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the many uses of vinegar

in my never-ending quest to find chemical-free alternatives for household uses i found this site. so far i've used vinegar for laundry and as a deodorizing spray after cooking.

i hope you find this useful!


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  1. 1. Drains
    Into a sluggish drain, pour a mixture of very hot water and baking soda. Follow that with some vinegar. Listen to the satisfying gurgling and growling going on in your pipe. It may work, and I don't THINK the fumes are poisonous.

    2. Health
    This is from John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series --
    "I have caught about every kind of body louse a bountiful nature provides. And I have yet to contract a case that did not respond immediately to plain old vinegar... It kills the crabs and kills the eggs, and the itching stops almost immediately." Meyer in A TAN AND SANDY SILENCE, p.230.

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    1. re: Sharuf

      For use #1, the fumes are relatively benign seing as they are simply carbon dioxide. It'll only get dangerous if you decide to pull the same idea on the space shuttle or a submarine and the re-breathers aren't working :).

    2. I love the baking-soda-vinegar-drain thing mentioned above. Even if it doesn't work, it's fun.

      I also use it to de-scale my kettle. The water is extremely hard where I live, and vinegar is wonderful at removing limescale.

      The only thing I disagree with is the grease-cutting. I don't think vinegar is an effective grease-cutter at all. Heck, it's hard enough to get it to mix with oil in a salad.

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      1. re: Kagey

        I also use vinegar on almost everything to remove hard water deposits. However, I made the mistake of using it on my nickel-plated (?) faucet; it uglified (oughtta be a real word) the finish!

      2. We just ran into an old friend yesterday, and my husband was complaining he had to start taking blood pressure medicine. Our friend pulled out a bottle of cider vinegar pills, which he got at Walmart, and raved that not only did they lower his cholesterol and blood pressure, but he lost 75 pounds and on and on. Said his doctor turned him on to them. The thing is, back in the 50s and 60s, I remember my grandmother every morning took a spoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of hot water for health reasons, and I'm going to research this further.

        1. I clean my floors with vinegar, lemon juice and water.

          1. Vinegar is not effective at cutting grease. I do like it for windows. And good for lime deposits, but otherwise the uses are limited. Baking soda is more useful to me.

            1. I was just reading about the health benefits on the side of my apple cider vinegar jar and think I will give it a try.

              1. Rebs, For people who are prone to having gas problems from spicy food, etc. Just take 1 tablespoon of vinegar after eating and you'll never have a problem.

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                1. re: Walters

                  Vinegar can also curb insulin spikes and may aid in weight loss.


                2. Diluted white vinegar is great for neutralising bad smells - I use it to clean my bunny's litter box.

                  1. That last post reminds me... My husband is a chef and comes home with VERY smelly clothes. I use white viegar in the rinse cycle to help get rid of some of those tough smells.
                    It also gives my hardwood floors a beautiful shine.

                    1. When I used to swim, I'd do a final vinegar rinse through my hair to remove the chlorine.

                      1. Cider vinegar slightly warmed is a great cold and flu gargle. If I feel a sore throat coming on I immediately grab the cider vinegar.

                        1. I mix a pound of salt with a gallon of vinegar and use it as a pet-safe weed killer in my yard. On a sunny day it is very fast acting; weeds, especially large ones like thistles, started to shrivel within an hour. A very directional sprayer should be used because it will kill grass too, although the grass came back and the weeds didnt.

                          Either an upside or a downside depending on your own orientation: My yard smelled like a fish & chip shop for days!

                          1. I use vinegar in the rinse to remove the soap residue from my clothes, apparently it is also a fabric softener. Also use it to rinse my bathingsuits and stop the chlorine from damaging the lycra.