Did you know that any alcoholic beverage made from apples, dates, rice or plain white sugar turns to vinegar once it is exposed to air? It is the bacteria in the air that converts the alcohol in cider, wine, and beer into acetic acid which gives vinegar its characteristic sharp sour taste.
The recorded history of vinegar dates back around 5,000 years. The Babylonians used the fruit of the Date Palm to make wine and vinegar which they in turn used as a pickling agent in foods. During the biblical days of both the old and new testament, vinegar was used to flavor food, make an energizing drink and as a medicine. For example, after working hard gleaning barley in the fields, Ruth was invited by Boaz to eat bread and dip it in vinegar. (Ruth 2:14) The use of vinegar dates back to 3000 BC in Egypt and to 1200 BC in China. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar and honey for colds and coughs.
Did you know that in todays world you can still use vinegar for many things in your home. With our world so full of toxins, we want to find other alternatives to cut down on the use of products that contain toxins in your home. I remember when I was young, my mother always had a bottle of vinegar in the home. I know most people just think of vinegar as a mix in a salad dressing but its benefits are amazing. Let’s take a little trip through the many uses of vinegar. Try them in your home and see for yourself how you can begin to eliminate some of the products you use in your home and replace them with good old vinegar that have been around for a long time. Thanks to research information that I received from Yahoo news and Wikipedia, I have listed only seven uses of vinegar.
Did you know that vinegar can be used to:
- Control Insects in the Garden? Create an earth-friendly insect trap by filling a closed container with a cup of apple cider vinegar. Add in small slices of banana peel and 1 cup of cold water, and then shake. Poke holes around the top and either place it on the ground or hang it with some twine from a stake in the garden; you’ll be catching critters in no time. Discard the trap and replace it with a new one when it gets, um, too gross.
- Clean Ceramic Tile? Make your own cleaning solution to freshen up dingy tiles around tubs and sinks. Just add 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia, and a 1/4 cup borax to a gallon of water. Scrub ‘em up, and let ‘em shine! Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.
- Clean Your Wood Floors? Wash your hardwood or pre-ﬁnished ﬂoors the old-fashioned way. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of hot water and mop or scrub as usual (make sure to barely wet your mop or cloth). Dry the ﬂoor completely with a towel afterward — standing water is the enemy! Don’t try this technique on waxed ﬂoors because it will strip off the wax ﬁnish. To lessen the smell of vinegar, add a drop or two of essential oil to your mix. Lemon- or lavender-scented oils are excellent options.
- Clean Your Shower Heads? Do you have a clogged shower head? Put boiling water in a bowl with a 1/2 cup of vinegar, soak the shower head for 10 minutes and watch those clogs disappear. If you can’t remove the head, partly ﬁll a plastic bag with full-strength vinegar and tape it over the ﬁxture. Let it sit for an hour and remove, and you’ll be shower-ready! Photos by lifehacker.com
- Wash Your Dishwasher? Your dishwasher washes all the food off your dishes but who washes the dishwasher? You can, by pouring 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the tub and running it through a cycle without any dishes. Doing this once every month or two will remove built-up soap residue and keep it in squeaky clean shape.
- Test Your Soil? You can do a quick and cheap test for excess alkalinity in your soil by putting some dirt in a container and pouring about a 1/2 cup of vinegar into it. If it ﬁzzes or bubbles up, it’s too alkaline. Simply add peat moss or sulfur to make your soil pH more neutral.
- Unclog drains? To unclog a drain, pour baking soda down drain and then vinegar. Let it sit for a minute and then run hot water down pipes and then cold water. You might have to repeat process one more time.
I have used apple cider vinegar as a under arm deodorant. It stops order and is natural, nothing like the chemical deodorants we use on a daily basis that have various toxins that are harmful to our body. Who would have thunk it that vinegar could be used for so many different things.
The next time you are in the grocery store and you walk down the aisle where the vinegar is located, pick a bottle up. It will prove to be a cost effect product in your home. Little by little you will begin to eliminate several products from your cabinet and replace them with good old 5,000 years old vinegar.
Pamela Douglas, Certified Aromatherapist, Young Living Distributor, Author and Artist