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October 19th, 2005, 01:25 PM #1
VINEGAR - PART 2
VINEGAR - PART 2
Vinegar is an all-natural solution to clean and deodorize throughout your home. Vinegar is great used on laundry, shoes, carpets, your elbows and feet, cars, floors, wood, linoleum and the list continues to grow.
Do you hate those irritating and smelly chemicals you currently use to clean your house? A natural and environmentally safe solution is to use Vinegar.
What is vinegar?
It is ironic to think that in today's modern world we still find use for a product that was discovered, completely by accident, over 10,000 years ago. Deriving from the French word 'vinaigre' meaning sour wine it's life started literally from a barrel of 'gone off' wine.
Vinegar has had quite a wide-ranging existence through the ages. It is mentioned in the bible for it?s soothing and healing properties. Believe it or not, Hannibal used it to help clear his way across the Alps. Boulders were heated and then doused in vinegar, this allowed them to be cracked and moved out of the way. In World War I, vinegar was used extensively for the treatment of wounds on the battlefield.
Today the process of production of vinegar has little changed from the basic principles of fermentation of sugar to alcohol and then a secondary fermentation to form vinegar. The first process is the natural chemical reaction between certain yeasts and naturally occurring sugars. The end result of this process is alcohol. Then the alcohol is taken through a secondary fermentation, this time reacting with specially selected naturally occurring bacteria. It is this acetic or acid fermentation that gives us the end result, Vinegar. If you decide to have a go at making your own vinegar, be careful, you may end up with a vinegar product, which will be great for dressings or short-term use however it may not have the correct level of acidity to preserve items for pickling and other long-term usages.
Our choice to use vinegar in our daily applications has become a conscious choice; the reason behind this is that vinegar can be made from any type of fruit or naturally occurring sugar. In general, the vinegar we buy today falls into four main categories:
Fruit vinegar Apple juice is most commonly used, other fruits, such as grapes, peaches, and berries produce fine results as well. Products will have names such as, Apple cider vinegar, white or red wine vinegar. The first fermentation making the wine and the second producing the vinegar.
Malt Vinegar This is simply the double fermentation of barley malt or similar cereals. Product names will simply be malt vinegar or white vinegar. This variety is the cheapest vinegar due to the ready availability of the ingredients.
Sugar Vinegar This is made from the two stage fermentation of sugar or molasses syrup.
Spirit or distilled vinegar This is made by the acetic fermentation of dilute distilled alcohol.
Vinegar has an infinite shelf life. By it?s very character, it is a preservative and in effect preserves itself. White vinegar will remain unchanged while stored for extended times. Other types of colored vinegars may become cloudy over time, or they will even produce sediment on the bottom of the jar. This is perfectly natural and can be used without any concern.
Unless otherwise stated, I use white vinegar for most of the applications within this book; for the simple reason being, it is cheap. Hunt for a good supplier yourself. You should avoid heath food stores, as they are more expensive. You will also notice that many supermarkets are now selling their own brand of vinegar, which is great, because this also brings the price down.
I hope that you learn to love the value of vinegar as you browse the tips that have been sent to me by people from all over the world. I have started to rely on vinegar, from making my dishwasher sparkling clean, to soothing the pain of my children?s sunburn. Vinegar has a very valued place in today?s society as it has for many centuries.
There are many uses for vinegar. If you are searching for new and effective methods in cleaning your body, saving money in regards to your personal hygiene or if you would simply like to use methods of cleaning your body with out the added chemicals used in other treatments continue to read through the following to find a home vinegar remedy that will work for you and your family. Many of these tips and ideas have been brought down from generation to generation and now are being written here passed down to you.
Looking to improve your hair strength, style, and cleanliness use one cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of water. This strips the wax build up from shampoos and styling aids leaving your hair clean!
Washing your hair with vinegar using the above formula also helps if you are a dandruff sufferer.
Do you suffer from headaches? Using a washcloth, soak in vinegar; place it on your forehead for quick and effective relief.
Another historical remedy for relieving a headache is to soak a brown paper bag in apple vinegar and apply to your forehead. Same results, just different delivery for relieving headaches, but still an inexpensive solution for the migraine sufferer.
If you have been dealing with a problem of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome try this ongoing remedy. Sip water with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar during the day. Your symptoms will lessen drastically.
You can cure an upset stomach by drinking two teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar mixed in one cup water. Some people like to drink this warm.
If you have troubles with reoccurring yeast infections use about a cup of vinegar in your bath water. This is also safe for children who have yeast infection problems. Use this bath twice a day. Much less expensive than over the counter medications.
You can also create your own vinegar douche using one cup of white vinegar and filling the bottle with water. Cut your hygiene costs to pennies.
Vinegar in drinking water is very effective in eliminating the low-grade fevers that are present in chronic fever sufferers. Mix four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of drinking water. Drink up to one gallon each day to fight a fever.
Have you been stung by a bee or wasp lately? Just grab a cotton ball soak in cider vinegar and hold to the sore spot. You can also tape this on the affected area if you want. Within just a few minutes the pain stops. Don?t forget to get the stinger out if this was a bee sting!
Do you often find yourself very thirsty and nothing can quench your thirst? Use apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water for fast relief.
Do you need a little pick me up? Use two cups of white grape juice, two cups of apple juice and mix with one cup of apple cider vinegar. Mix well and refrigerate. Dink a small cup of this mixture each morning to get your body going.
While this may not be the most popular tip, using vinegar on the tongue of a sassy child will prevent them from saying another nasty word when they are learning to repeat what others say!
Are your suffering from muscle cramps, they are caused by low levels of potassium. Use 1 teaspoon of vinegar rubbed on the area to relieve the cramp quickly.
Have you been searching for a cure for swimmers ear? Use one half teaspoon white vinegar with one teaspoon rubbing alcohol tipped in the ear and then tip your head the other way so it can drain out while evaporating any water in your ear.
If you suffer from Arthritis, use two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water and drink this three times a day. While this remedy will take two or three days to provide relief many notice a difference quickly.
Are you having trouble controlling your weight? Vinegar helps control the fat your body absorbs. Again, remember the more vinegar you drink the worse your perspiration will ?smell?.
Do you wear dentures but find they are hard to keep clean? When cleaning dentures leave your dentures in vinegar for as long as you would leave them in a denture cleanser, which is about 15 minutes to half an hour or even over night. Then brush them thoroughly as you normally would. Your dentures will be cleaner and whiter than a dental cleaner can do it!
Do you often have a stiff neck? Use an even mixture of vinegar and warm water, soak a rag, and wrap lightly around your neck. If possible leave this on over night and in the morning you will not believe the difference.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Use a quick mixture of one-teaspoon honey mixed with one teaspoon of vinegar to drift off quickly with out the use of chemicals or after effects!
Dipping your toothbrush in vinegar not only will fight bacteria on your toothbrush and in your mouth, but will help to whiten your teeth.
Do you have a nagging problem with the hiccups? Use one teaspoon of vinegar to stop your hiccups quickly.
If you continually find your hands stain from fruit rub vinegar over them like you are washing with soap to remove the stains.
Kool aid stained hands
If you have ever made kool aid and found your hands quickly are covered in kool aid colors, use vinegar to wash your hands to remove coolant quickly.
If you need for a liniment try this. Beat 1 whole egg; add 1-cup vinegar and 1-cup turpentine.
Do you suffer from allergies to seafood. Try dipping the seafood in vinegar before eating. NOTE: this may not work for all users.
Boils and ingrown hairs
Many people have problems with boils and ingrown hairs that leave scars. Using hot towel or hot pack soaked in vinegar on the affected area for fifteen to twenty minutes three or four times a day will bring the area to a point where the puss will ease out. It is also important not to squeeze the area. This can save you a trip to the doctors.
Spray your hands with a mist of vinegar, or dip them in vinegar and dry after washing dishes or having them in soapy water to keep your hands soft.
Jelly fish sting
Soothe a jellyfish sting by dousing the area with vinegar. This will soothe irritation and relieve itching. Easy and inexpensive!
Do you bruise easily? Use a mixture of vinegar and cold water, wetting your towel, and apply overnight. You can even tape the towel on or use an ace bandage to better placement.
If you have burned yourself cooking, a quick dose of vinegar on the burn will prevent blistering in that area.
If you are looking for a natural deodorant that will neutralize the odor from your body, dab a little vinegar under your arms every morning to neutralize your bodies? ph balance. You can easily use this method in the shower in the mornings without making a mess.
When children get lice, take warm vinegar, and put it on the hair also take your nit comb and dip it in the vinegar. As you run it through the hair it helps remove the nits. It helps break down the glue the nits use to stay attached to the hair.
Using a misting of water and vinegar in your vaporizer works great for helping a cold. You can also use this in a pot on the stove, boiling the water until the vapour grows through out the house.
If you have problems fighting colds and the flu during the changing seasons and often find the over the counter medications make you drowsy and feel medicated try these quick and inexpensive solutions. Use vinegar as a natural solution to your cold and flu needs or when you haven?t had the time to run to the store.
If you would like an alternative treatment for colds try mixing one-quarter cup apple cider vinegar with one-quarter cup of honey. Take this entire mixture to feel relief from your cold symptoms. You can use this use to eight times a day to fight off your cold.
Are you a sinus sufferer that does not like the chemicals you take when you have a sinus reaction. Add one quarter to one half cup of vinegar to your vaporizer or to a pan of steaming water to feel better. This also works when your allergies are reacting to spring and fall weather and plants.
If you have a sore throat you can soothe a throat by using a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle the solution, and then swallow. You can also add a touch of honey if you don?t like the taste.
Are you prone to sunburns but never can find relief, try splashing some vinegar on your sunburn for quick relief of pain.
Tan, don't burn
If you love to get a tan but find that you usually burn, apply vinegar before going out in the sun and you will lessen the chances of getting sunburn!
Use vinegar as a remedy for age spots by mixing equal parts of onion juice and vinegar and use it daily on age spots. This will take a few weeks to work, just like its expensive relative from the store but without the chemicals.
For a free home pedicure use 1/2 cup of vinegar in a pan or bucket with six cups of warm water to soak your feet in. This will soften your skin. You can also use this method of soaking on your elbows if you find you have rough elbow skin.
Corns and calluses
If you have corns or calluses try this. Soak a piece of stale bread or a cloth, in vinegar and tape it over the affected area overnight. Use this remedy for a few nights and you will find relief. The area will just peel off after a few consecutive nights of treatment.
If you have sensitive skin, use vinegar in your bath water to keep bacteria from forming infections or starting rashes. Preventative measures.
Soaking your nails in vinegar for as little as five minutes a day will help cure your brittle nails.
Clean your skin
Using your own toner mix of half and half water and vinegar mixed with two crushed aspirin will cause old cells to wash away. This will tighten you skin. Cost effective home remedy for a home facial!
If you have swollen skin, run vinegar on the area, this is just as effective as ice.
Dry, chapped skin
If you have trouble controlling dry, chapped and cracked skin in the dry winter months, use vinegar with water (half and half solution) on a cloth soaking the affected areas. Or you could also use vinegar in your bath to promote quick healing.
Do you have unsightly toenails? If you have a toe fungus problem use one part vinegar to one part warm water and soak your feet. This repeated over the course of a week will clear up your toenails.
If you or someone your know uses plaster or clay daily you realize that they need relief for a ph imbalance because of the alkali in the material that they use. Use a half and half mixture of vinegar and water, soak hand for five minutes a day to minimilize the effects of the plaster or clay on your hands.
Do you want softer skin on your face? There are many older men who use vinegar as an after-shave to tighten their skin, kill bacteria and to soften their skin when used over a period of time.
If you have itchy burny skin because you suffer from haemorrhoids try vinegar for fast relief. Using a cotton ball or a cloth, dab in vinegar and dab the affected area. If you find the full strength vinegar does not agree with you, try a mixture of half water and half vinegar.
You can remove a wart by applying a lotion of half cider vinegar and half glycerine. Apply daily to warts until they dissolve.
If you suffer from varicose veins try a splash of vinegar on your varicose veins. The vinegar will reduce the veins and relieves the pain and swelling.
Are you suffering from athlete's foot, try soaking in vinegar. Not only will this soften your feet, but also vinegar will kill the bacteria that cause athlete?s foot.
Using vinegar in your kitchen, you will be amazed at the variety of uses! There are a variety of ways you can use vinegar to freshen and clean in your kitchen. Read on for some very interesting tips and tricks for using vinegar in your kitchen.
Freshen your breadbox
Are you searching for a fresh and clean breadbox? After you clean your breadbox, wipe it down with a cloth damped by vinegar to keep your breadbox smelling sweet longer.
Do you often have a stale smell in your lunch box? Wiping the inside of it with full strength vinegar will keep your lunch box fresh.
Fruit stains on your counter?
Use full strength vinegar to get that stubborn stain out.
Do you have a distiller for water?
Put a gallon of vinegar in the distiller and turn it on. When it boils, it's done. Let the vinegar cool down and use it for cleaning the coffee and teapots during this same time period so you don?t waste any vinegar. A gallon usually lasts a good month before losing its effectiveness.
To remove the smell of onions from a container or a pan, rinse with vinegar.
Do you faucets need a quick shine? Remove soap and lime build up by using two tablespoons of vinegar with a teaspoon of salt for a quick clean and shine.
Does your stainless steel dull easily? Remove unsightly spots on your stainless steel by rubbing the spots with a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar. This method is great for the stainless steel areas on your oven, fridge or pots and pans.
Cut your oven cleaning time in half using vinegar to wipe down and cut grease fast.
Adding ½ cup of vinegar to a gallon of rinse water will remove soap film from glassware and make it shine without the extra time! This is an inexpensive solution to dish water additives in your dishwasher for a really clean shine.
Pots and pans
Do your pots and pans have stubborn stains that you can?t wait to clean? Soak that pot with vinegar and after a quick thirty minutes using hot soapy water the pan will come really clean. Another method is to simply 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 with soap and water.
Does your tea kettle look like it is growing new parts because of lime deposits? Use vinegar to clean it and rinse with plain water to remove lime deposits.
Does your wood cutting board leave something to be desired? Is it looking tired and worn out? Use vinegar to disinfect the wood board and to clean up tough stains.
Do you have trouble with a stinky smell in your refrigerator? To clean out your refrigerator, wash with vinegar and water to keep your refrigerator to clean and fresh inside.
If you have a problem with a slow drain use this tip to unclog it. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water to get your drain going again! You could use this two or three times a day for a stubborn drain.
Does your garbage disposals leave something to be desired because of smell? Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal with vinegar! Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal, but just a couple at a time. After grinding, run cold water through a minute and the smell will disappear.
Do you save jars to recycle and reuse but often find them stinky? Clean and deodorize jars easily with vinegar. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and mustard jars with vinegar when empty for a fresh jar smell.
Does your dishwashers get gunky from hard water? Clean the dishwasher with vinegar. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware. This is great preventative cleaning for the home.
Does your cooking utensils make you want to throw them away because they are so stained? Use a half and half solution of vinegar and water to clean up tough stains on plastic or on metal kitchen utensils.
Do you collect bottles or use bottles to store liquid? You can cut the unsightly film in small-necked bottles and other containers by pouring vinegar into the bottle and shaking well. If you have tougher stains, just add a few tablespoons of rice or sand to the mixture and shake forcefully. Rinse the bottle thoroughly and repeat until clean.
If you use a hot plate, griddle, or pancake pan, mix 1 part salt and 1 part vinegar and heat in a pan. Polish your hot plate to look good as new with a rough cloth.
Does your fine china and glassware look a little cloudy? You can clean china and fine glassware with a little help from vinegar. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Then gently dip the glass or china into the solution and let air-dry.
You can clean the microwave using vinegar. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. As the mixture heats it will loosen splattered on food and deodorize at the same time. Save time and money in cleaning!
Keep above your oven vents clean and fresh by wiping with a straight solution of vinegar. This helps cut the grease fast and leaves your vent and fan clean. This is an inexpensive grease cutting solution.
Brass and copper
Vinegar will take the stains out of your brass or copper pans, dishes and pots as well as the stainless steel type.
Do you love coffee but hate how slow the coffee maker is? Clean your coffee maker with vinegar and let it perk so that the vinegar can make its way through the system. This cleans out all the little parts while freshening your coffee maker and extends its life at the same time.
If your coffee maker is not an automatic, take the pieces of your stained percolator and soak them in vinegar over night to remove and brighten your percolator pieces!
Don?t forget about your outside kitchen! Clean the grill grates with pure vinegar to cut grease and clean all the leftover foods that get ?stuck on? when you cook outside.
If you use a fryer in your kitchen, you already know that you have to clean it out about once a month to keep your foods tasty, but if you were to start using vinegar to help clean the grease when you empty the fryer you will find you use less paper towels, and the vinegar cuts the grease fast.
If you can your own jelly, or you have canned food in your home, wipe the top of the jar with vinegar to stop mold from growing while in storage.
Keep your kitchen counters shiny and stain free by wiping them down daily with full strength vinegar, this also helps to remove kitchen odors!
Mold and mildew
If you have a problem with mold or mildew in your kitchen wipe your walls down about once a month. This protects you from the mold regrowing. Just use a vinegar soaked cloth, and rewet as needed.
We are all aware that no matter where you live, the price of clothing is outrageous. Keeping your laundry in the best of condition really does matter if you want to keep your household running within a budget. Use these vinegar and laundry tips to save money and time in your household chore of doing the laundry!
Do you baby clothes smell sour even after you wash them? When washing baby clothes use one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to break down smells for fresh clean smelling clothes.
Cut your laundry bill, using one cup of vinegar in the wash will not only make your clothes smell fresher but it acts as a fabric softener as well reducing static cling.
Set your colors
If you have troubles with colors running when you wash them, use a cup of vinegar with your wash to set colors in your clothes.
Stains on leather
Do you have a piece of leather that you can?t wear because of a stubborn stain? Get that stain out using a mixture of vinegar and linseed oil. Rub on with a soft cloth and polish with a clean cloth for a great finish.
Shine your leather
To give extra shine to your leather clean with hot vinegar and then rinse with soapy water. Inexpensive cleaning.
If you like sharp creases in your knit fabrics dampen the fabric with a solution of 1/3 cup of vinegar and 2/3-cup water then place a paper bag over the fold and iron.
Washing machine care
To keep your washing machine fresh and rust free periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in the machine, and let in run through a regular cycle with no clothes added. This will dissolve soap residue, breakdown rust, and keep the musty smell of water under control.
Do you have too much lint or pet hair found on your clothes? You can get rid of lint on clothes by adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of each load.
Too many bubbles
Does your laundry soap make too much suds? Use a cup of vinegar in the wash cycle to cut down on soapsuds.
Prevent running colors
Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
Do you want to preserve your nylons a little longer? When washing nylons add one tablespoon of vinegar to clean your nylons thoroughly.
Do your kids love ketchup and their clothes have the stains to show it? Soaking the article in a solution of vinegar and water (half and half) will loosen the stain and you can wash as you normally do.
Have you found dirt or grease on your favorite suede jacket or pants? You can take the grease off suede with a little vinegar. Simply dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot and pat dry.
Stains on shirts
Have you found fruit, jam, or mustard on your favorite shirt? Simply rub a little vinegar on the stain and wash as usual for a cleaner clean.
When you are fixing a hem or seam have you ever noticed a hole? Try this quick trick to fix this. Place a cloth that has been moistened with vinegar under the fabric and iron, the holes will be smaller almost unnoticeable when you?re finished.
Do you have a wine stain in your clothes? If you have a wine stain don?t throw that shirt away, use vinegar. Using a cloth or sponge dab some vinegar on the affected spot and let it sit about an hour. Wash according to the manufactures tag.
Does your laundry still have sweat or perspiration stains even after you wash? Using straight vinegar on the affected area, soak for about an hour and then wash normally for a better clean.
Does your deodorants leave unsightly marks on your clothes? Use a dab of vinegar, rubbing on the stain will remove the spots quickly.
Do you have a favorite wool sweater but you can?t wear it because of the musty smell? Deodorize a wool sweater by washing the sweater, then rinsing it in equal parts vinegar and water to remove odor. This will also brighten your clothes color!
In the heat of the summer, your laundry sometimes can get a sour smell ? get rid of this sour smell by using vinegar with a second wash. No need to throw all those clothes away, a second wash with vinegar will clear it right up!
Have your put gas in your car only to have some splash on your clothes and you can?t get it out? Add a cup of vinegar to your wash and the smell will disappear.
If you use cloth diapers, you can keep five to six cups of vinegar in your diaper pail with water to keep the smell neutralized between washes.
Do your kids play hard and leave grass stains on their clothes? Apply vinegar to the stained spot and let sit over night before washing as usual to fight out these stains.
From the walls in your home to the carpet on the floor, there are vinegar uses that you may not even realize that can help you keep your home neat and clean. Read through the following tips and ideas to learn more about how to keep your home spot free and smelling fresh.
You can lengthen your paint brushes life by cleaning with hot vinegar after usages. Rinse with warm soapy water and let dry for your next use.
Does your garbage cans just smell too much like garbage? Wiping the inside of your garbage can with vinegar will keep your can smelling fresher longer.
Do you have a bolt that just won?t loosen up? Soaking it in distilled vinegar may loosen a rusted or corroded bolt
If you have hard water, or like a sparkling toilet use three cups of vinegar and brush the toilet interior to clean thoroughly. Inexpensive cleaning solution for your home!
You can dissolve rust from bolts and other metals using vinegar. Soak the piece in full strength vinegar for a few minutes or up to an hour for best results.
Have your kids put decals or stickers in places that they shouldn?t have? You can remove decals or stickers using vinegar. Simply brush with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow it to soak in and then just wash it right off.
When you scrub your carpets add a cup of vinegar to your solution. This breaks down any stains that your cleaning solution can?t.
Are you having trouble finding a quick and easy method to clean your fireplace bricks? You can clean fireplace bricks with straight vinegar.
Do you have wood paneling that never seems to come shiny? Wood paneling may be cleaned with a mixture of 1 ounce of olive oil and 2 ounces of distilled vinegar in 1 quart of warm water. Moisten a soft cloth with the solution and then simply wipe the paneling. The yellowing is then removed by wiping with a soft, dry cloth for a fresh clean and shine.
Vinegar makes an makes excellent fabric type glue for your favorite purse that ripped, your hem that fell or that particular fabric glue need you have use this ?recipe?
1 box of clear gelatine,
3 tablespoons white vinegar
3-4 tablespoons of water (just enough to stir the mixture)
1 teaspoon of glycerine
Melt the gelatine and water on low, then add the other ingredients and stir constantly mixing it well. You will have to apply this ?glue? while warm. And you can also store the remaining glue in a small plastic or glass jar for the next time you find a need for it by warming it up before you use it.
Brush your carpet
Take a soft scrub brush or even a hairbrush, and brush your carpet. Using a brush that has been wet with vinegar will brighten up the color in your carpet.
Dust on fans
Are you forever cleaning your air conditioner, desk or ceiling fan to cut dust? Try this, sponge away grease, dust, and dirt with a straight solution of vinegar for a fresh clean that won?t attach and hold new dust.
If you have kids you have had cola spilled on your carpet. To get cola out of your carpet use a cloth wet with vinegar and dab the spot as soon as you notice it. Rub gently and wash with cool or cold water to remove the stain. Tip: warm or hot water will set a stain in a carpet!
Do your wood end tables or coffee tables have rings from water glasses being set down? Using one cup of vinegar with one cup of olive oil rub with the grain on your wood furniture you can make the stain disappear.
Get rid of soap scum in your sinks by wiping them with pure vinegar. This also cuts down on the amount of hard water stains that can build up over the years.
If your hair brushes are becoming discolored, boil some water in a pan, adding two cups of vinegar, then dip the hair brush or comb into the boiling water for a few seconds to loosen the dirt and hair spray from the comb, then rinse with water. Tip don?t place the plastic comb or brush in the boiling water too long or it will melt.
Do you have a problem with static in your home? To destatic a plastic item wipe it down with a mixture of one tablespoon vinegar and one quart of water. This also helps deter the attraction of dust.
Do you find that it is hard water that is taking a toll on your tub or shower? Wipe your tub down with a full strength solution of vinegar to cut grime and soap scum.
Freshen your favorite blankets. Both cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor when you add two cups of distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle of the wash.
Have you noticed your electric iron or your curling iron caked with build up or residue? Make a paste of one part salt and one part vinegar and polish your irons as if you are polishing silver. Rubbing in circles and then cleaning off with a damp cloth for a clean shine.
Need to clean your wood furniture but you have run out of polish? Make your own very thrifty furniture polish using equal parts of white vinegar and vegetable oil. Wipe it on and buff it with a soft cloth.
To clean brass lamps, unscrew sections, soak in bucket with a solution of half vinegar and half water. All green and black tarnish comes off in no time. You can also use this to clean brass instruments if your child plays in the band.
To clean grout in your bathroom use a toothbrush that is dripping in vinegar, putting a little pressure on the dirty areas the grime will wash right away!
Paint on glass
If you have been painting around the house you most likely have some paint on your glass windows. Using a little vinegar heated up on the stove wipe the paint right off. No scraping needed!
Do you scrub your own carpets and find that you have just too much suds going on in the shampoo scrubber to do the job right? Cut down on suds by using one quarter to one half cup of vinegar with each solution while scrubbing the rugs.
If you must clean your walls use this ?recipe? to keep your walls free from grease, finger marks and dust for a beautiful looking clean.
1 Gallon of Water
1 Cup of Bottled Ammonia
1/2 Cup Bottled Vinegar
1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
Put the ammonia, vinegar, and baking soda into the bucket of water. Mix well. And then wash the walls from the bottom up because if you get drips on the unclean surface it will leave marks that are very difficult if not impossible to remove, just as with any other surface cleaner would.
Do your showers run slow? Unclog a showerhead by unscrewing it, then remove the rubber washer that is inside and then place the showerhead in a pot filled with equal parts Vinegar and water. Bring this to a boil on your stove and your showerhead will sparkle and run as well as new!
Do you have a problem with soap scum in the bathtub? No matter what kind of tub you have you can clean bathtub soap film by wiping with vinegar and then with baking soda. If you have a fibreglass tub be careful rubbing with the baking soda. Rinse clean with water.
If you are doing work in your home involving drywall try this. To keep drywall from drying too fast just add a tablespoon of vinegar to the mix.
If you are trying to remove stubborn wallpaper or border in your home use this solution. Mix a solution of vinegar and water, spray on the wallpaper to loosen it up. Gently pull the wallpaper off and wipe off the excess glue from the wall with a wet cloth. This is better than smelly chemicals.
Dust and static
To reduce dust and static electricity in your home, use vinegar, and a small amount of water to clean your fans, air conditioner, and vents through out your home.
Do you find it difficult to keep your no wax floors clean? Use a mixture of ½ cup of vinegar to a gallon of water when mopping your floor.
Is your trim, doors, or other woodwork in your home stained and varnished? If your varnish is looking a little old and cloudy, softly rub with a solution of one tablespoon of vinegar with a quart of warm water. After washing, dry with a lint free cloth for the perfect shine.
An inexpensive and great way to clean your windows is using 1 part warm water and one part vinegar. Wash the windows with this solution and dry with a lint free rag. The dust is removed, smells clean, kills mold, and even removes paint from the window glass!
If you have an aquarium you already know how hard it can be to keep your aquarium clean. To remove the hard mineral deposits that form on the top of where the water is in the aquarium wash with straight vinegar and then wash with soap and water as usual for a streak through clean shine.
Do you have sagging cane; ribbon or bamboo chairs that you just can?t part with yet? Sponge these chairs with a solution of half water and half vinegar and then place them out in the hot sun to dry. The sagginess will lessen.
If you have glued something together that you don?t want glued together, like paper to the table when you were doing crafts, apply a little straight vinegar to the area until the glue weakens and you can simply peel it off.
Do you find it difficult and expensive to clean your Pergo or Hardwood floors? Use this inexpensive and easy to use recipe: 1/3 cup white vinegar and 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup water and just about three drops of dishwashing liquid. Mix this in a spray bottle and just spray and mop! This recipe also works wonders on ceramic floors or ceramic in your kitchen.Chewing gum
Did you find chewing gum in your carpet, in the pile of clothes or in the rug in your car? To remove chewing gum pour straight vinegar on the area, saturating the gum. If you have a chance to heat the vinegar the process will work even faster.
Did you know that a humidifier is a great place for mold to start growing? Clean your humidified weekly with a ¼ cup to ½ cup of vinegar run through the system this promotes freshness in the surrounding air as well. Just rinse with water.
Cast iron radiators
If you have cast iron radiators you know how important it is to keep the valves functioning properly. To clean the valves out simply boil a pot that is a ½ and ½ solution of water and vinegar. Boil the valves for about twenty minutes. Then take then out of the water / vinegar solution and bake them in the oven for ten minutes until they are dried out. You?ll see dirt in the bottom of the pan when you are finished.
Do you have cats as pets? Wash out their litter box with pure vinegar let air dry and refill with litter to keep the fresh smell even longer!
Did you realize that there are many ways the vinegar can be used outside of your home to cut your cleaning costs and aid in your everyday chores? Read on for more helpful hints in how vinegar can make your life a little simpler. These tips and ideas include uses that involve the hard to handle stains, smells, and animal uses as well.
Do you love to garden but hate the mess and the scrubbing of cleaning pots? Clay pots will easily come clean when you use a mixture of ½ water and ½ vinegar in your sink or bucket, soak the pot for about two hours, and then just wipe the pots dry! No scrubbing needed. Wash the pots and their saucers with warm soapy water.
Do you find flies annoying when you are out at the pool? Pour vinegar the entire way around the edge of your pool (not in the water) to keep flies away from this area!
Do you have horses but hate the way the flies are always hanging around? Use about ¼ cup of vinegar in the grain once a day at feeding time and the flies will keep away from the horses!
Are you a camper? Are you always on the go? Did you know that gasoline and propane lantern mantles last longer and burn brighter on the same amount of fuel if they are soaked for several hours in distilled vinegar and allowed to dry before using.
If you have chickens, use vinegar to clean out the water containers to keep mold from growing! Simple soak with vinegar for about five minutes then rinse with water.
If you have rabbits, use vinegar to clean out the water containers to keep mold from growing! Simple soak with vinegar for about five minutes then rinse with water. This also works with the water bottle that you hang in the pen.
Do you have a problem with mosquitoes? Drink a couple of spoonfuls of vinegar daily to fight off these unwanted pests. But do note, your perspiration will be unpleasant during the day you drink vinegar.
Do you or your kids get carsick? To clean up vomit in the car while removing the odor as well, use a mixture of ¾ vinegar and ¼ water. Spray one the affected area and wipe with a damp cloth. Grass killer
Do you have grass growing in areas where it shouldn?t be, like between rocks or in a driveway? Try this; pour hot vinegar on the grass once daily for three days and the weeds will die without the use of hard chemicals.
When you have to leave your car outside overnight in the winter, mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and coat the windows with this solution. This vinegar and water combination will keep windshields ice and frost-free.
If you have problems with frost and ice on your windshield in the winter months, keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the car, and spray your windshield, watch the ice and frost just melt away. This works quick, when you don?t have time to wait for your car to ?thaw out? to see and drive carefully!
When you are driving do you often have bugs hit your windshield? Keeping your windshield clean is difficult but using about 3 cups of vinegar in your washer reservoir in the summer months gives you the added bonus of getting bugs off fast.
Are you a homeowner and you use a septic tank? Instead of using costly and harsh chemicals in your septic tank, use vinegar. Flushing vinegar down the toilet will work its way into your septic tank, and will keep germs down to a minimum. This also helps keep your toilet clean from hard water stains!
Stains on concrete
If you have stains on your concrete, pour some vinegar on the concrete, and let it sit overnight. Hose off with water and be amazed at how clean your concrete is!
Are you a garden lover, and azaleas are on your list? Water your azalea plants once a month with a quart of water with about ½ cup of vinegar added. Vinegar is very acidic and they will grow with this extra touch. Plants that love the same mixture with vinegar are rhododendrons and gardenias!
Vases love to hold flowers, but fresh cut flowers often won?t last long in a vase. Use two tablespoons of vinegar with three tablespoons of sugar in your vase for your next batch of fresh flowers to make your flowers last extra long!
Farmers can use vinegar to neutralize and clean their milking equipment. The vinegar will leave the system odorless and bacteria free without using harmful chemicals.
There are not many cars that are made today that have a lot of chrome on them, but do you know how to keep your chrome clean? You can polish chrome with full strength vinegar for a clean shine.
Indoor and outdoor carpet alike can be treated with vinegar if your pet has made urine stains. Blot the top of the carpet, and treat with cool vinegar and water mixture. Be careful, using hot water, as hot water sets a stain in carpet.
Love fresh vegetables picked from the garden but you don?t like the bugs that come with it? Wash vegetables with vinegar and salt and watch the bugs? just float away leaving you clean ready to eat vegetables!
Does the avid fisherman live in your home? If you have to scale a fish, rub vinegar on the fish five minutes before you are ready to begin and you will find the process much easier!
Keep cats away
Keep cats away from your flower garden by sprinkling vinegar all around your flowerbed. While keeping cats away, you will keep ants away and promote the acid level for your flowers!
If your dog is always scratching at his ears, you can help you pet easy! Clean the inside of the dogs ears with a soft cloth dipped in ½ water and ½ vinegar to help stop ear wax, and to chase little bugs away!
Do you have a problem with fleas on your pets? Add a little vinegar to their drinking water to deter fleas from infesting your favorite pet.
Farmers use apple vinegar in their drinking water for chickens to keep them from pecking at each other.
If you like to show your horse or dog, spraying vinegar on their coat gives them an extra shine. This is a great alternative to the expensive show products available.
Pet skin infections
If your cat or dog has a skin infection rinse them in vinegar after their weekly bath to promote healing and cut bacteria growth.
To keep cats away from a small child?s sandbox pour vinegar around the perimeter of the sandbox weekly. Reapply if you notice the cat trying to get back in the sand box, but this trick works wonders at keeping bugs and pests away as well!
If you have a puppy that you are trying to train, get a squirt gun, fill it with vinegar, and when the puppy is bad squirt him. The smell of straight vinegar helps to let the puppy ?know? that he was bad.
Wherever you may travel through out the world you will find vinegar. Vinegar is used primarily in pickling but there are so many more uses that can make your taste buds jump for joy! If you experiment with the uses of vinegar in your home, you will notice many tastes of food are actually enhanced with vinegar. What are you waiting for ? get cooking!