Vinegar - The Wonder Remedy
By Camille Rhoades
I love it! I know, I know, those are strong words, but it is true! I use it for everything. My husband thinks we should own stock. Who wouldn’t love a product that can do it all? I know you are wondering if I could really be going on like this about vinegar. Could it really be that great? I am here to tell you that it is!
Vinegar is that big bottle of smelly stuff we all keep tucked in a dark cupboard somewhere. You know the one. For most of us it just comes out for a few specific occasions, but here is the scoop…..It can do 100s of wonderful things around your house!!! You can easily find long, detailed lists of uses online, but here is a little sample of why this is a kitchen “MUST HAVE” in my home!!!
Salad Dressing, Pickles, etc.
Keeps eggs from cracking when boiling by adding 2 Tablespoons to water.
Stop mold on cheese by wrapping in a vinegar soaked cloth.
Make a better chocolate cake by adding a teaspoon of Vinegar.
Perk up wilted vegetables. Soak in 2 cups water, 1 Tablespoon Vinegar.
Tenderize meat by soaking overnight or rub on both sides and let
sit 2 hours.
Add to water when boiling vegetables to retain color.
Cuts grease and freshens dishes when washing them
Wipe oven to prevent grease build up.
Cleans and disinfects wood cutting boards, counters, the
refrigerator, microwave, etc. Wipe with full strength vinegar.
Deodorizes the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a
week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
Cleans stainless steel, copper pots and chrome.
Cleans your washing machine and dishwasher. Add vinegar and run through a regular cycle to dissolve detergent residues.
Treat pet stains quickly after they are left to remove stain and odor.
Cleans your iron. Put equal amounts of vinegar and water into
water holder. Put on the steam setting and let set 5 minutes.
Cool and drain.
Cleans calcium deposits, lime, and scum. Great for humidifiers,
tubs and wash basins.
Unclog a drain with baking soda and vinegar, per last week's issue.
Film that accumulates in your bathtub can be removed by soaking and scrubbing with Vinegar.
Stain Remover (presoak).
Removes perspiration odors and stains.
Hang clothes that smell of smoke above a bathtub full of hot
water and a Cup of Vinegar to steam.
Use instead of fabric softener when you wash your clothes.
If you buy a piece of clothing or fabric that you think will
bleed, set the colors in fabric. Add 1 cup white vinegar to 1
gallon of water. Soak fabric in this solution until the fabric
Like baking soda it will also remove residue left by shampoo from
hair, as well as help control dandruff.
Cleans Eye Glasses.
Flower last longer when fed with 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1
If you have alkaline soil and are trying to grow rhododendrons,
azaleas or other acid loving plants, add to water before
Put it in a spray bottle and use it as an insecticide. Used in
large amounts it also deters animals.
Deters dogs from scratching ears by applying it on their bodies.
Sunburns rub lightly to relieve burn. (My family loves this use!)
For dry, Itchy Skin add to bath water.
Apply to bee strings to relieve itching.
Apply to burns for pain relief.
I hope you will find this “Kitchen Remedy” to be a remedy you can use throughout your home.
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