Vinegar, or acetic acid, is so common that it inevitably escapes the attention and praise that it deserves. Inexpensive and yet so valuable, the uses and benefits of vinegar are extensive. Only in the last few years, especially after running a cleaning business with my mom, did I come to understand the versatility of this everyday household product.
As I’ve done a bit more research, I’ve admittedly started a little love affair with vinegar. It’s eco-friendly, non-toxic, natural, and safe to use plus you can replace vinegar with so many ‘specialized’ chemical cleaners leaving your cleaning cabinet practically empty. How can you not love that? On top of that, it’s cheap so you can keep your hard earned cash for buying other treats like chocolate. Yum!
My favourite vinegars for everyday use are white and apple cider, but vinegar comes in all sorts of varieties including but not limited to:
Apple Cider or ACV
Etc, etc…well, you get the picture! There are a lot of them. Here are some common uses of the all-mighty vinegar.
1. Window Cleaner
Simply spray a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water on glass and mirrors then wipe down with a soft cloth or newspaper.
2. In The Shower
To prevent mildew in your shower and mop up that troublesome soap scum, spray shower walls and shower curtain with undiluted vinegar.
3. Shine Your No-Wax Flooring
A ratio of 1 cup vinegar: 1 gallon water will safely clean and shine your floors. Be sure that it’s a no-wax flooring and double check before using on your hardwoods.
4. All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
Simply spray undiluted vinegar on your kitchen surfaces such as your stovetop, refrigerator, microwave, and counters for shiny, disinfected, and deodorized surfaces.
5. ACV or White Vinegar For Hair
This is one of the first ways I used vinegar other than in food! It’s an amazing hair conditioner. You’ll have to experiment to find the right ratio for you but 1/8 to 1/2 cup ACV or white vinegar to a cup of water is a good approximate ratio. I’ve even substituted a rosemary tea for the water. Use as often as necessary to remove build-up and give your hair extra shine.
6. ACV To Improve Your Complexion
There is a bit of a debate as to the usefulness of ACV in fighting acne, however, being vinegar, it is anti-bacterial. As an astringent, apply a diluted solution each time you cleanse your face. The dilution ratio will depend on the sensitivity of your skin. It can also be used as a spot treatment for blemishes.
7. A Spoonful Of ACV For Health
Apple cider vinegar has a lot of digestive benefits as well. A tablespoon of ACV in your cup of water will aid digestion, calm gas and bloating, and energize you all at the same time thanks to all the pectin and potassium in it.
In what alternative ways have you used vinegar?