Oh dear, vinegar. Vinegar does everything. Everything! It cleans things, repairs things, cures cancer . . . did you hear that right? And then you can even eat it! Vinegar may just be THE all-purpose miracle elixir, wouldn’t you say?
Also and not for nothing, but vinegar is one of those words where the more you type it the less it actually appears to mean anything resembling a real thing. Vin-e-gar.
And so! After the jump, 22 common (and not-so-common) uses for that good old fashioned friend of ours, vinegar. VINEGAR!
STOP CERVICAL CANCER! 1 of 22According to this Jezebel.com article, doctors are using vinegar to detect early cases of cervical cancer. By brushing the cervix with white vinegar, precancerous cells turn white, allowing doctors to spot the cells and remove them easily. Of the 6,000 women who participated in the first trial 11 years ago, not a single one has developed full-blown cervical cancer. Amazing!
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KEEP CUT FLOWERS FRESH 2 of 22Mix two tablespoons of vinegar and one of teaspoon sugar into your flower water and your blooms will be brighter longer.
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KILL WEEDS 3 of 22Simply spray or pour some full-strength white vinegar on those unwanted plants, and presto!
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GROW AZALEAS 4 of 22Azaleas love an acidic soil. Occasionally adding a few tablespoons of vinegar when you water your azaleas will keep that PH right where you want it.
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REMOVE PET ODORS 5 of 22Mix equal parts water and vinegar and douse the soiled area. Let dry.
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POLISH CHROME 6 of 22Full strength vinegar, some elbow grease, and a nice, soft cloth oughta do ya.
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CLEAN YOUR FISHBOWL 7 of 22Drain your fishbowl, dip a clean, dry cloth in some vinegar, and rub out that filmy, icky residue. (Please safely remove all fishies first.)
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KEEP CHICKENS FROM PECKING EACH OTHER 8 of 22Random, but true! A few drops of cider vinegar in their water is all it takes.
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RELIEVE ITCHY MOSQUITO BITES 9 of 22Just a dab'll do you, so you never have to fear another summer evening outdoor soiree!
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TAKE THE EDGE OFF YOUR APPETITE 10 of 22Starting your meal with a vinegar-sprinkled dish, such as a salad, is said to dampen your appetite.
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CLARIFY HAIR AND ENHANCE NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS 11 of 22Rinse your hair with a cup of vinegar and a cup of warmed water to cut through shampoo residue and give your hair a natural glow.
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MOISTURIZE SKIN 12 of 22A few tablespoons in your bathwater is all you need to quench even the thirstiest skin.
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TREAT A COLD OR SORE THROAT 13 of 22Mix some half a cup of honey into a half a cup of cider vinegar, heat it up a bit, and sip s-l-o-w-l-y. (Warning: may not taste so amazing.)
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PRE-TREAT AND REMOVE STAINS 14 of 22Gently dab on stains, then wash as usual.
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RELIEVE ARTHRITIS 15 of 22Two tablespoons of Cider Vinegar in a glass of water daily. (Also treats stomach aches and seasonal allergies and assists in digestion!)
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BRIGHTEN FABRIC AND REMOVE LINT 16 of 22Just some white vinegar in the cool rinse setting on your washing machine.
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FRESHEN THE KITCHEN SINK 17 of 22Just a cup of vinegar down the sink once a week. Let it stand a half hour before running the cold water for a bit.
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MAKE PICKLES! 18 of 22Anybody know a great recipe?
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REMOVE COFFEE AND TEA STAINS FROM PORCELAIN 19 of 22A mixture of salt and vinegar will get those stains right out, you'll see.
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REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS 20 of 22Soak a rag in vinegar and place on the stained area overnight. Then rinse the next morning and feel mighty proud of yourself.
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REMOVE STICKY RESIDUE 21 of 22Cover the residue in a vinegar-soaked cloth for several minutes. The sticker and remaining glue should wipe off easily.
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MAKE CHICKEN BONES RUBBERY 22 of 22I don't know why you'd ever want to do this? But, chicken bones soaked in vinegar for three days will go rubbery. So... for whatever THAT'S worth.
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