7 DIY Health and Beauty Uses of Vinegar


May is National Vinegar Month, which inspired us to share the many uses of this kitchen staple. From positively stunning hair and perfectly manicured nails to a natural way to soothe a sore throat, here are our favorite ways to use vinegar.


  • Say goodbye to lifeless hair! Apple cider vinegar is a quick and natural way to boost shine and remove product-build up. Product tends to coat your strands and prevents them from shining. Rinse with one part apple cider vinegar and two parts warm water when your hair looks and feels lackluster.
  • If you’ve had too much fun in the sun and forgot to reapply sunscreen, reach for white vinegar to ease the pain. Add water and vinegar to a spray bottle and spritz it over your body or you can wet a washcloth with cold water, followed by vinegar, and place it on the affected areas.
  • Soothe your tired muscles with warm water and vinegar. Add vinegar to the tub and soak for 10-20 minutes.
  • The secret to a lasting manicure in your kitchen pantry. Vinegar will soften your cuticles and it will help remove excess oil on your nails. Simply swipe a soaked cotton ball over your nails, let dry and apply nail polish. Wiping away dirt and oil will help the polish adhere to your nails.
  • It’s officially sandal season, which means it’s time to show your feet some love. Soften them up by soaking in one part vinegar and two parts warm water. We’ve also read that adding a quarter cup of Listerine, yes your mouth wash, to the mix further helps remove dead skin.
  • Treat pesky mosquito (and any other bug) bites with a paste of vinegar and cornstarch. Make a thick paste by mixing the two ingredients and gently apply it to the affected area. Allow the paste to dry and later remove it with warm water.
  • Finally, we’re always in search of natural and holistic remedies for common ailments. A tasty mix of honey and apple cider vinegar will help soothe a sore throat. A spoonful every few hours will bring relief.

What are your favorite ways to use vinegar?

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4 Responses
  • Laura Tomlin
    May 24, 2014

    Trying these!

  • Melinda Soung
    May 25, 2014

    Anthony Soung

  • Priscilla Wieden
    May 26, 2014

    Vinegar actually makes you peel if you apply to a sunburn, but applying suntan lotion on and keep it on all night(reapplying if it sinks in)actually helps it turn to tan and keeps it from peeling, take it from a blonde.