DIY Uses For Vinegar

Vinegar… Who would have thought that this versatile liquid could be used for so many things? Food, cleaners, etc., but did you know there are DIY uses for it also? I have a huge bottle because I use it everywhere! Today, I’ll share a few of the things I use vinegar for besides cleaning the bathtub and mirrors in the house. In most cases, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to certain chemicals again!

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For instance, if you want to spray paint a galvanized piece of pipe, wipe it down with vinegar, let it dry, then paint! Normally, paint does not adhere to metal that has been galvanized due to the galvanizing process. The acid in the vinegar etches the galvanizing on the metal so that the paint adheres to it! 

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How about using it to degrease the walls or cabinets in the kitchen before painting? Absolutely! It works just as well as TSP but without all of the harsh chemicals. I used it to degrease the walls in the kitchen during the remodel. It worked really well! Of course the kitchen smelled like pickles for awhile but it was a fair trade!

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Vinegar can also be used to wipe down PVC pipe or plastic before painting! It works in the same manner as using it on galvanized metal. (Stay tuned for a couple of  “plastic projects” using this method!)


It can also be used to make stain – use copper to make “copper blue” stain, steel wool to make a rusty stain, or even powdered dye! 


Do you have any other ideas to add to the list? Let me know by leaving a comment or send me an email at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!


  • Who knew?! But I love vinegar!

  • Jacquie G. says:

    I love using vinegar for cleaning and disinfecting, but how would one use the stain?

    • Hello! Fill a jar with vinegar and drop a piece of steel wool or copper pipe in and then let it sit for a week or two a reaction is caused by the acid in the vinegar and the metal resulting in a stain that can be used for woodworking projects! It would just be brushed on like regular stain and sealed with a polyurethane. My “copper blue” stain has been sitting for about a week now and I might use it on a project this week. I’m also going to write a post about using dye in the vinegar as stain this week… thanks for stopping by!

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