so I just poured a few drops of Vinegar on
the stains. I had nothing to lose. The jeans I thought were ruined anyway. But it worked like magic,
I have since put them in the washing machine and they're as clean as ever now!!!

·        We are grain farmers, and sometimes have diesel fuel get spilled either on clothes or
yourself. The smell is horrible and refuses to go away. A little vinegar added to the washer takes
most (if not all) the smell out. This is amazing, but it works.

·        When I bought my dark towels a few years ago I was told to add 1/2 cup of vineger to laundry
to prevent fading.

·        I won a colorful handmade quilt a few years back and the older ladies who made it included
instructions to soak in lots of cold water using 1 cup of vinegar at the first time the quilt is
laundered. This is to prevent colors from fading.

Vinegar is a food, after all. Here are ways to use it in the kitchen.

·        I put about a tablespoon of vinegar in the water when poaching eggs. It helps the eggs to
keep their shape. No taste of vinegar either.

·        Add a splash of vinegar, a tablespoon or so, to the water when you hardboil eggs. If one
cracks, it will not boil out of the shell.

·        Use vinegar and olive oil with a selection of herbs on your salad.

·        A reader adds: I like to use vinegar the old-fashioned way: I eat it!! I use all sorts of vinegars
as salad dressing ingredients (my favorite is the classic red wine vinegar mixed with olive oil). I
also eat my fish with malt vinegar, which is also very good on french fries.

·        On a different note, most meat marinades are most effective if acidic, so an extra few
spoonfuls of vinegar can't hurt.

·        Pour one to two tablespoons of vinegar over a roast before cooking, then add salt, pepper or
other condiments. It will tenderize the toughest roast.

·        Use as a meat tenderizer. Add a tablespoon to water when boiling ribs or meat for stews, and
even the toughest meat will be so tender you can cut with fork or will fall off the bone.

·        To use up all those bits of tomato sauce (ketchup) or chutney etc., that come in bottles add
some vinegar, oil and shake. The liquid will pour out easily; this makes the base for marinades, just
add onion, garlic and spices.

·        De-gas (or at least lower to amount produced) beans by adding Apple Cider Vinegar (1/8-1/4
c) to soaking water. Soak overnite, then rinse thoroughly. Add a little to the water when you cook
them also. Works for split peas and garbanzos also.

·        I find most Americans I've talked to overlook the easiest and most delicious way to use it...on
french fries! I don't know how many American friends I've made cringe at the mere mention of it but
when you live in Canada it's as much a condiment for french fries as ketchup. Who knows, before
you know it your fast food restaurants will supply little packets of it as a necessity if it catches on
over there.

·        My husband insists that we wash any flesh foods with vinegar before cooking to reduce the
bacteria, especially chicken. It makes the foods more pleasant to work with, and I feel more
confident about working with, cooking and serving the food.

·        My friend from the Dominican Republic taught me that if you put a few drops of vinegar in
pasta as it boils, the starch is cut. This makes the pasta less sticky.

·        I rinse fresh fruit and vegetables in it. This replaces the expensive advertised vegetable wash
·        If you have a recipe that calls for sour milk (or buttermilk), add a bit of vinegar to the milk, it

·        Take 3 gallons of fresh goat milk, heat for about 45 minutes, stirring constantly. When the
milk is hot and foam is on the top, cook for another 15 minutes, add 1/4 cup vinegar and cook for
another 15 minutes, stirring slowly. After 15 minutes, strain, using a very clean towel. When most
of the whey is drained, add 1/2 tablespoon of salt and stir into the cheese. Grab all the edges and
middle of the towel, wrap a rubber band around the top and then hang from a kitchen cabinet.
Leave bowl under it as the remaining whey drains out, about an hour or so. Cheese will be cooled
and hard. Remove cloth and place in zip lock bag, and refrigerate.

It is now ready to eat on sandwiches, with pasta, use on pizzas, fried cheese, etc.. anytime you use
store bought cheese, you can use this homemade cheese.

This doesn't taste like vinegar. The vinegar separates the cheese from the whey.

·        When baking, if you are short of eggs substitute 1 tablespoon of white vinegar per egg. This
may be the way they make cakes for people allergic to eggs. I have done this in cakes and muffins,
seems to work.

·        For as long as I can remember, it's been a fight to get cantaloupes to ripen without being
attacked by mold. For the past couple of weeks, I've been rubbing each melon with about a
teaspoonful of full-strength vinegar. I haven't detected a speck of mold since I started this... even
as they fully ripen.

·        I use a splash of vinegar when preparing rice. 1c rice, 2c water, a splash of vinegar. Bring to
a boil then cover and simmer 20 minutes, uncover and fluff with a fork. The vinegar cuts the starch
and the rice is not gummy. I usually add the rice to broth for a great tasting soup, or to crushed

·        To keep sour cream from spoiling, add 1 teaspoon white vinegar to a small container and
about 2 tablespoons to a larger container of sour cream. I tossed out many a container because it
would spoil before we used it. I read this in a local paper's "Good Neighbor" column. I add the
vinegar after the first use and you don't notice the taste. I works well.

·        I take one cup vinegar to one gallon of water and wash my vegetables and fruits with it, then
rinse with water. This is much cheaper than the ones that sell in the stores.

Maybe the oldest use for vinegar yet (besides as a food). Cleaning with vinegar is much safer than
using commercial products.

·        A quarter cup in a quart of water makes a good window cleaner.

·        A reader adds: When you use vinegar in your water to wash windows, dry with newspapers.
Your windows will sparkle!

·        Another reader says: Keep a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to
use for clean ing windows.

·        On heavily tarnished copper or copper-alloy to be cleaned up, use a paste made of salt and

·        A reader writes: I use white (not apple cider) vinegar mixed with water to rinse off the dishes
after washing them to take the soap off and leave them squeeky clean. This also takes the soap
residue off of my hands at the same time.

·        Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a gal. of water to keep your vinyl no wax floors clean and shining.

·        Another reader adds: We moved into a new house 6 months ago, and it's a vinyl floor haven

Lots of vinyl floor! Since my old house was relatively small with only about a 10x8 vinyl floor in my
kitchen, I usually just got down on my hands and knees to do the deed. Not now! My back isn't that
great! I bought one of those mops with the detachable, washable heads, and I squirt pickling
vinegar ('cause it's stronger) on the floor, mop it up and squirt more as needed. My floor is
impeccable, my back is just fine thanks, and there's no need to buy any of that Mop and Glo stuff.
It's affordable (read "frugal"!) and environmentally safe.

·        As a carpet spot and stain remover - take a trigger spray bottle and fill with one part white
vinegar to seven parts water. Take a second spray bottle and fill with one part white, non sudsy
amonnia and seven parts water. Saturate stain with vinegar solution. Let dwell for a few minutes
and blot thoroughly with a clean, white cloth. Then go over the area with the ammonia solution, let
dwell and blot again. Repeat until the stain is gone. Also works for pet stains to help remove the

·        Another reader wrote this: Fill the water reservoir half way and run the coffee maker as you
normally do and then run it once full of water and the coffee maker will be spotless. (Well, cleaner

·        Vinegar is an excellent grease cutter. In college cafeterias we boil out our fry vats every week
with vinegar and water. Very cost effective and very safe-no harsh chemicals, no risk of fire. We
also use straight vinegar to clean the grill hoods. Again, very inexpensive and does a fantastic job.

·        Pour 1/4 cup vinegar with dish soap- water must be hot (not boiling hot). This is great for
cleaning your Corningware dishes (it removes all the stains and grease), cleaning your stainless
steel pots and pans ect., clean your oven and all of stove top ( this is better than oven cleaners. it
will remove all of the grease. just dab on and let it set for a few minutes then wipe clean), and
cabinets in kitchen.

·        When waxing a floor after scrubbing with a floor stripper, use 1 cup of vinegar to rinse water.
It neutralizes the chemicals and makes wax or floor finish adhere better.

·        To keep your freshly-cleaned oven from stinking up your house next time you bake
something, wipe it with white vinegar poured directly on the sponge as a final rinse. It neutralizes
the harsh alkali of oven cleaners.

·        Pour 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle for streak free, sparkling dishes

·        From a reader: When I apply a weak bleach solution (to a counter after handling raw chicken,
or to grout to whiten it), even after rinsing it still smells like bleach. Spraying it with the vinegar
solution does away with the bleachy smell. This also works if you use bleach when washing fabric
- try an extra rinse with a cup of vinegar in it to get rid of the bleach smell.

Note: A reader cautioned against using vinegar with bleach because it produces chlorine gas, so I
asked about it on our chemistry guide's forum here at He said that, while the mixture
does produce chlorine gas, using a few drops at a time (to rinse hands or counter, as opposed to
gallons) as a spot neutralizer would cause no problem. You can read the posts yourself, if you like.

·        . Remove water stains from leather by rubbing with a cloth dipped in a vinegar and water

·        That staining that occurs in clay and plastic flower pots and their saucers comes right out--no
scrubbing needed. Just fill the kitchen sink with cold water and add plain white vinegar about 2/3
water-1/3 vinegar. Soak pots and saucers til they look clean and new (sometimes takes an hour).
Wash with soap and water before reusing.

·        If you do dishes by hand, sometimes glasses seem to have a sour smell. A little vinegar in
your rinse water will help get rid of it.

·        White vinegar can also be used to clean raw wood, such as a wooden cutting board. Pour
straight vinegar onto the wood and then use a sponge to literally push the dirt away. Be sure to
wipe in the direction of the wood grain, starting at one end and working to the other. This way the
dirt you are trying to get rid of won't be pushed back into the wood grain.

·        I was advised to pour 1 gallon of white vinegar into the water of our whirlpool tub, once a
year and run it. This will keep the jets from clogging up from soap scum, etc.

·        Cheap solution to replace those expensive PERGO flooring cleaners (got this from a PERGO
o        1/3 part white vinegar
o        1/3 part rubbing alcohol
o        1/3 part water
o        3 drops diswashing liquid
Mix this into a (recycled) spray bottle and you have the equivalent of the Pergo floor cleaner. Just
spray and mop; also great for deodorizing a room and for a fast cleanup. I also use this on my tile
floors with great results. Pergo is better off when water doesn't sit on it too long, the alcohol is
added to make it dry faster.

·        I use vinegar to get rid of the hard water deposits around my sink and it's so simple. Soak a
paper towel(s) with vinegar and place them around the area that needs to be cleaned or for
cleaning the faucet you can soak the towel and wrap it around and then rubberband it in place. I do
this overnight and the next morning it's a cinch to wipe clean. This has been safe on my brass
faucets as well.

·        To clean my microwave, I put 1 Tablespoon of vinegar, one cup of warm water and 1 or 2
drops of dish soap in a smal microwave safe bowl. Put it in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes
and let stand for 15 minutes. Then wipe the microwave out with a damp sponge. The steam and
use of vinegar loosens up the build up in the microwave.

·        Make your own very frugal furniture polish using equal parts of white vinegar and vegetable
oil. Wipe it on and buff with a soft cloth.

·        To clean brassware to like-new condition without scrubbing, soak in 1:10 parts of white
vinegar:water. To clean brass lamps, unscrew sections, soak in bucket. All green and black tarnish
comes off in no time. Learned this from a band director who uses vinegar to clean student's brass

·        I use vinegar full strength on a clean white cloth to clean spots from my carpeting. This will
dissolve most substances except for waxy stains. With young kids and a husband we have plenty
of food spots.

·        To clean grout pour white vinager full strength let sit and scrub with a tooth brush. This
works great!

·        I discovered that vinegar works great to remove tempera paint like you use when you
decorate your windows for the holidays. It takes it right off almost immediately, sponge vinegar
over paint then wipe off finish removing residual with paper toweling, or, as I prefer, reusable terry
cloth towel:)

·        I put it in my steam vac to rinse my carpets with after shampooing. The carpet will stay fresh
longer, because it removes any detergent residue. I use a quarter of a cup, per gallon of water.

·        This reader got this from a column in a newspaper in 1953 and has used it to clean walls
ever since.
o        1 GALLON OF WATER
o        1/4 CUP BAKING SODA.
Put the ammonia, vinegar and baking soda into the bucket of water. STIR TO MIX
THOROUGHLY. Wash the walls from the bottom up for if you get drips on the uncleaned
surface,(any other cleaner used will do the same) it will leave marks that are very difficult if not
impossible to remove. (This caution was printed in the paper along with the recipe for the solution.)

·        To remove food residue, mineral deposits, soap scum and chemical residues caused by
water from your dishwasher:
Set TIMER to WASH CYCLE (to prevent any water from being added to vinegar). Pour 1 gallon of
white vinegar into bottom of dishwasher. Activate washer and allow to complete cycle to wash with
vinegar and rinse with clean water.

·        I was recently told to buy a product to clean the white deposits on the tray in my refrigerator's
water/ice dispenser. I boiled vinegar and let it set for one minute and poured it (while still hot) into
the tray, waited just a little and wiped it clean.

·        I use a white vinegar solution 2 parts vinegar 1 part water to clean the rust off cast iron pans.
I collect antique cast iron pans and after cleaning the old grease off them many times they are
rusty under the old seasoning. I soak the pan overnight in the vinegar solution and the vinegar just
dissolves the rust. Very rusty pans many take an extra evening. Don't leave it in there too long or
you will not have a pan. The vinegar actually dissolves the metal. This would work on new cast
iron pans also.

·        Hot vinegar can be used to remove paint from glass (works great around windows where
you've accidentally gotten paint on the glass...). Just heat up vinegar on stove and use a cloth to
wipe away paint -- it's that easy.

·        Use vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser of the dishwasher to keep spots of dishes and glasses
also it helps keep the washer clean. The dishwasher service man said it works better than these
pricey store bought solutions.

·        Another use for vinegar on the microwave is if the electronic control pad is not functioning
correctly, try some warm vinegar on a soft cloth to clean all over the area, then dry with another
cloth or kleenex, can take care of some baffling problems!

·        I use vinegar and baking soda as a weekly cleaner/degreaser/deodorizer for my
kitchen/bathroom drains.

·        Use vinegar as dishwasher rinse aid. I cannot see paying all that money for a rinse aid so I
use just plain vinegar. Works great too.

·        For cleaning antique appliances: Pour white vinegar straight out of the bottle onto a sponge,
or pour it into a dishpan to soak stubborn buildup for a few minutes. After your appliance's first-time
cleaning, future quick cleanups are easiest using a small spray/squirt bottle with diluted

·        I am a cake decorator and that is a mess, but I have to use diferent types of frosting doing
this job. So I boil all of my cake decorating tips and spatulas in vinegar and water it removes all of
the grease from them and gets them really clean!

·        I use white vinegar as a rinse aid in the dishwasher.

·        I add 1/4 cup of vinegar to a half bucket of warm water. I wring my cloth out real good and
wipe all dirt and built up wax away. I don't rub the furniture, just wipe it down and then buff with a
dry towel. You'd be amazed what a job it does.

·        I keep a two small spray bottles in the kitchen - one filled with vinegar and one filled with
hydrogen peroxide. These are the best safe disinfectants for counters, cutting boards and washing
produce. More effective against bacteria if used separately. I stumbled on the research by accident
at this site: Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide as Disinfectants

·        I use approximately 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 1/3 cup of all purpose cleaner (Lysol, etc.)
or laundry detergent in a 32 oz. spray bottle filled rest of the way with water to clean my shower. I
sprayed heavily and use a light net scrubbie or sponge to get hard water and soap scum off. Rinse
completely. Then, I spray every day after showering with same mix. You could even use plain
vinegar and water for the daily mist. I use this to clean with on the weekends and it works great!!!
Can even be used in toilet and sink. You may have to experiment with the cleaner/water/vinegar

·        I have a lot of silk floral arrangements throughout my house. I have a spray bottle filled with
vinegar. When they get dusty, I spray them lightly, and the dust is gone. They also look brand new!

·        For cleaning antique appliances: Pour white vinegar straight out of the bottle onto a sponge,
or pour it into a dishpan to soak stubborn buildup for a few minutes. After your appliance's first-time
cleaning, future quick cleanups are easiest using a small spray/squirt bottle with diluted

·        I use it to clean my jewelry. Not for pearls or opals. Use a plastic tub with lid, add cidar
vinegar then jewelry, put lid on and let set. Usually immediate results, but can also be left
overnight. Been great for gold, silver, diamonds, and other gem stones.

·        I put white vinegar in a spray bottle, take the top off and heat in the microwave until warm. Be
careful that your spray bottle can be heated. I take it in the shower and clean our fiberglass shower
with just the warm vinegar a sponge and the shower water. It really makes the shower look
sparkling white. You can clean the silver fixtures too. Helps remove soap scum really well. I have
used on white porcelain sink and fixtures as well, it works really great!

Strange that a strong smell like vinegar would eliminate odors altogether, but it will. The vinegar
smell disappears after awhile and leaves nothing behind.

·        Air freshener, used with baking soda - use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar
and 2 cups of water. After it stops foaming, mix well, and use in a (recycled) spray bottle into the air
·        This reader says: I liked the 'spray mister' approach to air freshening, but as a sometimes
poor bachelor cook, I have blackened fish when it isn't on the menu. Vinegar in a towel, twirled
about the head will quickly stop the smoke detectors from screaming. It also freshens the air, and
captures the smoke smell before the whole house is caught.

·        Added by another reader: Put vinegar on white bread around a house to get rid of smoke
smell from a fire.

·        Set a container (shallow bowl) of vinegar throughout the house to absorb unpleasant odors.
Works great on burned food odors. Do not use styrofoam. It will soak thru it.

·        Use diluted 1:1 in water to take pet odors out of carpets. Find the spot, and saturate it with
about 1 1/2 times the original volume. Let set for awhile then blot up. Repeat if your cloth is very
dirty after blotting. I make sure to turn on a fan and open a window, especially for large spots!

·        Warm a little vinegar on the stove when you cook fish or other strong smelling food. It will
help get rid of the odor.

·        Vinegar is great for eliminating tobacco smoke odors. Use small disposable containers and
fill about half way with cider vinegar.Sit around in rooms where they can't be seen or found by
children. This gets rid of the smoke odors. You will want to discard each container and replace
with new container and fresh vinegar. Do this every 2 or 3 days.

·        One time I had a gallon of milk spill on the carpet of my car. It was warm out and it created
quite a mess. I tried everything but could not get the smell out. A few days later a friend suggested
white vinegar. The odor disappeared.
Vinegar - Miscellaneous Uses
Vinegar has many uses that don't fit into a neatly organized scheme, so here are those leftover
"miscellaneous" uses.
·        From another reader: We have a distiller for our water. Every Saturday, I put a gallon of
vinegar in the distiller and turn it on. When it boils, it's done. Then I let the vinegar cool down and
use it for cleaning the coffee and tea pots. A gallon usually lasts a good month before losing it's

·        Soak shower head in vinegar overnight, then rinse in hot water, to remove water deposits
and keep it flowing freely.

·        Vinegar is great for removing calcium deposit build up. Use full strength and allow to set.
Time depends on condition.

·        Heat vinegar to boiling point. Then poor over your fixtures that have deposits of lime. This
will release or remove the deposit.

·        Same thing works in the commode; just flush, pour in good cup of vinegar and let set
overnight. Switch out with brush.

·        Chewing gum dissolver - saturate the area with vinegar. If the vinegar is heated, it will work

·        Another reader writes: You can use vinegar to remove wall paper. I just redid my entire
kitchen and it was a snap. First remove top layer of wallpaper. Then spray vinegar on and let set
for a minute or two. Then pull backing away. Scrape excess glue off wall. Wipe remaining glue off
with vinegar and rinse with water. You don't have to use harsh chemicals and it is cheap, cheap,

Another reader writes this. Keep it in mind when cleaning the walls after removing wallpaper: I use
vinegar water (2-3 pts vinegar to 1 part water) to remove (new or old)wall paper paste. Add more
vinegar as needed if the paste is really stubborn.

·        If you have problems with ants and other insects invading your home, they are probably
crossing your door and/or window sills, baseboards, etc. I've found that if you 'pour' vinegar across
the opening sill, it stops their coming in. For some reason, they will not cross it.

·        A little vinegar on the tongue of a sassy toddler or preschooler works just as well as soap!

·        I keep my drains clean and working great with vinegar. When they seem to be getting a bit
sluggish, or even stopped up, pour white vinegar down the kitchen and bathroom sinks and
shower drain. It works like a wonder and no toxics.

·        White vinegar is also a solvent for most glues. To dissolve any unwanted glue bonds, simply
apply vinegar to the glued area and let sit until the bond becomes weak (how long depends on
what kind of glue and how much was applied).

·        White vinegar can also be mixed with water-based inks to make a wonderful stain for wood.
The resulting finish is the color of the tint with a silvery sheen. Simply pour vinegar into a mixing
jar, add the ink until the desired color is achieved and apply to wood with a brush or rag. Wipe off
excess and let dry. Since the bulk of the mixture is vinegar, wood-warpage is minimal.

·        Wiping down clean metal surfaces with a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water)
preps the surface for painting, and reduces the incidence of peeling...

·        Using apple cider vinegar to wash windows attracted fruit flies, so this reader's mother set a
bowl of it to rid her house of them. The reader says: 'I've had to do this a time or two myself when
I've had a problem with fruit flies. I just set out a bowl of apple cider vinegar and they come a

Another reader writes:
I found that they were attracted to the vinegar, but didn't die. Instead, put one tsp sugar, two tsp
apple cider vinegar and several drops of dish soap in a small shallow plastic container. Fill the rest
of the way with water. The flies are attracted to the vinegar, but the soap kills them
And another reader: My mother has been using apple cidar vinegar to get rid of fruit flies for years!
You take a small bowl and fill it partway with vinegar, than wrap it in plastic wrap. Poke a few
pinholes in the plastic wrap, and the fruit flies will fry in, but can't fly out, so they drown in the
vinegar! Place the bowl whereever you are seeing the fruit flies (like near the garbage, or the

·        Vinegar makes excellent fabric/leather glue: 1 sachet clear gellatin, 3 tablespoons of white
vinegar, 3-4 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of glycerine. Melt the gellatin and water on low
fire,then add the other ingredients and mix well. The glue has to be applied when warm. Store the
remaining glue in a small plastic or glass jar. Warm it up next time before use. Cheap, efficient, and
clear glue for fabrics and leather.

·        Use boiling vinegar (no water) to clean hardened acrylic paints from paint brushes. Don't
soak them too long, since it could loosen the hairs from the brush.

·        I have used vinegar for removing rust on the screws of hand me down baby equipment. I
have also removed rust from nails (you know the big and expensive ones) that were left out in the
rain. The trick is to put the metal object(s) in a container and cover with vinegar, seal the container
and shake, let stand over night or 24 hrs.

·        To remove rust from bolts and other metals, soak them in full strength vinegar.
·        Keep cut flowers fresh longer (or even perk up droopy ones) by adding two tablespoons of
vinegar and one tablespoon of sugar to each quart of water.

·        It used to be that when anyone in my family saw a roach, they'd go running for the bug spray
and hit him with a blast. The critter would run in a frenzy to escape, and then we'd find him turned
over somewhere half an hour later, whereupon he'd be flushed down the toilet in a paper towel.
The problem with this method is that toxic chemicals from the bug spray would end up on the
carpet or furniture. One day, after seeing a roach, I tried an experiment. I got one of the children's
squirt guns and filled it with vinegar. Since the vinegar is non-toxic, I wasn't afraid to blast him if he
got on the furniture. As it turned out, it didn't take much. With the bug sprays, roaches would scurry
away to escape the fumes, but one hit of the vinegar and he stopped in his tracks. Now I always
keep a spray bottle handy for the next bug that gets brave.

·        I use a lot of embroidery floss and always dip the whole skein in white vinegar and then air
dry. This "sets" the colors and when I have washed something I have not experienced any
"running" of the colors.
·        When you "let out" hems on children's clothes such as skirts, dresses etc., usually there is a
white mark where the cloth was turned up. Warm up your iron, and with an old toothbrush dipped
in a little vinegar diluted with small amount of water, scrub the mark and press. It usually comes
right out, if not, then repeat.

·        We have old fashioned cast iron radiators with metal valves on the side. To clean the valves
out to keep them functioning properly, boil them in a pot of vinegar and water (I did 50/50 mix).

Then empty the water out of the valves and "bake" them in the oven for a few minutes to dry them
out. (They won't work well if damp.) To avoid wasting the oven heat, I do this when I'm going to be
baking something anyway. When I boiled my valves (about 5 of them) I ended up with a ton of
sludge in the bottom of the pan.

·        I want to share with you how white vinegar just saved me money. I had out of town guests
over Memorial Day and my water-saver toilet became clogged. Not having a plunger on hand I
decided to pour white (not having cider on hand) vinegar into the bowl. To my surprise and
pleasure, within an hour results could be seen. Over night, and a little more vinegar the line was
completely cleared.

·        To all of you ladies who sew their own slacks, to really set creases, dip a cloth in mixture of
1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. Wring out most of water and press creases. Creases will be
permanently set.

·        My air conditioner is on the blink, so last night when I noticed a swarm of gnats inside my
windows, and more trying to get in through the screen, I had to get rid of the bugs and keep any
more from coming inside without closing the windows. I had no bug spray, so I sprayed an
all-purpose cleaner on them. That worked only so-so. Then I poured white vinegar into a spray
bottle, and added a little dish detergent. This killed the bugs fast. I also sprayed my screens with it
and the smell drove the bugs outside away. This was much cheaper than bug spray and I didn't
have to fog myself with toxic fumes like bug spray would have.