Monday, February 4, 2013

Notes From My Personal Life #23: Vinegar

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    Vinegar is possibly the most underrated cooking ingredient, with its uses going way beyond the kitchen. There are different varieties but the most commonly used is the distilled white vinegar. And I'd like to share with you today a few of its many uses that I've tried out.

1.)For hair care.
   Let's say you have an occassion that requires prepping your hair up with lotsa hairspray, gel, or whatever hair gunk you use. Sometimes hair products used on the hair can't be easily removed by shampoo alone. So I mix 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar with 3 cups water (you can increase or decrease vinegar portion depending on hair length or how much hair product was used. I usually just wing it with the portions.). Rinse hair with water first, followed by the vinegar solution. Rinse again. Then proceed with usual shampoo routine.

2.)Make-Up Brushes

For make-up fashionistas, vinegar helps completely clean out your make-up brushes. Mix 1 cup warm water with 1-2 tbsps of vinegar and half a tbsp of dish soap (or shampoo/shower gel). You can increase/decrease water and vinegar portions depending how many brushes you need to clean. Swirl the brushes in solution, rinse, then dry.

Sometimes laundry can be a bitch especially when the smell can't be removed with laundry soap alone. After you've put the laundry soap in , add a dash of vinegar (vinegar portions totally up to you, as long as there's more water portions and don't worry, the vinegar smell doesn't stick after rinsing) to the washing machine or basin.

4.)Bathroom cleaner.
My mom really hates how overpowering the smell of bathroom cleaners are and how toxic they can be especially since bathroom spaces are usually enclosed. Vinegar's soulmate is baking soda. In a bucket of water, mix 6-8 cups vinegar and 6 cups baking soda (once again, these portions aren't set in stone. Be liberal as you want) and add just a little bit of your bathroom cleaner enough for it to foam. Rinse tiles, bathtub, or sink with solution then scrub. Rinse with water. The vinegar smell may linger just for awhile. If vinegar smell still lingers, you probably didn't rinse properly.

5.)Fruits (some fruits anyway)
  For fruits such as grapes, cherries, strawberries, blueberries (and other types of berries), swirl them in a 1/2 cup  vinegar (preferably red cane or apple cider) and 3 cups water solution. This helps remove the molds, dirt, and chemical residue from the fruits and helps them remain fresh longer if you plan to stock them in your refrigerator.

I'm developing an unhealthy obsession with vinegar lately. I know I can't use it on everything but sadly, vinegar can only do so much. For example: it cannot mend a broken heart. OMG what.

Bonus tip:

For those with sweaty hands, I heard that soaking your hands in a bowl of vinegar solution helps. Click here for details. Can anyone let me know if it really works? Coz I'm really not the sweaty-palms type.


  1. And then when you're done cleaning the bathroom with the vinegar and baking soda, you can build a volcano! yay! :D

  2. This was such a random post I just had to read it. Never knew vinegar was so useful lololol. 8D

    "For example: it cannot mend a broken heart."

    Also, I will try to see if I can prove this wrong =))


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