What is vinegar?Vinegar was said to have been discovered in Ancient Egypt and the discovery was an accident. The Egyptians were great wine lovers, and it's thought that when the wine went off it turned into what we know today as vinegar. The liquid is formed when alcohol is oxidized and the acetic acid which is produced by bacteria, gives it that acrid taste. Today, industrially manufactured vinegar which we use in our kitchens contains the ingredient acetobacter; a cultured component that allows for mass-production.
Vinegars many usesVinegar is well known for its healing properties as it has a built in antiseptic component. It's often used as an effective pain-killer on cuts, grazes or insect stings and it draws out infectious and bacterial enzymes which helps stings and cuts heal faster. Vinegar can also eliminate odours and in times of old many used it in the bathroom to masque unpleasant aromas. Vinegar is also a great lime-scale remover especially when placed inside a kettle. The substance eradicates calcium build-up and it has the power to strip away chemical substances like hardened oil paint on painting brushes as it has a softening element. For those who want a good reliable disinfectant, look no further than your pantry as vinegar keeps germs away. However, not many people know just how good a cleaning agent vinegar is, or what an excellent alternative it makes to expensive laundry detergents.
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