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19 unique ways to use vinegar

However, there are many other ways in which we can avail benefits from this versatile kitchen essential.

By Cookist

Read on to know how you can use vinegar in 19 different ways!

Most of us use vinegar to add a tang to various food preparations. However, there are many other ways in which we can avail benefits from this versatile kitchen essential.

Hair conditioner


Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse after shampooing the hair to remove any leftover residue and enclose the hair cuticles. You can use it by adding ½ a tablespoon of ACV to a cup of water and then pour it over your hair. Later, rinse your hair with lukewarm running water after some time.

Kill weeds

You can use vinegar to get rid of the unruly weeds and maintain the beauty of your lawn.

Sweat stain remover


Spray white vinegar on the sweat stains before washing the garment, as usual, to get rid of these unsightly stains.

Fabric softener

Add ½ a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine while washing your clothes as usual. This will prevent the appearance of lint, maintain fabric color, and remove soap well from the garments.

Sore throat


Some people also sip or gargle with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ACV and 2 tablespoons of honey in a cup of warm water to relieve a sore throat.

Prevent ants

Spray a mixture of equal quantities of white vinegar and water, over the area with maximum ant population, to get rid of them.

Sore muscles


Apply a mixture of a ¼ cup of vinegar in a cup of water over the sore muscles using a clean cloth to draw out lactic acid accumulated in those muscles after exercise.

Air freshener

Acetic acid helps to absorb bad odor so spraying it in your room can help to neutralize any kind of bad smell. Vinegar can also be used to eliminate the funny smell from lunch boxes by wiping them with a vinegar-soaked cloth.

Remove stickers


Warm a little white vinegar and then apply it over the sticker, which you wish to remove, using a clean cloth until the sticker is thoroughly soaked with the vinegar.

Cure hiccups

A shot of vinegar is beneficial to cure hiccups.

Clean paintbrush


Dip the crusty and stiff paintbrush in boiled white vinegar for the paint to get dissolved.

Clean rust

The acetic acid in the vinegar helps to remove rust from metal items by boiling the rusty metal with vinegar for a while.

Remove limescale


Apply vinegar over the area with calcium and lime deposits or you can also boil those limescale lined items in vinegar to get rid of these stubborn stains.

Neutralize spice

Add ACV or white vinegar to the spicy food to help neutralize the spiciness of food preparations.

Flower bouquets


Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to each quart of water in the flower vase to prolong the life of a bouquet of flowers when kept in this solution.

As a cleaner

A mixture of water and white vinegar in equal quantity can be used to clean refrigerator, floor, glass, and porcelain. Just remember to not use vinegar on slate, granite, and marble surface.

Fungal infection


Fungal infections such as dandruff, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot can be prevented by applying a solution of 1 part vinegar in 5 parts of water for 30 minutes every day.

Marinating meats

Marinate the meat in ACV overnight to nicely tenderize it and kill any bacterial growth.

Unclog drains


Add a ¾ cup of baking soda followed by a ½ cup of white vinegar to any clogged drain and then leave it for 30 minutes. Now, chug down a kettle of boiling water to deodorize and clean the garbage disposal and clogged drains.

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