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17 Surprising Uses for Vinegar

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17 Surprising Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar is more than just an important ingredient in salad dressings and homemade pickles. This humble, fermented liquid has all kinds of uses around the house.

In fact, some of the properties that make vinegar useful in preserving food are the same ones that make it a great green cleaning ingredient. Vinegar is antiseptic, meaning that it kills bacteria. It’s also acidic, which makes it great at cutting grease as well as pickling those cucumbers that are growing like gangbusters in your garden.

There are two vinegars that I always try to keep in ample supply at my house: white vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is so popular for natural cleaning and DIY beauty that you’ll often see folks refer to it just as ACV. I buy both of these in the biggest jugs that I can find, because I use them both so frequently for everything from common uses like making refrigerator pickles to less common jobs like cleaning out the fridge.

Got your big bottles of white vinegar and ACV at the ready? Check out 17 ways to use these vinegars besides eating them!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:45AM PST on Feb 28, 2015

Davalarınız ile emin ellerde olsun...

3:05PM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Son dönemlerin en iyi boşanma avukatı için burayı inceleyebilirsiniz.

5:35PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Yeni siyah renk seçeneği ile joyetech eroll stoklarımıza giriş yaptı.

4:26PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

All interesting; thanks.

9:44PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

good ideas .

9:37PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thanks for the advice Becky.

8:54AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Vinegar is marvellous and versatile, much preferable to toxic chemicals. Good tips.

9:17AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Have been using these for years.
To clean electrical kettle,bil some water,small amount,poor some white vinaigre in it ,leave for a while...when you look if stiil not clean bil water again and poor more vinaigre......

When cool,just clean it with cool water and boil once to make sure all vinaigre is out!

8:26AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Becky...For years I have been using Apple Cider vinegar and Sea Salt as an exfoliator for my skin in the shower. After which I use coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil on my skin...I spritz myself with vinegar water when in the garden ( keeps bugs off ) and soaking feet can remove odor and prevent athletes foot and fungus. White vinegar I use it for window cleaner wiping with newspaper and toothpaste and white vinegar removes the film from car headlamps...Oh by the way 1/4 cup WV in water when making hard boiled eggs, removes odors from the house....Just a few ideas I have found to be safe and inexpensive...

4:38AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

I will be trying this in the bath to try and soothe my aching muscles. A day without pain would be bliss!

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