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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  • RozettaStoneRozettaStone Posts: 695Registered Users
    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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  • lodylody Posts: 334Registered Users
    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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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    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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  • GreatcurlsGreatcurls Posts: 1,782Registered Users
    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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  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Posts: 857Registered Users
    Ditto to everything Greatcurls said (although I've never tried red wine vinegar).

    I personally prefer regular vinegar simply because it's cheaper.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    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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  • helloitsiohelloitsio Posts: 1,369Registered Users
    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.