Vinegar is one of the most versatile ingredients sitting in your pantry, waiting for you to use it and reap its wide range of benefits. This handy ingredient is already well-known for its ability to eliminate odors, freshen up the fridge, kill bathroom germs, tidy up a toilet, renew paint brushes, lose the carpet stain, stop static cling, and many more. But, did you know that vinegar can be safely used in the garden as well?
Here are some of the top ways to use vinegar around the garden where your plants and veggies spend their days:
1. Kill weeds
Why send a little fortune on toxic chemicals to kill weeds in the garden when something as simple and inexpensive as vinegar can do the trick? Simply pour apple cider vinegar on the weeds and the acetic acid will stop the weed growth without affecting the soil.
2. Get rid of ants
Ants cannot stand the strong smell of vinegar, so you can keep them away by mixing equal parts f water and vinegar in a spray bottle and attacking their nests with the mixture. Both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar work well.
3. Freshen flowers
To keep your bouquet of flower fresh longer, add two tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to water, and add the flowers.
4. Clean rust from tools
If your water spigot, hoe or rake is getting grimy, simply soak it in undiluted vinegar overnight. The spigot can be cleaned by filling a plastic bag with vinegar and tying it over the spout so that it stays fully submerged.
5. Clean the birdbath
Scrub the birdbath with undiluted water. Rinse with plain water when done.
6. Feed your plants
Certain plants like Holly, Begonias, and Gardenias prefer acidic soil. You can add extra acidic touch to those plants by spritzing them with a mixture of a gallon of water with a cup of white vinegar.
7. Test the pH level of your soil
The acid level in the soil can largely affect how well the plants grow. A good way to test the pH level of you soil is by putting a bit of soil in a container and then add half a cup of vinegar. If the vinegar starts to frizzle, the soil is too alkaline. To even out its acidity, add peat moss or sulfur.
8. Clean pots
Mix a part of water with a part of white distilled vinegar. Soak plastic, clay, or glazed pots in the solution for an hour to remove mineral deposits and stubborn stains.
9. Kill slugs and snails
Keep these plant-eaters away by spritzing some undiluted vinegar. These pesky plant-eaters will wither away.
10. Remove allergens from your hands
If you have been digging in the dirt with your hands, it is highly recommended to wash the hands with white distilled vinegar. It will prevent any itching by removing allergens and debris from the skin.