Vinegar has often been referred to as a wonder liquid. It seems like every day new uses for this mild acid are being discovered. Some of these you’ve probably heard about and some others might surprise you. One of the reasons for its popularity is that vinegar has been around for thousands of years. Every generation for a millennia has had the opportunity to test it in a countless ways.
It’s the one staple that everyone has in their house, it is cheap, and it is practical. People use it to clean, they use it for their personal hygiene, as a beauty product, and they have used it to deal with common health issues. No wonder people will never be without vinegar. Below are just a few common uses for vinegar that you might want to try in your own home.
Cleaning With Vinegar:
When it comes to cleaning many are surprised with the high cost of commercial products but many do not realize that with a little vinegar you can get the same cleaning results as you would using store bought brands but for pennies on the dollar. In addition, vinegar is an all-natural ingredient so it doesn’t have the harsh chemicals that many say are damaging to health.
Vinegar makes for a perfect surface cleaner and it also sanitizes at the same time. It’s capable of cutting through thick grease and grime that often sticks to surfaces so you have to spend endless hours scrubbing to get it off. You can add it to your laundry to get your clothes cleaner and it is a great way to get streak free windows in your home.
When it comes to cleaning vinegar can do just about anything. People have used it to clean their ovens, as a rinse in the dishwasher, to remove grease, a toilet bowl cleaner, to remove mold and mildew, to eat away mineral deposits, as a furniture and carpet spot remover, an air freshener, and to clean stainless steel appliances. As a cleaner, vinegar is one of the most practical ways of getting your house clean and still remaining environmentally friendly while saving money at the same time.
Vinegar Can Make You More Beautiful:
Vinegar is a kitchen product. You use it for cooking, right? So, why do so many people keep a bottle of it in their bathroom? Because it is also an excellent beauty aid and can be a practical addition to your first aid kit.
You can use it as a conditioner after shampooing and it will keep your hair cleaner longer and get rid of those pesky tangles. It helps to keep the pH of your scalp and hair in balance, and it seals your cuticles and locks in the moisture so your hair has a smoother and shinier look.
Other bathroom uses for vinegar include as an aftershave, to get rid of athlete’s foot, and to bring relief from sunburn.
Surprising Uses for Vinegar:
There are other very surprising uses for vinegar that most people may not have thought about. They forget it is an acid and as an acid it can eat away at different surfaces, which opens the door to all kinds of practical uses. Rather than calling an expensive plumber to unclog your toilet make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and let it do all the work. Both products are cheap and you can probably save yourself a whole lot of money and time.
Vinegar can also be used to remove wallpaper, get rid of fruit flies, or make your own flea spray. Your pets will thank you for it. Simply mix one part vinegar with one part water and spray your pets coat. Finish by working it in with your hands so that the coat is fully covered. It’s an all-natural product and will help to heal any flea bites your pet might have. Add a little bit to the laundry when you’re cleaning your pets bedding and it will keep those pesky buggers from coming back.
Use it Outdoors:
There are just as many uses for vinegar outdoors as there are inside. Want to keep your garden nice and neat? Use it to kill those relentless weeds that keep popping up in unwanted places. Vinegar can also be added to your soil to enrich its pH balance.
Just as you can use vinegar to clean just about everything in your house, the same is true for cleaning your car. Adding vinegar to water can be a great way to get your interior clean and keep it that way.
You’d be surprised at all the things you can do with vinegar. Some people, however, are resistant to using it in many situations simply because of its strong and pungent odor. They don’t want the scent permeating their home or car. If that’s your concern then there is a solution. You can make your own fragranced vinegars. It’s simple and fast and will mask that acidic smell you’re dreading.
You can do this by taking your favorite herb or essential oil and place it in a sterilized bottle. Fill the bottle with vinegar and close it tightly. Let it sit in a dark place for 10 days so that the fragrances will seep out into the vinegar. After the 10 days, strain out the herbs and place the remaining liquid in another sterilized spray bottle and you’re ready for cleaning without the pungent acidic scent of the vinegar but with all the strength to get the job done.
There are thousands of uses for vinegar that you may not have thought about. You may even have discovered uses for yourself that other people may not have considered. The fact is that vinegar is a useful tool to have around the house for many reasons. No matter what you need done or what room, there’s a good chance there is a vinegar recipe that will get you through it. Why not experiment yourself with vinegar to see what you can discover that might surprise the world.