Versatile Vinegar

Versatile vinegar has many uses around the home. Discover 17 household uses for this multitalented kitchen staple.

| January/February 2013

A staple in any pantry, vinegar is a multitasking wonder with a rich history of use for everything from making pickles to treating war wounds. The ancient Babylonians used it to preserve food; medics during World War I treated wounds with it; and Roman armies diluted it with water to create an everyday antibacterial drink. Today, versatile vinegar is still widely used in food preservation, but its household uses extend well beyond pickling. Thanks to its acidity and neutralizing properties, vinegar can clean, disinfect, soften, shine and more. Use it from the kitchen to the bathroom, in everything from homemade cleaners to hair rinses, to take full advantage of this humble household wonder.

1. Grease Cutter: Vinegar’s acidity lets it cut through grease with ease. Dip a sponge in vinegar and wipe to degrease stovetops, microwaves, dirty dishes and more.

2. Disinfectant: A natural antibacterial, vinegar makes a great base for any nontoxic cleaning solution. For an all-purpose disinfecting solution, dilute 1 part vinegar in 4 parts water and use anywhere germs are found, such as countertops, keyboards, shared phones, doorknobs and remote controls.

3. Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Clean, disinfect and deodorize your toilet by pouring 1 cup of vinegar around the inside of the bowl. Let sit for an hour, use a brush to remove rings, then flush.

4. Drain Cleaner: To keep drains clog-free, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Wait for foaming to subside, then follow with a gallon of boiling water. If necessary, remove hair and other debris with a wire. Repeat if drain is still slow.

5. Glass Cleaner: For a streak-free shine, combine 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spritz onto mirrors, then wipe down with old newspapers.

6/3/2014 4:00:54 AM

This post is nice. Vinegar is really wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

5/29/2014 1:15:52 AM

Vinegar is indeed versatile. I enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing.

3/11/2014 7:21:32 AM

You're probably aware, or at least you wouldn't be surprised to know, that there are several more uses for vinegar that didn't make it onto your list. A paste of baking soda and water spread on tile grout then sprayed with a mixture of vinegar and water makes an excellent grout cleaner. The same mixture, spread on your glass oven door, will, after setting for a while, let you wipe all that burnt on brown stuff right off the glass. And vinegar, water, and pool salt in a garden sprayer is a very effective weed killer.

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