I have recently fallen in love with vinegar.
If you spend any time on green- or sustainable-living blogs (as I do in copious amounts), there is no doubt that you’ve come across information on the (literally) hundreds of uses of white vinegar. I was dubious but decided to give some of the suggestions a try… and now I am obsessed. Obsessed!!
In the last couple of days, I have seen vinegar outperform more expensive and toxic alternatives, and seen it do things I never knew were possible! I cannot wait to see how many applications I can find for vinegar in the long run :D
This weekend, I used white vinegar to:
- Deodorize a Trash Can – In this case, vinegar did what soap could not – remove a foul odor lingering in a plastic trash can. I just filled the bin with water, added a little vinegar, let it soak overnight, then rinsed. No odor! It also, without effort, removed the stickers that were permanently adhered to the bottom of the can :)
- Clean Stainless Steel - the outside of my Berkey water filter is shiny, polished stainless steel and it is always smudged with fingerprints and watermarks. All my soaps leave a film on the surface, but not water and vinegar! I mixed water and vinegar (equal parts each) in a spray bottle and spritzed some on the metal, then wiped. Voila! Sparkling clean.
- Perk Up Leafy Greens – The lettuce in my fridge is getting a little old and wilted – enough so that I had none to put on my sandwich this afternoon. So I soaked a few leaves in cold water with less than 1 Tbsp of vinegar for about five minutes and the lettuce was like new! Fresh lettuce! And it didn’t taste or smell like vinegar at all.
Also, in the health and hygiene category, I’ve found that vinegar can:
- Deodorize Your Body – As some of you may know, I am currently experimenting with wearing no deodorant/antiperspirant. Most of the time, there is absolutely no adverse smell at all (yay!) but when I work up a sweat, things get pretty stinky pretty fast. Yesterday, I was beginning to stink and Cory and I were heading to a restaurant for dinner, so I sprayed both of my armpits with vinegar and (despite smelling like a salad for a few minutes) the odor completely disappeared! [The vinegar smell evaporates and disappears once its dry.]
- Boost Your Health – Because of the numerous health benefits, last night Cory drank an 8-oz glass of water with 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp honey and this morning he reported that he felt great. When I asked him for details, he just said that he felt “way better.” Yay! [My suspicion is that his pH levels have normalized. - People who eat lots of meat and dairy experience acidic bodies, and apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize your blood and therefore balance pH. Also, it helps detoxify your organs, specifically the liver and kidneys, which would make anyone feel better!]
Here are some articles I’ve recently read about the uses of vinegar, in case you’re curious about how you might use vinegar in your home.
- 254 Uses for Vinegar… and Counting by Paul at WiseBread
- 131 Uses for Vinegar (nicely broken down by usage category)
- 20 Unusual Uses for Vinegar by Stephanie of EcoSalon
- 23 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar from Care2.com
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