Lets Talk About Vinegar

Posted by Dawn Hessel on


Vinegar is such a useful item to have in your household as it can be purchased in bulk or made at home and offers so many uses!

Vinegar comes in many different forms and can be used in many different applications.  The most common application is obviously cooking, one that we have all most likely used in our lives, however, it is so much more useful!

Over the years I have started to use vinegar in all aspects of my life from cleaning to medicinal uses! 

Turning Scraps into Treasure

I started to make my own Apple Cider Vinegar several years ago.  I had purchased 4-5 pounds of apples to make applesauce.  After peeling all those apples I was left with a giant bowlful of apple peels and cores.  I hated the idea of throwing away perfectly good apple scraps and looked for ways to reuse the scraps before tossing or composting them.  After a little bit of researching, I discovered how easy it was to turn those scraps into useable Apple Cider Vinegar!


apple cider vinegar from apple scraps


Now that you have made your own Apple Cider Vinegar, it is time to get using it!

Here are a few ways I love using my homemade Apple Cider Vinegar as well as the gallon jugs of store bought white vinegar.

1. Cleaning - I buy gallons of white vinegar at a time.  Buying in gallons reduces the amount of waste I contribute since I am buying in bulk.  Not to mention white vinegar is dirt cheap! I use these gallons for a variety of cleaning projects.

- Cleaning Floors: I mix white vinegar and water in my mop bucket for cleaning my floors. 

- Cleaning Stuck or Burnt on Food: This covers a wide range of uses, from cleaning my stove top, to inside my oven and even pots and pans.  It works on almost any stubborn stuck on food.  Mix a bit of white vinegar with baking soda and let it sit for a bit.  Come back and wipes off your stuck on food.  Sometimes it requires a second treatment or a little scrubbing action.

- Glass Cleaner: Instead of buying commercial glass cleaners, try reusing a spray bottle and filling it with 50% water, 25% white vinegar and 25% rubbing alcohol.  Instant glass cleaner!  I find it works almost as good as the store bought cleaner and it's so much better for the environment!

2. Creating Acidic Soil - I love gardening and acquired a couple of container blueberry bushes.  In my quest for learning how to care for these bushes, I learned some tips on how to create the acidic soil for my plants crave.  One of these tips was watering once a week with a gallon of water mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar.  I must be doing something right, as my bushes are full of growing blueberries!

3. Bowl Discomfort - Apple Cider Vinegar can help alleviate diarrhea.  While I am not a medical professional, I can say I cleared up a persistent bout using this method personally.  I mixed 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drank that 2-3 times a day for several days. While this helped me rid myself, it can cause issues.  There are risks to drinking apple cider vinegar, so please read about your risks before attempting.  For more information, please visit this helpful website. https://www.healthline.com/health/digestive-health/apple-cider-vinegar-diarrhea#risks-and-warnings 

4. Canning - If you have ever had a jar of homemade pickles you are in for a treat!  Pickled foods, as well as a few other water bath canned recipes, use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in their recipes.  For more information on learning how to properly can food, please visit https://nchfp.uga.edu/.  If you have not attempted canning your own food, I highly recommend learning how.  Nothing beats the taste of your own home canned goods!  

5. Hair Conditioner - Apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful hair conditioner!  Mix 1/4 to 1/3 of a bottle of vinegar and the remainder of the bottle with water. Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar helps restore the natural pH of your scalp. 




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