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Vinegar Tips

Great ways to use distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar around the home...

  • Sagging cane chairs: Sponge them with a hot solution of half vinegar and half water. Place the chairs out in the hot sun to dry.
  • Clean windows with vinegar and water.
  • Remove stains from stainless steel and chrome with a vinegar-dampened cloth.
  • Soften hardened paint brushes by simmering in boiling vinegar and washing in
    hot soapy water.
  • To unclog and clean drains, pour boiling vinegar down drains.
  • Remove skunk odor from pets by rubbing fur with vinegar.
  • Paint adheres better to galvanized metal that has been wiped with vinegar.
  • Remove stains from pots by boiling vinegar and water.
  • Extend working time of patching plaster by adding half a teaspoon per quart.
  • Rinse hair after shampoo with 1 ounce apple cider vinegar mixed in 1 quart of distilled water.
  • Remove berry stains from hands with vinegar.
  • Remove odor by cleaning jars with vinegar and water.
  • Eliminate frosty windshields by coating the windshield with a solution of one part water and three parts vinegar the night before.
  • Prolong the life of cut flowers with 2 tbsp. vinegar and 1 tsp. sugar to 1 qt. warm water.
  • Remove old decals on windows, windshields and bumpers without scraping. Simply brush them with a few coats of vinegar. Let vinegar absorb for three to five minutes and then wash right off.
  • Dissolve corrosive buildup in clogged showerheads and faucets by soaking overnight in diluted vinegar.
  • Dissolve soap residue on the interior mechanisms of your dishwasher - and maximize cleaning results - by running a cup of vinegar through the dishwasher.

In The Kitchen

  • Making cauliflower white and clean: Add a spoonful of vinegar to cooking water.
  • Keep cheese fresh longer by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth and keeping it in a sealed container.
  • Thirst-quenching drink: apple cider vinegar mixed with cold water.
  • Prevent mold-producing bacteria by wiping jars of preserves and canned food with vinegar.
  • Remove spots and film by rinsing glasses and dishes in water and vinegar.
  • Prevent grease build-up in your oven by frequently wiping it with vinegar.
  • Keep breadbox and food containers fresh-smelling with vinegar-dampened cloth to keep and clean.
  • Make your catsup and other condiments last longer by adding vinegar.
  • When boiling eggs, prevent white from leaking out of a cracked egg by adding some vinegar to the water.
  • To give canned fish and shrimp a freshly caught taste, soak in a mixture of sherry and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
  • When cooking fruit, improve the flavor by adding a spoonful of vinegar.
  • To give fish a tender, sweeter taste, soak it in vinegar and water before cooking.
  • To improve the flavor of ham and cut salty taste, add vinegar to boiling.
  • Improve the flavor of desserts by adding a touch of vinegar.
  • Eliminate a greasy taste by adding vinegar to your deep fryer.
  • Help fruit gelatin hold its form by adding a tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Use vinegar instead of lemon on fried and broiled foods.
  • To remove lime coating on your tea kettle, add vinegar to the water and let stand overnight.
  • To prevent mold on uncooked ham, rub vinegar on the cut end.
  • Prevent discoloration of peeled potatoes by adding a few drops of vinegar to water. They will keep fresh for days in refrigerator.
  • Preserve freshly picked peppers by putting them in a sterilized jar then filling the jar with boiling vinegar.
  • Preserve olives and pimentos indefinitely by covering with vinegar and refrigerating.
  • Avoid cabbage odor by adding vinegar to the cooking water.
  • Eliminate odor from pets' drinking water and encourage shiny fur by adding vinegar to water.
  • Get fluffy meringue by beating three egg whites with a teaspoon of vinegar.
  • For an exceptional pie crust, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to your pastry recipe.
  • For a shiny crust on homemade bread and rolls, brush crusts with vinegar just before they have finished baking, then return them to oven to finish baking.
  • For homemade sour cream: blend together 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup skim milk and 1 tsp. vinegar.
  • Prevent sugaring in the cake icing by mixing a drop of vinegar.
  • Make meat more tender by adding a spoonful of vinegar to the water when boiling the meat.

In The First Aid Kit

  • For skin burns, apply ice cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Cold vinegar also relieves sunburn and will prevent burn blisters.
  • To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
  • Cool off sunburned skin by bathing in lukewarm water diluted with one cup of vinegar.
  • Relieve insect bites by dabbing with equal parts vinegar and water.
  • Relieve poison ivy by dabbing with equal parts vinegar and water.