Vinegar is one of those things that your mom always had around the house – no matter what. Whether she knew the reason for this or not, it is really a good idea to keep a gallon of this nasty smelling stuff around the house for any situation. I had no idea that there were so many uses for vinegar (besides putting it on a salad), but they really are endless. Next time you are in the store, pick up a gallon. It’s cheap and you can see how well it works in the following uses:
Clean Your House
Vinegar has long been known for its odd cleaning uses. These are some really old wives uses for cleaning your house, but you will find that a dose of vinegar is safe to use around children and pets. Vinegar can be used to help unclog drains; clean leather furniture and leather goods; remove stickers, bumper stickers, or anything with a glue backing. For unclogging drains, read this article that I wrote on the subject. To clean your furniture, just soak a rag in the vinegar and wipe the leather. The smell will go away. The same thing goes for the sticky mess. Soak a rag and cover the area with it for 10 minutes and the stickiness should become easy to remove. Warm vinegar works even faster!
Vinegar has been used as an herbal medicine for thousands of years. The health benefits are unending here. I’ll list a few, but you’ll have to search the internet for all of the rest. I am talking dozens of uses!
- Mix it with honey and salt to cure a sore throat.
- Have a headache? Soak a towel in warm vinegar and put it on your forehead.
- Dirty Toothbrush? Boil some water, add a cup of vinegar and put your toothbrush in it to kill bacteria.
- If you suffer with bruises, soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
- f you have trouble controlling dry, chapped and cracked skin in the dry winter months, use vinegar with water (half and half solution) on a cloth soaking the affected areas.
- Yellow toenails? Medicine for toenail or nail fungus can be expensive. Use one part vinegar to one part warm water and soak your nails. This repeated over the course of a week will clear up your toenails.
- And the list goes on!
Remove Chewing Gum From Anything
Chewing gun in your hair or on your clothes can be a real problem. Use vinegar as a chewing gum dissolver, saturate the area with vinegar and if the vinegar is heated it will work faster. This works if you get it in your hair, on the couch, or anywhere that you can’t get that sticky mess out of. The vinegar penetrates the fibers of the clothing and dissolve the bond between the chewing gum and fabric. The gum should become soft enough to remove with gentle scraping. An exceptionally large patch of gum may require several applications of warm vinegar, and the garment should be laundered as soon as possible after the treatment.
One of the many recently discovered health benefits of vinegar is that it helps to prevent insulin spikes in diabetics and promotes weight loss in both diabetics and nondiabetics. In one study, patients were given two tablespoons of vinegar prior to each meal while a second group was given none. The group given the vinegar showed an average weight loss of two pounds over a four week period. Diabetics and pre-diabetics were also shown to have better glucose control when using this vinegar regimen. Taking vinegar prior to a meal also helps to suppress appetite so you eat less.
Fool Your Friends
This is my new, all time favorite use of vinegar. If you soak chicken bones in vinegar (the thinner bones work best), the vinegar will react with the calcium in the bones and weaken them so that they will become soft and rubbery, as if they had come from a rubber chicken. It is the calcium in your bones that makes them hard and strong. You have to soak them from three to five days for the best effect, but afterwards, you can fool your friends with your scientific acumen. Another thing to do with vinegar is to soak a hard boiled egg (shell and all) in a jar of vinegar for about three to four days. Pull it out and now you have a rubber ball…err…egg. You can even bounce them on a hard surface, although, you might not want to bounce them off the floor – they really aren’t made of rubber.