May is National Vinegar Month

5 Handy Tips to Simplify Springtime

If you haven’t heard, May is National Vinegar Month! We’re celebrating our favorite 10,000 year old ingredient by sharing five ways to use vinegar – beyond the kitchen. These little life hacks will also help you survive the summer heat coming your way.

Pest Fighter

May marks the start of flea and tick season and that’s certainly not something to celebrate, but add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to each quart of drinking water that you’re giving your pet for additional pest protection. This will help keep your pet (and your home) free of fleas and ticks. This ratio of 1 teaspoon to one quart is suggested for a forty-pound animal.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Whether you choose to grow your own fruit and vegetables or you purchase them from your local grocery store you should be sure to wash them thoroughly before you bite into that refreshingly juicy apple this summer. All you need to do is add 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to 1 pint of water and wash fresh fruits and vegetables. Be sure to rinse completely before eating. Research has shown that vinegar helps kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables.

Keep Flowers Longer

In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, May also brings freshly bloomed flowers. It’s always exciting snipping a few from your garden and bringing them inside to brighten up your home, but it can be disappointing when they don’t last as long as you’d like. Keep your flowers fresh longer by adding 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to a 1 quart vase of water. Trim the flower stems and change the water mixture every five days.

Paintbrush Softener

Maybe you’re not big on horticulture, but you’ve got some summer home improvement projects you’re undertaking and maybe you forgot to wrap up your paintbrush. Did you know vinegar helps with dry paintbrushes? Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar and then wash out with warm, sudsy water. The next thing you know you’ve got a completely new brush!

Making Shell-less Eggs

Finally, summer means the kids are home from school and looking for something to do. Keep them entertained (and learning) by showing them what the inside of an egg looks like without the shell.

First, place eggs in a container so they’re not touching. Add enough vinegar to cover the eggs. Cover the container and put in the refrigerator. Let the eggs sit for 24 hours.

Carefully remove the eggs from the container. Dump out the vinegar. Put the eggs back in the container and repeat with fresh vinegar. Leave for another 24 hours.

Finally, scoop the eggs out and rinse them carefully. If any of the membranes have broken, throw those eggs away. When you’re done, you’ll have an egg without a shell. It also has a little bounce to it, but careful! It can still break. Your kids will be amazed.

Looking for additional uses of vinegar? Check out our Uses and Tips page for a complete list of vinegar hacks to help you survive summer! Have fun celebrating National Vinegar Month!

Bonus Recipe

Additionally, you can use vinegar in your summer cooking. Here’s one of our favorite recipes for barbecued beef that will be perfect for your next get-together. This sauce features cider vinegar with butter, onion, sugar, salt, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Pair it with some German Cole Slaw or some Potato Salad and you’re set!