My husband’s been on a bulk food kick. We now have a freezer full of meat and more toilet paper than we probably need for the whole year. I didn’t even know you could buy mayonnaise by the gallon.
Last week he bought 4 gallons of white vinegar. He swears he got a great deal and maybe he did. But what am I supposed to do with 4 gallons of vinegar? I barely ever use it when I cook. Please help! What can vinegar be used for besides cooking?
Winona Wells, South Carolina
You’re in luck. Distilled white vinegar is one of the most versatile pantry products out there.
First, you can use vinegar to clean nearly anything. From your car’s wiper blades to refrigerators to floors, hair brushes to countertops, vinegar is also a great all-natural drain cleaner that won’t damage most surfaces (and is way less expensive than your average commercial cleaning products). Not to mention you can have some peace of mind that you aren’t leaving harmful chemicals on your surfaces. Our full article provides details about the huge variety of vinegar uses at home and garden. ( https://www.tipsbulletin.com/vinegar/ )
Second, you can use vinegar to unclog sink drains and clean a clogged toilet without using harmful chemicals. It is ideal to deep clean your dishwasher and it easily gets rid of mold in the kitchen or bathroom. You can even use it as a hair rinse to remove any build-up your regular hair care products caused (you don’t usually want to use it on the color-treated hair though)! Combined with salt and Dawn, vinegar is an excellent homemade poison ivy killer, too. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine to soften clothes and eliminate static cling without using dryer sheets, as well.
But vinegar doesn’t stop at being a cleaner. You can use it to get stubborn stickers off of surfaces and as a non-stick treatment for pans. Plus, it’s a natural deodorizer, so you can eliminate stinky garbage, food, or bathroom odors with a little bit of vinegar. For your plants use vinegar in the garden to repel ants and as a natural herbicide. You can even use it as part of a homemade fly trap since vinegar is one of the best ways to get rid of flies.
With all the great ways to use it, you’ll have used up all that vinegar in no time! Then, you’ll just have to figure out what do with all that mayo.