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Uses for Vinegar Around the Home You Wouldn’t Expect

white vinegar uses
white vinegar uses

Think vinegar is only for chips? Wrong! Here are 13 unexpected uses for vinegar around the home.

A few months ago I shared some surprising uses for coconut oil by Californian artist Yumi Sakugawa, which you guys really loved.  Well, today I’m sharing another one of her fabulous illustrations for WonderHowTo on 13 unexpected uses for vinegar.  This is just as good and surprising as the coconut oil illustration!

Testing the alkalinity of soil with vinegar?  Stopping pets from scratching their ears? De-wrinkling clothes?  All with vinegar?  Alchemy.  Pure alchemy!

Please note, these uses for vinegar are for white distilled vinegar, rather than malt or apple cider vinegar. Here’s where I buy my white vinegar in bulk.

13 Surprising Uses For Vinegar

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In case you are using a text reader, then here is what the infographic says:

Cure Hiccups

Simply swallow one teaspoon of vinegar to make hiccups go away.

Stop Pets Scratching Their Ears

Another use for vinegar is to wash your pet’s ears and then wipe their ears down with vinegar to make them less itchy.

Increase Grease-Fighting Potency of Dishwashing Liquid

Add 3 to 4 tablespoons to a bottle of dishwashing liquid and give it a few shakes to boost its cleaning power.

De-Wrinkle Clothing Without Using An Ironing Board

After removing your clothing from the dryer, mist it with a 1 parts vinegar to 3 parts water solution. Then hang up your clothing and let it dry. Genius!

Eliminate Ants From Your Home

In a more unexpected use of vinegar, you can help eliminate ants. Simply spray your kitchen counter and other surfaces with vinegar, and wipe dry. This will deter ants from coming back. Please note, you shouldn’t spray vinegar on natural stone, granite, quartz, or marble countertops as it may etch them.

Remove Stickiness & Grime From Scissors

Simply wipe down the scissor blades with a paper towel or cloth soaked in vinegar.

Make Your Brick Floor Look Amazing

Wipe the surface with a damp mop dipped in a solution of one cup of vinegar and one gallon of warm water.

Minimise Scratches on Wood Furniture

This is such a handy use for vinegar! To make a scratch less noticeable, simply mix vinegar and iodine in a small glass jar, and then painting over the scratch with the solution using a small artist’s paintbrush.

Test the Alkalinity of Your Soil

Place a handful of soil into a container and pour in half a cup of vinegar. If the soil fizzes, it is more alkaline. If it does not, it is more acidic.

Poach Eggs Like A Pro

Adding a few teaspoons of vinegar to water whilst poaching an egg will make the egg whites congeal more easily.

Make it Easier to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Add two tablespoons of vinegar to every litre of water to make eggs easier to shell.

Relieve Jellyfish Stings

Adding vinegar to the skin will help neutralise the stinging created from the tentacles left in the skin.

Neutralise the Spiciness In Foods

Finally, in our last of the uses for vinegar, have you added too many spicy spices whilst cooking? Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to your food to help neutralise the spiciness. You can add more if needed, just keep tasting to check your food.

And there you have it!  13 very unexpected uses of vinegar! Were there any surprises here for you? Did you learn anything new? And have you got any more questions about vinegar? Here’s everything you need to know about white vinegar for cleaning.

ps: you might like this post on natural cleaning products that you can make with vinegar, and also this post on why you should wash berries in vinegar!

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Six Recycled Headboard Ideas

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recycled headboard idea

Looking for some recycled headboard ideas? I’ve got a load for you!

I watch a reasonable amount of home decor programmes.  It’s one of my guilty pleasures in life!  I also spend a little bit of time on Pinterest (another guilty pleasure!) and something that I haven’t failed to notice is recycled headboards.  They’re everywhere!

I’m not one for jumping on trends for the sake of it, but I really love this idea.  If you’ve got an old divan frame then a recycled headboard is a great way to update a room with minimum impact on the environment.

To get you started here are six recycled headboard ideas to suit every taste and style:

Six Recycled Headboard Ideas

Here are six eco-friendly headboard ideas that are proof that you can recycle just about anything to make a zero-waste headboard!


recycled headboard ideas

This oar headboard from Bees Knees Bungalow is so striking.  Perfect for a nautical-themed bedroom!


recycled headboard ideas

This headboard made from old books is a colourful and creative way to use old damaged books.


recycled headboard ideas

This headboard is cleverly made from old pallets.  It cost Whitney and Dustin, the bloggers behind The Rooster and The Hen, just $8 to make!

Recycled Headboard Made From Floorboards

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This modern and striking headboard is made from reclaimed oak floorboards, by interior designer Paul Flynn.


upcycled headboard ideas

Isn’t this headboard made from old fencing, found on House Tweaking, so unique?

Recycled Headboard Made From Old Doors

recycled headboard ideas

This is my kind of DIY – simply place an old door behind your bed and hey presto, an instant headboard!  This photo is by Annie Schlechter and I found it on Decoholic.

More Eco-Friendly Bedroom Tips

If these recycled headboard ideas have given you the nudge to brighten up your bedroom, then here are a couple of other environmental tips:

If you’re renovating your bedroom and replacing your bed and/or mattress then if they’re in good condition then I would always suggest either donating your old bed and/or mattress to charity.  Another idea is to pass it on to someone in need via the freebies section on Gumtree or by using Freecycle.  It costs nothing and ensures your bed will remain in use.

If your old bed and/or mattress is completely worn out then recycling it is a good option.  Although I personally would happily buy a secondhand bed frame, a mattress is something I’d always buy new.  If you’re the same, then even if you’re just buying a new mattress from a retailer, then one of the easiest ways to recycle your bed and/or mattress is to take advantage of furniture recycling services offered by some retailers.

For headboard materials try Freecycle for pallets, flooring or old doors, or architectural salvage yards for more ornate and period features.  I’m not too sure about old oars – any ideas?!

In case you are interested, then I’ve got lots of other sustainable bedroom ideas. Here’s a guide to ethical bedding and here’s some ethical bedroom inspiration.