Vinegar is one of those household staples that has many uses. Here are 15 ways to use vinegar that you may not already be aware of:

12 Cool Uses for Vinegar

Bid Adieu to Mildew – Use a sponged soaked in vinegar to wipe away mildew. You can also prevent mildew by spraying furniture and carpets with full-strength white vinegar.

Remove Stickers without Removing Paint – Soak the corners of the sticker with undiluted white vinegar. Allow to sit for 10 minutes then use a plastic card to scrape the sticker away.

Deodorize Closed Spaces – If you’re noticing funky odors coming out of closed spaces, soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar and place the slice inside. 

Hide Scratches in Wood – If you’re noticing scratches in your wood paneling or furniture use this handy trick. Mix together cider vinegar and iodine (more iodine for dark woods, more vinegar for light woods.) Dip a paint brush into the mixture and brush over the scratches.

Bring Leather back to Life – Use a mixture of equal parts boiled linseed oil and white vinegar to bring back the appeal of your leather furniture. Use a spray bottle to apply.

Remove Stains from Cookware – Combine 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water and bring to a boil in the stained cookware. Stains should melt away. Some stains may need a light rubbing to get rid of.

Get rid of Bugs – Fill an old jar or bowl with apple cider vinegar. Cover with plastic wrap and poke several small holes in the plastic. This acts as a bug trap for gnats and fruit flies.

Kiss Dandruff Goodbye – Shampoo your hair as usual. Afterwards combine 2 cups of cider vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Use to rinse your hair.

Say Goodbye to Bruises – Soak a cotton gauze in vinegar and place on affected area. Use a band-aid to secure the cotton and leave for up to 2 hours.

Clean your Eyeglasses – Use 2 drops of white vinegar and a soft cloth to rid your eyeglasses of smears, smudges and gunk.

Extend the Life of Cut Flowers – Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with your flower vase water. Change the water every few days to keep the blossoms fresh longer.

Protect against fleas and ticks – Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on pets to keep them pest free through the year.