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 :
- Plants & Flowers
- Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
- 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.
- Add one cup of vinegar for every four cups of water as your water source for your Christmas Tree.
- Animal Problems
- 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.
- Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.
- Health Issues
- Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot or douse the irritated area with vinegar and relieve itching.
- Relieve itching by using a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with Vinegar straight from the bottle.
- Relieve sunburn by lightly rubbing it with vinegar. You may have to reapply.
- Cure for colds. Mix one-quarter cup Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.
- Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.
- Laundry & Stains
- 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.
- Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
- Get smoke smell out of clothes by adding a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
- Remove perspiration stains from clothes by applying one part vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.
- Deodorant and anti-perspirants stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
- 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.
- Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
- Replace a lemon by substituting 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
What are your favorite uses for vinegar?