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The Beauty of Vinegar

Updated on January 23, 2016
The Beauty of Vinegar
The Beauty of Vinegar


Vinegar has so many uses
Vinegar has so many uses

Vinegar and Its Many Uses

As far back in history as one can go vinegar has been used for medical ailments from skin treatments to beauty secrets. In 5000 BCE the Babylonians believed that vinegar had exceptional healing properties. They first converted wine into vinegar using date palms, grapes, and figs, and believed vinegar had . Regarded as the greatest physician of his time, Hippocrates is said to have used vinegar as an antibiotic. Samurai warriors supposedly used a vinegar tonic for strength and power. During the Bubonic Plague people poured vinegar on their skin to protect themselves from germs. During the U.S. Civil War, soldiers used vinegar to prevent stomach upset and as a treatment for various ailments including pneumonia and scurvy. It was used to treat wounds during the first World War. Sailors have long used vinegar as a food preservative during long voyages.

Derived from the French word vin meaning wine and aigre meaning sour. Vinegar can be made from most any sweet or starchy material, such as juices of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Vinegars take their name from the material used to make the vinegar, so apple cider vinegar comes from apples, wine vinegar comes from grapes. With a little warmth, the bacteria will turn the sugars and alcohol into acetic acid, which is the main component of vinegar.

The Wonder of Vinegar is endless
The Wonder of Vinegar is endless

Did You Know That

Vinegar May Be A Cancer Detector

Some researchers believe vinegar will ultimately be used to diagnose cervical cancer in women.

Braggs Best Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar Fact

Vinegar Will Never Spoil

So you just came across an old unopened bottle of vinegar, and you wonder is it still any good? The answer is a definite YES! Vinegar has a practically limitless shelf life. Its acid content makes it self preserving and even negates the need for refrigeration.

The Many Uses of Vinegar

Many cultures use white vinegar for cooking and food preparation. For me personally, the true beauty of it how well it is for cleaning and disinfecting. Instead of using windex and the chemicals that are in such a cleansing product why not use something that can be digested. Most know that to clean the deposits in a coffee machine a rinse of vinegar will do the trick. Guess what the same holds true for our digestive system. Yet vinegar gets a bad rap.Its true that the smell at first may be offensive. But give this product a try and in a minute or two and the sour smell turns to sweet. From the kitchen to the bathroom to your car, there is a good reason to turn to vinegar time and time again!

As much as I love white vinegar, it is Apple cider vinegar that I probably love most. As most know it is highly prized in the natural-products community, both for its reported health benefits and its extra nutrients that can help beautify your hair or skin. My favorite apple cider vinegar is Braggs. Made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples, it proves the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

I often wonder why modern research has yet to verify the many benefits of using vinegar as a treatment for ailments, There are few and far between scientific studies which confirm some significant health benefits vinegar. Could the reason there are not many studies on vinegar is because if there were studies showing all the reasons to use this natural product the shelves in drug stores would be empty. From rinsing your hair to softening your cuticles, its uses are endless.

Here are just a few of the amazing benefits and uses of my favorite, cant live without Vinegar!

apple cider vinegar
apple cider vinegar
Vinegar prevents wrinkles
Vinegar prevents wrinkles
Vinegar pampers your skin
Vinegar pampers your skin
Vinegar for Insect Bites
Vinegar for Insect Bites

The Beauty of Vinegar for Your Skin


Add one cup apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of cold water for a refreshing bath to help soothe the itching.

Prevent Wrinkles

Mix 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and 1/2 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar. Rub the mixture into your skin.

Say Good-Bye to Age or Sun Spots

To remove brown spots on your skin caused by over exposure to the sun or hormonal changes, pour full strength cider vinegar onto a cotton ball and apply it to the spots for 10 minutes at least twice a day. The spots should fade or disappear within a few weeks.

Pamper Your Skin

After washing your face, mix 1 tablespoon cider vinegar with 2 cups water and use it as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also make your own facial treatment by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let dry.

Ease Sunburn

To cool a bad sunburn, gently gently dab the skin with a cotton ball saturated with white or coder vinegar, preferably before the burn starts to sting.

Calm Bug-Bite Itching

Applying a cotton ball dipped in vinegar also helps stop the itch of mosquito and other insect bites, as well as poison ivy or poison oak rashes.

Vinegar for Dandruff
Vinegar for Dandruff
Vinegar for Hair
Vinegar for Hair


Give Dandruff the Brush-Off

Rinse your hair after each shhampoo with 2 cups cider vinegar mixed in 2 cups cold water. Or, massage 3 tablespoons vinegar into your hair and scalp before shampooing. Wait a few minutes, then rinse and wash as usual.

Put Life Back Into Limp or Damaged Hair

Combine 1 teaspoon cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and three eggs. Rub the mixture into your hair and cover it for for 30 minutes with a shower cap. Then shampoo and rinse as usual.

Protect Blond Hair from Chlorine

To keep your golden locks from turning green in a chlorinated pool, rub 1/4 cup cider vinegar into your hair and let it set for 15 minutes before diving in.

Vinegar for Coughs and Cold
Vinegar for Coughs and Cold



Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to the water in your vaporizer. Do not add vinegar to a cold mist vaporizer without checking with the manufacturer.

Raw Throat

Get relief fast by dissolving 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water and gargling several times a day.

Sore Throat

Combine 1/4 cup cider vinegar and 1/4 cup honey and take1 tablespoon every 4 hours.

Cough and an Irritated Throat

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar , 1/2 cup water, 4 teaspoons honey, and 1 teaspoon hot sauce. Swallow 1 tablespoon 4 or 5 times daily, including before bed.

Vinegar for Hands and Feet
Vinegar for Hands and Feet
Vinegar for Cold Sore
Vinegar for Cold Sore


Make a Poultice for Corns and Calluses

To treat corns and calluses soak a piece of white bread in 1/4 cup white vinegar for 30 minutes. Break off a piece big enough to completely cover the corn and secure it with adhesive tape overnight. It will dissolve the hard, callused skin, making the corn way to remove. Older thicker calluses may need several treatments.

Get the Jump on Athlete's Foot

You can often stop the infection and ease the itching of athlete's foot by rinsing your feet three of four times a day for a few days with undiluted cider vinegar. Also soak your socks in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water for 30 minutes before laundering.

Soften Your Cuticles

Before manicuring your nails, soak your fingers (or toes) in a bowl of undiluted white vinegar for 5 minutes to soften the cuticles.

Treat An Active Cold Sore

You can usually dry up a cold sore in short order by dabbing it with a cotton ball saturated in white vinegar 3 times a day. The vinegar will quickly soothe the pain and swelling.

Vinegar for Heartburn
Vinegar for Heartburn
Vinegar for Flatulence
Vinegar for Flatulence

Miscellaneous Beautiful Uses for Vinegar

Freshen Your Breath

To sweeten your garlic or onion breath, dissolve 2 tablespoons cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth.


Many people cure hiccups by drinking one teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar stirred into one cup warm water.

Banish Bruises

You can speed healing and prevent black and blue marks by putting a piece of cotton gauze soaked in white or cider vinegar in the injured site for an hour.


Before cooking beans, add 3 teaspoons white vinegar to a pot of water and soak the beans in the solution over night. The acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves some of the indigestible sugars in the beans that would otherwise produce gas in your system.


Mix 2 teaspoons Apple Cider vinegar in one cup of water and sip it during your meal. In many cases heartburn is caused by low acid, and the acetic acid in the vinegar corrects this inadequacy.

Vinegar Cure for UTI

Use Vinegar for UTI

Treating your urinary tract infection naturally can be healthier and more effective because you are allowing your body to fight and kill the infection. Not only can it rid the UTI out of your system it will soothe the pain that accompanies this nuisance. It sure beats taking antibiotics that may or may not work.


Got a yeast infection? Try using apple cider vinegar as a douche. The beauty of this is that it may help restore your vagina's natural acidity levels to the point where Candida will not grow. According to the Candida Cure Recipes website, apple cider vinegar naturally has the same acidity as a healthy vagina. By adding three tablespoons of it to two quarts of warm purified water and douching two times a day, yeast infections symptoms should disappear. Personally a a good swipe in the area will ease the pain and itching that comes with the yeast infection. Swipe the area till the burn stops and walla the itch will be no more!

Walmart Goes Green

The Vinegar Aisle at K-mart
The Vinegar Aisle at K-mart

Walmart Now Has A Vinegar Aisle

Vinegar is the best natural cleaner EVER!! And now at a go green Walmart near you. Who knew that one of the best places to find Heinz Cleaning Vinegar is at Walmart. They even now have their very own aisle for this product that you can use for almost everything. Simple, smart solutions at a great price and its natural.

You ever hear the saying one apple a day will keep the doctor away? An apple maybe the answer but in my books the apple should be sprayed with Vinegar!



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    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New York, NY

      I can not tell you how happy I am to hear others agree with me on Vinegar! So many people "poo poo" it saying it smells bad or that the uses are old wives tales!

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Plenty of interesting uses here for vinegar, I was not aware of wavegirl. Bookmarking this, voting, up, useful and interesting.

      Shared it too on G+1.

    • maheshpatwal profile image


      6 years ago from MUMBAI

      Wow there are so many health benefits of vinegar many of which i came to know only after reading your beautiful hub. Very beautifully researched and written hub. Loved the way you started the hub with the historic importance of vinegar.Sharing and voted up..

    • BDhire profile image


      6 years ago

      nice one thumbs up :)

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Our dog recently had a skin problem and the vet said to bathe him weekly and then give him a vinegar rinse. She claims that vinegar cures just about everything. Good hub. This should be a hub of the day! I knew some of these things but not all of them. Worth trying because it is all natural and inexpensive. Voted up, useful and will share with my followers.

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      Some of these uses for vinegar are new to me--thanks!

    • Scribenet profile image


      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fabulous...I always knew vinegar was a good thing to have in the house, but you just added more reasons to keep some around. Up and awesome!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      hey there pretty-I know there isnt anything well maybe one or two things that you can not do with Vinegar- always great to see you &hearts

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      vinegar ROCKS, many uses, you specified it all wave good job again, Maita

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      LizzyBoo - you are so cute. .I can just see you making a face as you wrote that you do not like the taste of Vinegar. Good thing that you know that sometimes what we dont like is really really good for us . and yes Vinegar is one of them. Funny but I have grown to adore the stuff! And I have a bottle with a spray just about everywhere.

    • LizzyBoo profile image


      8 years ago from Czech Republic

      I do not like the taste of Vinegar but I know that Vinegar is soo good for us and cheap to get. Thank you for all those tips Shari.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      prasetio30- ah the many wonder of Vinegar. The list of uses just goes on and on! Thank you so much for stopping by. Always nice to meet a new friend;)

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I know that vinegar benefit for our healthy. and it proof from thousand years ago like you said in the beginning of this hub.thank you so much.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      drej- so happy to see you here and even better than you learned a new thing or two. Vinegar is the most amazing product and something I just get do without;)

      Cags- Thank you thank you - And to think that this is just what one can do with Vinegar for the skin. Still to come for the house, for the laundry and I even keep a spray bottle in the car! Always special when you come for a visit;)

    • Cagsil profile image


      8 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Wavegirl, another excellently written hub. I learned some odd, but interesting uses for vinegar. Educational, that's for sure. I bumped it up. :) Thank you very much. :)

    • drej2522 profile image


      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow...I never knew all the benefits of vinegar...I use it for cooking, predominately, but I may have to try some of these remedies. Great hub, Wave!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      ~ hypnodude - oh how I wish I could try some of that vinegar that you make. I dont think there is anything that you dont do great so I can only imagine how extraordinary your vinegar is! And I adore it when you stumble me;)

      ~ entertianmentplus - thanks for stopping by, glad you found this info good. Always nice to welcome a new friend!

      ~ Al - the best thing about vinegar is once it does its job minutes later the odor is gone. It works so that the task at hand is done it takes it away along with the odor. Its uses are never ending! Was not hard to do the research as I live it everyday. Vinegar is found in every room of my it a spray bottle or a little jar for me it is the number one product I cant live without. I even have a bottle in my car-great for the windows;)

      ~ Chaotic - Glad you stopped in. I think I learn a new use for vinegar every day . .and I am not kidding on that. My friends call me the vinegar queen . lololol!

    • Chaotic Chica profile image

      Chaotic Chica 

      8 years ago

      Nice! I already knew some of these but I love learning new things! Thank you!

    • Mystique1957 profile image


      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My Shari Cherie...

      Amazing hub. I confess I´ve always been reluctant to use vinegar as I cannot stand its odor;however, after reading the virtues of it, I have no other choice but putting it into my list of pseudo-panaceas. Great info, well researched!

      Thumbs up!

      warmest regards, blessings, love and light,



    • entertianmentplus profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Very nice hub..Good info.

    • hypnodude profile image


      8 years ago from Italy

      Great job wavegirl, well, as usual. Actually I make my own vinegar from wine at home, so you can understand I like it pretty much. Together with olive oil, which I have to buy :(. Very well done hub, and with a great layout. Rated and stumbled. :)

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      jimmythejock - french fries. . ha and i thought it was chips and fish and vinegar. . . pepper pepper salt. . Always a pleasure to educate such a scholar such as yourself!

      Jai - Vinegar . .I dont leave home without it. And vinegar for health is just the beginning! You should see what I do with it all around the house ;) I love love balsamic vinegar. . always great to see you!

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      Jai Warren 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Who knew? Vinegar is a real cure-all, from hair to feet, amazing! Unfortunately, I've only used it in the kitchen. I'll have to try some of your tips. Believe it or not, aging vinegar makes it more intense and flavorful. There are Balsamic vinegars in Italy that are 75-100 years old, and cost a fortune. Very well done WG.

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      James Paterson 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      nice hub Wave, i thought vinegar was for french fries, well they say that you learn something new every day, thanks for educating me.....jimmy


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