Vinegar Cleaning With Tips and Health Benefits
The many uses of vinegar
Vinegar is a staple in my house. I use it for lots of things. This fabulous liquid has saved me money several times. It is not a toxic substance to our environment and it is inexpensive. Vinegar has many uses and here I will name a few that you may have heard about and a few that may surprise you.
You will love it!
What is vinegar
Vinegar is a liquid is made by fermenting ethanol or some food products, and then adding water. It is made up mainly of something called acetic acid. Acetic acid is used to balance Ph levels in food, in film used for photographic use and movies. I thought this was interesting because I have lots of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm movie film and when I open the container with the movies in it, it smells of vinegar. Unfortunately this smell is also a sign that my film is degrading. Acetic acid is also used in the manufacturing of; certain adhesives and glues, playing cards, synthetic fabrics and lime scale removers (not the fruit). There are other uses for this acid I have only named a few.
Why use vinegar
One reason to use vinegar is because it is a good alternative to many products that are very toxic to our environment. When we use certain chemicals, for example, cleaners, the only places the used chemical has to go as we rinse it off of what we are cleaning is down the drain or into the ground. Our ground water is normally sent to a ‘treatment’ plant then cleaned and reused or sent to our canals, rivers, lakes and oceans. Most treatment plants only clean out biological bacteria and waste, not chemical waste. The chemical waste is then re-circulated back through and sent to our natural water systems or used again. Chemicals poured out into the dirt, can damage the soil, kill vegetation, and eventually make its way back into our local water tables. These chemicals can also kill the beneficial micro organisms that eat up the organic bacteria.
You will have a healthier home. Less toxins mean a healthier environment
Another reason to use vinegar is that it is cheap. Need I say more? The cost for a gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar is about $2.98. White distilled vinegar is even less expensive per gallon. If you don’t want to invest 3 bucks you can always purchase a quart size for around $1.00. You won’t believe how much window cleaner you can make with a gallon.
Throwing out old cleaning supplies
If you choose to start using natural substitutes for your cleaning supplies be sure to dispose of any cleaners you are no longer using through a hazardous waste pick up. When toxic chemicals are thrown into your regular waste containers these chemicals end up in our landfills and will do their dirty work there too. Most regular city garbage pickup companies will pick it up free of charge. On a side note, most will also pick up used oil too. Just call and let them know what you have.
Uses for vinegar in your home
The most commonly used vinegar for cleaning is white distilled vinegar
Recycle and old spray bottle and fill with
3 ounces white vinegar
3 drops dish soap (optional)
Fill the rest of the bottle with water
Wipe window with solution using old news paper or paper towel made from recycled paper
or a dry dishcloth. One gallon of vinegar makes about 40 bottles of glass cleaner! Vinegar is non-streaking.
Lime scale remover
Undiluted white vinegar
3 drops dish soap
Mixed to make a paste and let sit for a minute or two then scrub areas
2 parts white distilled vinegar
1 part salt or baking soda
Let mixture sit on stain for a few minutes then wipe clean. Good for most hard surfaces.
Use as a scrubbing agent
1 part vinegar
2 parts baking soda
Scrub your bath tub and showers, that nasty grime that collects on pots and pans, stove tops and ovens.
Fabric Softener/detergent booster
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Add to wash cycle
This will soften your clothes, isn’t harmful to clothes and will freshen up your washer.
Naturally unclog drains
2 cups of vinegar
1 cup of baking soda
This is my favorite use!
If possible let water settle until it is level with rim of drain. Pour baking soda into to drain first then slowly pour vinegar onto baking soda in drain. The combination of baking soda and vinegar will bubble up. Let stand for ½ hour. Then rinse drain with warm water. Repeat if necessary. If this doesn’t work for me I get out my trusty shop vac and suck out the clog. I live in an older craftsman home and my plumbing is not as efficient as newer homes so I have frequent clogs. I have saved a lot of money avoiding plumbers this way.
Wash your hair
A hand full of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar
Rub baking soda through hair and then rinse with vinegar then water. Believe it or not your hair will be soft and will brush out easily. This will strip residue from your hair left by shampoos, conditioners and other hair products. I have not used this on color treated hair, if your hair is colored, proceed with caution, I don’t know if it strips the color.
Types of vinegar
White distilled vinegar- distilled vinegar is stripped of any color
Apple Cider vinegar-caramel type color, made from cider or apple juice, highest acid level
Malt vinegar- light brown, made from barley (yummy fish and chips!)
Wine vinegar-color varies usually red or white, made from wine
Balsamic vinegar-dark color, aged
Rice vinegar-color varies, made from rice, used in Asian cooking
Some other types of vinegar include
Job’s tears vinegar
Health benefits of vinegar
Studies have shown that vinegar may lower cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides in blood, improve circulation. Vinegar also has been used to fight infections, used as antibacterial, speeds wounds healing, and soothes sunburns.
One caution against vinegar is that too much vinegar ingested can remove calcium from body and may lead to osteoporosis.
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