Since I am using Vinegar so often in my cleaning now, I picked up a box at Costco the last time I was there. It had a box of uses printed on the side, some of which I had never read before.
So here they are, straight from the manufacturer, 20 ways to use Vinegar.
1. Glassware: 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar added to a gallon of rinse water will remove soap film from glasware and make it shine. (OR add it to your rinse aid dispenser in your dishwasher).
2. Toilet Bowl: Clean & deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring undiluted white vinegar into it. Let it stand for five minutes, then flush. Stubborn stains may require scrubbing. (See my post here to see how I use vinegar in my bathroom.)
3. Bathtub: Wipe down bathtub with vinegar and soda to remove film buildup. Rinse clean with water.
4. Ants: Ant invasions can be deterred by washing countertops, cabinets and floors with vinegar.
5. Grease: Filmy dirt and greasy residue can be removed from stove and refrigerator by wiping with vinegar.
6. Grass or Weeds: Kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways by pouring on vinegar.
7. Chrome: To polish chrome and stainless steel, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and wipe clean. (See my bathroom post link above).
8. Shower Curtain: Rub a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove soapy, steamed-in film and mildew from your plastic shower curtain. Then rinse clean.
9. Coffee Maker: To remove stale coffee residue, fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it rhough a brewing cycle. When cycle is finished, run two cycles of water to rinse.
10. 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.
11. Vegetables: Liven up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.
12. Flowers: Add two TBSP of vinegar plus three TBSP of sugar to a quart of warm water to keep fresh flowers blooming longer.
13. Cabbage: Add vinegar to the cooking water of boiling cabbage to prevent the odor from permeating the house.
14. Meat: A marinade of 1/2 cup of your favorite vinegar and a cup of liquid boullion makes an effective meat tenderizer.
15. Rice: A tsp of vinegar added to the water of boiling rice makes it white and fluffy.
16. Fish: Reduce fishy odors by rubbing fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.
17. Cheese: Keep cheese most and fresh by wrapping it in a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in an air-tight wrap or container.
18. Eggs: To produce better-formed egg whites, add a tsp of vinegar to the water.
19. Onion Odors: Quickly remove the odor of onions from your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.
20. Pickling: Cider, Red Wine, Balsamic and other dark vinegars are very good for pickling, but may discolor lighter pickles such as pears, onions or cauliflowers. In this case, a distilled or white vinegar may be preferred.
I know there are a gazillion other uses for vinegar out there. What about you – what are your favorite uses for it?