by FiveHiver Maria Rainier
Vinegar is a product that can be found in most kitchens. In cooking, it’s been used for flavoring and meat tenderizing for hundreds of years. Here are five examples of ways to use vinegar that go beyond salad dressing and seasoning.
1. As a Home Remedy for Heartburn
If ever you find yourself in a situation where heartburn isn’t available, vinegar can be a good alternative. Simply mix a tablespoon of vinegar into your favorite hot tea or drink a tablespoon of vinegar straight and it may alleviate discomfort.
2. As a Glass Cleaner
Vinegar can also serve as an alternative to glass cleaners like Windex. Mix 4 tablespoons of vinegar in a quart of water, then apply to windows as you would any other glass cleaner.
3. To Brighten Clothes In The Wash
Vinegar can also be used to brighten your white clothes in the wash. Simply add a quarter of a cup to vinegar to the washing machine during the rinse cycle. Larger washers may require more vinegar. A good way to determine the amount to use is to multiply a quarter cup of vinegar by the “load size” of your washer. As an example, if you have a triple load wash then you would use 3 quarters of a cup of vinegar.
4.To Dye Eggs
Dying eggs various colors is a great Easter activity to do with your children. First add one teaspoon of vinegar to one cup of boiling water. Once mixed add exactly 10 drops of the desired color to the water and vinegar mix. Repeat this for any other color you’d like to dye the eggs. Once you’re ready, dip the eggs in the mixtures for 3-5 minutes then set to dry.
5. As a Chemical Free Hair Conditioner
Vinegar is also a great chemical free alternative to hair conditioner. After washing, just mix one cup of vinegar to one cup of water and apply liberally to your hair for about five minutes before rinsing. The recipe may have to be extended for those with longer hair. So long as there is always one cup water for every one cup of vinegar it should extend fine.
Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she’s written on online landscape architecture programs along with tax examiner jobs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami.
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