Sunday, April 24, 2011

Vinegar*** More Than Just for Dying Easter Eggs!

Today, there are so many various products on the market for specific uses around your home. We spend so much money on these products! The funny thing is that some of the simplest, most inexpensive things we can buy are the most versatile. We could save a lot of money by going back to the basics in homemaking. Vinegar is a great example of this. Here are just a few of vinegar's many uses:
* Wash windows. For a streak-free shine, wash windows with a mixture of equal parts warm and white distilled vinegar. Dry with a soft cloth.
* Remove stickers and price tags. Soak the sticker in vinegar, then rub off. This works even better when the vinegar is heated.
* Clean and deodorize your garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal.
* Freshen the air. Vinegar sprayed through a spray bottle works great to remove odors in the air.
* Deter ants. Sometimes aunts can be deterred simply by washing surfaces in pure-strength vinegar.
* Clean bathtub rings. Wipe bathtub rings with white, distilled vinegar then with baking soda. Wash clean with warm water.
* Keep peeled potatoes fresh. Cover peeled potatoes with water and add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar. This will keep the potatoes from turning dark before you have a chance to use them.
* Moisturize your skin. Add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.
* Make buttermilk. Instead of buying buttermilk, try this: Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let stand for five minutes. (I've tried this--it works great as a substitute for buttermilk in any recipe.)
*Wallpaper Removal.  Mix equal parts of hot water and vinegar. Next, dip a paint roller or paint brush into the solution, and wet the paper thoroughly. After two or three applications, most of the paper should peel off in sheets. For stubborn spots, repeat process until you are able to peel.
*Urine Stains on Fabric or Carpet. They say animal urine, but human urine works this way too. Blot up as much of the liquid as you can. Then use warm (not hot) water to flush the spot several times. Apply a solution of equal parts of vinegar and cold water. Blot up the excess liquid, rinse with water and allow to dry. If the stain remains, apply the vinegar solution and leave on stain for about 20 minutes. Repeat blotting, rinsing and then allow to dry.
*Jars. If you are as frugal as I am, you probably keep packaging containers such as butter and pickle or mayonnaise jars. We use them for other things around the house. Use white vinegar to rinse the inside of the jars once they are clean, to eliminate the odor of whatever used to be in the jar. This also works on plastic storage containers used to store food.
*Lime Deposits. I found a cool trick to eliminate lime deposits in faucets. Tie a plastic sandwich baggie filled with a ½ cup of vinegar to cover the entire outside of the faucet head. Be sure the entire thing is drenched and covered in the vinegar. Allow to soak for several hours. It's worked for us and leaves no odors and everything shines and looks so clean!
*Remove Odor from Laundry.  Ever leave the laundry in the washer too long, and get that sour smell?  Just rewash the load with a cup of vinegar and dry as normal.  No more smells!

Do you have any tricks on how to use vinegar??  Please share with us.....

1 comment:

  1. Ironic- I just had Nacho scrubbing the bath tub rings with vinegar and baking soda yesterday. He loved it! Almost as fun as cleaning the wood floor with Q-tips he said.

    So, he used up the whole bottle and I bought more this morning... where can we find the cheapest vinegar?


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