While Windex is formulated as a cleaner and not recommended for human ailments, there is a liquid that is surprisingly versatile: white vinegar.

The father in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” believes Windex is a cure-all. He carries around a bottle and is quick to spray it on everything from sore elbows to facial blemishes.

While Windex is formulated as a cleaner and not recommended for human ailments, there is a liquid that is surprisingly versatile: white vinegar.

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Costing an average of $2 per gallon, white vinegar is a green, economical way to clean, repel and heal. Last June, naturallivingideas.com suggested white vinegar can:
— Remove car bumper stickers.
— Kill weeds.
— Remove residue and intense smells from laundry; just add one-half cup. (Also, blot underarm stains before washing.)

Other common uses for the clear, acrid liquid include:
— Fill the water reservoir of a coffee maker and let it run through its brew cycle; rinse the coffee pot well before making a fresh pot of coffee.
— Wipe shower doors to prevent soap scum buildup.
— Clean linoleum floors with equal parts warm water and white vinegar.
— Loosen gum stuck to upholstery, car mats and carpets.

Deodorizing bathroom and kitchen drains requires a monthly pour of a little white vinegar. Add a tablespoon or so of baking soda and the activation helps clean the drain as well.

Because these are berry-picking months, keep in mind that white vinegar can remove berry juice stains from hands.  

Plus, white vinegar works at repelling pesky summertime fleas, ticks, gnats and flies on horses, cats and dogs. Dilute with an equal part of water, or spray on full-strength — especially if using on horses. Petmd.com also notes it works to clean and deodorize litter boxes, pet beds and even pets’ ears. And, the alternativedaily.com — as well as some pet owners — attests to the ancient practice of using white vinegar, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties, for wound care.

There are plenty more white vinegar benefits, including alleviation of sunburn, ringworm, athlete’s foot and toe-nail fungus. Some trusted sources for more tips include Reader’s Digest (rd.com), Care2.com and The Old Farmer’s Almanac (almanac.com).