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Vinegar Cleaning With Tips and Health Benefits

Updated on June 16, 2012

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


Window cleaner

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

Baking soda

3 drops dish soap

Mixed to make a paste and let sit for a minute or two then scrub areas

Remove stains

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

Palm vinegar

Coconut vinegar

Fruit vinegar

Flavored 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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      oakland park flood cleanup 

      6 years ago

      Vinegar is such a wonderful, economical and environmentally friendly cleaning product, which is very effective and powerful with cleaning.


      oakland park flood cleanup

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      @MarieAlice I use it all the time too, I have for years. I will clean up almost anything. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by to read my hub.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      @Vinaya that is another good tip, I hadn't thought of that one. Thanks! Thanks for the comment too.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      yes, vinegar is a nice cleaner. I have found vinegar also cleans dandruff.

    • MarieAlice profile image

      Maria Alicia Cardenas 

      7 years ago from Spain

      great hub, I prefer everything that is natural and no chemical...vinegar is a great cleaner in my kitchen!!!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      It does. Thanks again.

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      7 years ago

      You're welcome, Kimberly. Nice to know Digg is paying off for all of us who are members. :)

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      @GoGreen yes, I hope more people begin to realize that vinegar is a quality and diverse product. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment

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      Greg Johnson 

      7 years ago from Indianapolis

      Great article on a very useful product. For hundreds of years if not more basic chemicals, that were safe such as vinegar was used. It wasn't until after wwII that we started going to the hazardous chemicals that are common in our cleaning supplies and cosmetic supplies. Thanks for getting the word our on simple products such as vinegar

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      Vinegar is great. I love it for so many things. I haven't heard of the sore throat remedy. I will try it when I need it. Thanks for the follow and the comment. I saw your articles on Digg actually. Looking forward to your future articles.

      I am responding from my iPad there was only an iPhone app available for HP. It does everything except for editing I think. Thanks again.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Kimberly, I knew that vinegar had many benefits, but I now have an even better understanding of some of its uses.

      I like to make a habit of taking a swig of Apple Cider Vinegar on a regular basis. Also, anytime I suffer from a sore throat, I find gargling with ACV almost instantly cures the problem. It is amazing what a little vinegar can do. Voted up and SHARING!

      BTW: I have the HP iPhone app; I just saw your comment where you replied via iPhone. Cool! I will have to remember this! First time I have seen this on HubPages.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you for the comment and the follow. Vinegar is an excellent product. I look forward to reading your hub about vinegar.

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      Graham Lee 

      7 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Kimberleylake. You have beaten me to it! I have just completed a hub on the attributes of vinegar and cleaning. A hub of great interest. You have a new follower.

      Best Wishes.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      @FordeAhern Thank you for your input. Vinegar is great for so many things, I hope you find lots of new uses for it.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      @RTalloni thanks for the visit and comment. Another use for vinegar I figured out today, I have some dark stains in my wood floor and tried full strength apple cider vinegar on the stains and they came out. It seemed to dry the wood a little but the stain is gone. I wish everyone would stop using these harsh chemicals and try natural cleaners first. Take care.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      @fiddleman thank you for the comment. I have been using vinegar for years in my house and learned a lot while researching this hub. It was fun to do. I am glad you liked my hub, take care.

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      7 years ago

      Great tips. I didn't know vinegar had so many other good uses and especially as a cleaner. While in the USAF stationed at a remote isolated site in Alaska we had a civilian KP, a lady from the Indian village near our base and she used vinegar to wipe the dining hall tables. Thanks for this reminder and a great hub.

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting read with good tips. Thanks for putting this together for us. The more ways we can replace "products" with vinegar the better!

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      7 years ago from Scotland

      A very interesting hub on Vinegar! Who knew it had so many uses?! Thanks for sharing, voted up.

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      7 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      What an interesting hub. thank you.We use vinegar here in our house also but you have given me loads more information, voted, interesting and book mark it.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you for you comment. Vinegar is a good replacement for many cleaning products.

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      Crystal Tatum 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      These are great tips. I plan to try using vinegar as an alternative to harsh chemical products. These types of products can sometimes make feel sick and I've even have to leave my apartment after I've used them, particularly those with bleach.


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