Have You Any – Vinegar Health Benefits, Cures or Cleaning Ideas

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I love cooking and use a good variety of vinegars, which is how I became interested, I wanted to know how come Balsamic Vinegar tastes so different, but as you will all know, it’s fatal to look anything up on the internet because you get side tracked, which is what happened.

I found out that Balsamic Vinegar is traditionally produced in Italy in the region of Emilia-Romagna, made from wines brewed under controlled conditions that have been allowed to acetify, that is a simplified version.  But then I was side tracked into reading the different uses for vinegar, of which there seems to be no end to.

I thought it would be good to see how many uses we could gather together, so I started to list them, some of them are quite useful in modern times, some seem to be from an age well past and some I just don’t fancy trying at all.

But here are some of the interesting ones, please add your own by the way of comments, could be fun to see what we can come up with.

  1. Rinsing your dishwasher  – with the cost of dishwasher cleaning products and keeping in mind the environment I thought this one sounded excellent. Pour I cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run on a cycle of the hottest temp. It’s recommended to do this once a month.
  2. Ant repellent I am sure that those of you with gardens have been frustrated with these little insects, try this – mix a solution of half water and half vinegar and wipe down the effected area.
  3. Hard paint brushes – forgot or was too tired to clean your paint brushes, then try boiling them in undiluted vinegar and leaving them to soak for an hour, then wash them off in hot soapy water.
  4. Chewing Gum –  got chewing gum on the bottom of your shoe and then walked it on to your carpet, then try applying hot vinegar to the gum, apparently this works on any material.
  5. Cut Flowers – apparently they keep longer in water containing a solution  of – add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar to 570ml hot water.
  6. Ink Stains – Soak the stained fabric in milk for 1 hour, make a paste with vinegar and cornflour, cover the stained area, when dry, wash in the normal way.
  7. Perspiration Stains – Dab the stains with white vinegar and wash in the normal way.
  8. Tea & Coffee Stains – Soak in china and glassware in hot vinegar, then wash in the normal way.
  9. Windows, Mirrors and Glass – I hate this kind of cleaning, but this does work and makes it less frustrating – 2 tablespoons of vinegar into 2 litres of warm water, use this to clean the item in question, then buff with a clean dry cloth or paper kitchen roll.
  10. Sore Throat – Mix together 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey and slowly sip the syrup when needed.
  11. Preservative – vinegar makes a good preservative as an alternative to ‘E’ numbers in recipes for chutneys, bread etc.

What other can you come up with, please join in and share.


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