Vinegar is a liquid processed from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid. It has been used since ancient times, Indian called Sirka, and is an important element in Western, European, Asian, and other traditional cuisines of the world. In here, I would like to share some uses and tips of vinegar in our everyday life. It is suggested to use high quality white and apple cider vinegar to perform the methods below.
- Carpet stain removal: A mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered.
- Wash walls: Wipe down your walls with a vinegar water mixture, which helps absorb odors and clean surfaces.
- Remove wallpaper: Mix equal parts vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in sheets.
- Clean windows: Use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.
- Deodorize the air: Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.
- Relieve sunburn: Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed.
- Soothe a sore throat: Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow. For another great gargle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vinegar, gargle then drink.
- Cure an upset stomach. Drink two teaspoons apple cider vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach.
- Relieve a cold: Mix one-quarter cup apple cider vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.
- Relieve a cough: Mix one-half cup apple cider vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon when cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime.
- Fight dandruff: After shampooing, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
- Acne remedy: Remedy for acne skin conditions when diluted 50:50 with water and used as a toner. Careful around the eyes.
- Relieve itching: Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with vinegar straight from the bottle.
- Relieve dry and itchy skin: Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.
In the Kitchen
- Remove stubborn coffee stained cups and pots: Fill the cup with vinegar overnight, then rinse with hot soapy water.
- Coffee maker cleaner (automatic): White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)
- Ant deterrent: Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.
- Garbage disposal cleaner: Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.
- Clean the microwave: Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
- Eliminate unpleasant cooking odors in the kitchen: Boil one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water.
- Clean the refrigerator: Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.
- Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances. Try in an inconspicuous place first.
In the Garden
- Kill weeds: Spray white distilled vinegar full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new growth until plants have starved.
- Keep Flowers Longer: Keep flowers fresh longer. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a 1-quart vase of water. Trim stems and change water every five days.
- Plant Nutrients: Mix vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:8. Mix a separate solution of sugar and water in a mixture of 1:8. Combine the vinegar and sugar mixtures. Add to plant as long as needed.
In the Bathroom
- Kill germs on bathroom fixtures: Use one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.
- Clean a toilet bowl: Pour in one cup of white vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush.
- Shower doors: Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.
- Pet Shampoo: Use an equal part apple cider vinegar/water mixture to wash my dog/ freshen up his coat. It is all natural and non toxic so no need to rinse! This is also a good choice for dogs with sensitive skin.
- Fish bowl cleaner: Eliminate that ugly deposit in the gold fish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in vinegar and rinsing well.
- Pet cages: White vinegar is also really good for cleaning and deodorizing cages and litter pans for small animals.
- Pest fighter: A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal.
- Freshen baby clothes: The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.
- Wine stains: Spots caused by wine can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton polyester and permanent press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To do it, sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer’s care tag.
- Leather cleaning: Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of white distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.
- Clothes washing magic: Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents.
- Blanket renewal: Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if 2 cups of white distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle of the wash.
In Food Preparation
- Cooking fish: Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking it. It will be sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. When boiling or poaching fish, a tablespoon of vinegar added to the water will keep it from crumbling so easily.
- Cake icing: Cake icing can be prevented from becoming sugary if a little vinegar is added to the ingredients before cooking. The same is true when making homemade candy.
- Freshen vegetables: Freshen up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.
- Fruit and vegetable wash: Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar to 1 pint water and use to wash fresh fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly. Research has shown that vinegar helps kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables.
- Fresh lunch box: It is easy to take out the heavy stale smell often found in lunch boxes. Dampen a piece of fresh bread with white distilled vinegar and leave it in the lunch box overnight.
- Fluffier Rice For fluffier and great tasting rice, add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the boiling water before adding rice. Rice will be easier to spoon and less sticky.
- Fluffy Egg Whites Soak a paper towel with 1-2 Tablespoons of white distilled vinegar. Wipe mixing bowl and beaters or whisk with the vinegar-soaked paper towel, then dry with a cloth or paper towel prior to whipping egg whites.