The Case for Vinegar: 83 Amazing and Environmentally Friendly Uses

Vinegar is arguably the most versatile product in the household, with applications that range from cleaning veggies to whitening teeth and de-skunking a dog.

Beauty hacks


1. “No ‘poo” hair care

Some people swear by using a mixture of cider vinegar and baking soda instead of shampoo. Others swear at it, because apparently it doesn’t work for everyone. Do a web search for the basics and try it for yourself.

2. Hair rinse

Condition with a 50/50 mix of cider vinegar and water. Wait a few minutes, then rinse well.

3. Dandruff killer

Do a weekly scalp treatment with straight cider vinegar. Leave it on up to 15 minutes, then rinse well.

4. Skin toner

Mix one part cider vinegar to two parts water (more water if your skin is sensitive) and dab onto your face after washing.

5. Deodorant

Sounds counterintuitive, but users swear that the smell goes away quickly – and that the vinegar keeps odor-producing bacteria from growing. Either white or cider vinegar can be used, but try it on a small area first to see if irritation develops.

6. Clean the loofah

Soak the bath sponge in a 50/50 vinegar mix, then rinse well.

7. Brighten your smile

Brush with a paste of two parts cider vinegar to one part baking soda a few times each week. Or mix one teaspoon cider vinegar into a glass of water and rinse for up to 60 seconds.

8. Prepare for a mani-pedi

Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and treat your nails before polishing them. The clean surface will hold the color longer.


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