Household Uses For Vinegar

Did you know that vinegar is an inexpensive, economical solution to many common cleaning, health, and beauty problems?

Vinegar. It's inexpensive and economical. It's non-toxic and easy to use. And it's a cheap solution to many common problems you encounter every day. Sure, it has kind of a funny smell. But the smell dissipates quickly, and therein lie some of its benefits.

Vinegar has been shown to have some homeopathic medicinal value, can be used as a staple in your household cleaning kit, and can even function as a natural health and beauty treatment - all in addition to being a valuable ingredient in various recipes and used for cooking purposes. And best of all, it won't harm children or pets like many of the other chemicals we normally keep around the house for these same purposes.

Vinegar's Medicinal Value

Vinegar seems to have healthy effects on the human body, inside and out. For a little preventive homeopathic medicine, try a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a touch of honey mixed into a glass of water to take the edge off hunger and make you feel healthy and energetic.

Suffering from a sore throat? Mix a teaspoon vinegar with a glass of water. Gargle with the mixture and then swallow.

Head and chest heavy with congestion? Next time you run your vaporizer, add ¼ cup vinegar to the water and breathe much easier!

You know those hard callouses that can build up on the bottoms of your feet with age - that thick skin that won't seem to go away? Try soaking your feet in a combination of white vinegar and warm water nightly and watch your feet soften noticeably.

Did you stay outside too long and get a little too much sun? Soak a washcloth in vinegar and gently apply it to sunburned skin for cool relief. Reapply as needed as it evaporates. Besides sunburn, vinegar also soothes the itch and irritation of bee stings!

A Natural Clean With Vinegar

Most people know that vinegar makes an excellent window cleaner. Mixed with water or simply sprayed full-strength on glass and mirrors, vinegar does a great job quickly and easily. Simply wipe windows dry with crumpled-up newspapers and watch your windows sparkle.

But vinegar actually cleans a whole lot more than just glass. Use it full-strength to polish car chrome with a cloth and see it shine! Use it on your car's windshield and windows, too. Wipe out your refrigerator with vinegar to clean, deodorize, and help prevent mildew.

Soak cloudy drinking glasses in warmed white vinegar for a few hours to remove the film, simply wipe clean, rinse, and dry.

Periodically run a gallon of distilled vinegar through your washing machine to clean it thoroughly, get rid of soap scum, and clear out the hoses. Run the machine through the warm water wash cycle empty and then add the vinegar during the rinse cycle.

Add ½ cup of vinegar or so to warm bath water when bathing and get double benefits - softer skin and a cleaner bathtub with less work! (It's good for your hair, too, but we'll get to that in a minute.)

Vinegar: A Health and Beauty Treatment?

Believe it or not, vinegar makes a simple, inexpensive conditioner for your hair and helps remove the sticky stuff shampoo can leave behind. About a tablespoon will do it or simply add ½ cup of vinegar to your bath water when bathing as suggested above and your hair will also reap the benefits.

Vinegar can also be used to treat dandruff. Simply pour a few Tablespoons of vinegar on your hair and massage into your scalp. Wait a few minutes, then rinse and wash hair like normal. Try this for a few days until you see results.

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