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Apple Cider Vinegar is a staple around the ranch. I use it for my horses and for an udder wash and teat dip for my milking goats. I also soak orange peels in it for ten days then use the mix for a counter cleaner.


Vinegar-300x336Joe Marshall

Survival Life

Whether you are storing up supplies for hard times or just want to save a little grocery money on cleaning supplies, one thing you should never be without is vinegar.

People have been using it for ages – and not just for cooking or preserving foods. Vinegar’s versatility is virtually unmatched when it comes to having multiple uses.

There are literally hundreds of uses for vinegar around the home.

Check out below to see just a sample of how vinegar can be of use to you, hard times or not:

1. Disinfect wood cutting boards.

2. Soothe a sore throat; use 1 tsp of vinegar per glass of water, then gargle.

3. Fight dandruff; after shampooing, rinse hair with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.

4. Remove warts; apply daily a 50/50 solution of cider vinegar and glycerin until they’re gone.

5. Cure an upset stomach; drink 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in one cup of water.

6. Polish chrome.

7. Keep boiled eggs from cracking; add 2 tbsp to water before boiling.

8. Clean deposits from fish tanks.

9. Remove urine stains from carpet.

10. Keep fleas off dogs; add a little vinegar to the dog’s drinking water.

11. Keep car windows from frosting up; use a solution of 3 oz. vinegar to 1 oz. water.

12. Clean dentures; soak overnight in vinegar and then brush.

13. Get rid of lint in clothes; add 0.5 cup vinegar to rinse cycle.

14. Remove grease from suede.

15. Kill grass on sidewalks and driveways.

16. Make wool blankets softer; add 2 cups distilled vinegar to rinse cycle.

17. Remove skunk odor from a dog; rub fur with full strength vinegar and rinse.

18. Freshen wilted vegetables; soak them in 1 tbsp vinegar and a cup of water.

19. Dissolve mineral deposits in drip coffee makers.

20. Deodorize drains; pour a cup down the drain once a week, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

21. Use as a replacement for a lemon; 0.25 tsp vinegar substitutes for 1 tsp of lemon juice.

22. Make rice fluffier; add 1 tsp of vinegar to water when it boils.

23. Prevent grease build-up in ovens; wipe oven with cleaning rag soaked in distilled vinegar and water.

24. Kill germs; mix a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

25. Clean a clogged shower head.; pour vinegar into a zip-lock bag and gang it around the shower head. let it soak overnight to remove any mineral deposits.

26. Shine patent leather.

27. Remove the smell from laundry that has been left in the washer too long; pour 1 cup of vinegar in with the load and rewash it.

28. Make propane lantern wicks burn longer/brighter; soak them in vinegar for 3 hours, let dry.

29. Act as an an air freshener.

30. Soften paint brushes; soak in hot vinegar then rinse with soapy water.

31. Remove bumper stickers and decals; simply cover them with vinegar-soaked cloth for several minutes.

32. Prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers; use 2 tbsp of vinegar and 3 tbsp of sugar per quart of warm water

33.  Prevent Mildew; Wipe down shower walls with a vinegar solution.

34. Soften calloused feet;  soak your feet in a mixture 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for 30 minutes then scrub them with a pumice stone. The dead skin should slough off easily.

35. Treat Acne;  start with a solution of organic apple cider vinegar and water at a ration of 1:8, apply the toner to blemishes and  leave on a minimum of 2 minutes.

Can you think of anything that I missed?

Also don’t think that you have to buy vinegar from the supermarket.

Check out this article I wrote on how to grow your own vinegar!

Starting your Mother of Vinegar

Joe Marshall

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6 Responses to “35 Reasons You Should Never Be Without Vinegar”

  1. Lynne Raisley says:

    I drink water with a teaspoon of vinegar in it. It is good before meals and I am not so apt to over eat. This works for me and as I have read there are countless other uses. And wow it is not that expensive.

  2. suss says:

    yeah love apple cider vin (w/ the mother in it), which is raw unfiltered etc. LOve the stuff- i have been experiencing dry flaky skin on face w/ breakouts too (premenapause i think) and i use this straight on a cotton ball followed by a wee bit of coconut oil mixed w/ raw honey and it keeps this condition under control- not cured mind you the horomones do their thing this just keeps the flaking down so as the breakouts when i do get them are small and go away faster. Hope this can help someone else experienceing same thing. ps. it stings putting the acv so may not want to do it so often find what works for you.

  3. Lynn says:

    I rinse my hair with very diluted apple cider vinegar. it removes the saopy film and leaves it clean and shiny!

  4. Tasheena says:

    good for clearing up mastitis in people and milking animals, also increases quality and quanity of milk. cleans the black stuff off your cookie sheets, sprinkle w/ baking soda and spritz with vinegar and let sit for a while. Nice article :)

  5. robsrocks says:

    You Can use it to clean rusty metal parts. Put in a container and cover with straight vinegar and seal the container let soak for several days.

  6. frank says:

    a solution of 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar & raw honey to taste, in a mug of boiling water…like making tea…cured my chronic eye infection. I now drink this every day.

    raw organic apple cider vinegar applied directly, cured a wretched rash on my cat that she had for well over a year.