Distilled white vinegar. Stinky, yes. But highly handy. Especially this time of year when the flowers are blooming and the ants are coming out of hiding. Here are some uses you may not know about for gardening:

  • Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.
  • Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.
  • Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.
  • Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.
  • Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
  • Get rid of the water line in a flower vase by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar, or by soaking a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuffing it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.
  • Clean out stains and white mineral crusts in clay, glazed and plastic pots by soaking them for an hour or longer in a sink filled with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.
  • Remove crusty rim deposits on house planters or attached saucers by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full-strength white distilled vinegar.
  • Clean a birdbath by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.
  • Get rid of rust on spigots, tools, screws or bolts by soaking the items overnight or for several days in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
  • Neutralize garden lime by adding white distilled vinegar to the area.
  • Avoid skin problems after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in white distilled vinegar.
  • Increase the acidity of soil by adding white distilled vinegar to your watering can.
  • Eliminate anthills by pouring in white distilled vinegar.
  • Cure a cement pond before adding fish and plants by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly.
  • Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.
  • Kill slugs by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.
  • To catch moths use a mixture of 2 parts white distilled vinegar and 1 part molasses. Place mixture in tin can and hang in a tree (or a few feet away from your porch light).
  • Keep rabbits from eating your plants. Put cotton balls soaked in white distilled vinegar in a 35mm film container. Poke a hole in the top and place in the garden.
  • Remove berry stains on your hands by rubbing them with white distilled vinegar.
  • Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash fresh vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 ½ quarts of water.

So there you have it. Head on over to Shannon’s at Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday tips!


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5 Comments on WFMW – Oh The Things You Can Do With it…

  1. Tina in Thailand
    April 16, 2008 at 12:46 am (15 years ago)

    Those are some good tips for vinegar.
    I just read one about taking the sting out of sunburns too.
    I will be using a couple of those, especially the one to get rid of ants. We are having issues with those pesky guys again.

  2. Smellyann
    April 16, 2008 at 5:12 am (15 years ago)

    Great post! Between vinegar and baking soda, you can do almost anything, I swear!

  3. Jill @ Live, Laugh, Blog
    April 16, 2008 at 7:20 am (15 years ago)

    Awesome! I didn’t know it would clean a gross birdbath!I need to buy more vinegar, though. I think we used it all dying eighty bajillion eggs!

  4. Laane
    April 16, 2008 at 9:26 am (15 years ago)

    I use vinager a lot too.
    Great tips!

    You can find out what works for me ::here::
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Megan (FriedOkra)
    April 17, 2008 at 6:26 am (15 years ago)

    Vinegar and water make a great final rinse to impart shine and leave hair soft and silky, too! Great tips.

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