Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vinegar, BFF Food Storage

There are many uses for vinegar around the house and
with vinegar having an indefinite shelf life,
it is one of our BFF of Food Storage.

Clean Pots
Soak food-stained pots and pans in full-strength white vinegar for 30 minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water.

Garbage disposal clean and fresh smelling with vinegar ice cubes. Mix one cup of white vinegar in enough water to fill an ice tray, freeze the mixture, and then grind the cubes through the disposal. Flush with cold water.

Clean drains
To help prevent grease buildup and keep fresh smelling, pour a handful of baking soda down the drain pipe. Add one-half cup of White Vinegar. Cover the drain tightly for a few minutes, then flush with cold water.

Air Freshener
Just boil a tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup of water to eliminate those unpleasant cooking smells. Rub some White Vinegar on your fingers before and after slicing onions to eliminate the lingering after-aroma. To absorb stale, smoky odors, a bowl of white vinegar placed in an out-of-the-way corner of any room works wonders, too.

To make your chrome fixtures, appliances, and counter tops gleam, rub with a cloth soaked in white vinegar.

Shower Curtain
Use full-strength vinegar to wipe away soapy film, mildew, and buildup from your shower curtains. Or simply place your shower and bath curtains in the washing machine along with a bath towel. Add one cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle. Dry on low for 3 minutes.

The Toilet
To clean the toilet bowl, pour one cup of undiluted vinegar. Let it stand for five minutes. Flush.

The Floor
For shiny floors, use a solution of one-half cup vinegar and one gallon of water to mop tile or linoleum. For really tough stains, apply undiluted vinegar directly on the stain.

If your iron has starch build up, wipe it clean with a moist cloth soaked in full-strength vinegar on a cold iron. To keep your iron free of corrosion and calcium deposits, occasionally fill the water reservoir with full-strength vinegar and steam-iron a soft utility rag. Repeat the process using water, then thoroughly rinse out the inside of your iron.

Vinegar can absorb bad smells in clothes. Pour two cups of vinegar in a bathtub of hot water, hang your clothes above the tub to dry.

For underarm deodorant and stains left by anti-perspirants, rub lightly with undiluted white vinegar. Then wipe with a clean cloth.

To bring up the color and nap in carpets and rugs, brush heavy traffic areas and dirt spots with a mixture of one cup of vinegar per gallon of water. Then blot dry.

Keep exhaust fan grills, ceiling fan blades, and air-conditioning grills dust-free and circulating fresh air by wiping with full-strength White Vinegar to cut the grease and dirt.

Shine up woodwork and furniture by rubbing them with a soft cloth moistened with a solution of one tablespoon White Vinegar in a quart of lukewarm water. Buff up with a soft, dry cloth.

Use it full strength in a spray bottle and wash streaks and film away. Dry with a soft cloth.

Vinegar take the sting out of sunburn and soothe your minor skin irritations.  Rub it on skin to cool down.

Propane Lanterns
For longer-lasting and brighter-burning propane lanterns, soak new wicks for several hours in full-strength White Vinegar and let them dry before inserting.

To kill unwanted grass and weeds growing in sidewalk cracks or on driveways, just pour on full-strength vinegar.

To avoid scraping ice off your car's windshield, coat the windows with a solution of three parts white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to one part water.

These are only some of the suggestions vinegar can be used for.
 It is an all-purpose food storage item! 

{p.s. Because I have a house full of boys, I must acknowledge that it is Star Wars Day. May the fourth be with you!}


Mandy1 said...

You are to funny. Thanks for all of the great tips. I love using vinegar to clean I just had no idea of all the possibilities.

Linda said...

There are even more tips for how to use vinegar on the Heinz site. It is amazing!

Alison said...

Wow! I never knew about all these uses either. Very cool. Thanks Linda!

David said...

I just stocked up on vinegar the other day!