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Vinegar is a liquid produced from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid. Ninety percent of American Households buy vinegar. The 4 major uses are for salads, as cooking ingredients, pickling and home canning.
Anyways, I just thought that everyone should know about the usefulness of vinegar other than for the 4 things mentioned above. I’ve put together 75 other things with pictures about everything else that you can do with vinegar. I’d personally suggest using high quality white and apple cider vinegar like Heinz’s when trying the below methods. (Example : A cup of Heinz Apple Cider has 34 calories, no fat, 1.4mg of iron, and 240mg of potassium) The difference is that white vinegar is made from acetous fermentation of alcohol and apple cider vinegar is made from cider or apple must.
For ingestion or applying externally on your body, get the organic one with the ‘mother’. It’s unpasteurized and contains all the good bacteria your body needs. The BRAGG bottle below is an example.
Some of odyb.net blog readers’ reported successes :
- Mike – Stripped the varnish off his old hardwood floors.
- Floorman – Healed the candita yeast he lived with for years.
- Jenn – sprayed undiluted white vinegar onto the grout in my shower and scrubbed. The orange pre-mold and black mold came right off.
- Brent – Tried over 30 uses mentioned below.
- Clear mineral deposits from a steam iron.
- Clean lime deposits and calcium sludge from an automatic drip coffee maker.
- Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum from a washing machine.
- Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots.
- Keep a garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh.
- Remove stubborn coffee stained cups and pots.
- Prevents misty spots on glassware.
- Eliminate unpleasant cooking odors in the kitchen.
- Eliminate odors from used jars.
- Turn a chicken bone into rubber.
- Deodorize a stale lunch box.
- Kill bacteria in meat.
- Cheese storage.
- Prevent cracked hard boiled eggs.
- Clean food-stained pots and pans.
- Wipe out caked food in the microwave.
- Remove chewing gum.
- Relief jellyfish stings.
- Relieve a sore throat.
- Soothe sunburn pain.
- Cure an upset stomach.
- Relieve itching.
- Helps eliminate lice.
- Ear Infections
- Acid Reflux
- Athlete’s foot (and all other fungal infections).
- Dissolve warts.
- Remove corns.
- Relieve a cold.
- Relieve arthritis.
- Relieve a cough.
- Dandruff treatment.
- Acne remedy.
- Flake off old skin cells.
- Neutralizing hot spice.
- Take care of body odors.
- Dry skin repair & Skin Softener.
- Clean dentures.
- Remove splinters.
- Weight loss.
- Cure the hiccups.
- Prevent yeast infections.
- Condition dry hair.
- Clean eyeglasses.
- Longer-lasting pantyhose.
- Prevent lint from clinging to clothes.
- Deodorize a wool sweater.
- Remove perspiration stains from clothes.
- Prevent bright colored clothes from fading.
- Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes.
- Remove light scorch marks from fabrics.
- Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet.
- Grow beautiful azaleas.
- Kill unwanted grass like weeds.
- Kill germs on bathroom fixtures.
- Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains.
- Clean a toilet bowl.
- Unclog a shower head.
- Awesome solution for mopping the floor with.
- Clean grout haze.
- Retard patching plaster from drying.
- Wash walls.
- Remove wallpaper.
- Clean windows.
- Prolong the life of flowers in a vase.
- Deodorize the air.
- Deodorize a room filled with cigarette smoke or paint fumes.
- Repel ants.
- Fish bowl cleaner.
- Clean paintbrushes.
- Keep drains open.
- Prolong and brighten propane lanterns.
- Cleaning and deodorizing cages and litter pans for small animals
- Remove decals or bumper stickers or price tag.
- Prevent ice from forming on a car windshield overnight.
For Machines & Appliances
Fill the water tank with white vinegar. Turn the iron to the steam setting and steam-iron a soft utility rag to clean the steam ports. Repeat the process with water, then thoroughly rinse out the inside of your iron.
Once a month fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run through the brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two cycles of cold water.
Once a month pour one cup of white vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.
Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted white vinegar overnight.
Mix one cup of vinegar in enough water to fill an ice cube tray, freeze the mixture, grind the cubes through the disposal, and flush with cold water.
For The Kitchen
Fill the cup with vinegar overnight, then rinse with hot soapy water.
Place a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack of the dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup of white vinegar run through the entire cycle once a month will also reduce soap scum on the inner workings.
Boil one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water.
Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with white vinegar.
Soak a chicken bone in a glass of vinegar for three days. It will bend like rubber.
Soak a paper napkin in vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.
Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup vinegar for a two to three pound roast, marinate overnight, then cook without draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs to the vinegar when marinating as desired.
Cheese will last longer if you store it in a vinegar soaked cloth.
Add two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of water before boiling to prevent the eggs from cracking. The egg shells will also peel off faster and easier.
Fill the pots and pans with white vinegar and let stand for thirty minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water.
Fill a small bowl with equal parts hot water, place it in the microwave and set the power to high for 5 minutes. The steam built up inside makes it easier to clean.
Freeze it out and scrape off as much as you can first. Then saturate the area that has the gum on it with vinegar. The rest of the gum will actually dissolve. If the vinegar is heated first the process will work faster.
For Diseases And Infections
Dot the irritation with vinegar to relieve itching.
Put two teaspoons of vinegar in your humidifier. Check out these other natural remedies for recovering from a sore throat.
Apply undiluted vinegar to the burn.
Drink two teaspoons apple cider vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach.
Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with vinegar straight from the bottle.
Dissolves whatever glue the little buggers use to lay eggs on the hair shaft. Comb your hair and rinse it with equal parts water and vinegar.
Dip a cotton bud into pure vinegar and dab onto affected areas.
2 tablespoons in a full glass of water, sipped, usually first thing in the morning and 1 tablespoon before meals to control acid reflux/hiatal hernia.
Dab directly onto the affected areas.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion and apply daily to warts until they dissolve.
Make a poultice of one crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup vinegar. Let poultice sit for one-half hour, then apply to the corn and tape in place overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning, reapply the poultice for several consecutive nights.
Mix one-quarter cup apple cider vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.
Before each meal, drink a glass of water containing two teaspoons apple cider vinegar. Give this folk remedy at least three weeks to start working.
Mix one-half cup apple cider vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon when cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime.
Simply pour a few tablespoons of vinegar on your hair and massage into your scalp. Wait a few minutes, then rinse and wash hair like normal. Try this for a few days until you see results. It restores chemical balance to the skin.
Remedy for acne skin conditions when diluted 50:50 with water and used as a toner. Careful around the eyes.
For Maintaining Health
If you can take it, put a cotton bud or cotton square with appe cider vinegar and dab all over your face. It’s safer and so much cheaper than any store-bought ‘alpha hydroxy’ products.
When you eat something too spicy hot (habenero, jalepeno, wasabi) you can quickly get rid of the burn by dabbing your tounge with vinegar.
Use vinegar when soap won’t knock down the body odor in your arm pits. And any other area you feel requires attention.
Add one-half cup of vinegar or so to warm bath water when bathing and get double benefits; softer skin and a cleaner bathtub with less work. Smooth a little vinegar on cracked, dried skin to help it heal.
Soak dentures overnight in vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.
Soak splinter in vinegar for 20 minutes. Vinegar loosens the splinter and it will just slide right out easily when you try to remove it.
One thing that science has shown is that apple cider vinegar might help to balance blood sugar. Insulin responses have been shown to create excess belly fat. Therefore, if insulin and blood sugar are controlled, a person might lose weight. Fat might in fact be as much a matter of hormones (insulin) than lack of activity. Of course, more than likely they go hand in hand.
Mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy for yeast infections, when diluted with water and used as a douche. For example, douche with one tablespoon white vinegar to one quart warm water to adjust the pH balance in the vajayjay.
Shampoo, then rinse hair with a mixture of one cup apple cider vinegar and two cups water. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil.
Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing, and your pantyhose will last longer.
Add one cup vinegar to each wash load.
Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts vinegar and water to remove odor.
Apply one part white vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.
Before putting the article in the washing machine, soak it in white vinegar for ten minutes.
Apply white vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Rub lightly with white vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Blot up urine, flush several times with lukewarm water, then apply a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry.
For The Garden
Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons white vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil.
Pour white vinegar in crevices and between bricks.
For The Toilet
Use one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.
Simply wipe the surface with white vinegar and rinse with water.
Pour in one cup of white vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush.
Unscrew the shower head, remove the rubber washer, place the head in a pot filled with equal parts vinegar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer for five minutes.
For Inside The House
Fill the bucket with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water and mop. Extremely efficient and many times cheaper than commercial products.
Cleaning grout haze or bricks of excess mortar is much easier with vinegar mixed in water than water alone.
Add one tablespoon white vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to slow the drying time.
Wipe down your walls with a vinegar water mixture, which helps absorb odors and clean surfaces.
Mix equal parts vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in sheets.
Use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.
Add two tablespoons of white vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water.
Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.
Place a small bowl of white vinegar in the room.
Use a spray bottle or mister filled with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water around door jambs, window sills, water pipes, and foundation cracks.
Eliminate that ugly deposit in the gold fish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in vinegar and rinsing well.
Simmer paint brushes in pure vinegar, then wash in hot soapy water.
For Outside The House
Pour one-half box of old baking soda down the drain followed by one cup white vinegar. When the bubbling stops, run the hot water.
Soak new wicks for several hours in white vinegar and let them dry before inserting. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel.
Soak a cloth in equal parts vinegar and water. Spray clean the cages and litter pans before wiping it.
For The Car
Soak a cloth in vinegar and cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper stickers should peel off easily.
Coat the window with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water.