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Over Sixty Uses for Vinegar

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Here are a ton of uses for vinegar. Some you may have heard of and some you may already be using. However, there's bound to be some uses for vinegar here that is new to you, or at least intriguing.

Includes vinegar uses for arthritis, cane chairs, storing cheese, eliminate mildew, paint brushes, cleaning bricks, chest congestion, weight loss, fish, ham, meringue, homemade sour cream, skin health, fluffier rice, skunk odor, painting galvanized pipes... good grief! It goes on & on...
  1. Sagging cane chairs: sponge them with a hot solution of half vinegar and half water. Place the chairs out in the hot sun to dry.
  2. Hardened paint brushes: simmer in boiling vinegar and wash in hot soapy water.
  3. Clean fireplace bricks with undiluted vinegar.
  4. Reduce mineral deposits in pipes, radiators, kettles and tanks by adding vinegar into the system.
  5. Pour boiling vinegar down drains to unclog and clean them.
  6. Paint adheres better to galvanized metal that has been wiped with vinegar.
  7. Half a teaspoon per quart of patching plaster allows you more time to work the plaster before it hardens.
  8. Silver cleaner: soak in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse under cold water and dry with a soft cloth.
  9. Brass & copper polish: make a paste with equal parts white vinegar & salt. Rub the paste on with a soft cloth then rinse in cool water. Polish with a clean cloth until dry.
  10. Sticking scissors: wipe the blades with full-strength white vinegar until clean, then wipe dry.


  1. An excellent all-purpose cleaner: vinegar mixed with salt. Cleans copper, bronze, brass, dishes, pots, pans, skillets, glasses, windows. Rinse well.
  2. Rinse glasses and dishes in water and vinegar to remove spots and film.
  3. Cleaning window blinds: use a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and hot tap water.
  4. Prevent grease build-up in your oven by frequently wiping it with vinegar.
  5. Remove stains from stainless steel and chrome with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
  6. To eliminate mildew, dust and odors, wipe down walls with vinegar-soaked cloth.
  7. Clean windows with vinegar and water.
  8. Ballpoint pen stains on walls: sponge full-strength white vinegar into the stain repeatedly until gone.
  9. Clean breadbox and food containers with vinegar-dampened cloth to keep fresh-smelling and clean.
  10. To remove lime coating on your tea kettle: add vinegar to the water and let stand overnight.
  11. Use a very strong vinegar & water solution to remove hard water deposits on shower walls & enclosures.
  12. Add vinegar to laundry rinse water: removes all soap and prevents yellowing.
  13. Boil vinegar and water in pots to remove stains.
  14. Remove berry stains from hands with vinegar.
  15. Pets' drinking water: add vinegar to eliminate odor and encourage shiny fur.
  16. Clean jars with vinegar and water to remove odor.
  17. Skunk odor: remove from pets by rubbing fur with vinegar.


  1. Add a spoonful of vinegar to cooking water to make cauliflower white and clean.
  2. Storing cheese: keep it fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.
  1. Wipe jars of preserves and canned food with vinegar to prevent mold-producing bacteria.
  2. Make your catsup and other condiments last long by adding vinegar.
  3. When boiling eggs, add some vinegar to the water to prevent white from leaking out of a cracked egg.
  4. When poaching eggs, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water to prevent separation.
  5. Canned fish and shrimp: to give it a freshly caught taste, soak in a mixture of sherry and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
  6. Add a spoonful of vinegar when cooking fruit to improve the flavor.
  7. Soak fish in vinegar and water before cooking for a tender, sweeter taste.
  8. Add vinegar to boiling ham to improve flavor and cut salty taste.
  9. Improve the flavor of desserts by adding a touch of vinegar.
  10. Add vinegar to your deep fryer to eliminate a greasy taste.
  11. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to fruit gelatin to hold it firm.
  12. Steep your favorite herb in vinegar until you have a pleasing taste and aroma.
  13. Use vinegar instead of lemon on fried and broiled foods.
  14. Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.
  15. Avoid cabbage odor by adding vinegar to the cooking water.
  16. For fluffy meringue: beat 3 egg whites with a teaspoon of vinegar.
  17. Pie crust: add 1 tablespoon vinegar to your pastry recipe for an exceptional crust.
  18. Prevent discoloration of peeled potatoes by adding a few drops of vinegar to water. They will keep fresh for days in fridge.
  19. Poultry water: add vinegar to increase egg production and to produce tender meat.
  20. Preserve peppers: put freshly picked peppers in a sterilized jar and finish filling with boiling vinegar.
  21. Green olives and pimentos will keep indefinitely if covered with vinegar and refrigerated.
  22. Add 1 tsp. vinegar to cooking water for fluffier rice.
  23. For a shiny crust on homemade bread and rolls: just before they have finished baking, take them out, brush crusts with vinegar, return to oven to finish baking.
  24. Homemade sour cream: blend together 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup skim milk and 1 tsp. vinegar.
  25. Prevent sugaring by mixing a drop of vinegar in the cake icing.
  26. When boiling meat, add a spoonful of vinegar to the water to make it more tender.
  27. Marinate tough meat in vinegar overnight to tenderize.


  1. Arthritis tonic and treatment; 2 spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water several times daily.
  2. Skin burns: apply ice cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.
  3. Thirst-quenching drink: apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water.
  4. To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
  5. Apple cider vinegar and honey as a cure-all: use to prevent apathy, obesity, hay fever, asthma, rashes, heartburn, sore throat, dandruff, brittle nails and bad breath.
  6. Weight loss: vinegar helps prevent fat from accumulating in the body.
  7. Old-fashioned liniment: beat 1 whole egg, add 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup turpentine. Blend.
  8. Apply vinegar to chapped, cracked skin for quick healing.
  9. Cold vinegar relieves sunburn.
  10. Vinegar promotes skin health: rub on tired, sore or swollen areas.
  11. After shampoo hair rinse: 1 ounce apple cider vinegar in 1 quart of distilled water.
  12. A strength tonic: combine raw eggs, vinegar and black pepper. Blend well. (Note: Before eating raw eggs, make sure the shell is not cracked, and wash the egg thoroughly in warm soapy water).
  13. Douche: 2 to 4 ounces of vinegar in 2 quarts of warm water.

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