Vinegar is that very inexpensive ingredient that is great for cooking, housekeeping but also greatly helps in the garden!
You will be surprised at how much it can replace many expensive products! We are talking about big money savings just for the summer season!
Here are 10 surprising ways to use it.
1. Kill weeds
Pour apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and add 1 to 2 tsp. of dish soap. The soap allows the mixture to grip the plants and kill weeds. Way more effective than the potato cooking water hack!
2. Get rid of ants
Ants don't like the smell of vinegar. Keep them away from the house by preparing a mixture of 1 part of water and 1 part of vinegar (ex: 125 ml of water + 125 ml of vinegar (1/2 cup = 1/2 cup)) in a spray bottle. This tip works just as well with white vinegar as it does with apple cider vinegar. Spray the window and door edges and all the lines they make up to the anthill.
3. Keep your flowers fresh
When you cut flowers from your garden to make a pretty bouquet, add 2 tsp. white vinegar and 1 tsp. sugar in a vase filled with water. You will keep your fresh flowers longer!
4. Remove rust from garden tools
Remove rust from your gardening tools by soaking them in a closed bag filled with vinegar overnight. Do not dilute the vinegar in water, the vinegar must be pure. Then rinse the tools with clean water.
5. Wash the bird bath
Use white vinegar to clean the bird bath. If it is cement, you can rub it with a rough brush, if it is plastic, avoid the rough brush, you will damage the plastic. Rinse with clear water.
6. Feed your plants
Some plants thrive in more acidic soil such as Gardenias and Begonias. If they are losing vigor, give them a little love by preparing a mixture of 250 ml (1 cup) of white vinegar in 3785 ml (1 gallon) of water. Spray the mixture on the plants, or just add a little to the soil.
7. Test the PH level in the soil
The acid levels in your soil can affect plant growth. You can do a simple test by adding a little soil to a bowl, then add 1/2 cup (125 ml) white vinegar to the soil. If the vinegar starts to bubble, the soil is too alkaline. Add sulfur to balance the acidity of the soil.
8. Wash flower pots
With white vinegar you can wash glass jars, terracotta pots, or plastic pots! Simply mix 1 part of water with 1 part of white vinegar and soak the jars for 1 hour. Rub the jars well and rinse with clean water to remove all traces of white vinegar.
9. Eliminate slugs and snails
Do slugs and snails destroy your crops? Hunt them with a spray of pure vinegar! They hate it and vinegar is fatal for them!
10. Eliminate all traces of allergens on your hands
After working in the soil, be sure to wash your hands with vinegar. The vinegar will remove all traces of allergens.
Can you imagine all the savings you will make by using vinegar rather than all the products you have to buy? And it's much more ecological!