Besides food and culinary purposes vinegar can be used in many other ways including health benefits:
What are the health uses of vinegar?
- Use white vinegar on a tissue to place on a recently acquired sunburn. The vinegar allows the skin to be cooled and restores its acidity lost from the burn.
- Ingesting vinegar of any variety has reported benefits of lowering cholesterol of the blood serum as well as lowering risk of ischemic heart disease. Study 1 Study 2
- Eating vinegar with other foods can decrease the glycemic index of foods high in carbohydrates. This can be used to control blood glucose in non-diabetics and keep those who are diabetic at normal levels. Link to Study
- Vinegar has been shown to lower the response of insulin and glucose in the body, therefore suppressing our hunger. This can a good weight loss tactic for those trying to lose wight. Try drinking a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar each day before meals. Link to Study.
- Some take small cap-fulls of vinegar each day, specifically apple cider vinegar. It is believed to support the immune system due to the weak acid properties of acetic acid being an anti-microbial. It is not recommended to take dosages of vinegar for long term usages.
- Vinegar can be used to treat lice. The acidic properties of vinegar may kill lice in human hair.
- Vinegar may lessen or deactivate the poisons and effects brought on by a jelly-fish sting.
- Brush your teeth with white distilled vinegar to eliminate bad breath. This needs to be done only once every week or so.
- Treat minor cuts and scrapes with white distilled vinegar.
- The addition of vinegar can improve digestion and improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals with your meal.
- Use white distilled vinegar to clean surfaces of your home such as counters, refrigerators, tables, microwaves, etc. The acidity will act as an anti-microbial as well.
- Remove grease from a grill or oven.
- Clean smelly food containers and tupperware with vinegar to remove the smell.
- Clean tarnished metals such as copper and brass.
- Remove a sticker, label or price tag, with vinegar.
- Clean tile floors in the kitchen and bathroom (as well as porcelain) safely without harsh chemicals.
- Certain stains in fabrics like clothing, carpets, etc may be removed by having vinegar set in it for awhile. Let white distilled vinegar set in a stain for an hour and try to wipe the stain clean with a towel.
- Remove paint from unwanted surfaces with vinegar.
- Do you have paintbrushes that are hard, firm, and crusty from oil paint? Soak them in vinegar to loosen it up and make the cleaning process easier.
- Small children and pets have a tendency to urinate in places that are difficult to clean. Use a clear vinegar such as distilled white vinegar to rid of the smells of human or pet urine on mattresses, sheets, blankets, couches, carpets, etc.
- Rather than soaking in tomato sauce after a skunk spray, spray affected locations with a diluted mix of water and vinegar.
- Use distilled vinegar to kill the fleas of pets.
- Use vinegar to rid of gum stuck to unwanted surfaces.
- Keep ants away by laying down vinegar.
- Kill mold and grime from home surfaces. The acidity of vinegar will kill the mold. This is a much safer solution than using harmful chemicals or even bleach.