Wednesday, September 27, 2006

vinegar


  1. Used as a hair rinse, vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by shampoos.
    A reader says 'it will give your hair an all out shine!'.
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  2. A quarter cup in a quart of water makes a good window cleaner.

    A reader adds: When you use vinegar in your water to wash windows, dry with newspapers. Your windows will sparkle!
  3. Fabric softener and static cling reducer - use as you would liquid
    fabric softener.
  4. Air freshener, used with baking soda - use 1 teaspoon baking
    soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 cups of water. After it stops
    foaming, mix well, and use in a (recycled) spray bottle into the air
  5. Chewing gum dissolver - saturate the area with vinegar. If the
    vinegar is heated, it will work faster.
  6. Stain remover - for stains caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and
    berries. Soak clothing in full strength vinegar.

  7. Corn and callus remover - soak a piece of stale bread (a cloth would probably do as well) in vinegar, and tape it over the callus or corn overnight.

  8. Remedy for age spots - Mix 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.
  9. Kill grass or weeds by pouring hot vinegar on it. This might take a couple of times to work completely.
    Another reader says: I have used white vinegar straight from the bottle to pour on the weeds
    and grasses that come up through the pavement...Just pour on and let set a
    couple of days and the weeds will die back and wont reappear for several
    months. Have been doing this for several years and always works.

  10. Wash your windshield with vinegar in the winter to help keep ice and frost away.
  11. If you have a septic tank, use vinegar instead of harsh chemicals to clean the toilet bowl. Let it set overnight if you can; it will help keep germs down.
  12. 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
  13. It's an ongoing battle as to whether vinegar can help you lose weight, but the ones who say it will, say to drink a glass of water before each meal in which you've added a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of honey.
  14. Use diluted 1:1 in water to take pet odors out of carpets. Find the spot, and saturate it with about 1 1/2 times the original volume. Let set for awhile then blot up. Repeat if your cloth is very dirty after blotting. I make sure to turn on a fan and open a window, especially for large spots!
  15. Splash vinegar on your varicose veins. The vinegar is supposed to reduce the veins and relieve the pain and swelling. Of course, you might smell like a tossed
    salad!
  16. I use about a tablespoon of vinegar in the water when poaching eggs. It helps the eggs to keep their shape. No taste of vinegar either.
  17. A reader says; My best use for vinegar is to use 1 tablespoon vinegar to an 8 ounce glass of
    warm water for a sore throat. Gargle every hour and swallow after gargling, with two mouthfuls. I got this from a Vermont Folk Medicine book by D.C.Jarvis many years ago. If started at the first hint of a sore throat, it always works, usually within a
    night's sleep. I don't mind the taste, but some children might.
  18. It is also helpful when children get lice, if you 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 is supposed to be able to help break down the glue the nits use to stay attached to the hair.
  19. Set a container (shallow bowl) of vinegar throughout the house to absorb
    unpleasant odors. Works great on burned food odors. Do not use styrofoam. It will soak thru it.
  20. Use vinegar and olive oil as a frugal dressing with a selection of herbs on your salad. A different reader adds: I like to use vinegar the old-fashioned way: I eat it!! I use all sorts
    of vinegars as salad dressing ingredients (my favorite is the classic
    red wine vinegar mixed with olive oil). I also eat my fish with malt
    vinegar, which is also very good on french fries.>
  21. This reader says: I liked the 'spray mister' approach to air freshening, but as a sometimes poor bachelor cook, I have blackened fish when it isn't on the menu.
    Vinegar in a towel, twirled about the head will quickly stop the smoke detectors from screaming. It also freshens the air, and captures the smoke smell before the whole house is caught.

    Added by another reader: Put vinegar on white bread around a house to get rid of smoke smell fom a fire.

  22. Another reader writes: You can use vinegar to remove wall paper. I just redid my entire kitchen and it was a snap. First remove top layer of wallpaper. Then spray vinegar on and let set for a minute or two. Then pull backing away. Scrape excess glue off wall. Wipe remaining glue off with vinegar and rinse with water. You don't have to use harse chemicals and it is cheap, cheap, cheap.
    Another reader writes this. Keep it in mind when cleaning the walls after removing wallpaper:
    I use vinegar water (2-3 pts vinegar to 1 part water) to remove (new or old)wall paper paste. Add more vinegar as needed if the paste is really stubborn.

  23. This reader writes: My grandmother swears by vinegar as an antiseptic for abrasions,to reduce itch from poison ivy or mosquito bites,and even to help rehydrate sunburned skin.
  24. She also uses it diluted 50/50 as a skin cleanser as most soaps are alkaline as compared to skin ph.
  25. On a different note, most meat marinades are most effective if acidic, so an extra few spoonfuls of vinegar can't hurt.
  26. On heavily tarnished copper or copper-alloy to be cleaned up, use a paste made of salt and vinegar.
  27. A reader writes: I use white (not apple cider) vinegar mixed with water to rinse off the dishes after washing them to take the soap off and leave them squeeky clean.
    This also takes the soap residue off of my hands at the same time.
  28. Another reader wrote: I am allergic to crabs. However, I love them. I have found that when I dip my crabmeat in vinegar, I don't get an allergic reaction. This may not work for everyone, but it works for me.
  29. Pour vinegar around the sides of your pool and it helps keeps flies away.

  30. Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a gal. of water to keep your vinyl no wax floors clean
    and shining.
    A reader adds: Not only does it keep the floors shiny but it kills the dust mites! great for us since we have severe allergies.

  31. Another reader adds: We moved into a new house 6 months ago, and it's a vinyl floor haven. Lots of vinyl floor! Since my old house was relatively small with only about a
    10x8 vinyl floor in my kitchen, I usually just got down on my hands and
    knees to do the deed. Not now! My back isn't that great! I bought one of those mops with the detachable, washable heads, and I squirt pickling vinegar ('cause it's stronger) on the floor, mop it up and squirt more as needed. My floor is impeccable, my back is just fine thanks, and there's no need to buy any of that Mop and Glo stuff. It's affordable (read "frugal"!) and environmentally safe.
  32. USE as a meat tenderizer. Add a tablespoon to water when boiling ribs or
    meat for stews, and even the toughest meat will be so tender you can cut
    with fork or will fall off the bone.
  33. One teaspoon to one tablespoon of vinegar gets rid of hiccups.
    Another reader writes: I've found that gargling with cider vinegar will stop the most horrible case
    of hiccups!

  34. Vinegar is great for removing calcium deposit build up. Use full
    strength and allow to set. Time depends on condition.

  35. Sunburn Remedy:


    1. At bedtime, cover sunburns with a towel soaked in water and vinegar and try to persuade the victim to sleep this way. Younger ones, of course, will have a struggle with this, especially because of the smell!

    2. Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on sunburn. It soothes for quite
      a length of time. Just like store bought stuff.
    3. A reader wrote this: I used this on my son when his legs were sunburned. I used half and half which was half water and half vinegar. I saturated tea towels in it and layed them on his legs and he said it
      didn't smell too good but it sure took out the burning. You must do this several times but it works and then it gives you a nice tan.
    4. Vinegar will take the sting out of a sunburn - just soak a paper towel
      and apply to burn. Smells bad but, hey, if you're in pain, who cares?
    5. To relieve swelling and fluid from too much sun, mix a paste of baking soda and apple cider vinegar and apply. This reader says it will draw out the fluid.
    6. I met a girl who was told by her doctor to sit in the sun (she had some sort of skin problem). She was to use diluted red wine vinegar to keep from burning. She was out in the sun everyday of the summer and had a nice tan.(You have to understand that she lived in Phila., PA and I was visiting from FL).


    When I went on a trip to the Keys to spend a lot of time on the water, I used a spray bottle filled with undiluted red wine vinegar. I had my friend spray my back occassionally while spraying the front more frequently. My back did get somewhat burned, but from head to toes the front of me was nicely tanned.
    (I did look really red from the vinegar, but after showering...ta da...tan) I'm not sure, but using the red wine vinegar has seemed to help me tan faster.



  36. Use 2 cups of cider vinegar in the tub to soak sore muscles and add potassium to muscles.
  37. Use for a throat soother. Take equal amounts of honey and cider vinegar, stir or shake until dissolved. Take a tablespoon at a time to cut mucuous in the throat.
  38. Heat vinegar to boiling point. Then poor over your fixtures that have deposits of lime. This will release or remove the deposit.
  39. Use a cup of vinegar in two gallons of water in the diaper pail to neutralize the urine in cloth diapers. It also helps keep them from
    staining.
  40. Keep a spray bottle of 50% vinegar, 50% water near the laundry station. Spray it on clothing stains before tossing the clothing into the washer (just as you would a commercial spray stain remover).
  41. As a carpet spot and stain remover - take a trigger spray bottle and fill with one part white vinegar to seven parts water. Take a second spray bottle and fill with one part white, non sudsy amonnia and seven
    parts water. Saturate stain with vinegar solution. Let dwell for a few minutes and blot thoroughly with a clean, white cloth. Then go over the area with the ammonia solution, let dwell and blot again. Repeat until the stain is gone. Also works for pet stains to help remove the odors.
  42. Keep a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to use for clean
    ing windows.

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