Undoubtedly, most of us are familiar with the countless uses of vinegar particularly at home, from windows to the outflow pipes of your A/C. Thus, a number of natural home remedies mention vinegar water as an effective panacea (wonder drug) for almost any condition imaginable, from breakout to heartburn, from diabetes to weight loss even hiccups to common cold symptoms.
Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar performs a notable role in folk remedies plus numerous studies have shown and confirmed the facts about the health benefits of using vinegar tonic. But of course, it is still recommended to visit a medical professional to get a precise prognosis prior to using vinegar as a supplement.
Not long ago, I started my obsession with apple cider vinegar shots by taking 2 times daily for an instant energy rush. But looking further into the product, I’ve found a multitude of extraordinary uses of Vinegar that are useful to include in our daily collection.
Your health, your skin, your hair, your house even your pets can reap the benefits of its characteristics, therefore, unfiltered, raw, organic vinegar is indeed far more than the usual salad dressing.
Here’s the 75 Little Known Uses of Vinegar
1.) Cleaning Dentures
Pour suitable amount of vinegar in a clean container and simply immerse the dentures overnight. The next day, take the dentures out and use a toothbrush to brush off any dental calculus or tartar deposits that form from the dentures.
2.) Take Care of Body Odor
Foul body smell? Use a cotton ball dipped in vinegar and dab it to your pits or any other spots you feel needed some extra attention.
3.) Flake Off Old Skin Cells
Put vinegar in a cotton square and pat it lightly all over your face after washing. This is a perfect alternative to your existing face toner. ACV regulates the pH of your skin and can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.
4.) Condition your Hair
After shampoo, 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.
5.) Clean Eye Glasses
Drop some vinegar to your eyepiece and wipe it with a clean wipe cloth.
6.) Prevent Yeast Infections
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) is an effective remedy to cure yeast infection. Dilute equal parts of water and vinegar and use the mixture as a douche to adjust the pH balance in the genitalia.
7.) Cure the Hiccups
Dilute 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of warm water and drink.
8.) Weight Loss
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. For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day.
9.) Dry Skin Repair & Skin Softener
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.
10.) Remove Splinters
To slacken the splinter, grab a vinegar and pour adequate amount in a small container. Soak the splinter for at least 20-30 minutes and the vinegar will loosen the splinter hence making it easier to remove.
11.) Acne Remedy
ACV is loaded with antibacterial properties hence making it a great home remedy for acne. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and use it as a toner. Apply it twice a day for a quick result.
12.) Dandruff Treatment
Apply it as a rinse after shampooing your hair. Simply pour a few drops of vinegar and massage it gently into your scalp. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse it as usual. Do this several times a week to see dramatic results. It restores chemical balance to the skin.
13.) Relieve a Cough
Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper and four teaspoons of honey. Take one tablespoon when a cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime.
14.) Relieve a Cold
Mix one-quarter cup apple cider vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.
15.) Relieve 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.
16.) Remove Corns
Soak the bread in 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar for about an hour. Next, place the bread over the corn and cover it with a gauze and tape it overnight. Repeat these steps until the corn falls off.
17.) Dissolve warts
Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion and apply daily to warts until they vanish.
18.) Athlete’s Foot (and all other fungal infections)
Apply ACV directly into affected area until healed.
19.) Ear Infections
Dip a cotton bud into pure vinegar and dab onto affected areas.
20.) Acid Reflux
Add 2 tbsp of Apple cider vinegar in a full glass of water, sipped, usually first thing in the morning and 1 tablespoon before meals to control acid reflux/hiatal hernia.
21.) Helps Eliminate Lice
Dissolves whatever glue used by the little buggers to lay eggs on the hair shaft. Comb your hair and rinse it with equal parts water and vinegar.
22.) Relieve Itching
Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with vinegar straight from the bottle.
23.) Cure an Upset Stomach
Drink two teaspoons apple cider vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach.
24.) Soothe Sunburn Pain
Apply undiluted vinegar directly to the affected area.
25.) Relieve a Sore Throat
ACV is loaded with antibacterial properties so it kills bacteria on contact. Dilute water by adding ACV (make it strong as you can endure). Gargle one mouthful once or twice a day. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after using to avoid enamel erosion.
26.) Neutralizing Hot Spice
When you eat something too spicy hot (wasabi, jalapeno etc.) you can quickly get rid of the burn by dabbing your tongue with vinegar.
27.) Prevent Lint from Clinging to Clothes
Add one cup vinegar to each wash load.
28.) Longer-Lasting Pantyhose
Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing, and your pantyhose will last longer.
29.) Deodorize a Wool Sweater
Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts vinegar and water to remove odor.
30.) Remove Perspiration Stains from Clothes
Apply one part white vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.
31.) Remove Stubborn Stains from Furniture Upholstery and Clothes
Apply white vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
32.) Prevent Bright Colored Clothes from Fading
Before putting the article in the washing machine, soak it in white vinegar for ten minutes.
33.) Eliminate Pet Urine Stains from 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.
34.) Remove Light Scorch Marks from Fabrics
Rub lightly with white vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth.
35.) Grow Beautiful Azaleas
Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons white vinegar to one-quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil.
36.) Kill Unwanted Grass like Weeds
Pour white vinegar in crevices and between bricks.
37.) Kill Germs on Bathroom Fixtures
Use one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.
38.) Clean Soap Scum, mildew, and Grime from Bathtub, tile, and shower curtains.
Simply wipe the surface with white vinegar and rinse with water.
39.) Clean a Toilet Bowl
Pour in one cup of white vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush.
40.) Unclog a 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.
41.) Awesome Solution for Mopping the Floor
Fill the bucket with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water and mop. Extremely efficient and many times cheaper than commercial products.
42.) Clean Grout Haze
Cleaning grout haze or bricks of excess mortar is much easier with vinegar mixed in water than water alone.
43.) Retard Patching Plaster from Drying
Add one tablespoon white vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to slow the drying time.
44.) Remove Wallpaper
Mix equal parts vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. The paper should peel off in sheets.
45.) Clean Windows
Use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.
46.) Prolong the Life of Flowers in a Vase.
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.
47.) Wash Walls
Wipe down your walls with a vinegar-water mixture, which helps absorb odors and clean surfaces.
48.) Deodorize the Air
Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room
49.) 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.
50.) Deodorize a Room Filled with Cigarette Smoke or Paint Fumes
Simply place a small bowl of white vinegar in the room to eliminate the reeks.
51.) Fish Bowl Cleaner
Eliminate that ugly deposit in the goldfish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in vinegar and rinsing well.
52.) Clean Paintbrushes
Simmer paint brushes in pure vinegar, then wash in hot soapy water.
53.) Keep Drain Open
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.
54.) Cleaning and Deodorizing Cages and Litter Pans for Small Animals
Soak a cloth in equal parts vinegar and water. Spray clean the cages and litter pans before wiping it.
55.) Prolong and Brighten Propane Lanterns
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.
56.) Remove Decals or Bumper Stickers or Price Tag
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
57.) Prevent Ice from Forming on a Car Windshield Overnight
Coat the window with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water.
58.) Clear Mineral Deposits from a Steam 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.
59.) Clean the Hoses and Unclog Soap Scum from a 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.
60.) Clean Lime Deposits and Calcium Sludge from an Automatic Drip 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.
61.) Clean Rust from Tools, Bolts, and Spigots
Soak the rusted tools, bolts, or spigot in undiluted white vinegar overnight.
62.) Keep a Garbage Disposal Clean and Smelling Fresh
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.
63.) Remove Stubborn Coffee Stained Cups and Pots
Fill the cup with vinegar overnight, then rinse with hot soapy water.
64.) Eliminate Unpleasant Cooking Odors in the Kitchen
Boil one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water to get rid of the odor.
65.) Prevents Misty Spots on Glassware
Place a cup of white vinegar on the bottom rack of the dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run through 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.
66.) Turn a Chicken Bone into Rubber
Soak a chicken bone in a glass of vinegar for three days. It will bend like rubber.
67.) Eliminate Odors from Used Jars
Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with white vinegar.
68.) Deodorize a Stale Lunch Box
Soak a paper napkin in vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.
69.) Kill Bacteria in 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.
70.) Cheese Storage
Cheese will last longer if you store it in a vinegar-soaked cloth
71.) Prevent Cracked Hard Boiled Eggs
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.
72.) Clean Food-Stained Pots and Pans
Fill the pots and pans with white vinegar and let stand for thirty minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water.
73.) Wipe Out Caked Food in the Microwave
Fill a small bowl with equal parts hot water and vinegar, place it in the microwave and set the power to high for 5 minutes. The steam built up inside makes it easier to clean.
74.) Remove Chewing Gum
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.
75.) Relief Jellyfish Stings
Dot the irritation with vinegar to relieve itching.
Important Things to Know Before You Start:
- ACV should always be diluted in water before swallowing. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth
- Long-term use of ACV could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density. Avoid this by not using it more than a week or so, without taking a break for another week.
- If you have osteoporosis, check with your doctor to see if it’s safe for you.
- If you have diabetes, check with your doctor before using apple cider vinegar. Vinegar contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels.