May 04, 2021
Vinegar is strong enough to kill weeds, as well as plants you actually like, so instead of spraying it recklessly around your yard or garden, try painting it directly on the leaves of whatever plant you're trying to get rid of. Of course, if you're attacking weeds that sprout up from cracks in your asphalt, fire at will.
For best results, use white vinegar on a day of dry, sunny weather; vinegar needs some time in the sun to work its deadly magic on weeds.
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Vinegar and Pet Care
Dogs and cats can often be bothered by itchy, scaly ears, especially if you have a dog with floppy ears like a retriever.
Dilute white vinegar in a 1-to-4 ratio (1 tablespoon vinegar to 4 tablespoons water, for example), and let it soak into a clean rag. Then use the rag to wipe out the inside of your pet's ears.
And if your pet gets sprayed by a skunk, vinegar is an easier acid to use than ketchup for getting rid of the smell, since ketchup itself doesn't rinse off all that easily.
Finally, if unwanted cats are creeping around your yard, spray or pour vinegar onto their favorite litter box; felines can't stand the stuff!
Vinegar and Car Care
Still sporting a bumper sticker you'd rather not display any longer? Remove it with a few squirts of undiluted white vinegar. You may need to reapply the vinegar a few times to completely loosen the bumper sticker.
Additionally, vinegar can be used as a glass cleaner and deodorizer in your car; you can even add it to your windshield wiper reservoir to keep your glass shiny if your car's owner's manual suggests it. Vinegar is acidic enough to ruin some motor parts, so don't add it to your windshield-washer fluid if your owner's manual advises against it.
You can also wipe down your windows with diluted vinegar in winter to keep them frost-free.