Alternative Uses for Vinegar Around the Home

by Dave Donovan

If you grew up in a middle-class household, then you are probably all too familiar with the zingy odor of vinegar. Besides being a favorite dressing on the salad, vinegar was, and is still, used for virtually hundreds of different reasons. Here are some uses for vinegar that just may surprise you!

Uses for Vinegar in the Kitchen

  • Fill a tea- or coffee-stained mug with white vinegar and let it sit overnight. By morning, the stain will be gone!
  • Fill an ice tray with vinegar and allow it to freeze overnight. Take the cubes and grind them up in your garbage disposal and flush with cold water to keep your disposal smelling fresh.
  • Keep your automatic coffee maker running clean by brewing a cycle of white vinegar through it once a month. Run two brew cycles of clean water after one vinegar cycle before brewing a pot of coffee.
  • Eliminate airborne kitchen odors by boiling one cup of water with one tablespoon of white vinegar.
  • If you like to re-use peanut butter jars or other food jars, rinse them out with white vinegar to remove all odors left behind by the food.
  • Soak a cloth in vinegar and wrap your expensive cheese in the cloth. It will help the cheese last much longer.
  • Fill a microwave-safe bowl with equal parts white vinegar and water and run it through a five-minute cycle in the microwave. The steam will help loosen up the caked on grime inside the microwave and make it easier to clean.

Medical Uses for Vinegar

  • Apply undiluted white vinegar to sunburned areas. The vinegar will cool and soothe the area.
  • Two tablespoons of white vinegar added to a humidifier will help relieve a sore throat.
  • If you have the unfortunate luck of being stung by a jellyfish, dabbing the sting with vinegar will help alleviate the itching.
  • Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water and drink to soothe an upset stomach.
  • If your child has lice, rinse their hair with equal parts vinegar and water. The vinegar will dissolve the glue that keeps the eggs attached to the hair strands.
  • To help calm acid reflux, add two tablespoons of vinegar to a full glass of water. Drink slowly in the morning and then take one tablespoon of the vinegar before meals.
  • Dab vinegar on fungal infections and they will heal faster.
  • Crumble a piece of bread and soak it in a quarter cup of vinegar, let is sit for a half hour, then apply it to a corn. Take the foot to keep the poultice in place and the corn should fall off the next day. If it doesn’t, repeat the process until it does.
  • Drinking a glass of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal will help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. (Give it about three weeks to feel the effects)
  • To cure dandruff, pour a few tablespoons of vinegar directly on your hair and massage into your scalp. Wait a few minutes and then rinse and wash as usual. After a few days, the dandruff should be gone as the skin’s chemical balance is repaired.
  • Instead of using chemically-loaded skin cleansers, add apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and use it to clean your face. It does the same thing and it’s not only cheaper, but safer for you.
  • If your soap or deodorant isn’t helping your body odor, try dabbing the areas with vinegar.
  • Skin moisturizers rarely work, so try dabbing vinegar on the dry, cracked areas instead. You’ll see softer, healthier skin in no time.
  • Stop hiccups cold by drinking a cup of warm water with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.