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Updated on June 1, 2016

Nutrition and Cleaning with Vinegar!

If someone told you could save money, be healthier and help the planet at the same time by using something that costs less than a couple of cans of cola, would you try it? Sure, most of us would, right? Well, switch to vinegar! Lemon juice is acidic and cleans wonderfully and smells great too.

For example apple cider vinegar has many properties that promote good health. It helps balance your body's ph level and kills bacteria. This helps you get rid of warts, dandruff and yeast infections. Apply it with cotton or a spray bottle to sunburned skin, reapply as necessary to relieve the burning. Mix it with Olive oil and herbs for an extra-healthy salad dressing, which will cost much less than prepared dressings and just think about all the plastic bottles you'll keep out of the landfills.

Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar into two cups of warm water and rinse your hair with it. It will bring out the highlights in your hair and make it shiny and also get rid of dandruff. Dabbing a bee sting or mosquito bite with apple cider vinegar will relieve the pain and help prevent infection.

There are an enormous array of room deodorizers and fresheners that are expensive and really contribute to pollution with all of the devises used to deliver a ‘fresh smell'. Some of them even require electricity or batteries now, just to ad another level of landfill nightmares. Apple cider vinegar can give you the same results and minimal cost and promote a healthier environment in your home by also killing bacteria. If there are smokers in your home, set out a bowl of the vinegar and it will absorb the smoky odors. Soak a cotton ball or two in it and place them in a decorative dish or in your vehicle to freshen and clean the air.

Cleaning is cheap and easy with vinegar. Spray it onto glass for a no-streak surface, wipe it off and polish with newspaper. Mix a bit of distilled vinegar with linseed oil for the perfect leather cleaner. Pour a little bit on a cloth and clean by making small circles on the surface.

Clean and remove static from plastic (which attracts dust) by cleaning it with one tablespoon of distilled vinegar to a gallon of water. Dip a cloth into the mixture and squeeze it out as dry as you can, and dust with the cloth. This may be a good idea for those plastic truck bed liners that have been none to spark fires from static buildup while they are being refueled.

Remove drinking-glass rings from wood finishes by mixing equal parts of distilled vinegar and olive oil. Polish with the grain for best results.

Remove germs from bathroom and kitchen surfaces by mixing equal parts of distilled vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add vinegar, baking soda and water (use a big bowl as it will fizz up) and you'll be amazed at the lime scale and dirty this mixture removes. It works as well as those toxic, fumy, expensive antibacterial sprays. Polish faucets and fixtures with a paste of vinegar and baking soda. This will also clean and freshen your drains when you rinse it off.

No-wax linoleum floors do become dull over time. Rinse them with a mixture of a half cup of vinegar and a half gallon of water.

Saving money, being healthier and going green is actually cheap and easy, simply by replacing all of those expensive salad dressings and cleaning chemicals with vinegar!


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      MoniqueAttinger 8 years ago from Georgetown, ON

      A great hub on the uses of vinegar... We always have a big jug of apple cider vinegar around our house! And we definitely eat with it and clean with it... ;-)

      I've got a couple of hubs on cleaning without chemicals. Check out: and

      Another great cleaning ingredient is citric acid. One of my personal favourites.... especially if you hate scrubbing a toilet! LOL...

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Great advise. I love to use vinegar as salad dressing but I never though of it as cleaning product. Thanks for sharing ;)