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Everyone has heard about the versatility of vinegar. It’s uses are endless. Every household should keep a bottle of it in stock because it will eventually come in handy. Here are a few of the ways I use this pantry staple.

Vinegar is a great disinfectant. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and use it to disinfect counters, clean windows and wipe down blinds. Or, wet a cloth with the solution, wring it out, and wipe down your computer, fax, and printer.

The pungent smell of vinegar is an indication of its strength. Did you know that vinegar is so strong it could unclog and deodorize drains? Using a funnel, pour a half a cup of baking soda and then one cup of vinegar into the drain. The mixture will foam up and unclog your drain. Once the foam is gone, run hot water down the drain. After five minutes, run some cold water.

Don’t you hate getting water rings on your wood tables? Mix equal parts of vinegar and olive oil, and apply with a soft cloth over the stain in the direction of the wood grain… No more rings!

Dandruff can sometimes be caused by excess yeast growth on the scalp. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the PH of your scalp so yeast can’t grow. Mix equal parts of the vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your hair and scalp and wrap your head in a towel for 15 minutes. Do this twice a week to avoid the harsh chemicals found in dandruff shampoos.

Mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a basin, and adding the juice of two lemons, along with 1/2 cup of sea salt, not only makes a great foot bath for a pedicure, but also kills the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. It will also get rid of skin and nail discolorations, flaking, rough areas, and unpleasant foot odors.

As you can see, vinegar has many uses. It’s a good idea to keep some handy because you never know when you’re going to need it.

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