Uses for Vinegar
by Rae Osenbaugh
Uses for Vinegar
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I found this list of uses for vinegar on one of the discussion lists I participate in....you may recognize some of them, and others may be new to you (there were a few new ones for me!). So, break out those gallons of vinegar! (thanks for the ideas to Sarah in KY!)
- Kill grass on walks and driveways.
- Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.
- Increase soil acidity. In hard water: one gallon of tap water for watering rhododendrums, gardenias, or azaleas.
- Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are known.
- Polish car chrome. Apply full strength.
- Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.
- Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching on.
- Keep dogs from scratching his ears. Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
- Keep chickens from pecking each other. Put a little in their drinking water.
- Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar over night.
- Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
- Boil better eggs. Add 2 tablespoons to water before boiling eggs. Keeps them from cracking.
- Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar and relieve itching.
- Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white vinegar; you may have to reapply.
- Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.
- Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.
- Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
- Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle and then swallow.
- Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.
- Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor, will take the edge off your appetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.
- Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
- Eliminate onion odor. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.
- Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full strength vinegar.
- Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.
- Cut grease and odor on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
- Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.
- Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox over night.
- Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
- Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
- Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through it.
- Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.
- Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
- Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar dampened cloth.
- Clean china and fine glassware. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let dry.
- Get stains out of pots. Fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
- Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
- Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.
- Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
- 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.
- Clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
- Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
- Freshen up the washing machine. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in the machine and let in run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.
- Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
- Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
- Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
- Remove decals. Brush with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow to soak in. Wash off.
- Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
- Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
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