A bottle of vinegar and other cleaning supplies on brown surface

White distilled vinegar is a common ingredient you probably have on hand, but are you using it to its fullest potential? Most white distilled vinegars are 5% acetic acid, which means they can kill some household pathogens. Grab your spray bottle and sponges because we have nine vinegar life hacks to help make your life easier.

Achieve a Streak-Free Shine

Wipe down glass shower doors with a sponge soaked in vinegar for hard-to-remove soap scum. For all other glass, including mirrors and windows, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the surface and wipe clean for a streak-free shine!

Unclog Showerheads

Add vinegar to a large plastic bag, tie the top with a rubber band and submerge the showerhead. Let it soak overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and turn on the water to rinse away the vinegar and unclog the showerhead.


Add to Your Dishwasher for Cleaner Dishes

Add 1½ to 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher and wash on a regular cycle with your normal dish detergent. The combination will leave you with sparkling glassware!

Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odor

Fill an ice cube tray with vinegar and freeze. To clean your garbage disposal, simply toss a frozen vinegar cube down the drain to clear out any lingering odors. For more ice cube life hacks, check out our blog!

Boil a Cracked Egg

Boil a cracked egg by adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar to a quart of water. This will keep the egg white from seeping out.


Remove Stains and Smells

Rinse or wash your hands with a vinegar and water solution to remove fruit stains from your hands. This also removes the smell from your hands after handling fish.

Keep Flowers Fresh

Keep flowers fresh longer by adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the flowers’ vase. Make sure the stems are trimmed and the water is changed every couple of days or when it turns foggy.


Kill Weeds and Unwanted Grass

Use undiluted vinegar to kill unwanted grass and weeds in the yard. Simply add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray the unwanted areas.

Repel Ants

Spray a mixture of vinegar and water around your doors to keep ants out. This is a great option for a pet-friendly bug spray if those pesky ants are trying to run off with your pet’s food.


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Allison L.

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Allison began her journey with Publix in 2017 on the social media team. While serving customers online, she realized she found her forever home. Her love for helping others and passion for Publix culture drove her to become the Employment Branding Specialist where she assists recruiters with advertising job openings through traditional print, digital and social media advertising. When Allison isn’t sharing what she loves about Publix to job seekers, she is usually watching college football with a Pub Sub in hand or riding one of her three horses. Allison looks forward to helping others learn about the career opportunities at Publix.

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