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The Virtues of Vinegar

Updated on April 2, 2011


There are a few things that a kitchen cannot do without; garlic, onions, sea salt, black pepper, herbs, dry pasta, beans and rice come to mind as being the basic essentials all kitchen need.

However, there is one item not on this list that is an absolute must, why, well it is it versatility. Vinegar, is not only the principal reason to eat French fries and turn beets into something extra tasty, it is a low cost way to clean up after cooking.

I use basic white vinegar, a generic brand to do much of the household cleaning, washing floors, wiping down the stove and countertops and cleaning the toilet, for example. I use the generic white as it is the cheapest available and I can buy a large bottle for very little and it lasts for months.

For cleaning purposes I dilute the vinegar with water usually 1 part vinegar to five parts water, but it really depends upon the purpose. Stubborn stains may take a bit more and on occasion I have used just vinegar on the floor to clean a spot or two.

I keep a spray bottle handy under the sink that is a vinegar and water solution, very useful for cleaning up after myself when I am preparing meals. I like to clean as I go when cooking, keeps things neat and makes the after supper clean up all that much easier to do.

Windows, I have not mentioned windows and mirrors, vinegar and water does a good job of cleaning both these, neither of which are among my favourite chores but both need to be done, now and then. I have found vinegar to be the simplest and most effective way to do both.

I have often said that the main reason for French fries is as a reason to use vinegar, without vinegar fries just do not taste right.

Salads demand a dressing and vinegar is an important ingredient in a number of salad dressing recipes; there are times when all I use on a green salad is a tablespoon of vinegar, a dash of olive oil and some sea salt and black pepper.

Sliced cucumbers served with vinegar and black pepper is also a good appetizer especially on hot summer days.

The many uses of vinegar make it an absolute must for anyone who wants to keep their expenses down and still make tasty meals and keep their home clean.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I did not forget the medicinal uses, I intentionally did not include them, thanks for dropping by.

  • Cedar Cove Farm profile image

    Cedar Cove Farm 

    8 years ago from Southern Missouri

    Nice article. YOu forgot to mention the medicinal purposes, though. Some folks swear by a teaspoon per day. Apple cider vinegar (the real stuff) has many medicinal purposes as well. Good article, I enjoyed it.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    8 years ago

    Also works as a cheap and effective fabric softener, just use a half of a cup to a cup depending on the size of the load, the way you would normally use fabric softener, gets rid of germs and bacteria and leaves everything nice and soft. Also sprinkling baking soda in with your detergent will do the same and leaves your white whiter and your colors brighter.

    Thanks for this hub, vinegar is under rated as far as I'm concerned. Growing up I was taught that bleach was the only way to clean and sanitize anything.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Simply sprinkle the vinegar over the fries, thank you all for dropping by.

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    Tammy Cornett 

    8 years ago from Ohio

    I just used red wine vinegar to clean my stovetop this morning--made it nice and shiny, and it smelled good, too!

    Thanks for spreading the word on the usefulness of vinegar!

  • Glenda Grosjean profile image

    Glenda Grosjean 

    8 years ago from Wayne, MI

    I also use white vinegar for cleaning, but only apple cider vinegar in my food preparation. Do you use white for both?

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    8 years ago from California

    I agree that vinegar is great/safe for cleaning and can also actually lengthen your life. Many of the over the counter cleaners are toxic and can over a period of time cause disease.Thanks for your tips.

    How do you prepare vinegar fries?

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    Rebecca Graf 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin

    It is amazing how many people do not know how wonderful vinegar is. It has a ton of medicinal uses, too. In rinsing clothes, the vinegar helps them be softer as they air dry.

  • S_Joynson profile image


    8 years ago from Hertfordshire, England, UK

    Cheers for this my man. You know, over here in England, they SELL this information in books costing up to $20.00! Incidentally, (and it might be in your article, but I've not found it yet), I use white vinegar in the water to poach eggs with, because if you use malt vinegar, it stains the egg.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    So many useful things vinegar is good for. I have only used it on windows in the past.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and thanks for dropping by.

  • sarah84 profile image


    8 years ago from vietnam

    i voted for you

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Baking soda yes another important item, thanks for dropping by.

  • reddog1027 profile image


    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Vinegar and baking soda are musts on my list of cleaning products. What could be better, cheap and safe.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    I fully agree with using it on windows but never used it anywhere else. I certainly shall take you tips and use it. Thanks a million.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for this very useful tip and thanks for dropping by.

  • Jerilee Wei profile image

    Jerilee Wei 

    8 years ago from United States

    White vinegar is highly undervalued. If you have any metal object (old rusted tools for example), cover them with distilled white vinegar completely in a plastic tub, set in the sun. Within a short time you should be able to rinse them in water, dry (including blow drying) and they will look new. Same is true for any rusted auto part, etc. The only thing you have to watch is that do not emerge any wooden parts attached to them. Great tip anyone ever gave me (from some 80 year old man back when I was an antique tool dealer for cleaning old but not antique wrenches). Great hub!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    8 years ago

    I love cleaning my windows with vinegar water and newspapers - the frugal part of me! Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite foods and it is actually good for me! And I highly agree with the video - hate cleaning products. Love cleaning naturally. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    8 years ago from Bristol England

    vinegar and water is brilliant on windows and mirrors. I wouldn't be without my little spray bottle either. Good hub

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It does simplify cleaning, thanks for dropping by.

  • Katherine Baldwin profile image

    Katherine Baldwin 

    8 years ago from South Carolina

    You are so right, Bob. I, too, keep that bottle under my sink. It really is a life saver, especially if you have cats and hairballs and hardwood floors, lol. Cleanup is a breeze and the floors still shine. We use vinegar for just about everything.


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