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5 Reasons to Store Vinegar in Your Medicine Cabinet

Vinegar has long been a household staple for cooking and cleaning. But it’s also used to cure tons of common ailments. Here are five great reasons to start adding a jar (or jug) to your medicine cabinet too.

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Banish Bruises

If you or someone you care about has a nasty fall, you can speed healing and prevent black-and-blue marks by soaking a piece of cotton gauze in white or apple cider vinegar and leaving it on the injured area for one hour.

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Soak Away Aching Muscles

Got a sore back, a strained tendon in your shoulder or calf, or maybe you’re just feeling generally rundown? Adding two cups of apple cider vinegar to your bathwater is a great way to soothe away your aches and pains, or simply take the edge off a stressful day.

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Breathe Easier

Adding 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the water in your hot-steam vaporizer can help ease congestion caused by a chest cold or sinus infection. It can also be good for your vaporizer: The vinegar will clear away any mineral deposits in the water. Note: Check with the manufacturer before adding vinegar to a cool-mist vaporizer.

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Treat an Active Cold Sore

The only thing worse than a bad cold is a bad cold sore. Fortunately, you can usually dry up a cold sore in short order by dabbing it with a cotton ball saturated in white vinegar three times a day. The vinegar will quickly soothe the pain and swelling.

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Get the Jump on Athlete’s Foot

A bad case of athelete’s foot can have you hopping mad. But you can often quell the infection, and quickly ease the itching, by rinsing your feet three or four times a day with undiluted apple cider vinegar.