A Few Practical Uses For Vinegar


Vinegar is a prepper’s ‘multitask-er’. Many of you have probably used vinegar with foods (salad dressings, etc.) but it also has many other uses such as being a popular ingredient in many household cleaners – or perhaps you’ve used vinegar to clean windows. There are many alternative uses for vinegar, and here is a list of a few that may be of interest…

Clean rust off of tools by soaking them in undiluted vinegar overnight to remove the rust.

Corn or callus remover by soaking a piece of cloth in white vinegar and secure it over the corn or callus overnight.

Sore throat remedy by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar with one glass of water. Gargle once an hour, then swallow the mixture.

Relieve itching by soaking a cotton ball or gauze pad with the vinegar. Dab onto the itchy area, for example, from a mosquito bite and it will help relieve the itching. Vinegar will also help reduce the itching and burning pain from sunburn.

Relief for colds by mixing one-quarter cup Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.

Cure an upset stomach by drinking two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water.

Use in laundry to cut soap.

Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat.

Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards by wiping with full strength vinegar.

Cut grease on dishes by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.

Replace a lemon by substituting 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Prepare fluffier rice (rice and beans, right?) by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water when it boils.

Soak new propane lantern wicks in vinegar for several hours. Let dry before using. Will burn longer and brighter.

Cleaning the coffee pot. Use instead of water. Run through twice. Run plain water to get rid of taste. Run different water to make coffee.

Removing adhesives. Cheaper than Goo Gone and similar.

Weed killer.

Cleaning the grease around the stove.

Clean the floor with it. Mix with water and mop the floor with it.

Cure hiccups. 1 teaspoon.

Clean glass. Vinegar mixed with water is a great glass cleaner.

Clean hard water deposits. Vinegar with baking soda in your dishwasher.

Clear a clogged drain. Vinegar and baking soda will clear a clogged drain (put baking soda in drain then add vinegar and allow it to boil, then rinse with hot water).

Repel flies. Mop your floors with vinegar and water to repel flies.

Eliminate dandruff. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar after shampooing to eliminate dandruff.

Cure athletes foot. Apply directly to the affected skin.

Keep chickens healthy. Raw apple cider vinegar containing the ‘mother’ (the dark, cloudy substance found in the vinegar) is great for keeping your chickens healthy. It prevents several diseases caused by bacteria & fungus. Add 2 TBSP to a gallon of water for ill birds and half that for maintenance. (don’t use metal water containers w/ vinegar, it will corrode)


Add some of your own uses by commenting below!

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  1. Also for liver and colon cleansing , 1cup unpasturized apple cider vinegar , from most health food stores , mixed with a tablespoon of honey , along with peppermint flavoring will cleanse your liver of impurities and clean out your intestines once a week is preferred . You will even be able to feel the difference in that your vitality once you start this regimen . Be prepared and ready . Keep your powder dry .

    1. Does the unpasteurized part matter? Could you use any vinegar? Trying to understand. Thanks!

      1. I find Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (unpasturized) to be the best. Go to their website or I have found to be price wise.
        Small company still family owned.

  2. The unpasturized part is very important when using things for health purposes. The “pasturization” process KILLS all the healthy and LIVE enzymes and things that are actually GOOD for us. Pasturization is actually one of the things that is KILLING US! Our bodies NEED the live enzymes and things to stay healthy.

  3. Our guts are filled with billions of good bacteria that help regulate our immune systems. When that bacteria is altered or destroyed by antibiotics, drugs and poor lifestyle, they can be degraded enough to cause disease and ill health. Probiotics can repopulate the gut’s healthy bacteria by adding billions of different strains of flora, thereby improving vitality and helping stave off chronic disease.

    Probiotics include bananas, whole grains, onions, garlic, artichokes and honey and help increase intestinal flora.
    Fermented foods help too.

  4. EH
    Vinegar is basically an acid that can be derived form a natural souce. Apple cider vinegar is an example.
    It’s very common. In brief, If you squeeze apples into a tub and leave it in a shed undisturbed, you will get apple cider. Stir it occasionally and you will get vinegar. The alcohol in the cider acts as a preservative. The acidity of the vinegar is the preservative.
    Other sources can be used to make it. A common vinegar is red wine vinegar.

    To the rest I add the usage of vinegar as a treatment for jellyfish sting. It kills the stinging cells on your skin that have not fired yet. Meat tenderizer will also tenderize you, and fresh water will cause the stinging cells to fire and we don’t want that.

  5. Initial cleaning of brass cartridge cases: mix 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, small amount of Dawn dish soap, small amount of Lemi-Shine dishwashing powder. Add brass to container with mixture, soak and occasionally shake (agitate). Rinse with clean water. Works great.

  6. Thank-you so much for your recent down to earth real help such as this article. These articles are so much more helpful for when we have a break down in society for whatever reason. The multi uses of items such as vinegar & where to find articles such as your recent one on water are being saved, pondered over, & filed. As an old farmer used to making due I often know a lot of what is in the articles but I always find a few things I didn’t know so it is worth my reading for them. Also I hope to pass them on to family at some point & I’m sure there is much they don’t know in them. Thanks for this excellent article.

  7. Taking 1 oz a day relieved achy joints for me. Make sure you dilute it. If you mix it with honey don’t heat up the vinegar, just the water and honey. Add the vinegar afterwards.

    1. interesting…

      do you use regular white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar?

      I have seen lots of references to apple cider vinegar/joints, but not the regular stuff.

      which do you use?

      how long have you been using it?

      how long did it take to take effect?

      do you have any hip/knee replacements? – wondering if it affects those.

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