The Miracle of Vinegar – History and Uses, Part II

On the first part, we have learned the uses of vinegar and the fact that vinegar is a natural food because it has no harmful ingredients and doesn’t need any preservative  and before I continue with it’s other uses.  Let us know some facts about the vinegar, where it came from and how it was processed.

Vinegar is a versatile liquid that results from the fermentation of ethanol. The key ingredient of vinegar is acetic acid, which gives it an acidic taste. While there may be additions of other kinds of acid like tartaric acid and citric acid, the typical pH of vinegar ranges anywhere from 2 to 3.5, although the store-bought kind usually measures 2.4. In food preparation procedures, it is a multi-purpose product as an ingredient and condiment. Outside of cooking, vinegar has medicinal, household cleaning, and agricultural applications. ?

Vinegar , history and uses

History shows that the uses of vinegar dated way back on the ancient civilization.  It was used as a cleaning agent and the Babylonians discovered that it can slows the action of bacteria that spoils the food so they used it as a preservative.  Some uses it as condiment while Caesar’s armies used it as beverage.  And would you know that Helen of Troy uses vinegar in her bath to make her relax. (hmm, that’s something i wouldn’t want to try though) Hannibal the famous general used vinegar to help his army and even Jesus Christ drank vinegar just before he was crucified.  Hippocrates , who is also known as the father of medicine explained the qualities of vinegar and he even prescribed it to his patient to heal their ailments.

Just with all of this great benefits of vinegar.  I also wanted to explore it’s purpose as a natural cleaner.  (With all the chemicals and toxics that you could find with different cleaners available in the market today.  Vinegar is a great way , chemical free, natural, affordable and most of all safe for the environment) So, here are a compilation of the uses of vinegar as a natural cleaning agent for your kitchen, bathroom , for your baby things and just for anything.


1. Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

2. For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.

3. Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup hot water.

4. Discourage ants by spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar outside doorways and windowsills, around appliances and wherever you find the pests coming in.

5. Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

6. Remove Refrigerator Smells
Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator.  Within 2 days, any smell is gone!

7. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:
Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.


8. Deodorize the toilet bowl by allowing 3 cups white distilled vinegar to sit in it for about a half hour before flushing.

9. Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

10.Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.


11. Freshen baby clothes:
The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.

12. Deodorant stains:
Deodorant and antiperspirant stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with white distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.

Baby Things

13. To clean and disinfect baby toys add a good-sized splash of white distilled vinegar to soapy water.

14. Clean vinyl baby books or board books by wiping with white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.


15. Cleaning Leather Shoes
Make a solution of one part water to one part white vinegar, and use it sparingly on the shoes. Dip a cloth into the solution, and dab it over the salt-streaked parts of your shoes.
May have to repeat the cleaning a few times before all the salt is removed.  Salt actually can damage leather, so it’s best to clean shoes as quickly as possible. Don’t let the salt stains build up.

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