The Many Uses of Vinegar

November 25, 2007 § 23 Comments

Vinegar is a liquid substance produced from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields acetic acid, a corrosive organic chemical compound, represented as CH3COOH. Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in cider, fermented fruit juice, or nearly any other liquid containing alcohol. It has been used for food, household, miscellaneous and medicinal purposes for over a thousand years. What should be even more interesting is that its use has been mentioned in Prophetic Tradition which extends as far back as the Prophet Dawood (alayhi salaam) or David, in his Psalms, all the way to the Prophet Muhammad (alayhi salatu wa sallim), in the recorded traditions of the Prophet Muhammad called ahadith in Sahih Muslim. And according to ‘Aisha (radhi Allahu anha) the Prophet Muhammad’s wife, the Prophet (alayhi salatu wa sallim) said,

“The best of condiments or condiment is vinegar.”

There is also a recorded tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, a hadith, narrated by Jabir b. ‘Abdullah saying,

“While I was sitting in my house there happened to pass by me Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). He made a gesture to me and I stood up for him. He took hold of my hand until we came to one of the apartments of his wives. He entered and then asked me to get in. So I entered and there was hanging a curtain beside her. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Is there any food (with you)? They (the members of the household) said: Yes And then there were brought three loaves of bread for him (the Holy Prophet) and placed in the basket of palm leaves. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) picked up one loaf and placed that before him, and then picked up another one and placed it before me. He then picked up the third one and broke it into two parts, and kept the one-half before him and the other half before me, and then said: Is there any condiment? They (the members of the household) said: There is nothing (in the form of condiment) but some vinegar only. He said: Bring that, for vinegar is a good condiment.”

We use vinegar for a number of reasons in my home. For example, usually before every meal we take a cap full of vinegar to take the edge off of the appetite. Also, from time to time we use it, diluted with water, as a hair rinse. This removes soap film and unnecessary oils after shampooing. It also adds acid mantel to hair and highlights to brunettes.

There are so many uses for vinegar, the number is unknown however you may find “131 Uses for Vinegar” a useful website to learn more about the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s favorite condiment, vinegar.


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§ 23 Responses to The Many Uses of Vinegar

  • Yursil says:


    Thank you for that hadith, I am reminded of the tradition of breaking bread upstate..


  • Saifuddin says:


    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam. I was reminded of that as well, there were several narrations of the Holy Prophet (alayhi salatu wa sallim) saying,

    “…vinegar is a good condiment.”

    But in this particular hadith it also discusses the tradition of breaking bread which I found very interesting.

  • Saif says:

    Assalamu Alaikum.

    Look out for this vinegar at your local Whole Foods market :

    I suspect the vinegar of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) times were closer to “raw” and “organic” than most of the vinegar we eat today.


  • titus2woman says:

    Just passing through, as I saw an interesting title from WP’s front page. You have a great blog with LOTS of really great information~I’m loving learning! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum. Saif and sandi thank you for stopping by. Saif you wrote,

    “I suspect the vinegar of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) times were closer to “raw” and “organic” than most of the vinegar we eat today.”

    Saif you may be right. And sandi you wrote,

    “Just passing through, as I saw an interesting title from WP’s front page.”

    I’m glad you decided to stop by. Please come back, I would like to have you as a regular in some our discussions on this site.


  • Assalamu Alaikum. SubhanAllah, so many uses, so many things to try! I use Raw Apple cider vinegar in my salads to prevent gas and bloating. I also use it for heartburn during pregnancy by mixing with water and honey. I made that same drink for my father in law once when he was visiting and suddenly had stomach upset and it helped him. One time i was making a dish that required lemon juice and i didn’t have any so i substituted vinegar and it turned out tasty.

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum UmIbrahim! MashaAllah, you are already using over three different uses for vinegar and probably more than that. If you use some of the others please return to this post and let us know your results. I would really appreciate that.


  • dianarn says:

    Every time we had a fever, mom would give us a rub down with apple cider vinegar and the fever came down right away. You didn’t smell too good after that, but you felt better. 🙂

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum. dianarn you wrote,

    “Every time we had a fever, mom would give us a rub down with apple cider vinegar and the fever came down right away.”

    What would we do with out mothers? Thank you for commenting.


  • you can use vinegar and dish soap to get pee stains and odor out of the carpet if you’re potty training a puppy.

    ask me how I know.


    luv the site!!!

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum. dissfunktional, that is a really good use for vinegar, mashaAllah! Do you think it would work on pee stains among other things coming from potty training small children?

  • small children running around smelling like vinegar – oh golly 🙂

    guess you could try it!

  • Saifuddin says:


    as-salaamu ‘alaikum.

    “small children running around smelling like vinegar – oh golly”

    Eh, what do I know about small children? Perhaps we should just stick to using it with cat pee. 😉

  • titus2woman says:

    I am honored and would *love* to visit again! and I’ll quickly share that we use vinegar in our house a lot. We clean with it, and it’s wonderful in the bath to soften skin. One of our sons has lots of food allergies, and a vinegar bath always helps his hives breakouts. and I LOVE the vinegar page! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  • loopyloo350 says:

    Very interesting post. When i was growing up we would do without many things, but vinegar was always an essential. We used it for a hair rinse, as you have mentioned, we also mixed it with baking soda and used it as a paste for insects bites, sunburn, and poison ivy. It was excellent for scorpion bites, and bee stings. We used it to clean by itself and mixed with baking soda. We used it to keep mosquitos and fleas away. We used it on our pets and in their bath water. We used as a test for mumps, if you could drink a 1/4 cup without any problems, them you probably did not have mumps. The anti-bacterials properties in vinegar actually did help keep down odor in washing clothes and diaper pails.

  • abdulmomin says:

    Beautiful MashaAllah!

    Verily Quran teaches us many secrets that we didnt knew earlier.
    Indeed the correct way of understanding the real Islam is to refer to the Holy Quran as the basis for all knowledge and then understanding the Sunnah and Hadith in its light. Anything that cannot be linked back to the Quran cannot be declared an integral part of Islam. We must be very careful when we assume that something is or is not part of Islam. Allah has protected the Holy Book for this very purpose that no matter how much time passes the word of Allah remains pure and provides guidance to those who truly want to submit to his will and stay on course to becoming true Muslims.
    The values, injunctions, and the principles enshrined in the Book form the corner stone of the Islamic polity and the limits laid down by it provide the framework within which the laws of the Islamic State may be formulated. These principles, or limits, or framework, are immutable, but the statutes made by the State within these four corners are open to modification and change according to the needs of the times.

    May Allah guide us and have mercy on us. Ameen.
    Abdul Momin

  • Nizam says:


    Thank you for the hadith and info. I heard that vinegar also can be use to treat HIV. Waallahualam.

  • Nadia says:

    ASA- I wanted to share my experiences with Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (the cloudy, organic stuff). My mother’s cholestorol went from 240 to 160 in 2.5 months by drinking 2 tablespoons twice a day before breakfast and dinner. She would mix it with some honey and water to take the edge off. She also completely cured her acid reflux disease and the arthritis in her knee without any medication. Everyone should try this rather than traditional medicines- cheaper and no side effects!

  • saltan_worldking says:

    Assalaamualakum. Is there anyone out there( muslims) to show us the the method to make vinegar. the simplest means for us to follow and to make it at home.I still have some doubts with vinegar out in the market there.

  • The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The home which does not possess Vinegar is poor”. Vinegar has been consumed for its healing properties. Its continual consumption regulates diabetes, helps digestive system, and it is a good food supplement.

  • salma says:

    thanks for posting the whole hadith. I had read in another website that prophet asked for food and his wives provided with vinegar. I mean only the last part of the hadith was given without the mention of bread. And I thought that it can be just drunk instead of food.(and I Think it is not advisable to take by itself. ) Now i know it is taken with some bread or other food rather than by itself.
    I guess we should always post thr full hadith (like how u did) even though we are stressing a part of it, as other readers may intepret it diffrently (like i did) . And I guess that is the cause of all the probelms when people say wrong stuff abt the writings on Quran

  • Rehana says:

    Is there any ruling in Islam which prohibits the use of lemon and vinegar together?

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