Vinegar Benefits And Uses
Vinegar is possibly the most versatile and well-known product on our shelves. It has been used for countless years as a cleaning product. But it also has amazing health benefits. Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. The word vinegar comes from the French word “vinaigre” which means “sour wine.” It was probably discovered by accident thousands of years ago—after a cask of wine had gone bad. When the wine was first made, natural sugars were fermented into alcohol. Over time, bacteria in the air transformed the alcohol into acetic acid, which gave the “sour wine” its bite.
Vinegar’s role in history is well documented. This versatile product was used by everyone—from kings and conquerors to explorers and everyday people.
* The Babylonians used vinegar to preserve and pickle food.
* Hippocrates prescribed vinegar as a remedy for a variety of ailments.
* Caesar’s armies used vinegar as a beverage.
* Hannibal drenched huge boulders in hot vinegar which cracked them into small pieces, enabling his army to continue its journey across the Alps.
* Helen of Troy bathed in vinegar to relax.
* Early Europeans used vinegar as a deodorizer.
* During the Bubonic Plague people poured vinegar on their skin to protect themselves from germs.
* Cleopatra dissolved pearls in vinegar to prove that she could consume a fortune in a single meal.
* Sailors used vinegar as a food preservative during long voyages.
* World War I medics used vinegar to treat soldiers’ wounds.
Vinegar Uses For Health Remedies
There are three main types of vinegar that we use today
White vinegar (most common, great for cleaning)
Balsamic vinegar (used mainly for food)
Apple cider vinegar (great for internal health)
* Vinegar for the relief of heartburn or acid indigestion, take one or two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
* Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Douse with vinegar. It will soothe irritation and relieve itching.
Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on the skin. Reapply as needed.
* Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bathwater.
Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
* Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, and then swallow. For another great gargle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vinegar, gargle then drink.
* Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer. (Be sure to check vaporizer instructions for additional water measurement.)
* Skin burns: Apply ice-cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.
* Chest congestion: To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
* Toenail fungus: Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.
* Arthritis Relief: Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of water.
* Lessen Morning Sickness. Drink some apple cider vinegar in water, with honey added. This concoction can help calm a queasy stomach.
Stop Itching. Apply a paste made from vinegar and bicarb. Keep on until itch disappears.
* Wart Remover: Mix lukewarm water with a cup of white distilled vinegar. Immerse area with wart and soak 20 minutes every day until the wart disappears.
* Bug Spray. Combine equal amounts of water, white distilled vinegar, and liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Use on skin, as needed.
* Stave off high blood sugar and other Alzheimer’s risk factors with a daily dose of vinegar. According to researchers, there is evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline and dementia — namely, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and pre-diabetes, and weight gain.
While vinegar does not confront Alzheimer’s directly, studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity. Swedish investigators agree. In one study, down two or three tablespoons of vinegar with white bread cut expected rises in insulin and blood sugar by about 25%. Pour on the vinegar — add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works because it’s the acidity that counts.
Vinegar For Cleaning
* Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup bicarb with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.
* Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white vinegar.
* Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, and then run hot water down the drain.
* Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.
* Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white vinegar.
* Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white vinegar for the final rinse.
* Remove soap build up and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.
* To prevent good glassware from getting etched by minerals, wash then spray with full-strength white vinegar. Give the glasses a hot water rinse before letting them dry or drying them with a towel.
* Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.
* Remove stains from coffee and tea cups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of bicarb and white vinegar. Rinse clean.
* Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.
* Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted white vinegar.
* To make cleaning the grill easier, spray a solution of half water and half white vinegar on the cooking surface.
* Remove soap build up from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white vinegar.
* Rinse away soapy film on countertops with a solution of white vinegar and water.
* Clean grout by letting the full-strength white vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush.
* Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
* To remove grime, mildew, and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white vinegar. Rinse with water.
* Spray shower doors with full-strength white vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.
* Deodorize the toilet bowl by allowing 3 cups white vinegar to sit in it for about a half hour before flushing.
* Freshen the air in the bathroom by spraying into the air a solution of 1 teaspoon bi-carb, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and 1 cup water.
* Vinegar floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up.
* Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white vinegar and water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle bicarb over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.
* Get rid of mildew, dust, and stale odors by wiping down walls with undiluted white vinegar on a cloth or a sponge mop.
* To kill germs, spray full-strength white vinegar on doorknobs and then wipe them dry.
* To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white vinegar to soapy water.
* Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with bi-carb and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.
Vinegar really is a wonderful product. When used in conjunction with bi-carb soda and hydrogen peroxide, you will begin to wonder why you ever bought chemicals into your home. – Angela Soya