Saturday, September 13, 2008

Uses for white vinegar.

Here are a few uses I did know about;

fasting dark colors-add a cup of vinegar to a first wash of new, dark colored clothes, helps to fast the overdye(a cup of salt works also)

in making your own "windex"-1 part each of; water, white vinegar and non-sudsing ammonia

fluffy rice-1 teaspoon of white vinegar in the water will give you white, fluffy rice

preventing the smell of cabbage from fumigating your house, add 1 teaspoon to water before adding cabbage

keeping acs from getting mold or bacteria growing in the collection pan or lines-pour 1 cup of boiling water and then 1 cup of vinegar into the line access, keeps ice from forming on the line(causes water backup in your house) and kills germs and mold.

Now for some uses that surprised me;

clean your john- pour vinegar into bowl, let sit 5 minutes, scrub off stains, then flush

rust cutter-put rusty or corroded bolts in some undiluted vinegar, then you should be able to work them free

grass killer-use half strength on any grass in sidewalks or driveways

freshen slightly wilted vegetables-soak in cold water and vinegar.


Papa Frank said...

I may try this as a grass killer.

The Merry Widow said...

It would certainly be cheaper than the stuff at the nursery.
Let us know how it works, s'alright?


Steve Harkonnen said...

I am more of a cider vinegar fan.

It's also great on windows, but works even better if you use brown paper.

The Merry Widow said...

Steve-Not newspaper?
We are trying the rust cutting abilities, the hose for the hot water to the washer busted. In Florida, hose connections corrode due to humidity and salt...see if it works.


nanc said...

i love to drink apple cider vinegar - great for what ails you - UNLESS one has stomach problems - thankfully, mine is cast iron!

some old timers claim that diluted it also cures fungal infections and athlete's foot if used over a period of time.

Hammer said...

Put a cup in the dishwasher to remove lime and scale and that white residue off your glassware.

Soak your sink aerators in it to get them flowing again.

For a toilet that has to keep filling up because of water dripping into the bowl from the tank, get a gallon jug of white household vinegar, remove the tank lid flush the toilet and pour the vinegar into the tank as it fills.
Replace the cover and it will remove the deposits in the tank and in the bowl. this will improve the function of the commode and save on your water bill.

Brooke said...

I didn't know that about the rice! COOL!

The Merry Widow said...

Hammer-The white vinegar in the tank worked! I don't hear the trickle anymore!


cube said...

Good stuff that vinegar & pretty cheap too.

The Merry Widow said...

Some of the golden oldies are just as good(if not better) than the modern expensive cleaners.
Baking soda
All work great, alone or in concert.
Another use, pour 1 cup of baking soda into all your drains, add 1 cup white vinegar, let sit 15 minutes then rinse. Helps keep your drais from plugging up so easily!