Friday, March 30

49 Wonders of Vinegar


In my quest to support a greener environment and create a pure and simple life for my family, the switch from chemical and bleach cleaners to vinegar was made. In a time where chemicals seem to have replaced bacteria and viruses as a main threat to our health, this change was an easy and efficient way to reduce our exposure to harmful, hormone altering chemicals that commercial house-hold cleaners contain.

Over the years I have enjoyed the ease and effectiveness of vinegar. It is definitely a "natural wonder" and can be used in so many ways!  Keep in mind, all of these tips are for use with "White Distilled Vinegar", the type you find on your grocery store shelves. If you dislike the scent of vinegar, add some fresh squeezed lemon juice or a couple drops of lavender essential oil (mix well).

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1. Kill weeds. Spray full-strength on growth until weeds have starved.
2. Kill unwanted grass on walks and driveways.
3. Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are.
4. Gum remover. Heat up some vinegar in the microwave and soak the area that's stuck to the gum. The chewing gum will dissolve.
5. Polish car chrome. Apply full-strength.
6. Remove skunk odour from a dog. Rub fur with full-strength vinegar and rinse.
7. Keep cats away. Spray vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching.
8. Wash fruits and vegetables. Mix three parts water to one part vinegar and put the mixture in a spray bottle. Before washing, spray fresh produce with the liquid to remove bacteria and pesticide residues.
9. Floor cleaner. Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons hot water.


10. Freshen wilted vegetables. Soak them in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
11. Getting Rid of Fruit Flies/Gnats in Your Kitchen. Place a bowl filled with 8oz. water, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap to attract the fruit flies. Always eliminate the source of attraction, i.e., ripened produce.

12. Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves. Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers across both sides of each blind.

13. Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to add shine while dissolving sticky residue left by shampoo.
14. Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.
15. Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution.
16. Soothe a sore throat. Pour a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then spit out.
17. Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more of vinegar to a vaporizer.
18. Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
19. Eliminate onion odours. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.
20. Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full-strength vinegar.
21. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.

22. Cut grease and odour on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
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23. Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Rinse away the grime.  
24. Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox overnight.
25. Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
26. To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse.
27. Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, curry and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.
28. Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap buildup on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
29. Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
30. Remove stains from pots. Fill the pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
31. Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen food particles from microwave walls and deodorize.

32. Get stained white socks and dingy dishcloths white again. Add 1 cup white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water, bring it to a rolling boil and drop in the articles. Let soak overnight.
33. Eliminate cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
34. Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
35. Rid the windshield wipers of road grime by wiping them with a vinegar-soaked cloth.

36. Remove lint from clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine. This also helps to brighten fabric colours.

37. Freshen the washing machine. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the machine and let it run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.

38. Remove tough stains. Gently rub vinegar on the stains before placing in the washing machine.
39. Eliminate smoke odours from clothes. Add 1 cup of vinegar to a bathtub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.

40. Remove decals. Brush with a couple of coats of vinegar and allow to soak before washing off.

41. Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
42. Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar for each litre of water.

43. Water or alcohol marks on wood.  Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.
44. Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.

45. Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.


46. Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.

47.  When poaching eggs, add a little white distilled vinegar to the water. The whites stay better formed.

48.  When boiling or steaming cauliflower, beets or other vegetables, add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the water to help them keep their colour. This will also improve their taste, and reduce gassy elements. This also works when cooking beans and bean dishes.

49.  Make pasta less sticky and reduce some of its starch. Add just a dash of white distilled vinegar to the water as it cooks.


Why only 49 Wonders of vinegar?? 
Hoping that you will comment with
some of your own tried and true uses.

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