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1.Used as a hair rinse,
vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by shampoos.
2.A quarter cup in a quart
of water makes a good window cleaner.
A reader adds: When you
use vinegar in your water to wash windows, dry
with newspapers. Your windows
3.Fabric softener and static
cling reducer - use as you would liquid
4.Air freshener, used with
baking soda - use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1
tablespoon vinegar and
2 cups of water. After it stops foaming, mix
well, and use in a (recycled)
spray bottle into the air.
5.Chewing gum dissolver
- saturate the area with vinegar. If the vinegar
is heated, it will work
6.Stain remover - for stains
caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and
berries. Soak clothing
in full strength vinegar.
7.Corn and callus remover
- soak a piece of stale bread (a cloth would
probably do as well) in
vinegar, and tape it over the callus or corn
8.Age spot fader - Mix
equal parts of onion juice and vinegar and use it
daily on age spots. This
will take a few weeks to work, just like its
expensive relative from
9.Kill grass or weeds by
pouring hot vinegar on it. This might take a
couple of times to work
10.Wash your windshield
with vinegar in the winter to help keep ice and
11. If you have a septic
tank, use vinegar instead of harsh chemicals to
clean the toilet bowl.
Let it set overnight if you can; it will help
keep germs down.
12.Spray your hands with
a mist of vinegar, or dip them in vinegar and
dry after washing dishes
or having them in soapy water to keep your
13.It's an ongoing battle
as to whether vinegar can help you lose
weight, but the ones who
say it will, say to drink a glass of water
before each meal in which
you've added a tablespoon of vinegar and a
tablespoon of honey.
14.Use diluted 1:1 in water
to take pet odors out of carpets. Find the
spot, and saturate it with
about 1 1/2 times the original volume. Let
set for awhile then blot
up. Repeat if your cloth is very dirty after
blotting. I make sure to
turn on a fan and open a window, especially for
15.Splash vinegar on your
varicose veins. The vinegar is supposed to
reduce the veins and relieve
the pain and swelling. Of course, you might
smell like a tossed salad!
16. I put about a tablespoon
of vinegar in the water when poaching eggs.
It helps the eggs to keep
their shape. No taste of vinegar either.
17.A reader says; My best
use for vinegar is to use 1 tablespoon vinegar
to an 8 ounce glass of
warm water for a sore throat. Gargle every hour
and swallow after gargling,
with two mouthfuls. I got this from a
Vermont Folk Medicine book
by D.C.Jarvis many years ago. If started at
the first hint of a sore
throat, it always works, usually within a
night's sleep. I don't
mind the taste, but some children might.
18.It is also helpful when
children get lice, if you take warm vinegar
and put it on the hair
also take your nit comb and dip it in the
vinegar. As you run it
through the hair it helps remove the nits. It is
supposed to be able to
help break down the glue the nits use to stay
attached to the hair.
19.Set a container (shallow
bowl) of vinegar throughout the house to
absorb unpleasant odors.
Works great on burned food odors. Do not use
styrofoam. It will soak
20.Vinegar and olive oil
with a selection of herbs on your salad. A
different reader adds:
I like to use vinegar the old-fashioned way: I
eat it!! I use all sorts
of vinegars as salad dressing ingredients (my
favorite is the classic
red wine vinegar mixed with olive oil). I also
eat my fish with malt vinegar,
which is also very good on french fries.
21.This reader says: I
liked the 'spray mister' approach to air
freshening, but as a sometimes
poor bachelor cook, I have blackened fish
when it isn't on the menu.
Vinegar in a towel, twirled about the head
will quickly stop the smoke
detectors from screaming. It also freshens
the air, and captures the
smoke smell before the whole house is caught.
Added by another reader:
Put vinegar on white bread around a house to
get rid of smoke smell
fom a fire.
22.Another reader writes:
You can use vinegar to remove wall paper. I
just redid my entire kitchen
and it was a snap. First remove top layer
of wallpaper. Then spray
vinegar on and let set for a minute or two.
Then pull backing away.
Scrape excess glue off wall. Wipe remaining glue
off with vinegar and rinse
with water. You don't have to use harse
chemicals and it is cheap,
23.This reader writes:
My grandmother swears by vinegar as an antiseptic
for abrasions,to reduce
itch from poison ivy or mosquito bites,and even
to help rehydrate sunburned
24.She also uses it diluted
50/50 as a skin cleanser as most soaps are
alkaline as compared to
25.On a different note,
most meat marinades are most effective if
acidic, so an extra few
spoonfuls of vinegar can't hurt.
26.On heavily tarnished
copper or copper-alloy to be cleaned up, use a
paste made of salt and
27.A reader writes: I use
white (not apple cider) vinegar mixed with
water to rinse off the
dishes after washing them to take the soap off
and leave them squeeky
clean. This also takes the soap residue off of my
hands at the same time.
28.Another reader wrote:
I am allergic to crabs. However, I love them. I
have found that when I
dip my crabmeat in vinegar, I don't get an
allergic reaction. This
may not work for everyone, but it works for me.
29.Pour vinegar around
the sides of your pool and it helps keeps flies
30.Add 1/2 cup vinegar
to a gal. of water to keep your vinyl no wax
floors clean and shining.
31.USE as a meat tenderizer.
Add a tablespoon to water when boiling ribs
or meat for stews, and
even the toughest meat will be so tender you can
cut with fork or will fall
off the bone.
32.One teaspoon to one
tablespoon of vinegar gets rid of hiccups.
33.Vinegar is great for
removing calcium deposit build up. Use full
strength and allow to set.
Time depends on condition.
* At bedtime, cover sunburns
with a towel soaked in water and vinegar and
try to persuade the victim
to sleep this way. Younger ones, of course,
will have a struggle with
this, especially because of the smell!
* Put vineagar in a spray
bottle and spray on sunburn. It soothes for
quite a length of time.
Just like store bought stuff.
* A reader wrote this:
I used this on my son when his legs were sunburned.
I used half and half which
was half water and half vinegar. I saturated
tea towels in it and layed
them on his legs and he said it didn't smell
too good but it sure took
out the burning. You must do this several
times but it works and
then it gives you a nice tan.
* To relieve swelling and
fluid from too much sun, mix a paste of baking
soda and apple cider vinegar
and apply. This reader says it will draw
out the fluid.
35.Use 2 cups of cider
vinegar in the tub to soak sore muscles and add
potassium to muscles.
36.Use for a throat soother.
Take equal amounts of honey and cider
vinegar, stir or shake
until dissolved. Take a tablespoon at a time to
cut mucuous in the throat.
37.Heat vinegar to boiling
point. Then poor over your fixtures that have
deposits of lime. This
will release or remove the deposit.
38.Use a cup of vinegar
in two gallons of water in the diaper pail to
neutralize the urine in
cloth diapers. It also helps keep them from
39.Keep a spray bottle
of 50% vinegar, 50% water near the laundry
station. Spray it on clothing
stains before tossing the clothing into
the washer (just as you
would a commercial spray stain remover).
40.As a carpet spot and
stain remover - take a trigger spray bottle and
fill with one part white
vinegar to seven parts water. Take a second
spray bottle and fill with
one part white, non sudsy amonnia and seven
parts water. Saturate stain
with vinegar solution. Let dwell for a few
minutes and blot thoroughly
with a clean, white cloth. Then go over the
area with the ammonia solution,
let dwell and blot again. Repeat until
the stain is gone. Also
works for pet stains to help remove the odors.
41.Keep a solution of 50/50
white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to
use for clean ing windows.
42.From a reader: When
I apply a weak bleach solution (to a counter
after handling raw chicken,
or to grout to whiten it), even after
rinsing it still smells
like bleach. Spraying it with the vinegar
solution does away with
the bleachy smell. This also works if you use
bleach when washing fabric
- try an extra rinse with a cup of vinegar in
it to get rid of the bleach
Note: A reader cautioned
against using vinegar with bleach because it
produces chlorine gas,
so I asked about it on our chemistry guide's
forum here at About.com.
He said that, while the mixture does produce
chlorine gas, using a few
drops at a time (to rinse hands or counter, as
opposed to gallons) as
a spot neutralizer would cause no problem. You
can read the posts yourself,
if you like.
43.Another reader wrote
this: Fill the water reservoir half way and run
the coffee maker as you
normally do and then run it once full of water
and the coffee maker will
be spotless. (Well, cleaner anyway.)
44.Vinegar in drinking
water is very effective in eliminating the
low-grade fevers that are
present in Chronic Fatigue sufferers. It also
helps eliminate the 'thrush'
coating in the mouth which is sometimes
caused by antibiotic use.
Mix four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to
a gallon of drinking water.
Drink up to one gallon each day.
45.Add a splash of vinegar,
a tablespoon or so, to the water when you
hardboil eggs. If one cracks,
it will not boil out of the shell.
46.Add a tablespoon of
apple cider vinegar to a quart of drinking water.
Helps to deal with heat
stress. Also helps to repel mosquitos.
47.From another reader:
After years of suffering from athlete's foot,
consulting doctors, and
spending hundreds of dollars on so called cures
(some presciption, some
over the counter), I read in one of the
magazines in which I subscibe
to try soaking in vinegar. Something was
said about it changing
skin ph so that the fungus could not grow. I
soaked three evenings in
a row. Now, no more fungus and that has been
several months ago.
48.This reader says: I
feed vinegar to my horses to keep the flies away.
I pour 1/4 cup of cider
vinegar on their grain once a day and it really
keeps the flies away from
them! They seem to like it too.
49.I use cloth diapers
and my baby kept breaking out in a rash. From
another web site, it suggested
adding a cup of vinegar during the rinse
cycle. It equalizes the
ph balance. I've been doing it ever since and,
viola, no rash!
50.This readers says: I
use white or cider vinegar to clean out the
chicken's and cat's water
containers. I pour a small amount in the
container, take a rag and
wash the gunky parts and rinse. I rinse an
extra time and dump on
my plants outside. It keeps the water containers
clean without all that
gunky buildup. I do it once a month.
51.Soak shower head in
vinegar overnight, then rinse in hot water, to
remove water deposits and
keep it flowing freely.
52.From another reader:
When my kids were small, sometimes they would
not have a good car riding
experience ...vomiting in the car. We cleaned
it out and nothing would
get rid of that small, especially when the car
got warm. So, we placed
a bowl of vinegar in a bowl on the floor of the
car, closed it up for the
night. In the morning, no more smell. And it
never came back.
53.Yet another reader -
We live in the country with 4 dogs as part of
our family,they sit on
the couch,etc. BUT,they love to chase skunks
since I don't usually keep
tomato juice around,vinegar has come to my
rescue. It doesn't take
it away completely but its bearable. Keep away
from eyes, of course.
54.And this one: A nurse
told me molds grow in humidifiers used in sick
rooms. After a couple of
days' use, she rinsed out a humidifier, then
refilled it, adding maybe
1/4 cup vinegar. She would run this for a
couple of minutes in the
bathroom, with the door closed and the window
open, to kill the molds.
Then she'd rinse it, run it again with just
clear water, rinse that,
and declare it fit for service again. She was
also adamant about not
just pouring more water in to refill, but rinsed
the reservoir out each
time to retard growth of nasty stuff she didn't
want spraying all around
the sick room.
55.This reader says - I
hate to wear gloves when gardening (except, of
course when working with
roses, blackberries or thistles) and once in a
while I get a nick or scratch.
Since I shoveled most of it INTO my
garden, I know what my
hands are in, and I'm 120 yards downhill from the
bathroom sink and the disinfectant!
My trusty spray bottle of full
strength white vinegar
to the rescue. Stings for a second or two until
the endorphins kick in,
but I don't have to stop what I'm doing and make
a special trip back up
hill. I've NEVER had an infection in a scratch
since I discovered this
56.From another reader:
We have a distiller for our water. Every
Saturday, I put a gallon
of vinegar in the distiller and turn it on.
When it boils, it's done.
Then I let the vinegar cool down and use it
for cleaning the coffee
and tea pots. A gallon usually lasts a good
month before losing it's
57.. Remove water stains
from leather by rubbing with a cloth dipped in
a vinegar and water solution.
58.Drink a couple of spoonfuls
a day to keep mosquitoes away - your
perspiration will be unpleasant.
59.1 tsp cider vinegar
with one tsp honey taken three times daily helps
with arthritis. It dissolves
the crystal deposits of uric acid that form
between joints (and also
in muscles as with muscular rheumatism). Also
dissolves osteophytes (bony
spurs) over long periods.
While this seems to be
effective, we are not claiming to give medical
advice. Always ask your
doctor before attempting to diagnose yourself or
deciding upon medication
to alleviate any symptoms
Milk cows organically.
Clean milking equipment
with unperfumed dish detergent followed with a
Heinz Vinegar rinse. Pipes,
hoses, and bulk tank will come out squeaky
clean without any odor,
lowering the bacteria count.
Kill bacteria in meats.
Marinating meat in Heinz
Vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat.
Use one-quarter cup vinegar
for a two to three pound roast, marinate
overnight, then cook without
draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs to
the vinegar when marinating
Mix one part Heinz Apple
Cider Vinegar to one part glycerin into a
lotion and apply daily
to warts until they dissolve.
Remove stubborn stains
from furniture upholstery and clothes.
Apply Heinz White Vinegar
directly to the stain, then wash as directed
by the manufacturer's instructions.
Grow beautiful azaleas.
Occasionally water plants
with a mixture of two tablespoons Heinz White
Vinegar to one quart water.
Azaleas love acidic soil.
Before each meal, drink
a glass of water containing two teaspoons Heinz
Apple Cider Vinegar. Give
this folk remedy at least three weeks to start
Kill unwanted grass.
Pour Heinz White Vinegar
in crevices and between bricks.
Make a poultice of one
crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup
Heinz Vinegar. Let poultice
sit for one-half hour, then apply to the
corn and tape in place
overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning,
reapply the poultice for
several consecutive nights.
Clean the hoses and unclog
soap scum from a washing machine.
Once a month pour one cup
of Heinz White Vinegar into the washing
machine and run the machine
through a normal cycle, without clothes.
Cure an upset stomach.
Drink two teaspoons Heinz
Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water to soothe
an upset stomach.
Kill germs on bathroom
Use one part Heinz Vinegar
to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray
the bathroom fixtures and
floor, then wipe clean.
Clean soap scum, mildew,
and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower
Simply wipe the surface
with Heinz Vinegar and rinse with water.
Deodorize the air.
Heinz Vinegar is a natural
air freshener when sprayed in a room.
Use a cotton ball to dab
mosquito and other bug bites with Heinz Vinegar
straight from the bottle.
Clean lime deposits and
calcium sludge from an automatic drip coffee
Once a month fill the reservoir
with Heinz White Vinegar and run through
the brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly
with two cycles of cold water.
Relieve a sore throat.
Put two teaspoons of Heinz
Vinegar in your humidifier.
Soothe sunburn pain.
Apply undiluted Heinz Vinegar
to the burn.
Clean food-stained pots
Fill the pots and pans
with Heinz White Vinegar and let stand for thirty
minutes. Then rinse in
hot, soapy water.
Clean rust from tools,
bolts, and spigots.
Soak the rusted tool, bolt,
or spigot in undiluted Heinz White Vinegar
Turn a chicken bone into
Soak a chicken bone in
a glass of Heinz Vinegar for three days. It will
bend like rubber.
Prevent bright colored
clothes from fading.
Before putting the article
in the washing machine, soak it in Heinz
White Vinegar for ten minutes.
Keep a garbage disposal
clean and smelling fresh.
Mix one cup of Heinz Vinegar
in enough water to fill an ice cube tray,
freeze the mixture, grind
the cubes through the disposal, and flush with
Clean a toilet bowl.
Pour in one cup of Heinz
White Vinegar, let it stand for five minutes,
Back to top
Prevent yeast infections.
Douche with one tablespoon
Heinz White Vinegar to one quart warm water
to adjust the pH balance
in the vagina.
Soak dentures overnight
in Heinz White Vinegar, then brush away tartar
with a toothbrush.
Remove perspiration stains
Apply one part Heinz White
Vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.
Deodorize a room filled
with cigarette smoke or paint fumes.
Place a small bowl of Heinz
White Vinegar in the room.
Cure the hiccups.
Mix one teaspoon Heinz
Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup of warm water, and
Eliminate odors from used
Rinse peanut butter and
mayonnaise jars with Heinz White Vinegar.
Condition dry hair.
Shampoo, then rinse hair
with a mixture of one cup Heinz Apple Cider
Vinegar and two cups water.
Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair,
restores the acid mantel,
and removes soap film and sebum oil.
Clean mineral deposits
from a steam iron.
Fill the water tank with
Heinz White Vinegar. Turn the iron to the steam
setting and steam-iron
a soft utility rag to clean the steam ports.
Repeat the process with
water, then thoroughly rinse out the inside of
Remove light scorch marks
Rub lightly with Heinz
White Vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Use a spray bottle or mister
filled with a solution of equal parts Heinz
Vinegar and water around
door jambs, window sills, water pipes, and
Keep drains open.
Pour one-half box of old
baking soda down the drain followed by one cup
Heinz White Vinegar. When
the bubbling stops, run the hot water.
Prolong and brighten propane
Soak new wicks for several
hours in Heinz White Vinegar and let them dry
before inserting. Propane
lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the
same amount of fuel.
Remove decals or bumper
Soak a cloth in Heinz Vinegar
and cover the decal or bumper sticker for
several minutes until the
vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper
stickers should peel off
Deodorize a wool sweater.
Wash sweater, then rinse
in equal parts Heinz Vinegar and water to
Prevent lint from clinging
Add one cup Heinz Vinegar
to each wash load.
Prevent ice from forming
on a car windshield overnight.
Coat the window with a
solution of three parts Heinz White or Apple
Cider Vinegar to one part
Prolong the life of flowers
in a vase.
Add two tablespoons of
Heinz White Vinegar plus three tablespoons of
sugar per quart of warm
water. Stems should be in three to four inches
Prevent cracked hard-boiled
Add two tablespoons of
Heinz White Vinegar per quart of water before
boiling to prevent the
eggs from cracking. The egg shells will also peel
off faster and easier.
Use undiluted Heinz Vinegar
in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.
Eliminate unpleasant cooking
odors in the kitchen.
Boil one tablespoon of
Heinz White Vinegar with one cup of water.
Mix equal parts Heinz Vinegar
and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet
the paper thoroughly with
the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in
Eliminate animal urine
stains from carpet.
Blot up urine, flush several
times with lukewarm water, then apply a
mixture of equal parts
Heinz White Vinegar and cool water. Blot up,
rinse, and let dry.
Relieve a cold.
Mix one-quarter cup Heinz
Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup
honey. Take one tablespoon
six to eight times daily.
Deodorize a stale lunch
Soak a paper napkin in
Heinz Vinegar and leave it inside the closed
lunch box overnight.
Prevent soapy film on glassware.
Place a cup of Heinz White
Vinegar on the bottom rack of your
dishwasher, run for five
minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup
of white vinegar run through
the entire cycle once a month will also
reduce soap scum on the
Unclog a shower head.
Unscrew the shower head,
remove the rubber washer, place the head in a
pot filled with equal parts
Heinz Vinegar and water, bring to a boil,
then simmer for five minutes.
Relieve a cough.
Mix one-half cup Heinz
Apple Cider Vinegar, one-half cup water, one
teaspoon cayenne pepper,
and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon
when cough acts up. Take
another tablespoon at bedtime.
Retard patching plaster
Add one tablespoon white
vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to
slow the drying time.
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