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Vinegar
 

Household uses:

Kitchen:

Unclog a shower head. Unscrew the shower head, remove the rubber washer, place the head in a pot filled with equal parts Vinegar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer for five minutes.

Keep a garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh. Mix one cup of Vinegar in enough water to fill an ice cube tray, freeze the mixture, grind the cubes through the disposal, and flush with cold water.

Deodorize a stale lunch box. Soak a paper napkin in Vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.

Prevent soapy film on glassware. Place a cup of White Vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup of white vinegar run through the entire cycle once a month will also reduce soap scum on the inner workings.

Eliminate odors from used jars. Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with White Vinegar.

Eliminate unpleasant cooking odors in the kitchen. Boil one tablespoon of White Vinegar with one cup of water.

Deodorize a stale lunch box. Soak a paper napkin in Vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.

Prevent soapy film on glassware. Place a cup of White Vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup of white vinegar run through the entire cycle once a month will also reduce soap scum on the inner workings.

Trouble with fruit flies? Set out a bowl of apple cider vinegar to attract fruit flies! Carry the bowl outside and take the flies with you, if you don’t want to kill them!

Bath:

Kill germs on bathroom fixtures. Use one part Vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.

Unclog a shower head. Unscrew the shower head, remove the rubber washer, place the head in a pot filled with equal parts Vinegar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer for five minutes.

Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains. Simply wipe the surface with Vinegar and rinse with water.

Clean a toilet bowl. Pour in one cup of White Vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush.

Clean bathroom fixtures. Wipe down with paper towel soaked in vinegar.

Laundry:

Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum from a washing machine. Once a month pour one cup of White Vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.

Prevent bright colored clothes from fading. Before putting the article in the washing machine, soak it in White Vinegar for ten minutes.

Remove perspiration stains from clothes. Apply one part White Vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.

Remove stains from clothing: For stains caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and berries. Soak clothing in full strength vinegar.

Clean mineral deposits from a steam iron. Fill the water tank with White Vinegar. Turn the iron to the steam setting and steam-iron a soft utility rag to clean the steam ports. Repeat the process with water, then thoroughly rinse out the inside of your iron.

Remove light scorch marks from fabrics. Rub lightly with White Vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth.

Deodorize a wool sweater. Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts Vinegar and water to remove odor.

Prevent lint from clinging to clothes. Add one cup Vinegar to each wash load.

Throughout the house:

Repel ants. Use a spray bottle or mister filled with a solution of equal parts Vinegar and water around door jambs, window sills, water pipes, and foundation cracks.

Keep drains open. Pour one-half box of old baking soda down the drain followed by one cup White Vinegar. When the bubbling stops, run the hot water.

Prolong the life of flowers in a vase. Add two tablespoons of White Vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water.

Clean windows. Use undiluted Vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.

Remove wallpaper. Mix equal parts Vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in sheets.

Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet. Blot up urine, flush several times with lukewarm water, then apply a mixture of equal parts White Vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry.

Retard patching plaster from drying. Add one tablespoon white vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to slow the drying time.

Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes. Apply White Vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer's instructions.

Deodorize the air. Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.

Deodorize a room filled with cigarette smoke or paint fumes. Place a small bowl of White Vinegar in the room.

Remove chewing gum. Saturate the area with vinegar. Rub to remove gum. If the vinegar is heated, it will work faster.

 

Food related uses:

Kill bacteria in meats. Marinating meat in Vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup vinegar for a two to three pound roast, marinate overnight, then cook without draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs to the vinegar when marinating as desired.

Prevent cracked hard-boiled eggs. Add two tablespoons of White Vinegar per quart of water before boiling to prevent the eggs from cracking. The egg shells will also peel off faster and easier.

Poached eggs keep shape. Add about a tablespoon of vinegar in the water when poaching eggs. It helps the eggs to keep their shape. No taste of vinegar either.

Meat tenderizer. Use as a meat tenderizer. Add a tablespoon to water when boiling ribs or meat for stews, and even the toughest meat will be so tender you can cut with fork or will fall off the bone.

 

Medicinal uses:

Dissolve warts. Mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion and apply daily to warts until they dissolve.

Relieve arthritis. Before each meal, drink a glass of water containing two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar. Give this folk remedy at least three weeks to start working.

Remove corns. Make a poultice of one crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup Vinegar. Let poultice sit for one-half hour, then apply to the corn and tape in place overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning, reapply the poultice for several consecutive nights.

Cure an upset stomach. Drink two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach.

Relieve itching. Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with White Vinegar straight from the bottle.

Relieve a sore throat. Put two teaspoons of Vinegar in your humidifier.

Soothe sunburn pain. Apply undiluted Vinegar to the burn.

Clean dentures. Soak dentures overnight in White Vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.

Cure the hiccups. Mix one teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink.

Relieve a cold. Mix one-quarter cup Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.

Relieve a cough. Mix one-half cup Apple Cider Vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon when cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime.

Fade age spots. Mix equal parts of onion juice and vinegar and use it daily on age spots. This will take a few weeks to work, just like its expensive relative from the store.

 

Cosmetic uses:

Condition dry hair. Shampoo, then rinse hair with a mixture of one cup Apple Cider Vinegar and two cups water. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil.

Remove stains from skin. To remove stubborn fruit or food-coloring stains from your hands with a dab of white vinegar, saturate a cotton ball or clean washcloth with vinegar and gently rub to get rid of the residue.

Smoother Nail Polish. Nail polish will go on smoother, and stay longer if you clean your finger nails with white vinegar before applying nail polish.

Remove a perfume you don’t like. Rub a cotton ball soaked in vinegar over the area where the perfume was applied.

 

Outside uses:

Grow beautiful azaleas. Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons White Vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil.

Kill unwanted grass. Pour White Vinegar in crevices and between bricks.

Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots. Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted White Vinegar overnight.

Painting metal objects. Wipe down clean metal surfaces with a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water) to prep the surface for painting, and reduce the incidence of peeling...

Prolong and brighten propane lanterns. Soak new wicks for several hours in White Vinegar and let them dry before inserting. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel.

Remove decals or bumper stickers. Soak a cloth in Vinegar and cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper stickers should peel off easily.

Prevent ice from forming on a car windshield overnight. Coat the window with a solution of three parts White or Apple Cider Vinegar to one part water.

 

Fun Stuff:

Turn a chicken bone into rubber. Soak a chicken bone in a glass of Vinegar for three days. It will bend like rubber.