Take a minute to think about this…
When you think about vinegar for a second, you realize that it’s great to be used for salads from time to time, but the majority of people just keep it in their pantry, even forgetting they have it stored there.
As for its usefulness, you think that vinegar has only a few uses in cooking and that besides that, it’s only a useless substance that smells bad. If you think so, then you’re missing out on a lot of things.
One of them is the fact that vinegar’s heritage stretches back more than ten thousand years and it’s one of the oldest household friends of human kind.
Over the years, its usefulness hasn’t changed, but it seems that we have changed our opinion about it and we’ve forgotten that it has far wider uses than you may initially think.
1. What is vinegar?
Vinegar is an acetic acid that can be made from a variety of substances, vegetables and fruits that contain sugar. If you went to your local supermarket you probably realized that there are a lot of types of vinegars you can buy and at one point, you may have even wondered what the point of all the rest is. Regardless of the high number of varieties you’ll find, the most used ones today are white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and wine vinegar. If you live in the US, then you already know that the most common types of vinegar are the apple cider and the white distilled vinegar.
When you learn more about the other types you can buy, you’ll realize just how useful they can be not only for cooking, but also for improving your health and helping you clean your house.
2. White vinegar
This type of vinegar is one of the most popular ones you’ll ever find in a N. American household. It can be made either from acetic acid (produced in laboratory settings) or from grain based ethanol. When water is added, the mixture is diluted and as a result, white vinegar is created. While it is not that great for cooking, people do appreciate the fact that it’s low in sodium and also fat free. Because of that, it’s mostly used for cleaning a wide array of items outside and inside your house, for cleaning your car and also your home. But let’s not forget that white vinegar is a favorite for pickling and without it, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your pickled cucumbers and carrots in the wintertime.
3. Balsamic vinegar
Since it has a subtle sour and also sweet taste, balsamic vinegar seems to be preferred by millions of people around the world. If you want to get it, then you should know that you can buy 2 related, yet distinctly produced types of it that are generally classified as commercial and traditional vinegar. The traditional type comes from a specific location in Italy (Mondena) and in order for it to be approved for sale, it needs to meet specific standards and strict regulations. To make it, experienced artisans use sugary and white trebbiano grapes and before selling it, they allow the vinegar plenty of time to age. Sometimes, it can be as little as 6 weeks and as much as twenty five years. Of course, the more the vinegar ages, the more you are expected to pay for it.
4. What you can use vinegar for
Vinegar has a wide variety of uses and asides from the fact that you can use it for cooking purposes, you can also use it to clean your house as following:
a) Bath Tub Grime: If you care about the cleanliness of your bathtub, then how about using full strength white vinegar to clean it? For an even more effective cleaning, you should scrub it with baking soda and later one rinse thoroughly.
b) Colored Porcelain: We all love our colored porcelain, but sooner or later it’s going to lose its shine. When that happens, all you need to do is use some full strength vinegar and wash it down well.
c) Grout: If you’re dealing with grout, then you can just pour some full strength vinegar on it and then let it sit for several minutes. When the time’s off, just get a toothbrush you won’t use anymore and scrub it well.
d) Faucets: Since we use our faucets every single day, they’re prone to getting dirty faster than most other household items we have. To clean them, you just need to mix two tablespoons of vinegar with one tablespoon of salt. Next, use this mix to clean the faucets and be amazed of how effective it is.
However, if you’re dealing with stubborn calcium deposits, just soak some strips of cloth in straight vinegar. Next, wrap them around the faucets and leave them like that for at least two hours or better, overnight.
5. Use vinegar for personal care
Most of us know that the cost of grooming and beauty aids can add up quite fast and even though we want to look good, spending a fortune only for this purpose doesn’t seem that much of a great deal, right?
So how can you look good without breaking the bank?
Well, for an economical and safe solution to grooming, beauty and skincare, you may want to turn to vinegar. You may not know about this yet, but in facial and similar beauty treatments, apple cider vinegar is one of the most highly used types of vinegar out there.
Just take a closer look at some of its uses below and be amazed:
a) Blemished skin and acne: To ensure you have a clean and clear skin, you’ll need to boil some water in a pot and when it starts boiling, lean over it and put a towel on your head so you can trap the steam. After 60 seconds, withdraw your head and use a cotton ball that has been previously soaked in vinegar to clean your face. After your skin cools off, repeat the process one more time.
b) Aftershave: Many commercial products cause itching and rashes, but you can easily avoid that by using flavored white vinegar or full strength white vinegar on your freshly shaved face.
c) Sun and age spots: To treat your sun spots and age spots, you need to apply vinegar twice a day on the affected areas for ten minutes.
So, How Do You Get Started Using Vinegar to Feel Better RIGHT NOW?
You don’t need make many drastic changes to your usual routine … We usually begin with small changes that leads BIG RESULT as a solution to our household needs. If you want to use vinegar the right way the first time…check out our using vinegar checklist The Ultimate Guide To Using Vinegar To Cook, Clean, and Save Money