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The MANY Uses of Vinegar

August 4, 2014

many uses of vinegarThe many uses of vinegar is quite an impressive list! While vinegar has long been used as a natural cleaning, disinfecting and beauty aid, did you know it could do all of this? Of course, always test a small area first before trying any of these remedies and be sure to consult a doctor when using it as a health aid!

AROUND THE HOUSE

-To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

-To clean windows without streaking, mix equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.

-To remove water rings on wood furniture, rub a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.

-Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.

-Prevent icing on car windows by wiping the windows the night before with a solution of one part water to three parts white distilled vinegar.

-Deodorant and antiperspirant stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with white distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.

-Kill bacteria AND soften your clothes by adding 1 cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle. No more need for fabric softener!

-Clean that hummingbird feeder regularly with equal parts apple cider vinegar and hot water. Rinse with cold water and air dry before re-filling with food.

IN THE KITCHEN

-Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar to 1 pint water and use to wash fresh fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly.  Research has shown that vinegar helps kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables.

-Prevent eggs from cracking when boiling them by adding 2 tbsp of vinegar to the water before boiling the eggs.

-Improve the flavor of boiled ham by adding 1 tablespoon vinegar to the cooking water.

-Not sure your baking soda is still good?  Pour 2 tablespoons vinegar in a small dish, and add 1 teaspoon baking soda. Good baking soda should make the vinegar froth significantly.

-Deodorize your child’s stinky lunchbox by soaking a slice of bread in white vinegar and then leaving it in your child’s lunchbox overnight. Should be odor-free by morning!

-Did you leave that produce out just a bit too long and now have fruit flies/gnats?? First remove the source of the problem by throwing away the over-ripened produce and then place a bowl filled with ½ quart water, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap on the counter to attract the fruit flies.

-To keep your garbage disposal fresh with vinegar cubes. Make your own vinegar cubes by  filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for one minute.

-Rid your refrigerator and freezer of bad odors by cleaning the insides with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then wiping dry.

-Freshen your dishwasher by filling the soap reservoir with white vinegar and run the machine through a wash cycle.

-Clean your electric can opener blades with a toothbrush and white vinegar. Dip the toothbrush in white vinegar and position the bristles against the around the edge of the wheel. Turn on your can opener and let the brush do the work.

HEALTH & BEAUTY USES

-Add one to two capfuls of apple cider vinegar to your warm bath. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin. (also great to soothe sore muscles)

-Soothe sunburn pain by soaking washcloths in apple cider vinegar and laying them on the affected area.

-Soak your fingertips for 1 minute in 2 teaspoons vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water before applying the polish to make your manicure last longer.

-Pour one ounce of vinegar in your hair and rinse after shampooing to leave it soft and shiny.

-Apply a small amount of vinegar to bug bites to relieve itching.

What our many uses of vinegar do you and your family use?

SOURCES:

 Household Repurposing Ideas: 5 Clever Uses for Vinegar

95 Household Uses for Vinegar

Natural Remedies for Bug Bites

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