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Old 03-29-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
 
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Question ACV vs regular vinegar

I see a lot of people mentioning ACV rinses and I was just wondering, is there a specific reason for using apple cider vinegar instead of just the regular vinegar? Is there a major difference?
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:20 PM   #2
 
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If nothing else, I think it smells a little nicer for personal use than regular vinegar, but I've been tempted to try plain white distilled since I use it for cleaning and it's so much cheaper than ACV. I don't think I'd go with red or white wine vinegar! Balsamic often has sugar--that might be good for something!
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:25 AM   #3
 
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Personally, I find that red wine vinegar smells so much better than ACV--but then again I loooove red wine vinegar XD
I don't know about a difference, but I am curious!
I had looked up ACV back when I lurked these boards like 4 years ago, but most sites were about the more "hippie newagey" ways of using it--drinking it and such.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
 
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I think it's OK to use whatever vinegar you have. ACV just smells a little less vinegary than white distilled vinegar. But if red wine or balsamic - whatever - is what you have, its acidity should serve the same purpose. That's why citric acid or ascorbic acid also work.

ETA: Some, Kathymack for one, think organic ACV is better because it still has the "mother". I've never tried it so I can't say.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:51 PM   #5
 
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I have used all three (ACV, white and red), and the results were the same. As far as the smell, it just depends on your nose!
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Ditto to everything Greatcurls said (although I've never tried red wine vinegar).

I personally prefer regular vinegar simply because it's cheaper.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:45 PM   #7
 
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I've been doing vinegar rinses for 30-some years. I've used cider, red wine, distilled white, rice and probably some others I've forgotten and they all seem to work the same.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:12 PM   #8
 
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I've used the ACV with the mother and regular white and found that the white didn't leave as much of a vinegary scent.
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