I never leave the grocery store without grabbing another gallon of white vinegar.
Sure, I might forget the milk, bread and eggs that I went into the store for in the first place, but not the vinegar.
Vinegar is incredibly useful around the yard and garden. That’s why it’s first and foremost on the brain!
Because of its acidic nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration. White vinegar will remain virtually unchanged over an extended period of time.
White vinegar is pretty awesome stuff.
But are you ready to use it around your yard and garden for fast and amazing results? Here are 9 ways to use vinegar around the yard and garden that will blow your mind!
1.) Safe and effective pest control
If you have problems with ants and other insects invading your home, they are most likely coming in through your doorways and windowsills.
If you pour vinegar across the sill, it halts them from crossing. Soak a rag with white vinegar and lay it down in your doorway. No more ants. Done.
What about slugs in your garden? Pour a few drops of white vinegar on them carefully avoiding spilling vinegar on your plants. Eggshells work great as well to deter slugs.
Flies swarming your pool? Yuck. Pour vinegar around the sides of your pool and it helps keep the flies away.
Drink a couple of spoonfuls a day to keep mosquitoes away~ your sweat will be unpleasant to them!
If you rub or spray yourself with vinegar, it will keep ticks off. They may get on you, but will not stay.
2.) Removing stains from flower pots
That staining that occurs in plastic and clay flower pots comes right out without having to scrub. Fill your kitchen sink with cold water and add plain white vinegar to about 2/3 water to 1/3 vinegar.
Soak the pots and their saucers until they look clean and new. This could take about an hour, sometimes two hours for more stubborn stains.
Wash with mild dish detergent and water before re-using the pot.
3.) Getting rid of brown patches in your lawn
I have two daschunds. They pee a ton on my front lawn. The problem is that their urine leaves these unsightly brown and yellow patches.
And if you have cats that go outside you might have the same problem. More of those ugly patches that kill your lawn from their pee.
But if you put a tablespoon of vinegar in your dog’s drinking water every day you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog’s urine.
4.) Instant antibacterial
I always wear gardening gloves when working with roses, blackberries or any other plant with thistles.
Sometimes I really prefer working sans gloves with just my bare hands. It gives me a better grip on the plants and feel for the soil.
But of course, my hands tend to get all scratched up. No fun. White vinegar can be used to treat those scratches if you are unable to wash your hands, an instant antibacterial.
Ditto if you are into long walks and hiking. Take a little vial of white vinegar is a great idea. If you nick your hands you can treat them with a dab of vinegar to disinfect them.
5.) Use vinegar around the yard to suppress weeds!
Mix 3 parts water with 1 part concentrated acetic acid, or vinegar, to get a final concentration of 6%.
You should be able to achieve a 6% acetic acid concentration by mixing white vinegar with concentrated lemon or lime juice in equal parts.
Put solution in a spray bottle and spray on young, tender, new growth of plants. While it’s not taken into the roots, it will burn top growth.
If you repeat the process every week during the vigorous growing season, you will kill off the plants by starving the roots.
Natural, organic and cheap weed killer. What more do you want?
6.) Use vinegar around the yard to suppress weeds part II
Kill a stubborn individual weed by pouring hot vinegar on it. This might take a couple of times to work completely.
But it’s ideal to slay those weeds growing in between your garden pathways and brick patio.
Also use hot vinegar to kill the weeds that spring up in your concrete driveway and grasses that have come up through the sidewalk and your precious herbaceous bed.
Check the weather to make sure it’s not going to rain for a few days. Pour the hot vinegar on and leave for a couple of days.
Weeds will die back.
7.) Keeping cats out of the children’s sandbox
If you have a cat who has ever peed or pooped in your kids or grandkids sandbox then you know exactly how disgusting that experience can be.
Pour vinegar around the children’s sandbox to keep cats from thinking it’s their outdoor litter box.
Re-apply every month regardless or after you’ve had a heavy rain.
8.) Increase soil acidity
How about using vinegar to water your acid-loving plants like rhododendron, heathers or azaleas?
In hard water areas, add 1 1/4 cups of vinegar to 4 3/4 quarts of tap water. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to use.
Vinegar poured over your azaleas will actually give the leaves a sheen!
9.) To neutralize garden lime
Rinse your hands liberally with vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin!