New Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar as Sweater Fluffer
Fluff up wool sweaters by adding a few capfuls of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Vinegar as Garbage Disposal Deodorizer
Deodorize a garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through the drain.
Vinegar as Bath Booster
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the water to soothe dry skin—and get a cleaner bath tub. An essential oil can help counteract the smell.
Vinegar as Sticker Remover
Dislodge a stubborn price sticker. Paint with several coats of vinegar, let it sit for five minutes, then wipe away.
Vinegar as Odor Remover
After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell.
Vinegar as Coffeemaker Cleaner
Clean a coffeemaker or a tea kettle by making a pot using a mixture of water and vinegar. Follow with several cycles of water to rinse.
Clean Salt-Stained Shoes With White Vinegar
Original purpose: Pickling.
Aha! use: Cleaning salt-stained leather and suede shoes. Make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Dab it onto a cotton rag (or a nylon-bristle brush if you’re cleaning suede), rub gently over the entire shoe, then let dry.
Reward: Step through slush without fear of ruining your favorite boots.
Vinegar as Egg Stain
To instantly distinguish hard-boiled eggs from the uncooked ones in the carton, add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the water when you're boiling them.
Need a quick refresher? Learn how to hard-boil an egg.