If you are the type of person who loves to find a great multi-purpose, natural and cheap product that can do about a thousand (well, that might be exaggerating, but only a little) things, let me introduce you to vinegar. Yes, yes, you know all about what it can do. But here’s yet another list – look it over. You’re sure to find some uses for vinegar that you weren’t aware of. This is one of the world’s most versatile cleaning, healing, ridding and freshening agents. These tips were gleaned from far and wide, and quite honestly, it’s nearly impossible to tell where they originated from, but they are all very useful and worthy of mention.
- Wet a cotton ball or swab with white vinegar and dab it on mosquito and other insect bites to take away the itch.
- Use undiluted vinegar straight from the bottle on sunburns – it will help relieve the pain.
- If your children come home from school with lice, take warm vinegar and put it on their hair and on the nit comb. As you comb it through the hair it helps remove the nits.
Lawn and Garden
- Kill grass and weeds that sprout up in sidewalk and brickwork crevices and cracks with straight vinegar – pour it on full strength.
- Use as a disinfectant and mold-remover. Vinegar used straight will kill bacteria, germs and mold. Use it in the kitchen and bathroom.
- To equalize the pH in your laundry rinse water, pour in a cup of white vinegar. This softens clothes and if you use cloth diapers on baby, it’s much better for his/her delicate little bottom.
- To remove lime and rust build up in the kitchen and bath, spray on white vinegar, let sit for a while and wipe off. You can also run a cup of white vinegar through a normal washing machine cycle to help remove build up from your washer and it’s drain hoses.
- Preserve cut fresh flowers with two tablespoons of vinegar in a quart of water.
- Run vinegar through your coffee maker once a month – use white vinegar instead of water – run through a cycle, then run a cycle of plain “rinse” water through. This will keep deposits from building up inside your coffee maker.
- Use vinegar to tenderize meat. When boiling meat for stews, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water. It will tenderize even the toughest meat.
- Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water when you hard-boil eggs. If one cracks, the egg will remain in the shell.
These are only a few of the nifty things that vinegar can do for you. If you look, you’re sure to find dozens of other uses for vinegar. The best thing is that not only is it a cheap way to go, it is completely safe for our environment and hasn’t any adverse health effects. Recycle the bottles your vinegar comes in and you’ve got it made!