Vinegar has many uses besides the obvious few that we all use it for. It is actually sour wine! It can be made from any sugary substance that can be fermented but is usually made from corn or apples. People have been using it for centuries.
Using a natural good quality vinegar will be helpful to keep our water clean from chemical cleaners.
Surprisingly, occasionally an “off brand” vinegar has their alcohol content derived from petroleum. So choose a good brand made from corn or apples. Heinz is a good choice. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I like to choose vinegar in glass bottles for vinegar you consume.
Here are a few practical ways to use vinegar:
Vinegar will kill bacteria in meats. Marinate meat in vinegar to kill bacteria and tenderize meat. 1/4 cup is enough for a three pound roast. Marinate overnight. Do not drain it, just cook it as is, no rinsing! If you like more flavor, add herbs to the vinegar such as an Italian seasoning or garlic.
Vinegar will cure an upset stomach. Two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup water. Vinegar is much more refreshing than the sickening sweet thick pink stomach remedy!
When cooking fish or cabbage, place an open dish of vinegar on the counter. There will not be any odors lingering.
White vinegar actually dissolves lime deposits! Fill your coffee pot with vinegar occasionally and run it through, rinsing twice. It will keep the coffee pot dripping quickly. You’ll appreciate that when you are waiting for that first cup in the morning!
Sore throat? Just put two teaspoons of white vinegar in your humidifier for relief.
Washing machine sluggish? Pour one cup of white vinegar into the machine and run it without soap or clothes. It dissolves the build up in the rubber hoses and pipes making your washer more efficient.
Vinegar will condition dry hair and add natural highlights to brunettes. Shampoo with your regular shampoo and then rinse with a mixture of 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water. It also removes soap film and sebum oil. Your hair will be silky soft.
Soak a cloth in vinegar and lay it over old decals or a bumper sticker. Let the vinegar soak in and easily peel them away.
Add vinegar to patching plaster to slow the drying time. Add 1 tablespoon to the water when mixing a batch. You won’t feel rushed while working and you’ll do a neater job.
Prevent an icy windshield the natural way. Spray a solution of three parts white or apple cider vinegar to 1 part water on your windshield when you arrive home. Ice will not form on the windshield during the night.
Unclog a shower head. Unscrew and remove the shower head. Removing the rubber seal. Place it in an old pot. Add a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Your shower head will be like new.
When you clean the litter box, do the final rinse in white vinegar. It will deodorize the actual plastic box better than plain soap and water.
When cleaning your fish tank, wipe all the white spotted areas on the tubes and pump with pure vinegar. The spots magically disappear.
These are but a few of the many practical ways to use this inexpensive product. Try them!