July 1, 2009

Vinegar . . . Quick Tips

Glassware 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar added to a gallon of rinse water will remove soap film from glassware and make it shine.

Toilet Bowl Clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring undiluted white distilled vinegar into it. Let it stand for about five minutesthen flush. Stubborn stains may require scrubbing.

Bathtub Wipe down bathtub with vinegar and soda to remove film buildup. Rinse clean with water.

Ants Ant invasions can be deterred by washing countertops, cabinets, and floors with distilled vinegar.

Grease Filmy dirt and greasy residue can be removed from stove and refrigerator by wiping with vinegar.

Grass and Weeds Kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways by pouring on vinegar.

Chrome To polish chrome and stainless steel, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and wipe clean.

Shower Curtain Rub a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove soapy, steamed in film and mildew from your plastic shower curtain. Then rinse clean.

Coffee Maker To remove stale coffee residue, fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. When cycle is finished, run two cycles of water to rinse.

Irons Remove burn stains from your electric iron by mixing one part salt with one part vinegar in a heated small aluminum pan. Use this mix to polish the iron as you would silver.

Vegetables Liven up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

Flowers Add two Tbsp of vinegar plus three Tbsp of sugar to a quart of warm water (100 degrees F) to keep fresh cut flowers blooming longer.

Cabbage Add vinegar to the cookign water of boiling cabbage to prvent the odor from permeating the house.

Meat  A marinade of 1/2 cup of your favorite vinegar and a cup of liquid bouillon makes an effective meat tenderizer.

Rice  A tsp of vinegar added to the water of boiling rice makes it white and fluffy.

Fish Reduce fishy odors by rubbing fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.

Cheese Keep cheese moist and fresh by wrapping it in a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in an air-tight wrap or container.

Eggs To produce better-formed egg whites, add a tsp of vinegar to the water.

Onion Odors Quickly remove the odor of onions from your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.

Pickling Cider, Red Wine, Balsamic and other dark vinegars are good for pickling, but may discolor lighter colored pickles such as beans, cauliflower, or onions. In this case, a distilled or white vinegar may be preferred.

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