Exploring the Many Uses of Vinegar

Whoever said, “You can attract more flies with honey than you can with vinegar” obviously didn’t know what we know today about the multi-faceted properties of a simple product like vinegar. From nutrition to medicinal and household uses, the uses of vinegar are virtually limitless.

BY: Ranya Elguendy

 

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Heal a Sore Throat Another “Who knew?” remedy: Sipping or gargling some warm water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can soothe a sore throat. Add a tablespoon of honey (local and organic honey have the most health benefits) to this mixture to kick up both its effectiveness and taste!

Soak Sore Muscles Apple cider vinegar can actually remove the lactic acid (you know, the stuff that makes you so sore that you don’t ever want to exercise again) that builds up in overworked muscles. Simply mix a few tablespoons of vinegar into a cup of water, dip a washcloth into the mixture, and apply to affected area for 20 minutes.

Cure Hiccups While some doctors do not believe that hiccup cures actually work, there are countless people who would beg to differ. Why? Because they swear that vinegar is an effective cure for those pesky spasms. Although it is not exactly clear how vinegar calms and even stops the hiccups, it is worth a try.

Remove Mineral Deposits Do not let calcium and lime deposits come between you and your morning cuppa joe. Pour a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar into your coffee maker and run it through. You can also use pure vinegar in the dishwasher to clean hard water deposits. Pour vinegar on a dishrag and wipe away stains on faucet and fixtures. To unclog a showerhead, remove it from the pipe and place it in a small pot that is filled with white vinegar. Simmer for a few minutes; remove from pot, and rinse.

Prolong the Life of Cut Flowers Cut flowers can brighten up any room; unfortunately, they wilt after only a few days. To get a little more life out of your blossoms, add two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of water, and enjoy them for a few days longer.

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