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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vinegar: Its many uses!

The other day I needed to stock up on some vinegar and my favorite place to shop these days is Sams Club.  Therefore, I have a huge amount of vinegar!  On the box of my two gallons of vinegar were twenty tips for using vinegar.  I thought I would share these new tips with you as some of them are fantastic.

  1. Glassware 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar added to a gallon of rinse water will remove soap film from glassware and make it shine.
  2. Toilet Bowl Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring undiluted white distilled vinegar into it.  Let it stand for about five minutes then flush.  Stubborn stains may require scrubbing.
  3. Bathtub Wipe down bathtub with vinegar and soda to remove film buildup.  Rinse clean with water.
  4. Ants Ant invasions can be deterred by washing countertops, cabinets and floors with distilled vinegar.
  5. Grease Filmy dirt and greasy residue can be removed from stove and refrigerator by wiping with vinegar.
  6. Grass or Weeds Kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways by pouring on vinegar.
  7. Chrome To polish chrome and stainless steel, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and wipe clean.
  8. Shower Curtain Rub a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove soapy, steamed-in film and mildew from your plastic curtain.  Then rinse clean.
  9. Coffee Maker  To remove stale coffee residue, fill reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle.  When cycle is finished, run two cycles of water to rinse.
  10. Irons Remove burn stains from your electric iron by mixing one part salt with one part vinegar in a heated small aluminum pan.  Use this mix to polish the iron as you would silver.
  11. Vegetables Liven up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.
  12. Flowers Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar to a quart of warm water (100 degrees) to keep fresh cut flowers blooming longer.
  13. Cabbage Add vinegar to the cooking water of boiling cabbage to prevent the odor from permeating the house.
  14. Meat A marinade of 1/2 cup of your favorite vinegar and a cup of liquid bouillon makes an effective meat tenderizer.
  15. Rice A teaspoon of vinegar added to the water of boiling rice make it white and fluffy.
  16. Fish Reduce fishy odors by rubbing fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.
  17. Cheese Keep cheese moist and fresh by wrapping it in a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in an air tight wrap or container.
  18. Eggs To produce better-formed egg whites, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water.
  19. Onion odors Quickly remove the odor of onions form your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.
  20. Pickling Cider, Red Wine, Balsamic and other dark vinegars are good for pickling, but may discolor lighter colored pickles such as pears, onions or cauliflowers.  In this case, a distilled or white vinegar may be preferred.

I also found another website devoted to vinegar tips, check it out here.  My favorite tip from their site is this:  Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal with white distilled vinegar ice cubes. Make them by freezing full-strength white distilled vinegar in an ice cube tray. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water.

Who knew vinegar could do so much!  Have fun finding new uses for your vinegar!

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1 comment:

  1. Great post - vinegar and baking soda are my two favorite household items. Thanks for some new uses for vinegar!!


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