Frugal Living Tip – 10 Cool Uses for Vinegar

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10 cool uses for vinegar

I’m sure you have heard of a million uses for vinegar, but here are a few more to try:

  1. Put on a pair of cheap $1.00 store cotton gloves.  Soak fingertips of glove in a bowl of white vinegar and warm tap water {equal parts}.  Run your hands across the bottom and top of blinds.
  2. Clean paintbrushes accidentally left in paint by placing them in a simmering pot of white vinegar.  {For dried on paint, let the brushes soak in vinegar for an hour or so prior to adding heat.}
  3. Have some fun with the kids:  soak pennies in a bowl of undiluted vinegar overnight.  When they wake up, they will have a bowl of shiny pennies.
  4. To prevent glassware from becoming ruined with hard water mineral deposits, spray with undiluted vinegar, rinse them with hot water and dry them.
  5. Clean your coffee maker with 1 cup undiluted vinegar. Run through a brewing cycle.  Rinse with water, and run it 1-2 more times with plain water.  {Check owner’s manual first}
  6. Fix stained plastic or smelly food containers {can you say left-over spaghetti?} by wiping with a cloth dipped in white vinegar.
  7. To clean brass, copper, or pewter mix a paste with equal parts table salt and white vinegar.
  8. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar to 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl.  Bring it to a boil in the microwave.  Stinky microwave, gone.  And food splatters should wipe off easily.  {Drop your kitchen sponge into the water while it boils, and you’ve clean and sanitized it at the same time}
  9. Remove water rings from wood by using a solution of equal parts white vinegar and mineral oil.
  10. Fix stinky garbage disposals by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white vinegar down the drain.  Let sit for about five minutes and then flush with hot water.

vinegar 400 uses
I use vinegar for canning, as a natural weed barrier, to get rid of fruit flies, to make buttermilk, and the list goes on.   Want to learn more?  Check out this nifty little reference book: Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of.

How about YOU? What do you use vinegar for?

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