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Top Uses of Vinegar ~ Health Benefits ~ Household Uses

Vinegar has long been known for its health benefits and use as a natural cleanser for your insides, outsides, and household!  On this page we'll discuss and list many of the 1001 uses of vinegar in areas including general health, use as skin care, hair care, deodorant, for pet care, organic gardening, household cleaning, laundry care, and pest control!

What is Vinegar

Vinegar is a product of fermentation. This is a process in which sugars in a food are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the first stage of fermentation, the sugars are turned into alcohol. Then, if the alcohol ferments further, you get vinegar. The word comes from the French, meaning "sour wine." While vinegar can be made from all sorts of things -- like many fruits, vegetables, and grains -- apple cider vinegar comes from pulverized apples.  The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar, or any vinegar, is acetic acid. However, vinegars also have other acids, vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids.  Source: WebMD

Benefits of Vinegar ~ from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things published in Readers Digest

The list below has been organized by category of use.  The titles are the same as that in the above attached document "Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things" which also includes detailed instructions for any of the uses listed below. Other sources are included in the document above and referenced below.  Enjoy a living a healthy, clean and natural life...all on a budget! 

Healthcare & Disease Prevention Skin Care
  • Soak away aching muscles

  • Freshen your breath

  • Soothe a sore throat

  • Breathe easier (asthma)

  • Treat an active cold sore

  • Obesity or Weight Loss  (WebMD)

  • Diabetes (WebMD)

  • High cholesterol (WebMD)

  • Blood Pressure (WebMD)

  • Heart Disease (WebMD)

  • Cancer (WebMD)

  • Heartburn & Acid Refulx (GHC)

  • Bowel Irregularity (GHC), Gas

  • Joint Pain and Stiffness (GHC)

  • Dissolve Kidney Stones

  • Prevent Flu and Stomach Illness

  • Regulate pH of the Body

  • Relieve Nausea

  • Relieve Allergies 

  • Relieve Gout

  • Relieve Sinus Pressure / Migraine

  • Relieves Arthritis & Inflammation

  • Promote Alkalinity

  • Ease sunburn and itching

  • Banish bruises

  • Make a poultice for corns and calluses

  • Get the jump on athleteís foot

  • Pamper your skin

  • Say good-bye to age or sun spots

  • Soften your cuticles

  • Make nail polish last longer

  • Treat a jellyfish or bee sting

  • Spray away wrinkles

  • Skin Conditions & Blemishes (GHC)

  • Use as Deodorant  (People's Pharmacy)

  • Toe Nail Fungus (People's Pharmacy)

Hair Care (Vinegar as a Rinse) Pet Care
  • Control your dandruff

  • Condition your hair

  • Protect blond hair from chlorine

  • Restore Shine

  • Relieve Itchy & Irritated Scalp

  • Seal cuticle making hair smoother

  • Clear Greasy Build-Up

  • Unmark petís spots (eliminate pet odor)

  • Directly protect against fleas and ticks

  • Clean your petís ears

  • Remove skunk odor

Organic Gardening Pest Control
  • Test soil acidity or alkalinity

  • Clean a hummingbird feeder

  • Speed germination of flower seed

  • Keep cut flowers fresh

  • Wipe away mealy bugs

  • Encourage blooms on azaleas and gardenias

  • Stop yellow leaves on plants

  • Treat rust and other plant diseases

  • Clean your lawn mower blades

  • Keep out four-legged creatures (such as deer & rabbits in garden)

  • Exterminate dandelions & grass

  • Keep the kitties away

  • Purge bugs from your pantry

  • Trap fruit flies

  • Make a trap to lure flying insects

  • Give ants the boot

  • Clean off bird droppings

 

Household Cleaning Laundry Care
  • Clear dirt off PCs and peripherals

  • Clean your computer mouse

  • Clean your window blinds

  • Unclog and deodorize drains

  • Get rid of smoke odor

  • Wipe away mildew

  • Clean chrome and stainless steel

  • Shine your silver

  • Polish brass and copper items

  • Unglue stickers, decals & price tags

  • Burnish your scissors

  • Clean your piano keys

  • Deodorize lunch boxes, footlockers, and car trunks

  • Freshen a musty closet

  • Brighten up brickwork

  • Revitalize wood paneling

  • Restore your rugs

  • Remove carpet stains

  • Remove candle wax

  • Give grease stains the slip

  • Conceal scratches in wood furniture (olive oil also works)

  • Get rid of water rings on furniture

  • Wipe off wax or polish buildup

  • Revitalize leather furniture

  • Refresh your refrigerator

  • Steam-clean your microwave

  • Disinfect cutting boards

  • Deodorize your garbage disposal  (or old lemons or citrus peals)

  • Wash out your dishwasher (also works to unclog a dishwasher drain!)

  • Clean china, crystal, and glassware

  • Clean a coffeemaker

  • Clean a teakettle

  • Cut the grease

  • Brush-clean can opener blades

  • Remove stains from pots, pans, and ovenware

  • Clear the air in your kitchen

  • Refresh your ice trays

  • Make all-purpose cleaners

  • Make an all-purpose scrub for pots and pans

  • Sanitize jars, containers, and vases

  • Clean a dirty thermos

  • Clean your eyeglasses

  • Wash shower curtain mildew

  • Shine ceramic tiles

  • Whiten your grout

  • Clean sinks and bathtubs

  • Shine up your shower doors

  • Disinfect shower door tracks

  • Remove mineral deposits from showerheads (sink/dishwasher drains)

  • Wipe down bathroom fixtures

  • Fight mold and mildew

  • Disinfect toilet bowls

  • Clean your toothbrush holder

  • Wash out your rinse cup

  • Dull the shine in your seat

  • Clean outdoor furniture and decks

  • Wash concrete off your skin

  • Remove paint fumes

  • Degrease grates, fans, and air-conditioner grilles

  • Disinfect air-conditioner and humidifier filters

  • Keep paint on your cement floors

  • Get rid of rust

  • Peel off wallpaper

  • Slow hardening of plaster

  • Revive your paintbrushes

  • Soften fabrics

  • Kills bacteria

  • Eliminate static

  • Keep cloths soft and fresh

  • Set color of new clothes

  • Clean your washing machine

  • Stop reds from running

  • Brighten your laundry loads

  • Make new clothes ready to wear (rid them of chemicals, odor, etc)

  • Whiten your dingy crew socks

  • Get the yellow out of clothing

  • Soften up your blankets

  • Flush your ironís interior

  • Clean your ironís soleplate

  • Sharpen your creases

  • Make old hemlines disappear

  • Erase scorch marks

  • Remove cigarette smell from suits

  • Reshape your woolens

  • Brush off suede stains

  • Pat away water-soluble stains

  • Unset old stains

  • Sponge out serious stains

  • Get the rust out

  • Clear away crayon stains

  • Remove rings from collars and cuffs

  • Pretreat perspiration stains

  • Make pen ink disappear

  • Soak out bloodstains

Cooking and Food Care Automotive Care
  • Tenderize & purify meat /seafood

  • Keep corned beef from shrinking

  • Make better boiled or poached eggs

  • Wash store-bought produce

  • Remove bumper stickers

  • Clean windshield wiper blades

  • Keep car windows frost-free

  • Care for your carís carpets

  • Remove odors from your hands

  • Get rid of berry stains

 

Sources:

* Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things ~ http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/

* Weight Loss & Diet Plans ~  http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar  Please note that this article presents information from the standpoint of medical studies and as a medical site only endorses those backed by medical studies.  However, there is a long history of anecdotal evidence to support many of the others claims for use, most of which have never been verified or contradicted by a formal study.  Additionally, just because a study exists it does not mean that it is correct.  For example. a study of studies revealed that 40% of studies are wrong with 20% being contradicted upon re-study and the other 20% showing a significantly stronger affect than suggested by the initial study.

* GHC Blog ~ http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/the-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

* People's Pharmacy ~ http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2005/12/07/vinegar-for-und/

* Holistic Remedy for Dogs ~ http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/2_6/features/5220-1.html

Note: The information contained herein has been compiled from various sources. The above statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We make no claims, either expressed or implied, that any treatments mentioned in this newsletter will cure disease, replace prescription medication, or supersede sound medical advice.

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Original List In Exact Order as Found in Attached Document from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things