White Vinegar Uses: As Easy as 1, 2, 3
Any practiced DIYer knows that vinegar is a handy tool for nearly anything. A key ingredient to a healthy snack, an effective and eco-friendly cleaner, and much more, vinegar comes in handy in almost any household or outdoor dilemma. We’ve shared a lot about the common uses of apple cider vinegar, and how to hack your common conundrums with this great solution, but today, it is time to explore the many uses of white vinegar both in your home and in your garden. Here are our top recommendations on how to simplify and beautify your life with white vinegar.
2. Perfect Your Garden
The gentle yet effective acid in white vinegar is just as effect out of the home as it is in the home. Rid yourself of pesky plants and pesky pests by arming yourself with a handy spray bottle.
Kill Weeds: For those ugly weeds and unwanted grasses, white vinegar will help to hinder the reemergence of these annoying plants. Thanks to the acidic property in white vinegar, a simple spray bottle of the stuff undiluted will keep you a step ahead of any weeds. If you have some especially stubborn weeds, keep a liberal treatment going, spraying at least once a day.
Another effective remedy is to pick the weeds and then spray a little white vinegar over the roots to keep them from growing back. This weed killing hack is nonselective, so if some white vinegar ends up on your magnolias or rose bushes, it will have the same terminal effect. The huge advantage to white vinegar as an herbicide, though, is that it is eco, pet, and people friendly.
Repel Ants: Another great outdoor use for white vinegar is keeping ants at bay. Using a little bit of vinegar solution will keep the pests under control outdoors and is a good prevention for keeping those trails of ants out of your home. Ants hate vinegar, so a simple undiluted spray around cracks, baseboards, door frames, and anywhere you spot them will dissuade them from the area.
3. Kitchen Uses
Maybe you already have a some great vinegar-based recipes for coleslaws, salad dressings, and even pickling, but there’s even more to white vinegar in the kitchen than just using it as a key ingredient. Help improve the quality of your fruits and veggies with these easy treatments. Revive Leafy Greens We all know that sinking feeling of opening up the fridge to see that your fresh lettuce or spinach has wilted. The good news? White vinegar can come to the rescue and get your greens looking live again. First, soak your greens in a bowl of cold water and splash a little vinegar in. Let everything sit for 10 minutes, then rinse and enjoy.
Whether you buy strictly organic produce or you’ve gotten your hands on something else, you’ll want to make sure any dirt, chemicals, and other impurities are off your fruits and veggies. If you want something a little more than a water rinse, but that is an effective disinfectant, make a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water. You can even add a little lemon juice or baking soda for a high-powered cleanser. Polish your vegetables with this solution, rinse thoroughly with water, and enjoy.
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