ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Many Uses of Vinegar

Updated on September 9, 2014

Vinegar has many uses and has been used for thousands of years to preserve food, as a disinfectant, in cooking, for cleaning, as a beauty treatment and for medicinal purposes both internal and topical. Vinegar is inexpensive making it an economical choice for many of the above uses and is also environmentally friendly. Varieties of vinegar include white, malt, rice wine, balsamic,cider,wine plus flavoured and fruit vinegars.


For coughs that keep you awake at night sprinkle a few drops of cider vinegar on a cloth and lay it under your head while you sleep.

Gargling with a mixture of 1 tsp of cider vinegar in a glass of warm water three times a day can help with a sore throat.

Nosebleeds can be controlled by inserting a cotton wool ball soaked in vinegar into the nostril. The vinegar will stem the bleeding.

Drinking a combination of fresh fruit juices such as apples, cranberries and grapes, which are all known to be helpful in lowering cholesterol and adding a tablespoon of cider vinegar will if taken daily reduce your cholesterol count.

Arthritis can be relieved by drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in it daily. This can be increased to two glasses per day and then one with each meal as you feel ready. It has been known to alleviate the pain. This can also help improve your blood circulation. However if you are on medication for a heart condition you will need to check with your doctor as some of these medications can be seriously affected by vinegar.

To alleviate foot odour soak your feet in a bowl of warm water with 20 ml or 6 tsp white vinegar added. Do this twice a day for 15 minutes at a time. Continue this process for ten days and the odour will soon stop.

Toenail Fungus - Again soak the offending toe in diluted white vinegar for ten minutes twice daily.

Varicose veins - Massage apple cider vinegar onto the affected area three times a day, or wrap the area in a vinegar soaked cloth and elevate for 30 minutes twice a day. These methods work but may take some time.

Leg cramps - Rub white vinegar into the affected area and the pain will disappear instantly.

Insomnia - Dissolve two tsp of honey and two tsp of cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. Take a few sips before bedtime and if you wake in the night , take a few more sips and go back to sleep. Good if you wake at 4am and cannot get back to sleep.

Vinegar can help to keep the urinary tracts PH at a healthy level. Taking a tsp of vinegar in a glass of water can be very helpful.

Insect bites - apple cider vinegar is great for drawing out toxins and can be placed directly onto the area. Dip a cloth in vinegar and apply to the bite. The itching or stinging should cease. This also works for jellyfish stings and bee stings. Pour any kind of vinegar onto the jellyfish bite or bee sting. The vinegar should help relieve the pain. It is important not to scratch or rub the affected area as it will only inflame it further.

Eczema - adding a tablespoon or two to the bathwater should help sufferers. Including vinegar in the diet has been known to alleviate symptoms for many sufferers.

Cold Sores - once a cold sore enters the burst blister stage apply small dabs of vinegar to the affected area and the healing will be quicker.

Boils - To treat a boil with vinegar dissolve 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and drink the mixture twice a day until the boil subsides.

Nausea and Vomiting - Mix cloves with warm vinegar and water and take as a drink. Alternatively soak a towel in warmed vinegar and place it on the stomach, replacing with another towel when the first one gets cold. The vinegar will gradually draw the toxins from the body.


Bathroom - add two cups of white vinegar to a bucket of warm water and wipe down all bathroom surfaces. This will disinfect the area, deodorize it and prevent mildew from forming.

To unclog shower heads either wrap a vinegar soaked towel around the head and leave overnight or fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tape it around the shower head making sure the head is immersed in the vinegar and leave overnight. The next day wipe vinegar off head and run water through. It will be as good as new.

Wipe shower curtains down with full strength vinegar to keep free of soap scum and mildew. To clean in the washing machine add 1/2 cup detergent, 1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Wash as usual.

Glass and perspex doors can be rubbed over with a mixture of two cups of vinegar in 1 litre or 4 cups of water. When the area clears rinse with water.

Toilets - Place two cups of vinegar in the toilet bowl and leave overnight if possible or at least a few hours. Flush. Doing this regularly will keep your toilet fresh and clean. If there is a problem area in the toilet a scrub with vinegar will remove staining. Wipe the toilet seat as well with a cloth soaked in vinegar to kill bacteria and disinfect.

Windows and Mirrors - mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle and spray onto the window or mirror. Using a soft clean cloth wash the window clean. Dry off with another clean dry cloth. For stubborn marks dip cloth in full strength vinegar and rub till mark is removed.


Odours - to remove odours from the kitchen area keep a small bowl half filled with vinegar to deodorize the area. Replace when necessary.

Waste disposal unit - Remove smells by pouring equal amounts of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda into the empty unit. Leave for ten minutes then flush through with clean water.

Kitchen sink - to remove grime build up - pour full strength vinegar onto the area and leave for a few minutes then scrub off the dirt. Rinse with clean hot water.

Always remember to rinse vinegar from anything metal as some metals can corrode if vinegar is left on the surface.

Kettle - to remove lime and mineral deposits fill kettle with equal parts water and vinegar last thing at night. Bring to the boil then leave overnight. (When boiling open a window as the smell can be quite strong.) In the morning rinse kettle and fill with clean water. Bring to the boil. Empty kettle again and rinse once more. The kettle will be lovely and clean.

Microwave oven - put 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water together into a glass bowl and place in the microwave oven. Bring the liquid to the boil and boil for a further five minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe oven out with a paper towel or cloth.

Oven cleaner - in a glass bowl make a paste of 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup detergent powder and 1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda. Firstly heat oven on highest heat for five minutes, then turn off. Apply paste and leave for an hour. Scrape off paste and remove the rest with a damp cloth. Wipe down with hot water to finish.

Stove top - In a spray bottle mix 1 cup of white vinegar and a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Fill bottle with hot water and spray on trouble areas. Leave a few minutes and scrub clean. If you do this once a week your stove top should remain easier to clean.

Wooden chopping boards - after use wash first with hot water then wipe down with full strength white vinegar to destroy any remaining bacteria.

Refrigerator - wipe down regularly with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. This will keep the fridge deodorized, disinfected and will remove any grease.

Floors - wash lino floors with equal parts vinegar and hot water. Do not use on waxed floors as damage will result.


Windscreens - iced up windscreens - pour vinegar and warm water over the ice. The ice will melt and the screen should stay clear of frost for a few days.

Stickers - to remove bumper stickers place a cloth soaked in full strength vinegar over the sticker and leave for five minutes. Ease sticker off and apply more vinegar to remove any remaining glue.

Chrome - apply full strength vinegar with a cloth and then buff until it shines. Should come up really well.

Vinyl upholstery can be revived by wiping with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water.


Blankets - refresh and soften tired blankets by adding 2 cups of white vinegar with the detergent when washing.

White deodorant stains - give a quick rub with full strength vinegar then pop in machine as usual.

Collar rings - make a paste of 3 tsp baking soda and 2 tsp vinegar and apply to affected area. Leave for a half hour then wash in machine.


To deter fleas from your pets put a tsp of white vinegar per 2 cups of their drinking water on a daily basis. The fleas will not like the taste of their skin and will leave your animals alone.

Accidents - sprinkle full strength white vinegar over the fresh accident and leave for a few minutes. Blot up the stain with a sponge from the centre outwards, then pat area dry with a clean cloth. Check the vinegar will not affect your carpet colour by testing a small unseen area first.


Vinegar peel - instead of using an expensive peel simply wash your face and then apply vinegar directly to the skin. Leave for five minutes, then rinse. Your sin will feel and look much fresher. After this treatment stay out of the sun for an hour as your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight.

Blackheads - combine 1/3 cup of vinegar with five chopped strawberries and leave at room temperature for a few hours. Dab the liquid onto the affected area at bedtime. Next morning rinse off and repeat this each night until the blackheads clear.

Night cream - mix 1/2 cup olive oil with three tsp apple cider vinegar, diluted with enough water to make a cream. Apply small amounts to your face before bed and rinse off in the morning with water. Inexpensive and natural.

Hair - to control frizzy hair - after washing your hair rinse with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water. Leave on hair for two minutes then rinse. Continued use will help smooth the hair.

Conditioner - Oil and Vinegar Rinse - Beat two whole raw eggs with one tbsp olive oil and 3/4 tsp vinegar and apply to your hair. Leave mixture in your hair for half an hour. Rinse out with water. This will leave your hair shiny and smooth.

Adding vinegar to your bath water will soften and cleanse the skin restoring PH balance. Simply add 1 litre/4 cups of apple cider vinegar to the bath water.


Ants - sprinkle a line of white vinegar along the ant trail and the ants will avoid it.

Insect repellent - rubbing apple cider vinegar on exposed skin will keep mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay.

There are many different uses for vinegar in our daily lives. Keeping a bottle of vinegar with the cleaning supplies seems like a good idea and maybe including a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in our daily diet can help keep our insides in order too. As mentioned before it is a good idea to check with your Doctor before taking vinegar internally if you are on any medication for heart problems.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi mary615. Thanks reading and commenting. i must check out your hub.

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I love using vinegar around my house and yard. (I wrote a Hub about the many usages of vinegar). In trying to live a frugal life, I have replaced many cleaning agents with vinegar.

      Very informative Hub. Voted UP, etc.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Kasman for your lovely comments and voting and sharing. I really appreciate it. There certainly are many uses for vinegar,

    • Kasman profile image


      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Wow tebo, great information. Vericose veins? I had no idea this could be used for this. I only use vinegar for a few things, like cleaning my coffee pot! I'm probably going to be saving this one. Voting up, sharing! Great job.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks adrienne2 for reading and for voting and for your lovely comments.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks rajan jolly for your kind comments. I appreciate your feedback.

    • adrienne2 profile image

      Adrienne F Manson 

      5 years ago from Atlanta

      As always another awesome hub! This is a wonderful list of ways to use vinegar. I really like the ones for cleaning the bathroom, and for the skin. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful tips. Voted up and useful!

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      This is an awesome list of vinegar benefits. Very useful hub.

      Voted up and interesting

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for reading vespawoolf. Glad you liked some of the ideas. Amazing what you can use it for isn't it?

      Hi agvulpes. Thanks for reading. It would be great if vinegar was able to help with your arthritis as I believe it can be quite painful.

    • vespawoolf profile image


      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I use vinegar on my skin and in salad dressings. I didn't realize it could be used on insect bites and I like the idea of combining with cloves for nausea. Thanks for these excellent ideas!

    • agvulpes profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      G'day tebo and thanks for these great tips about Vinegar!

      I will certainly try the tips on Apple Cider Vinegar for arthritis :)

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Brinafr3sh. Thanks for reading and I like your suggestion about unwanted moles. I will have to try that one.

    • Brinafr3sh profile image


      6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      I recently this year started using Apple Cider vinegar for many different things. It can be used on unwanted skin moles as well; apply the vinegar with a Q-tip onto the mole daily for 5-10 minutes, then rinse. The unwanted skin mole will eventually come off in about 1 week to 3 weeks. Thanks, great hub.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes there are many uses for vinegar besides in cooking. Thanks for reading.

    • upal19 profile image

      Ashraf Mir 

      7 years ago from Dhaka

      Thanks for this sharing. I think there are more to do with vinegar.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Movie Master. I find it very good for many things. It really helps to get rid of odours.

    • Movie Master profile image

      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tebo, I had no idea vinegar had so many useful properties.

      Many thanks for the useful tips, I will bookmark and use many times I'm sure.

      Thank you for sharing and voting up.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks again Suramya.K for commenting. Its pretty amazing stuff and cheap too which is helpful.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Off to try it. I've been learning Chemistry for almost five years and despite learning the molecular formula and theory of vinegar, I have not used it much. Now I'll try to remember these points whenever I encounter some problems and during exams too!

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Suramya.K. There are many uses for vinegar and I have started trying to use it more often. It seems to work well keeping mildew at bay on the shower curtain.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      So many helpful tips and applications here. I'd never heard od almost half of them as we don't use them much. Thanks for these, need to get some vinegar now!

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Om Paramapoonya. It is amazing what uses there are for vinegar and the fact that is quite cheap to buy makes it even better.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub! There were quite a few uses of vinegar that I had never heard of until I read this hub. Rated up and useful. :)

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks RTalloni. Yes there are many uses indeed for vinegar. Glad you enjoyed reading them.

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      An interesting list that will be great to refer to. Thanks!

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks midnightbliss. There certainly are many different uses for vinegar. I need to try out more of these ideas too.

    • midnightbliss profile image

      Haydee Anderson 

      7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      wonderful hub, i never heard many of the tips you've included here. thanks and its all worth a try.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks rorshak sobchak. My sister gets bad cramps in her legs too and I must remember to tell her about the vinegar. Thanks for the comment.

      Hi Sminut13. Yes there are many ideas for using vinegar. I have to remind myself to use them too. Thanks for reading.

      Hi Fucsia - thank you for your comment. It really is a very useful liquid.

      Thanks for the comment Dirt Farmer. Glad you found it useful.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Lulu Sue for your comments.

    • The Dirt Farmer profile image

      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub! Thanks for the great ideas.

    • fucsia profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Hub! I use vinegar in many ways but I find always something new about it. Thanks for sharing.

    • sminut13 profile image


      7 years ago from singapore

      wow so many useful ways to use vinegar i had no idea, even eczema, i definitely need to try this thanks for sharing.

    • profile image

      rorshak sobchak 

      7 years ago

      Wow I would have never guessed that so many uses could have came out of vinegar! I am not a fan of vinegar in the sense of the taste or smell. My girlfriend gets really bad cramps in her legs, they lock up sometimes so I am going to be sure to try this on her the next time they do.

      Thank you, rorshak sobchak.

    • LULU SUE1987 profile image

      LULU SUE1987 

      7 years ago

      Great tips, thanks

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Nell. I like the insect repellent too. Atleast you know what's in it. Glad you found the hub useful.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is great! definitely bookmarked! I remember going on holiday to Greece, and all my friend were getting bitten by mosquito's! they bought expensive this and that to stop it, I just sat at the table we were eating at, in a restaurant! and poured vinegar on the spots! mine worked, theirs didn't! but all these ideas are great, and I will definitely use it in the future, thanks nell

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks. I must get my act together and actually use some of these ideas myself. I do use vinegar for cleaning windows and they come up great.

    • Esmeowl12 profile image

      Cindy A Johnson 

      7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      What a fantastic hub! I knew about many of these tips but not others. I will definitely bookmark this. Thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)