- June 24, 2003 at 3:16 pm #249721
fifty uses for vinegar…
+ kill grass on walks and driveways.
+ kill weeds. spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.
+ increase soil acidity. for hard water: one gallon of tap water for
watering rhododendrons, gardenias, or azaleas.
+ deter ants. spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas
where ants are likely to be.
+ 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
+ keep chickens from pecking each other. put a little in their drinking
+ 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 water before boiling eggs. Keeps them
+ Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar and
+ 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
+ Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water.
Gargle, then swallow.
+ Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to a
+ 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
+ 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
+ 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
+ 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
+ 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
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
+ 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
+ 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
+ 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.
+ 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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