Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Vinegar (without the piss!)

Vinegar. Boy it sure is useful. Today I came across some tips I had never seen before.

The very first tip I got about vinegar came from ol great aunt Regina when I was ten years old. She told me to take a couple of swigs from the jug every day to keep the doctors away. (And at the time I was young and naive so I took a swallow and spat it all over myself.) I asked her, "How can you drink this stuff?" And she just chuckled and told me you get use to the tangyness after awhile. Everyone thought she was crazy for drinking cider vinegar like water, but the old Braud lived to be a 102, draw your own conclusions.

Here are some uses for Vinegar:

Make creamy scrambled eggs: as eggs thicken when scrambling, add a tablespoon of vinegar for every two eggs.

Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.

Add a tsp. of vinegar and sugar to correct a too-salty taste (in any recipe).

Pour a dash of white vinegar on a cloth and lay it over a burn, including sunburn.

Try vinegar ice cubes to clean and deodorize a garbage disposal.

Pour a cup of vinegar into the dishwasher and run the empty machine through the whole cycle to get rid of soap buildup and odors.

Use a paste of vinegar and baking soda to clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, or the scorch marks on the bottom of an iron.

Renew sponges, loofahs, dingy white socks, and dish rags by letting them soak overnight in dilute vinegar.

Remove grease and grime from fan blades, oven interiors, tops of refrigerators, etc.

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar into a sandwich-sized or quart-sized plastic bag and tying over a scummy shower-head for an hour.

Clean toilet bowl rings by turning off the input spigot, removing water from the bowl, and laying vinegar-soaked paper towels on the ring for an hour or more.

Stretch any commercial window cleaner by combining it with 1/3 water and 1/3 vinegar.

Scrub fireplace bricks with vinegar.

Decrease static or dust accumulation of plastic or vinyl surfaces by wiping them down with vinegar and water.

Use vinegar on mildewed garments that cannot take bleach.

Wash new clothes with 1/2 cup white vinegar to eliminate manufacturing chemicals.

Remove odor and perspiration or deodorant stains by spraying vinegar on underarm or collar areas.

Make nylon hose look smoother and last longer by adding a tablespoon over vinegar to the rinse water.

Get salt stains off shoes with a dilute vinegar wipe.

Stop itching from insect stings or poison ivy by dabbing or spraying with vinegar.

To cut appetite and reduce weight, drink one glass of a mixture of vinegar, honey, and grapefruit juice before meals.

Pour vinegar wherever you don't want ants to congregate.

Add it to the kids' sandbox to discourage cats from employing it. Also, spray vinegar on furniture or surfaces you want a cat to leave alone.

Get rid of rust on spigots, tools, or bolts by soaking them.

Tighten the cane in a sagging chair by sponging it with a heated solution of 50/50 vinegar and water.

Wash skinned game with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution to reduce the gamey taste.

Add vinegar to a pet's drinking water to discourage fleas and mange.


Brandi said...

Madge, I am worried about you! You haven't posted since the 13th. This is not like you. I am missing my daily laugh!

Madge Sinclair said...

Aww, Brandi, you are such a sweetheart! When I win the lottery, I'll send you some cash. I'll give you Agnes' share since she doesn't know how to leave a sick old woman alone to rest in bed.

A sassy, gassy, hip, old Braud from Kansas City cuts loose on the internet.