There’s a handy ingredient probably sitting in your pantry just waiting to provide an array of super benefits: vinegar. You likely know that this handy ingredient works wonders for cleaning inside the home, and that this acidic ingredient is good at eliminating odors. But did you know you can safely use this ingredient in the garden too?
Check out a few clever ways you can use vinegar (white and apple cider) where your veggies and plants spend their days.
1. Kill weeds: Instead of spending a lot of money on toxic chemicals to get rid of the weeks in your garden, SimpleMost recommends pouring apple cider vinegar directly on weeds. The acetic acid stops weed growth without damaging the soil.
2. Get rid of ants: Ants don’t like the smell of vinegar, so you can keep them at bay by mixing one part water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle and attack ant hills with the solution. Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar work well, according to Rootwell.
3. Freshen flowers: Cut a pretty bouquet of flowers from your garden and keep them fresh by adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water, and add your flowers, Gardening Know Howrecommends.
4. Clean rust from tools: If your rake, hoe or water spigot is getting a bit grimy, soak it in vinegar overnight. Do not dilute the vinegar with water. You can clean your spigot by filling a plastic bag with vinegar and tying it over the spout so it stays submerged. Rinse with water, according to Gardening Know How.
5. Clean the birdbath: Use undiluted white vinegar to scrub your birdbath clean. Rinse with water, according to The Indian Spot.
6. Feed your plants: Some plants (like gardenias, holly and begonias) thrive on acidic soil. You can give those plants some extra love by spritzing with a mixture of 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of white vinegar.
7. Test the PH level of your soil: The acid levels in your soil can affect how well plants grow. You can run a simple test on your dirt by placing a bit of the soil in a container and then add 1/2 cup vinegar. If the vinegar begins to fizzle and bubble, the soil is too alkaline. Add sulfur or peat moss to even out the soil’s acidity, according to Daring Gourmet.
8. Clean pots: Mix 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar. Soak glazed, clay or plastic pots in the solution for at least an hour to remove stains and mineral deposits.
9. Kill slugs and snails: Keep those pesky plant-eaters at bay with a spritz of undiluted vinegar. The pests will wither away.
10. Remove allergens from your hands: If you’ve been digging in the dirt with your bare hands, rinse your hands with white distilled vinegar. The vinegar removes allergens and other debris so you don’t start itching.
Watch the video below to see these tips in action:
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