Vinegar: A Prepper’s Multitasking Liquid Must-Have

By Lisa Metheny published on in Camping and Survival

Most of the preppers that I know, myself included, like to revert to using products or items that have aproven track record. One such product that is a staple item on many preppers must-have list is vinegar.

VinegarVinegar is made through the fermentation of ethanol of starchy or sugary items like corn and apples. There are many varieties of vinegar such as white, malt, pickling, balsamic, wine or apple cider. However, what makes vinegar a mighty multitasking liquid is the fact it has hundreds of uses in and around the home and because of the endless possible uses for vinegar it stays at the top of my “must-have” list. Here are a few alternative uses for vinegar.

Food or Food Preparation

  • Substitute for buttermilk (add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of milk to make buttermilk)
  • Meat Tenderizer- adding tablespoon vinegar to liquid such as water will help tenderize during the cooking process. Marinating meat in flavored vinegar for an hour before cooking will not only flavor the meat but will also tenderize it.
  • Make your own ricotta cheese, all you need is a little whole milk, cream, salt and vinegar and you have the makings for fresh ricotta cheese.
  • Preserving or pickling food- the acidic level in vinegar makes it ideal for pickling.
  • Salad dressing using oil and vinegar, try experimenting with flavored vinegars for a fresh twist.

Cleaning Uses with White Vinegar

  • Drain cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Grease Remover
  • Air Freshener
  • Tarnish remover
  • Suds Control
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Remove water stains from leather
  • Remove paint stains in clothing

Around the House Uses for White Vinegar

  • Pest control
  • Rust remover
  • Can help unclog toilets
  • Keep pests off of some house plants
  • Non-toxic weed killer

Personal Care Uses for White Vinegar

  • Rub on skin for a safe insect repellent or mix one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water and put into a spray bottle for easy application.
  • Alleviate pain and discomfort of insect or bee sting
  • Soak gauze in vinegar; apply to sprains to relieve pain and minimize swelling
  • Soft dry skin
  • Control dandruff
  • Sunburn—carefully apply vinegar with a cotton ball to sunburn area. Although this process will sting and burn at first, the vinegar helps balance the skin’s PH level to help speed healing.

Don’t Forget the Pets

  • Apple-cider to water to help control fleas
  • Fish bowl cleaner
  • Helps remove skunk odor from pets
  • Helps remove pet urine stains

Although vinegar has thousands of uses there are a few things you should be aware of when using vinegar. For example, vinegar can easily strip off wax such as the type of waxes used on cars or floors, plus it can stain and corrode some porous material such as marble so always test a small area first. Using vinegar as a weed killer in certain types of soil may prevent any vegetation from growing in that area for some time. Most importantly, you need to be aware that mixing vinegar with other common household liquids such as bleach is extremely dangerous and will produce highly toxic and deadly fumes, so DO NOT combine these two liquids.

Do you have an alternative use for vinegar? Share it with us in the comment section.

SLRule

Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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Comments (21)

  • Doug

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    While swimming in the ocean and getting stung by jelly fish, Vinegar is the BEST relief from the sting and itchy after effects.

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  • NorthWoodsChuck

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    Safely remove tarnish from fired rifle & pistol brass by soaking in a bowl of vinegar for as long as necessary. Rinse with water, dry and process it normally afterward. Vinegar will not harm the cartridge cases, but NEVER, EVER use anything containing ammonia as it will weaken the brass.

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  • fred hochrein

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    pls notify me of follow-up comments and new posts.

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  • Fenwick Babbit

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    You can put 1/2 gallon in a douche bag to remove VERY stubborn odors.

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    • Jay A.

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      Yes you can but it will smell like a tossed salad.

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    • Jack Straw

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      Would that include douche bag Nancy Peloski?

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  • primo

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    A shot of apple cider vinegar diluted in water makes a great heartburn…acid reflux remedy..best before bed….acids seems to clean out digestion system over time

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    • stan

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      If you ever get leg cramps try taking 1 or 2 tablespoons of vinegar, the cramps will ease. My father had a Nuesery and from digging all day his legs would cramp and by taking vinegar it always eased the cramps.

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  • Troy

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    Refer to previous comment about ammonia.

    Never use ammonia “windex” to clean optics! Ammonia will remove coatings on eye glasses, scopes, binoculars etc…

    Vinegar and newspaper does a good streak free job on glass, scrape off the bugs first. I use a mix of 1/3 91% isopropyl alcohol with 2/3 distilled water in a plant spray bottle for cleaning all my glass, maybe a little more than 1/3 of 91%, not a precision mix, don’t use 70%, little to oily.

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  • Nam Marine

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    Use a quart of white vinegar to clean your coffee pot. Just run it through
    and then rinse by running two times with water.

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  • OLD&GRUMPY

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    The wife is mixing up vinegar and other goodies to tenderize London Broil for the grill tomorrow-4th of july. Big thick London Broil !

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