Improve your seed germination. Did you know that you can totally improve seed germination ratio by using vinegar? Simple vinegar of any type is most useful for seeds that are more difficult to germinate such as asparagus, morning glories, okra and moonflowers. First rub or rather scratch seeds gently between two pieces of coarse sandpaper or use an emery board. Then soak the seeds overnight in 1 cup of warm water, 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid. Plant seeds accordingly the next day. You can use the same method, but without the emery board or sandpaper for beets, nasturtiums, parsley, and parsnips. Your efforts will pay off because it really does work on hard shelled seeds.
Stop nasty ants by pouring full strength white distilled vinegar on the area that they congregate on or on their path. Vinegar will also get rid of ant hills. They move onto greener pastures but, at least you’ll get rid of them where you don’t want them. I’ve known folks to wipe down cupboards and counter tops to rid ants and it always seems to work. It rids the ant’s scent that’s left behind when they walk around.
Clean a birdbath by scrubbing it with full strength white distilled vinegar. Rinse well. Your birds will love you and it helps keep fungus, sludge and moss away. This also works for your animal’s outdoor or indoor water or feeding bowls. Be sure to rinse well so that they don’t smell it. It not only de-gunks your birdbath but also helps rid germs and bacteria for healthier birds.
Remove baked on soil deposits on glazed ceramic ware caused by sun exposer by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full strength white distilled vinegar. Soaking your planters also cures mildew, fungus and other plant diseases. Be sure to remove your plants and rinse well before repotting. You can also spread plant disease by touching a plant with powdery mildew or diseased tomato plant. Always wash hands after touching diseased plants so it doesn't spread to healthy plants.
Avoid skin ailments like warts or nail fungus after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in vinegar. Soil, plants, compost, manure and other organic matter can cause irritants. Sometimes plant diseases are caused from us touching a plants that have a fungus like powdery mildew than retouching and infecting other plants.
Vinegar will also whiten your fingernails and toenails too. I always use a hand lotion to moisturize my hands after rinsing with vinegar. Simply repurpose an old dish soap bottle. Keep it hand to squirt some on your hands when needed. Follow up with moisturizer.
Garden lime can be neutralized. Sometimes we add too much lime to soil which can cause severe damage to tomato plants or citrus trees. Adding distilled white vinegar to the area. Sometimes we over estimate how much lime to use and it will effect a plant overnight. Use a 50/50 ratio of water and full strength vinegar to neutralize the lime. It basically brings back a normal PH balance. I recommend that you water well the next day.
Get rid of or loosen rust on tools, spigots, nuts, screws or bolts by soaking the items overnight or several days in full strength, undiluted white distilled vinegar. Straight coca cola also works but, vinegar is cheaper!
White vinegar can increase the acidity of potting soil. Simply adding it to your watering can. Sometimes house plants need a boost in acidity particularly if you’re reusing potting soil over and over again. Use 4 tablespoons per gallon of water.
Cure a cement or plastic pond and even your indoor aquarium by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly. If you have a smaller aquarium, soak a sponge in vinegar and keep washing down the sides. The vinegar rids any fungus or mildew that can harm a fish or slow down the muck that commonly grows in ponds. Rinse well and let completely dry before adding your fish and plants back.
Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. It’s cheaper than Pinesol or common household bleach.
Give your house a bath. Use 10 gallon bucket, 2 cups vinegar, squirt of dish soap fill with water. Dip scrub brush and get rid of algae, soil stains and water stains.
Kill slugs ASAP by spraying them with full strength vinegar. Use 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar. Table salt also works. It’s hard to see them die but, slugs can over run a garden. Vinegar also gets rid of slug and snail tracks. Did you know that their tracks are actually damaging? Snail and slug tracks can ruin marble, wood and some tiles. Get them before they over run your lettuce garden.
Rabbits, gophers, squirrels and mice hate vinegar. Keep small rodents from eating your plants by placing a cotton ball soaked in white distilled vinegar in an old medicine bottle, 35mm film container, water bottle, or a bowl with lid (cream cheese container, frosting container etc.). Poke a hole in the top for the aroma to escape and place in the garden. Vinegar stinks to most rodents. It replicates coyote or fox urine. Your 5 year old can be helpful in this manner too. :O)
Adding 2 cups of vinegar to an empty dishwasher or 4 cups to an empty washing machine clears away mineral build up and kills any bacteria too.
Safely wash fresh vegetables with vinegar. It’s green, digestible and cheaper than those fancy vegetable washes. Stir 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar into 1 ½ quarts of water. Rinse with plain water.
Get the stink out of garden socks or shoes with vinegar. Blend 1 cup of vinegar to one gallon of water. Soak shoes and rinse. Most all tennis shoes can be washed in a washing machine. Be sure to follow-up by washing the items in your washing machine. You won’t believe how clean they’ll look. Vinegar is color safe. Clean socks mean less chance of foot fungus.
Wash all of your garden buckets, gloves, plant containers and crocks with vinegar and water. A 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar works wonders. Sometimes garden soil will spread plant disease or fungus.
Wash down your outdoor water fountains. Soak and scrub down your fountain and water pump with vinegar. It easily removes mineral deposits, fungus and organic material. The water will look clearer and it prolongs sludge buildup.
Do you want healthy, happy hummingbirds? Clean hummingbird feeders with a 50/50 ratio of distilled vinegar and water. Just washing with dish soap or detergent can leave behind harmful residue. Hummingbirds are more sensitive to soaps and detergents than other birds.
Keep your feline out of your garden area by placing paper, a cloth, or sponge there that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar.
White distilled vinegar can be found at any discount store like Dollar Tree, 99¢ Store, Walmart and Target. Almost all grocery stores carry vinegar. The acidity percentage will be written on the label. A ratio of 5% is just fine. Many nurseries will carry a 20% acidity ratio which is great for killing weeds like dandelions or even hard to kill thistle. I like using Heinz white distilled vinegar because, it comes in different strengths, it's consistent and the acidity strength is written on the front label.