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5 Areas Of Your Life That Can Benefit From Vinegar

We have recently started using Vinegar around the house. Not exactly something new but it works great and is cheap.

Here are a few of our favorite uses :

  1. Plants & Flowers
    1. Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
    2. Prolong the life of flowers in a vase. Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water.
    3. Add one cup of vinegar for every four cups of water as your water source for your Christmas Tree.
  2. Animal Problems
    1. Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet. Blot up urine with a soft cloth, flush several times with lukewarm water, then apply a mixture of equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry.
    2. Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.
  3. Health Issues
    1. Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot or douse the irritated area with vinegar and relieve itching.
    2. Relieve itching by using a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with Vinegar straight from the bottle.
    3. Relieve sunburn by lightly rubbing it with vinegar. You may have to reapply.
    4. Cure for colds. Mix one-quarter cup Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.
    5. Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.
  4. Laundry & Stains
    1. Freshen up the washing machine. Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum. Once a month pour one cup of vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.
    2. Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
    3. Get smoke smell out of clothes by adding a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
    4. Remove perspiration stains from clothes by applying one part vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.
    5. Deodorant and anti-perspirants stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.
  5. Kitchen
    1. Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup vinegar for a two to three pound roast, marinate overnight with your normal spices and sauces then cook without draining or rinsing the meat.
    2. Clean the dishwasher by running a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
    3. Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
    4. Clean the microwave by boiling a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
    5. Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
    6. Replace a lemon by substituting 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

What are your favorite uses for vinegar?

By Tim

Dad to two boys living in rural farm country.

5 replies on “5 Areas Of Your Life That Can Benefit From Vinegar”

I just posted an article on my blog on ways to use vinegar as a safe cleaning alternative. I listed the measurements for cleaning the floors, windows, and laundry. I didn’t know about putting it in flowers. Thanks for the tips!

One more use for Vinegar that we use in our house… Sometimes when we slip and let the spaghetti sauce burn a little… at the end when it’s all put in the freezer I will take Vinegar and boil it, turn off the heat and then put about a tbsp of baking soda into it… let it fizz for a while and then the burnt sauce is easier to clean off the bottom of the pan =)

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