Posted on November 17th, 2010 by Jennifer Marcial-Ocasio
From cooking to cleaning, to gardening and creating home remedies, vinegar has won the title of one of the most versatile and economical products you could possibly get your hands on. It has been around for thousand of years. In fact, it is dated to ancient Egypt.
The word vinegar comes from the French word “vinaigre” which means “sour wine.” Rumor has it that is has its origins thousands of years ago when some travelers discovered a cask of wine that had gone bad. The sourness comes once the natural sugars contained in wines ferment into alcohol. With the passage of time, bacteria in the air transforms the alcohol into acetic acid leaving the sourly vinegar as an end product. The most common types are White (usually made from corn) Malt (barley), Red Wine, white wine and apple cider vinegar. The most common one, that one that you are most likely to find in most households, is the White vinegar.
Now, white vinegar is actually made of corn. Yes, corn. The corn is distilled into corn alcohol which is then combined with water and some other nutrients. After undergoing a fermentation process, it is filtered several times leaving us an all-natural product. White vinegar has no preservatives and no additives which attracts everyone’s attention. Unfortunately, with new a technology comes along new products and it is said that there are several brands of white vinegar may be derived from petroleum (crude oil) and fossil fuel products to later on create synthetic ethyl alcohol. Make sure you look closely to the labels.
You can be amazed by the amount of things you can do with vinegar. Our expert movers recommend it for those who want to leave their homes impeccable when packing and cleaning the house prior to a move. Not only that, but you can also use vinegar for your gardening projects, to clean your furniture, to remove the bad odor form your kitchen -even after frying-, for your automotive maintenance, to do your laundry, and obviously to cook. If you take some time out to simply browse at what you can get done using this simple, all-natural product you will see that there are mover one thousand uses to it. Think of something that you need to get done and vinegar will make it disappear.
Some uses of Vinegar:
- Clean your computer mouse
- Get rid of smoke and frying odor
- Wipe away mildew
- Shine your silver
- Deodorize lunch boxes, footlockers, and car trunks
- Remove carpet stains
- Remove candle wax
- Get rid of water rings on furniture
- Spray it on your furniture to prevent your cat from scratching it
- Ants hate vinegar so it serves as an amazing ant repellant
Other websites you can visit to get a more detailed list of things you can accomplish by using vinegar:
How some of our historic people used vinegar:*
- The Babylonians used vinegar to preserve and pickle food.
- Hippocrates prescribed vinegar as a remedy for a variety of ailments.
- Caesar’s armies used vinegar as a beverage.
- Hannibal drenched huge boulders in hot vinegar which cracked them into small pieces, enabling his army to continue its journey across the Alps.
- Helen of Troy bathed in vinegar to relax.
- Jesus was offered vinegar before he was crucified.
- Early Europeans used vinegar as a deodorizer.
- During the Bubonic Plague people poured vinegar on their skin to protect themselves from germs.
- Cleopatra dissolved pearls in vinegar to prove that she could consume a fortune in a single meal.
- Sailors used vinegar as a food preservative during long voyages.
- World War I medics used vinegar to treat soldiers’ wounds.
* information from vinegar.com
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