Vinegar Tips

Get Smart with Vinegar

For pet odors, old stains, fresh linens, fluffier cakes, and home beauty masks, vinegar can do it all.
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  • Cleaning

    Grime is for Landlubbers

    Rid your boat’s interior of grime by wiping it down with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.

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    Hull Lot of Clean

    Wash your boat’s hull fitting and deck box by adding ½ cup apple cider vinegar for every gallon of water and then use a soft sponge to clean the boat.

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    Your Boat is Beaming

    Apple cider vinegar acts as a gentle polish for the chrome fixtures on a boat, such as cleats and bimini poles.

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    Far as the Eye Can Sea

    Use one part white distilled vinegar and two parts water to wash windows and windshields. This is especially effective on PVC boat windows which can be damaged by cleaning products containing ammonia.

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    Smell the Ocean Breeze

    Using white distilled vinegar regularly in your boat’s head helps to eliminate foul odors.

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    Spot On, Matey

    Remove water spots from boat hull by using a mixture of 50% water and 50% white distilled vinegar. Wet boat down first, apply the mixture with a cleaning brush, and wash off after letting it stand for a few minutes.

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    Easy on the Ears

    Clean your pet’s ears by swabbing a cotton ball or soft cloth dabbed in a solution of 2 parts white distilled vinegar and 1 part water. This will also sooth minor itches. Do not apply vinegar to open lacerations.

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    Listen, Don’t Touch

    Keep a dog from scratching its ears by wiping them out regularly with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

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    When Rover Wrestles a Skunk

    Remove skunk odors from your pet by wiping down your pet with a 50-50 solution of white distilled vinegar and water, followed by a plain-water rinse. Repeat if necessary.

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    A Fishy Fix

    Get rid of the deposits and water lines that form in aquariums and fish bowls by wiping them down with white distilled vinegar and following with a good rinse. For stubborn deposits, soak for several hours or overnight.

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    A Bath for the Birds

    Keep the birdbath clean by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.

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    Alleviate the Litter

    Remove cat litter odor by pouring ½ inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes, swish it around, then rinse with cold water.

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    When Spot Makes a Spot

    Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up any dampness, then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.

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    Get crayon stains out of clothing by rubbing them with an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar. Then wash as usual.

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    Prevent lint from clinging to clothes by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the wash cycle.

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    To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse.

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    Get stained white socks and dingy dishcloths white again. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water, bring it to a rolling boil and drop in the articles. Let soak overnight.

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    A Milky Way

    Some stains on clothing and linens can be soaked out using equal parts milk and white distilled vinegar.

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    Don’t Be Yellow

    Before washing a mustard stain, dab it with white distilled vinegar.

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    Full Scale Assault

    Attack spaghetti, barbecue or ketchup stains with a solution of white distilled vinegar and water. Soak and blot the stained area.

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    Stains are the Pits

    Remove perspiration odor and stains and deodorants marks from clothing by spraying full-strength white distilled vinegar on underarm and collar areas before tossing them into the washing machine.

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    Wear it Boldly, not Moldy

    Forgot that you left wet laundry in the machine and it now smells moldy? Pour a few cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine and wash the clothes in hot water. Then run a normal cycle with detergent to remove the odor.

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    Remove smoky odors from clothes by filling the bathtub with very hot water and 1 cup white distilled vinegar. Hang the garments above the steaming water and shut the door so the steam can penetrate the fibers.

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    Let Off Some Steam

    Keep the steam iron clean and in good working order by getting rid of mineral deposits in steam vents and spray nozzles. Fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set it in an upright position and let it steam for about 5 minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water, refill and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Test before using.

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    Settle the Scorch

    Remove scorch marks from an iron by rubbing it with a warmed-up solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt. If that doesn’t work, wipe with a cloth dampened with full-strength white distilled vinegar.

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