The Wonders of Vinegar

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007 by Teena in Labels: , , , , ,

Vinegar is a sour-tasting condiment and preservative. It is a liquid produced from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid. I will state only several of the uses of vinegar which I think will be most helpful for the majority of the population. In fact, based upon extensive research, the vinegar is really a big wonder as it has over 100 uses applicable for all of us.

Remove stubborn coffee stained cups and pots. Fill the cup with vinegar overnight, then rinse with hot soapy water.

Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum from a washing machine. Pour one cup of white vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes, about once a month.

Deodorize a stale lunch box. Soak a paper napkin in vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.

Keep a garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh. Mix one cup of vinegar in enough water to fill an ice cube tray, freeze the mixture, grind the cubes through the disposal, and flush with cold water.

Eliminate odors from used jars. Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with white vinegar.

Remove perspiration stains from clothes. Apply one part white vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.

Remove decals or bumper stickers or price tag. Soak a cloth in vinegar and cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper stickers should peel off easily.

Remove corns. Make a poultice of one crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup vinegar. Let poultice sit for one-half hour, then apply to the corn and tape in place overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning, reapply the poultice for several consecutive nights.

Clean dentures. Soak dentures overnight in vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.

Cheese storage. Cheese will last longer if you store it in a vinegar soaked cloth.

Prevent cracked hard boiled eggs. Add two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of water before boiling to prevent the eggs from cracking. The egg shells will also peel off faster and easier.

Clean food-stained pots and pans. Fill the pots and pans with white vinegar and let stand for thirty minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water.

Relieve itching. Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with vinegar straight from the bottle.

Longer-lasting pantyhose. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing, and your pantyhose will last longer.

Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes. Apply white vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clean windows. Use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.

Remove wallpaper. Mix equal parts vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in sheets.

At first, I never thought that the vinegar would render so many uses. A simple household item can be as useful as anyone can imagine.

DISCLAIMER: All hints, tips and ideas are used at your own risk.

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