All About Vinegar
Sure, it's good on fries, but that's not all vinegar can do. Here are tons of uses for this all-natural wonder liquid.
- Kill weeds. Spray full-strength on growth until weeds have starved.
- Kill unwanted grass on walks and driveways.
- Increase soil acidity. Use 1/2 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of tap water for watering plants such as rhododendrons, gardenias, or azaleas.
- Detergants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are.
- Polish car chrome. Apply full-strength.
- Remove skunk odour from a dog. Rub fur with full-strength vinegar and rinse.
- Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching.
- Keep dogs from scratching their ears. Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in vinegar diluted with water.
- Floor cleaner. Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons hot water.
- Freshen wilted vegetables. Soak them in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
- Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar to relieve itching.
- Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub on 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. Mix 2 tablespoons each apple cider vinegar, water and flax or olive oil and massage into scalp, shampooing out after 15-20 minutes.
- Soothe a sore throat. Pour a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow.
- Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more of vinegar to a vaporizer.
- 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 odours. 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 odour on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
- 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 overnight.
- Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
- Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain, add 1/2 cup of vinegar, and close with plug for 20 seconds. Rinse with hot water.
- 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 buildup on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
- Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
- Remove stains from pots. Fill the 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 vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen food particles from microwave walls and deodorize.
- Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full-strength vinegar.
- Eliminate cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
- 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 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 vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
- Remove lint from clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine. This also helps to brighten fabric colours.
- Freshen the washing machine. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the machine and let it run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.
- Remove tough stains. Gently rub vinegar on the stains before placing in the washing machine.
- Eliminate smoke odours from clothes. Add 1 cup of vinegar to a bathtub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
- Remove decals. Brush with a couple of coats of vinegar and allow to soak in before washing off.
- Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
- Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar for each litre of water.
- Extinguish fires. Throw on grease fires to arrest flames.
- Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of sweetener added for flavour, will give you an overall healthy feeling