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03-24-2007, 04:43 PM #1KellyGuest
Hints for uses of VINEGAR
To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-
gallon of warm water.
Carpet stain removal:
A mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white
distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily
stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel
and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and
blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry
quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as
the stain is discovered.
Windows & Walls
Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar
and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your
windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the
You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and Venetian
blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or
cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe
this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse
with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution
will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.
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.
Garbage disposal cleaner:
Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes.
Vinegar cubes are made 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 a minute or so.
Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):
White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that
collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the
reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing
cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be
sure to check the owner's manual for specific instructions.)
Clean the microwave:
Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of
water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let
stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
Clean the refrigerator:
Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled
Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:
Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.
Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following
mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white distilled
vinegar and stir in flour until it becomes a paste. Apply paste to
the metals and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean
warm water and polish until dry.
Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops,
cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances
Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless
steel appliances. Try in an inconspicuous place first.
Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar
and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.
Toilet bowl cleaner:
Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with
white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be
deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to
remain for a half hour, then flush.
Unclog the showerhead:
Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them
in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily
accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and
wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.
To kill grass on sidewalks and driveways, pour full strength white
distilled vinegar on it.
Spray white distilled vinegar full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply
on any new growth until plants have starved.
Increase soil acidity:
In hard water areas, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water
for watering acid loving plants like rhododendrons, gardenias or
azaleas. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to
Neutralize garden lime:
Rinse your hands liberally with white distilled vinegar after working
with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin. Clean pots before
repotting, rinse with vinegar to remove excess lime.
Keep Flowers Longer
Keep flowers fresh longer. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons
white vinegar in a 1-quart vase of water. Trim stems and change
water every five days.
A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking
water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one
teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal.
Test the color fastness of the carpet with white distilled vinegar in
an inconspicuous place. Then sprinkle distilled vinegar over the
fresh pet accident. Wait a few minutes and sponge from the center
outward. Blot up with a dry cloth. This procedure may need to be
repeated for stubborn stains.
Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar, and then wash out
with warm, sudsy water.
Cleaning the Radiator Vent
Turn down the thermostat. Unscrew the air vent, soak it in vinegar
to clean it, then turn the thermostat all the way up. After a few
minutes, you'll hear a hissing sound followed by a little bit of
water spurting out. Finally, steam will start exiting that hole.
Turn off the radiator valve and replace the vent. It should be
straight up and hand tight. You should not need or use a wrench.
Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a
soft cloth. Try in an inconspicuous place first.
Cleaning Leather Shoes
Make a solution of one part water to one part white vinegar, and use
it sparingly on the shoes. Dip a cloth into the solution, and dab it
over the salt-streaked parts of your shoes.
May have to repeat the cleaning a few times before all the salt is
removed. Salt actually can damage leather, so it's best to clean
shoes as quickly as possible. Don't let the salt stains build up.
Wash fireplaces with a 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar to remove the
blackened soot on glass front doors. If the doors have a spring-
loaded clip, remove it, then take out the doors.
Lay them flat on newspapers, spray with the vinegar/water solution
and soak. Wipe it off with newspaper.
Spots caused by wine can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton
polyester and permanent press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To
do it, sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub
away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the
manufacturer's care tag.
Freshen baby clothes:
The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby
clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid
and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.
Clothes washing magic:
Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is
added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to
harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and
Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if
2 cups of white distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle of the
Deodorant and antiperspirant stains may be removed from clothing by
lightly rubbing with white distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.
After a hem or seam is removed, there are often unsightly holes left
in the fabric. These holes can be removed by placing a cloth,
moistened with white distilled vinegar, under the fabric and ironing.
Keeping colors fast:
To hold colors in fabrics, which tend to run, soak them for a few
minutes in white distilled vinegar before washing.
Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of white distilled
vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then
polish with a soft cloth.
Lightly rub white distilled vinegar on fabric that has been slightly
scorched. Wipe with a clean cloth.
When you are color dyeing, add about a cupful of white distilled
vinegar to the last rinse water to help set the color.
Unclog steam iron:
Pour equal amounts of white distilled 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 white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub
solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
Cleaning Vintage Lace
Soak the lace in cold water, rinsing it several times. Next, hand-
wash the lace gently with a wool detergent, such as Woolite. If rust
spots are a problem, try removing them with a mixture of white
vinegar and hot water.
Getting the last drops:
When you can't get the last bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out
of the jar, try dribbling a little of your favorite vinegar into it,
put the cap on tightly and shake well. You'll be amazed at how much
you've been wasting.
Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking it. It will be
sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. When boiling or
poaching fish, a tablespoon of vinegar added to the water will keep
it from crumbling so easily.
Cake icing can be prevented from becoming sugary if a little vinegar
is added to the ingredients before cooking. The same is true when
making homemade candy.
When boiling an egg and it's cracked, a little vinegar in the water
will keep the white from running out.
Keeping potatoes white:
A teaspoon of white distilled or cider vinegar added to the water in
which you boil potatoes will keep them nice and white. You can keep
peeled potatoes from turning dark by covering them with water and
adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar.
Freshen up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water
Perk up a can of soup, gravy or sauce with a teaspoon of your
favorite specialty vinegar. It adds flavor and taster fresher.
As a tenderizer for tough meat or game, make a marinade in the
proportion of half a cup of your favorite vinegar to a cup of heated
liquid, such as bouillon; or for steak, you may prefer to a mix of
vinegar and oil, rubbed in well and allowed to stand for two hours.
Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands by cleaning them with
Fresh lunch box:
It is easy to take out the heavy stale smell often found in lunch
boxes. Dampen a piece of fresh bread with white distilled vinegar and
leave it in the lunch box overnight.
Get rid of cooking smells:
Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting:
Douse with vinegar. It will soothe irritation and relieve itching.
Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as
Relieve dry and itchy skin:
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.
After shampooing, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups
of warm water.
Soothe a sore throat:
Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow.
For another great gargle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 1
teaspoon vinegar, gargle then drink.
Treat sinus infections and chest colds:
Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer. (Be sure to check
vaporizer instructions for additional water measurement.)
Apply ice-cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn
To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming
pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to
2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.
Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of
water with a teaspoon of orange flavored Knox gelatin.
Lessen Morning Sickness
Drink some apple cider vinegar in water, with honey added. This
concoction can help calm a queasy stomach.
Coloring Easter eggs:
Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with each ½ cup of hot water, then add food
coloring. (Check egg-coloring booklets or food dye box for specific
directions.) Vinegar keeps the food dyes bright and prevents streaky,
Making naked eggs:
Place eggs in a container so the eggs are not touching. Add enough
vinegar to cover the eggs. Cover the container, put in the
refrigerator and let the eggs sit in the vinegar for 24 hours. Use a
large spoon to scoop the eggs out of the container. Be careful since
the eggshell has been dissolving, the egg membrane may be the only
thing holding the egg together. Carefully dump out the vinegar. Put
the eggs back in the container and cover them with fresh vinegar.
Leave the eggs in the refrigerator for another 24 hours. Scoop the
eggs out again and rinse them carefully. If any of the membranes have
broken, throw those eggs away. When you're done, you'll have an egg
without a shell.
How to build a volcano:
First, make the "cone" of the volcano. Mix 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt,
4 tablespoons cooking oil and 2 cups of water. The resulting mixture
should be smooth and firm (more water may be added if needed). Stand
a soda bottle in a baking pan and mold the dough around it into a
volcano shape. Do not cover the hole or drop dough into it. Fill the
bottle most of the way full with warm water and a bit of red food
color (can be done before sculpting if you do not take so long that
the water gets cold). Add 6 drops of detergent to the bottle
contents. Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the liquid. Slowly pour
vinegar into the bottle. Watch out – eruption time!
Berry Ink & Quill Pens
Berry ink ingredients:
½ C. Ripe berries (blueberries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries,
elderberries, raspberries, etc.)
½ Tsp. Vinegar
½ Tsp. Salt
Fill a strainer with the berries and hold it over a bowl. Using the
rounded back of a wooden spoon, crush the berries against the
strainer so that the berry juice strains into the bowl. Keep adding
berries until most of their juice has been strained out and only pulp
remains. Add the salt and vinegar to the berry juice. The vinegar
helps the ink retain its color and the salt keeps it from getting too
moldy. If the berry ink is too thick, add a tablespoon of water.
Store in a baby food jar. Only make a small amount of berry ink at a
time and, when not in use, keep it tightly covered.
Quill pen ingredients:
A large feather (find your own or purchase one from a craft store)
Use a craft knife to cut the tip of the feather at an angle.
Carefully, cut a slit in the tip. Dip the feather into the berry ink.
Dab the end on a paper towel. Repeat as needed. Now, write your
masterpiece just like the pioneers did!