Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Wonders of Vinegar

I love vinegar... it really is great for so many different things around the house.... I use it daily.

Vinegar does wonders for laundry....

~ Works great as a fabric softener.... use in the final rinse and not only will your clothes be soft but there will be no film left in your lint trap of the dryer. ( I use about 1/2 cup for a med/large load.)
~Adding vinegar to the rinse cycle also helps with odors in clothes.
~ Vinegar helps to remove soap scum from towels, kitchen rags, and after you notice you put a bit too much soap or detergent in the wash!
~ Soaking garments in a vinegar bath will help remove many types of stains. After the vinegar bath just launder as usual.
~Adding a cup of vinegar to the last rinse of fabric you are dyeing it will help set the color.

Bye, Bye Scum....Soap Scum that is!

~ Vinegar will help you get that pesky soap scum off your glass shower door....heat vinegar in a microwave safe dish and then pour the warm vinegar in a clean spray bottle.... spray down that shower glass.....soap scum will vanish....(Go ahead and use it on that shower too..... cleans so well.... make sure the area is vented.)
~Go ahead and use that spray bottle on the rest of the bathroom too.... vinegar is a great natural disinfectant!
~ Hard to clean mildew in the corners of the shower or bathtub? Sprinkle the area down with Baking Soda.... followed by vinegar.... the "foam" will eat away the mildew!
~ Clear that showerhead of hard water corrosion by soaking in equal parts of vinegar and water overnight.

Cooking, cleaning.... its ALL good!

~Vinegar is a great meat tenderizer.... add a fourth cup of vinegar with your spices and marinate overnight.
~Add a couple of teaspoons to cold water and soak wilted veggies.... freshens those veggies right up!
~To keep hard boiled eggs from cracking .... add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar to the water.
~Out of buttermilk... make your own.... just add a tablespoonful of vinegar to a cup of milk and let sit for a few minutes.... use in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.
~Run straight vinegar through the coffee maker to clean it good.... simply run water back through it to rinse.
~Run dishwasher empty with a cup of vinegar (about once monthly) to help break down soap buildup inside of machine.
~Unclog a slow drain by first pouring a half cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar down the drain... let foam for a few minutes then follow it with boiling water.
~Still have some vinegar left from spraying down the bathroom.... spray down the refridge.
~Filmy dishes.... add a half cup of vinegar to your wash water. (this cuts grease too!)
~ Mix 2 teaspoons of salt in a cup of vinegar to clean copper, brass and pewter.

Other uses:
Just a few more things ....... this is not all .... there is still more I know!

~ Clean glass with straight vinegar..... wipe with a unused coffee filter. (this works great for your glasses too!)
~To deodorize a room add a favorite spice to a small bowl of vinegar and place in the corner of the room.
~ To remove rust from tools sit in straight vinegar overnight.
~Pour full strength on any unwanted weeds or grass coming up through cracks in the sidewalk or in driveways.

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