Camping & Survival

Vinegar: A Prepper’s Multitasking Liquid Must-Have


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.


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Comments (21)

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

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

  3. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. Use 1/2 cup white store bought vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washing machine as a fabric softener instead of store bought. It works, has no weird chemicals, won’t harm the environment, is inexpensive and won’t leave any vinegar smell in clothes.

  8. Mix equal parts hot water and white vinegar to clean stains out of carpets or furniture fabric. My Mom and Dad had white carpeting put in their home and the installer told them to do this. It doesn’t leave a residue that then picks up more dirt like traditional carpet cleaning products.

  9. I use it to clean dirty terminal posts on my car batteries. Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on terminals, pour on the vinegar and watch it bubble. Brush lightly and rinse. Repeat if necessary. Dry battery terminals

  10. A cap full of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water is an almost immediate and long standing cure for Heartburn. Just drink it quickly.

  11. I’ve heard but, never tried it myself that vinegar and brown paper will relieve a headache. I do know that vinegar and brown paper will treat exposed wounds. And I do know take using white vinegar will kill the pain of a really bad sunburn.

  12. I am an pld time vinegar fanatic and in my youth spent in rural and remote parts of New England apple vinegar( with the mother in it) was used in darn near every housejold.
    As to medicinal properties that I leave for others to look up as what naturals that worl for me may not be your cup of tea and besides I am not a
    Place in microwaveable bowl to clean inside of the microwave.
    Just put in and let boil.
    Dampen inside with vinegar before to loosen spils or spatters.
    Use it and a potato cut in half to rub out any rust and to get new cast iron ready for cureing
    To clean your cast iron skillets, pots and pans in booneys to that maybe watershy clean dinnerware with sand vinegar mixture.
    Also aids in slowing down dehydration by a few
    drops per quart of drinking water,
    Place in poultry waters when raising on natural non chemical feeds, aids real growth of muscle mass not fat.
    There are vast differences in properties
    according to the sources.
    When putting vinegar on body take care, for it can burn skin especially when used upon normaly non exposed skins.
    Your vinegar at store is diluted but if you can source non dilluted it does wondrrs for cleaning your smoke tubes; just place old cap on nipple, fill to almost gull barrel, let set hour or twio , and then blow air through nipple to clean powdet and some of the copper for thesr nes sabot loaded or gas checked pistol rounds.
    As a kid we used it on shotguns, rifles and Pistols as cleanrrs. GET NON DILUTED and one quart makes many gallons of store bought.
    Have used it to temper hammered knife blades and put on hot old shotguns and then torched aftrr several apps leaves that nice old patina hard as a rock.

    Place it in foot baths to help soften up callouse removal.
    As a rust preventive on knives and inside sheaths that may be wet, and in camp cleans caked blood off of knives.

  13. Vinegar reacts with stuff like baking soda. Vinegar+prepper+baking soda might be interesting! Use the reaction to “boil” away crud in tight places.

  14. Use it to remove lime buildup in tea kettles flower vases ect. Fill them full,cover them and let soak for a week. Run it through a coffee maker to clean the pipes.

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