Introduction: 5 Vinegar Mysteries Solved!

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Vinegar (Acetic acid) is a sour liquid found in many homes. It has also been touted for centuries as a wonder drug, and ultimate cleaning product. 

But does it actually work? We will test 5 common vinegar theories and put them to the test.

Step 1: Theory 1: Polishing Chrome

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Our first theory is that vinegar polishes chrome fixtures.

RESULT: It works, it cleans it up nicely and doesn't leave a streak, HURRAY!

Step 2: Theory 2: Cutting Grease

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Next a common conception is that vinegar is a good grease cutter.

RESULTS: The grease after being soaked in vinegar came right off. I tried a bit of vinegar with some oil dropped right in and it, and the oil broke down pretty well.

Step 3: Theory 3: Disinfecting Cutting Boards

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Some sources have suggested that cleaning a cutting board with vinegar will disinfect it.

RESULT: Inconclusive because i can't see bacteria, but it cleaned off the stains on the board and left it looking cleaner.

Step 4: Theory 4: Killing Weeds

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Killing weeds comes up as another use of vinegar, so i decided to try it on some undesirables in my back yard.

RESULT: Adding a strong acid to a plant should kill it, but i won't know for a few days if it worked as well as i hoped.

Step 5: Theory 5: Drinking Vinegar for Health

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I've read that drinking vinegar can help with muscle cramps and encourage weight loss. I thought why not try it out for myself.

RESULT: Vinegar tastes horrible, see picture #2

Hope you enjoyed finding out how vinegar can help you solve more of life's problems!


nancyjohns (author)2015-08-20

Vinegar is very bad for your teeth. I suggest you don't drink any.

andychalita (author)2014-03-26

Apple Cider vinegar is also awesome killing bacterials, so it eliminates undesirable smells -such like female smells-.

sangdelamort (author)2014-03-25

Its not common white distilled household vinegar for health benefits is actually apple cider vinegar that should be used, yes it does help with muscle cramps and can help promote weight loss and a lot of other stuff too. Here's a web site i found to explain a lot more about its uses and benefits;

nthreadgall (author)2013-06-23

Never has worked on my weeds

Sassah122 (author)2013-01-30

I love sipping vinegar. If you drink it, it tastes horrible. But sip it and it's fine.

Pixie Puddle (author)2012-10-06

I get rid of hiccups by drinking vinegar

taleya (author)2012-09-29

Apple Cider vinegar is also awesome for allergies - it's loaded with antihistamines. Do a small shot once a day - it's worth it.

a 1:1 ratio of Vinegar and Water is also awesome if you have pet rats or other caged animals. Cleans up the pee (and the smell) a treat.

tshirtdav (author)2010-09-07

read somewhere about vinager for treating heartburn...
jesus christ
I don't recommend it...

...unless I was doing it wrong, I dunno

flippa (author)tshirtdav2011-04-12

apple cider vinegar worked for my heartburn. Which type of vinegar did you use?

doo da do (author)flippa2011-11-07

I use one teaspoon in a couple of swallows of water and the cider vinegar works well. Tried it straight once as suggested, did not go down.

blodefood (author)doo da do2012-09-28

One teaspon in a full cup of water. Sip and enjoy. NEVER straight up!

bettyroug54 (author)tshirtdav2010-09-09

It works very well. My oldest son was diagnosed with G.E.R.D. at the age of 18; the same diagnosis that precipitated his father's diagnosis of terminal esophageal cancer. He was on prescription meds that did nothing to relieve his heartburn for over a year when I came across an article on natural healing; which suggested 1 teaspoonful upon onset of symptoms. It stopped the heartburn in its tracks. He is required to have testing on a regular basis (the physician uses a scope to view his esophagus) to make sure he is not growing anything that should not be there. He has had a clean bill of health every year, and he is now 27 years old.
According to what I have read, prescription meds only cause the stomach to create more acid in response to the medication stopping the creation of stomach acid; a sort of paradoxical reaction. The vinegar neutralizes the stomach acid, leaving the body to regulate the release of acid; another paradox., considering that vinegar is dilute acid. All I can say is for my son, and my second husband; the remedy works.

veeguy (author)bettyroug542010-09-10

Unless you can explain how vinegar (acetic acid) can neutralize stomach acid, I believe this is a very bad idea.

Many of these "healthful" tips seem to be based on the non scientific creedo that something that tastes bad *must* be "good for what ails ya"

I'd recommend listening to your MD, they have studied many years of SCIENTIFIC proven treatments, not some old wives tale.

Buckbeak (author)veeguy2011-12-11

I think that's a pretty heartless response considering the content of her post.

Vinegar and lemon juice are acidic but they both leave an alkaline trace as they are processed by our bodies which is why they are good for arthritis.

Maybe you should read a book on basic nutrition before accusing people of talking nonsense.

bonecholampworks (author)veeguy2011-12-11

Many wives tales turn out to be effective, and are a basis for medical research & progress today. (example - an old "wives tale" is to chew willow bark - willow bark contains ASA - same ingredient found in aspirin)
As a child we were given vinegar & dill - pickle juice if it was available, for stomach ailments. Always seemed to work for me. Even if it doesn't work for all, the benefits surely outweight the taste!
"Stave off high blood sugar and other Alzheimer's risk factors with a daily dose of vinegar. According to researchers, there is evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline and dementia -- namely, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and prediabetes, and weight gain. While vinegar does not confront Alzheimer's directly, studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity. Swedish investigators agree. In one study, downing two or three tablespoons of vinegar with white bread cut expected rises in insulin and blood sugar by about 25 percent. Pour on the vinegar -- add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works because it's the acidity that counts.

bettyroug54 (author)veeguy2010-09-10

I am not a chemical engineer. If you don't want to use it, don't. I am however, a nurse and I can tell you vinegar will not hurt you; unless you drink a lot of it; at which point you will vomit. The remedy has been run past our family physician, and he has no qualms about it.

Everyone needs to be responsible for what they put into their own body. I am not telling anyone to do it; just passing on that it works for my son and husband.

Furthermore, most medications are nothing more than chemicals created by big pharmaceutical companies looking to make a big profit at the expense of the consumer. They merely treat symptoms while creating others. And take note, many FDA approved meds kill and injure thousands of people every year. If I had my choice, and I do, I would rather put a food product in my body than a foreign, and non-independently tested chemical. Nuf said.

firedrum (author)bettyroug542010-09-10

Yes, a mild acid will dilute a more potent acid. Same theory as drinking milk (which is also technically a weak acid) for heartburn.

bettyroug54 (author)tshirtdav2010-09-09

I forgot to mention, it needs to be white distilled vinegar, undiluted.

Diabloscope (author)tshirtdav2010-09-07

about a teaspoon and drink an 8oz glass of water i use all the time ....... only every once in a while .........NOT EVERYDAY baking soda as well in a full 8oz glass of water will help .. Burping Frenzy Dont lie down .

twighahn (author)Diabloscope2010-09-09

dandilions work better

wocket (author)2010-09-09

drinking vinegar is a great way to dissolve teeth.

blodefood (author)wocket2012-09-28

Yes, it is true that vinegar dissolves teeth. But so does wine, tea and acidic fruit juice. The key is to dilute it to the point of where it just flavours the water or add a few drops to a fruit drink that is bland to add zing.

gnach (author)wocket2011-12-11

YES! That needs emphasizing.

vitaloxide (author)2012-05-17

Vinegar is not a disinfectant. It is 5% acetic acid which is why it is corrosive to natural stone counter tops, but it does not kill the level of bacteria required to be considered a disinfectant. If you use it to clean your cutting board, you may leave behind some hard to kill bacteria just waiting to ruin your weekend at best.
Use a product that is tested and proven to be effective in an independent laboratory that has then been checked off by the EPA. All disinfectants in the US will have an EPA registration number on the label. This is for your protection.

Most of the time we can use a normal detergent in the form of our dish washing liquids to scrub and soap and rinse most bacteria down the drain.
But these detergents aren't designed to kill bacteria.
Don't believe all the bunk on the internet. Check with some credible resources on the subject. Visit for some great links to reliable sources.
P.S. I gave up the sponge years ago and use the stainless steel curly pads made by Chore Girl. LOVE THEM and they stay so clean.

georion (author)2012-04-10

apple cider vineger 2tablespoons in 8oz water or tea is what U drink!!!!!!!!!

Necronomicog (author)2012-03-16

Lice repellant ... A friend of mine a year or 2 back had dreadlocks and got lice.
We searched on the interned and found a natural remedy that works even better than any other product and is way cheaper.
Get a gallon jug of white vinegar from your grocery store.
Soak your hair with it and then wrap your head up in a shopping bag for 45mins.
Then wash your hair and comb it, Repeat the process, wash your hair again.
The white vinegar burns through the adult lice and destroys the eggs on contact.
its also a great all natural pest repellant.

baseballer (author)2012-03-14

vinegar is diluted acetic acid, HC2H3O2, which is a weak acid.  It does not dissociate completely in water, unlike a strong acid.  It may be in high enough concentration that the hydrogen ion concentration is high enough to do some damage, but vinegar is not a "strong acid."  but nice tutorial tho.

mauriciomunuera (author)2010-09-12

You can also use it diluted in water as a stop bath when developing black and white films and prints.

It's been a long time since I have been in a darkroomm. I had a photography instructor in college who tasted his stop to see if it still had a bite.

How funny! I only hope he never tries it with developer or fixer :)

static (author)2010-09-10

Dude; I.'m really certain you don't swig white vinegar out of the bottle for health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is used either diluted with water to be drank directly or combined with others ingredients, and the combined ingredients eaten with another food dish. At time I have tried to include vinegar as a regular part of my diet, but because I really never stuck with it I'm unable to determine any benefits.

porcupinemamma (author)static2010-09-10

An aside-can anyone tell me when to use the word "drink", "drank" and "drunk". (is there such a word?) This is an example of what I understand: "I will "drink" that tonight", Did you "drink" the chocolate milk? He "drank" all the orange juice. I forget the names of various tenses. I know there is the present tense, and the past tense and the future tense, and I know there are many others because somewhere in the cobwebs of my mind, I remember having trouble understanding them back in school many moons ago when I was a student. Any simplified answers would really be appreciated. Thanks ;0)

blodefood (author)porcupinemamma2012-01-09

The conjugations of verbs in language is quite elaborate.  My first language is English, but I didn't know how to conjugate verbs properly until I learned French.

Here's a great page on how to conjugate the verb to drink.

porcupinemamma (author)blodefood2012-01-09


paqrat (author)porcupinemamma2010-09-10

Yes I believe there is a word drunk other than the noun. "After having drunk to the health of his opponent he engaged in a rousing, no holds barred game of strip chess." Sorry I cannot tell you what the tense is. That is one of many things I learned just long enough to pass.

I really like your nick.

porcupinemamma (author)paqrat2010-09-11

Gee whiz-that makes sense. Thanks very much for your help! I'm going to write that down as an example for the next time I get mixed up. I have a little book that I keep full of new words (to me) and their meanings. I also fill the book with quotes that touch my heart. It's fun to flip through the pages from time to time.

mcaperton663 (author)2010-09-09

also vinegar is excellent for laundry. Brightens colors and whitens white. It is also handy for removing cat urine odor from clothes if treated immediately

blodefood (author)mcaperton6632012-01-09

I use plain white vinegar instead of fabric softener. It helps to sanitise clothing and you don't need dryer sheets in the dryer.

twighahn (author)mcaperton6632010-09-09

amonia is good for stopping the anmals from using an area

Laurpud (author)twighahn2010-09-09

Actually, ammonia is NOT recommended because urine has an ammonia compound in it & will attract animals to urinate even more in that spot. Stick with white vinegar!

twighahn (author)Laurpud2010-12-09

actually the smell of urines is similar to area that has been overused by animals to urinate the animal by instinct stops using that spot

eschneck (author)Laurpud2010-09-09

Any recommended method to apply to stop the urinating? Straight? Mixed?

Laurpud (author)eschneck2010-09-10

Blot up the urine, wash the area with soap & water, then pour or spray it on straight. The vinegar smell goes away once it dries. Don't apply too often to wood floors, apparently it damages the finish!

how much do you suggest for using in the laundry?

about 1/2 a cup should do it, or a full cup if your load consists of thick (winter-like) clothing.

blodefood (author)2012-01-09

To drink vinegar use just a teaspon in a cup of water.

For a summer refresher, use a teaspon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of ice cold water. Add ice and a pinch of sugar as desired.

kgaskins (author)2011-10-23

your eyes are pretty!:)

slaughter (author)2011-10-09

for heartburn and leg cramps you can just take a couple big drinks of pickle juice i do it and it taste pretty good and does the job

lday1 (author)2011-07-29

i put a bit of dishsoap in the vinegar as it helps keep the vinegar on the weeds instead of dripping off. Spraying at anytime has worked but it does happen a bit faster if you do it on a sunny day.

sunshiine (author)2011-07-18

Nice ible! Thanks for sharing!

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