Sunday, January 13, 2008

62 Little known uses for Vinegar

I'm sure you know of the importance of not using toxic chemicals. Vinegar is a well known for cleaning, however not many people know how to use it or what to use it for. This post will show 62 little known uses for vinegar.

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 61 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 between white and apple cider vinegar is that white vinegar is made from acetous fermentation of alcohol and apple cider vinegar is made from cider or apple must.

  1. Clear mineral deposits from a steam iron.
  2. iron

    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.

  3. Clean lime deposits and calcium sludge from an automatic drip coffee maker.
  4. coffee maker

    Once a month fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run through the brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two cycles of cold water.

  5. Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum from a washing machine.
  6. washing machine

    Once a month pour one cup of white vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.

  7. Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots.
  8. tools

    Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted white vinegar overnight.

  9. Keep a garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh.
  10. garbage disposal

    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.

  11. Remove stubborn coffee stained cups and pots.
  12. coffee stain

    Fill the cup with vinegar overnight, then rinse with hot soapy water.

  13. Prevents misty spots on glassware.
  14. glassware

    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.

  15. Eliminate unpleasant cooking odors in the kitchen.
  16. kitchen

    Boil one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water.

  17. Eliminate odors from used jars.
  18. jars

    Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with white vinegar.

  19. Turn a chicken bone into rubber.
  20. chicken bone

    Soak a chicken bone in a glass of vinegar for three days. It will bend like rubber.

  21. Deodorize a stale lunch box.
  22. lunch box

    Soak a paper napkin in vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.

  23. Kill bacteria in meat.
  24. meat

    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.

  25. Cheese storage.
  26. cheese

    Cheese will last longer if you store it in a vinegar soaked cloth.

  27. Prevent cracked hard boiled eggs.
  28. egg crack

    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.

  29. Clean food-stained pots and pans.
  30. potspans

    Fill the pots and pans with white vinegar and let stand for thirty minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water.

  31. Relief Jellyfish stings.
  32. jellyfish

    Dot the irritation with vinegar to relieve itching.

  33. Relieve a sore throat.
  34. Put two teaspoons of vinegar in your humidifier. Check out these other natural remedies for recovering from a sore throat.

  35. Soothe sunburn pain.
  36. sunburn

    Apply undiluted vinegar to the burn.

  37. Cure an upset stomach.
  38. upset stomach

    Drink two teaspoons apple cider vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach.

  39. Relieve itching.
  40. itching

    Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with vinegar straight from the bottle.

  41. Dissolve warts.
  42. warts

    Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion and apply daily to warts until they dissolve.

  43. Remove corns.
  44. corn

    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.

  45. Relieve a cold.
  46. cold

    Mix one-quarter cup apple cider vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.

  47. Relieve arthritis.
  48. arthritis

    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.

  49. Relieve a cough.
  50. cough

    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.

  51. Dandruff treatment.
  52. dandruff

    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.

  53. Acne remedy.
  54. acne

    Remedy for acne skin conditions when diluted 50:50 with water and used as a toner. Careful around the eyes.

  55. Dry skin repair & Skin Softener.
  56. dry skin

    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.

  57. Clean dentures.
  58. dentures

    Soak dentures overnight in vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.

  59. Weight loss.
  60. weight loss

    Vinegar naturally helps to remove fat from the body. Apple cider vinegar is especially good for this. Drink some in a glass of water a few times a day. Add a little lemon or honey for a nicer flavor. This will also help reduce your appetite.

  61. Cure the hiccups.
  62. hiccups

    Mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink.

  63. Prevent yeast infections.
  64. yeast

    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.

  65. Condition dry hair.
  66. hair

    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.

  67. Clean eyeglasses.
  68. eyeglass

    Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.

  69. Longer-lasting pantyhose.
  70. pantyhose

    Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing, and your pantyhose will last longer.

  71. Prevent lint from clinging to clothes.
  72. lint

    Add one cup vinegar to each wash load.

  73. Deodorize a wool sweater.
  74. wool sweaTER

    Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts vinegar and water to remove odor.

  75. Remove perspiration stains from clothes.
  76. perspire

    Apply one part white vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.

  77. Prevent bright colored clothes from fading.
  78. bright clothes

    Before putting the article in the washing machine, soak it in white vinegar for ten minutes.

  79. Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes.
  80. upholstery

    Apply white vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

  81. Remove light scorch marks from fabrics.
  82. scorch

    Rub lightly with white vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth.

  83. Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet.
  84. carpet

    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.

  85. Grow beautiful azaleas.
  86. azaleas

    Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons white vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil.

  87. Kill unwanted grass like weeds.
  88. weeds

    Pour white vinegar in crevices and between bricks.

  89. Kill germs on bathroom fixtures.
  90. bathroom

    Use one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.

  91. Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains.
  92. shower curtains

    Simply wipe the surface with white vinegar and rinse with water.

  93. Clean a toilet bowl.
  94. toilet bowl

    Pour in one cup of white vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush.

  95. Unclog a shower head.
  96. shower head

    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.

  97. Retard patching plaster from drying.
  98. plaster

    Add one tablespoon white vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to slow the drying time.

  99. Wash walls.
  100. wall

    Wipe down your walls with a vinegar water mixture, which helps absorb odors and clean surfaces.

  101. Remove wallpaper.
  102. wallpaper

    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.

  103. Clean windows.
  104. windows

    Use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.

  105. Prolong the life of flowers in a vase.
  106. flowers

    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.

  107. Deodorize the air.
  108. spray

    Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.

  109. Deodorize a room filled with cigarette smoke or paint fumes.
  110. water bowl

    Place a small bowl of white vinegar in the room.

  111. Repel ants.
  112. repel ants

    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.

  113. Fish bowl cleaner.
  114. fishbowl

    Eliminate that ugly deposit in the gold fish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in vinegar and rinsing well.

  115. Clean paintbrushes.
  116. brushes

    Simmer paint brushes in pure vinegar, then wash in hot soapy water.

  117. Keep drains open.
  118. drain

    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.

  119. Prolong and brighten propane lanterns.
  120. propane

    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.

  121. Remove decals or bumper stickers or price tag.
  122. decals

    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.

  123. Prevent ice from forming on a car windshield overnight.
  124. windshield

    Coat the window with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water.