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50 more uses of vinegar
1. This readers says: I use white or cider vinegar to clean out the chicken's and cat's water containers. I pour a small amount in the container, take a rag and wash the gunky parts and rinse. I rinse an extra time and dump on my plants outside. It keeps the water containers clean without all that gunky buildup. I do it once a month.

2. Soak shower head in vinegar overnight, then rinse in hot water, to remove water deposits and keep it flowing freely.

3. From another reader: When my kids were small, sometimes they would not have a good car riding experience ...vomiting in the car. We cleaned it out and nothing would get rid of that small, especially when the car got warm. So, we placed a bowl of vinegar in a bowl on the floor of the car, closed it up for the night. In the morning, no more smell. And it never came back.

4. Yet another reader - We live in the country with 4 dogs as part of our family,they sit on the couch,etc. BUT,they love to chase skunks since I don't usually keep tomato juice around,vinegar has come to my rescue. It doesn't take it away completely but its bearable. Keep away from eyes, of course.
A friend's neighbor's dog, black lab, had just gotten sprayed by a skunk the night before. The neighbor poured vinegar on him, taking care around the ears, face and privates, of course, let him sit a couple of minutes, shampooed him and the scent was gone. Not only did he smell much better, he had a beautiful glossy coat afterwards.

5. And this one: A nurse told me molds grow in humidifiers used in sick rooms. After a couple of days' use, she rinsed out a humidifier, then refilled it, adding maybe 1/4 cup vinegar. She would run this for a couple of minutes in the bathroom, with the door closed and the window open, to kill the molds. Then she'd rinse it, run it again with just clear water, rinse that, and declare it fit for service again. She was also adamant about not just pouring more water in to refill, but rinsed the reservoir out each time to retard growth of nasty stuff she didn't want spraying all around the sick room.

6. This reader says - I hate to wear gloves when gardening (except, of course when working with roses, blackberries or thistles) and once in a while I get a nick or scratch. Since I shoveled most of it INTO my garden, I know what my hands are in, and I'm 120 yards downhill from the bathroom sink and the disinfectant! My trusty spray bottle of full strength white vinegar to the rescue. Stings for a second or two until the endorphins kick in, but I don't have to stop what I'm doing and make a special trip back up hill. I've NEVER had an infection in a scratch since I discovered this trick.

7. From another reader: We have a distiller for our water. Every Saturday, I put a gallon of vinegar in the distiller and turn it on. When it boils, it's done. Then I let the vinegar cool down and use it for cleaning the coffee and tea pots. A gallon usually lasts a good month before losing it's efficiency.

8. Remove water stains from leather by rubbing with a cloth dipped in a vinegar and water solution.

9.Drink a couple of spoonfuls a day to keep mosquitoes away - your perspiration will be unpleasant. (Only to mosquitoes! --Pat)

10. 1 tsp cider vinegar with one tsp honey taken three times daily helps with arthritis. It dissolves the crystal deposits of uric acid that form between joints (and also in muscles as with muscular rheumatism). Also dissolves osteophytes (bony spurs) over long periods.
While this seems to be effective, we are not claiming to give medical advice. Always ask your doctor before attempting to diagnose yourself or deciding upon medication to alleviate any symptoms

11. That staining that occurs in clay and plastic flower pots and their saucers comes right out--no scrubbing needed. Just fill the kitchen sink with cold water and add plain white vinegar about 2/3 water-1/3 vinegar. Soak pots and saucers til they look clean and new (sometimes takes an hour). Wash with soap and water before reusing.

12. Same thing works in the commode; just flush, pour in good cup of vinegar and let set overnight. Switch out with brush.

13. Mix 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 water. Store it in any old clean dropper bottle (like Visine eye drops) and use it to clean out your ears!! It also works fine on dogs and cats. As a matter of fact my VET gave me this tip years ago when I had a cocker spaniel that got fequent ear infections. Just squirt 8-10 drops in ear holding head to side; let it stand in ear for a minute then drain. With my three dogs, while I'm holding their head tilted I message the ear around in a circle then tilt and wipe out with Kleenex; usually apply one a month or if they are ear scratching. My current VET laughed and said 'Well, I've got animal ear cleaning drops here and it only costs 8 dollars a bottle but what you are using seems to be working. Your dogs ears are certainly clean.' Warning: If applied daily for 3 days and dogs are still scratching or rubbing ears--see VET; they have mites or bacterial infection.

14. Vinegar is an excellent grease cutter. In college cafeterias we boil out our fry vats every week with vinegar and water. Very cost effective and very safe-no harsh chemicals, no risk of fire. We also use straight vinegar to clean the grill hoods. Again, very inexpensive and does a fantastic job.

15. Pour 1/4 cup vinegar with dish soap- water must be hot (not boiling hot). This is great for cleaning your Corningware dishes (it removes all the stains and grease), cleaning your stainless steel pots and pans ect., clean your oven and all of stove top ( this is better than oven cleaners. it will remove all of the grease. just dab on and let it set for a few minutes then wipe clean), and cabinets in kitchen.

16. Rinse water for face- pour 1/8 cup in rinse water, rinse face and let it air dry (it seals the moisture in the skin) (great for all over especially when weather is dry)Vinegar restores the natural acid base of your skin, so it's good for skin problems, too. --Pat

17. One to two table spoons of vinegar with your meat help tenderize it while you are cooking.

18.To keep your freshly-cleaned oven from stinking up your house next time you bake something, wipe it with white vinegar poured directly on the sponge as a final rinse. It neutralizes the harsh alkali of oven cleaners.

19. Pour 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle for streak free, sparkling dishes everytime!!

20. When you have to leave your car outside overnight in the winter, mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and coat the windows with this solution. This vinegar and water combination will keep windshields ice and frost-free.

21. Medicine for toe nail fungus can be very costly, but you can use one part vinegar to one part warm water and soak your feet.
Another reader writes: My daughter had toe nail fungus, causing the nail to grow up instead of out, like it should. I started putting a few drops of white vinegar several times a day. To my amazement, her nail is almost normal again! Try this one, for those who have the above problem, it really works!

22. Try white vinegar underarms and other areas of the body as a natural deoderant. Will not stop perspiration (which is not healthy anyway) but will neutralize odor.

23. If you have problems with ants and other insects invading your home, they are probably crossing your door and/or window sills, baseboards, etc. I've found that if you 'pour' vinegar across the opening sill, it stops their coming in. For some reason, they will not cross it.

24. Add approximately 5 tsp. of apple cider vinegar to your horse's oats morning and evening to dramatically reduce fly bites. We have a Quarterhorse who was literally covered in welts from fly bites. After starting on the vinegar, the bites disappeared and were kept under control for the remainder of the season.

25. Vinegar in the horse feed also can help with mobility and breathing problems.

26. 1/2 cup Vinegar to a quart of water sprayed onto the coat of a horse or dog works like a vinegar hair rinse. Their coats gleam! An extremely economical alternative to expensive show shine products.

27. I'll add this: Add vinegar to chicken's water, especially in the winter, to keep them laying better and stay healthy. If your chickens don't have access to wild, natural food, give it to them year 'round.

28. When waxing a floor after scrubbing with a floor stripper, use 1 cup of vinegar to rinse water. It neutralizes the chemicals and makes wax or floor finish adhere better.

29.This reader says: My 6 year old cocker spaniel has chronic skin infections. After his weakly bath, I rinse him with a solution of 1 part cider vinegar to 3 parts water. His skin seems better.

30. Sip on one teaspoon in a half to three-fourths cup of water. Honey may be added if desired to enhance flavor. I have used it for years for myself and family and it always stops that nauseous feeling without medications of any kind.. vomiting is rare when this started in time. There have been a few times when I felt the 'stomach flu' coming on and I have sipped on this vinegar mixture for 4-5 hours and been relieved of it completely. Pickle juice can be used if you are out of vinegar. My daughters used to drink pickle juice and stayed healthy!

31. Because of such a severe case of contact dermatits from overuse of yeast medicines, I was left unable to walk or sit comfortably, and my skin was too sensitive for any topical medications, and oral cortisone only worked temporarily. My mother suggested using 4 tbs. of white vinegar with some juice to kill the taste. I'm glad to tell you that the vinegar, along with rest, has put me on the road to recovery in only 4 days after battling this illness for 4 months!

32. Anyone who uses plaster or clay will find relief from the ph imbalance of the alkali in the material if they wash their hands with soap (more alkali), then rinse well with one to one solution of white vinegar and water each time they are done. Heard this years ago from a master artist in plaster figurines for churches.

33. This is what I call my GoGo Juice. Take 2 cups of grape juice, 2 cups of white grape juice, 2 cups of apple juice and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Mix well and refrigerate. Every morning before you do anything else, drink a small cup of it. Each batch lasts a week or two depending on how much you drink each morning. It tastes sort of like a strong wine. Since I have done this my energy level has increased dramatically and my coffee consumption has gone down. I also feel better altogether.

34. I keep my drains clean and working great with vinegar. When they seem to be getting a bit sluggish, or even stopped up, pour white vinegar down the kitchen and bathroom sinks and shower drain. It works like a wonder and no toxics.

35. Quite often muscle cramps, or 'charlie horse', are caused by too low a level of potassium. I take a tsp. of vinegar when suffering from a muscle cramp to quickly bring my potassium level back up and relieve the cramp.

36. When making soup stock (as all good frugal-ites do), squirt in a tablespoon of white vinegar, to help leach (extract) all the calcium from the bones being used. There's no vinegar taste, and most of us can certainly use the additional calcium.

37. It's never failed me yet: Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of honey and store this mixture in an air-tight container. Anytime you have trouble drifting off, take two teaspoons of this mixture and you'll drift off in less than a half hour. And you won't be groggy in the morning like over-the-counter sleep aids.

38. -White vinegar can also be used to clean raw wood, such as a wooden cutting board. Pour straight vinegar onto the wood and then use a sponge to literally push the dirt away. Be sure to wipe in the direction of the wood grain, starting at one end and working to the other. This way the dirt you are trying to get rid of won't be pushed back into the wood grain.

39. White vinegar is also a solvent for most glues. To dissolve any unwanted glue bonds, simply apply vinegar to the glued area and let sit until the bond becomes weak (how long depends on what kind of glue and how much was applied).

40. White vinegar can also be mixed with water-based inks to make a wonderful stain for wood. The resulting finish is the color of the tint with a silvery sheen. Simply pour vinegar into a mixing jar, add the ink until the desired color is achieved and apply to wood with a brush or rag. Wipe off excess and let dry. Since the bulk of the mixture is vinegar, wood-warpage is minimal.

41. To use up all those bits of tomato sauce (ketchup) or chutney etc., that come in bottles add some vinegar, oil and shake. The liquid will pour out easily; this makes the base for marinades, just add onion, garlic and spices.

42. A teaspoon of vinegar relieves hiccups more effectively than anything else, including lemon juice or sugar...

43. Wiping down clean metal surfaces with a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water) preps the surface for painting, and reduces the incidence of peeling...

44. De-gas (or at least lower to amount produced) beans by adding Apple Cider Vinegar (1/8-1/4 c) to soaking water. Soak overnite, then rinse thoroughly. Add a little to the water when you cook them also. Works for split peas and garbanzos also.

45. Using apple cider vinegar to wash windows attracted fruit flies, so this reader's mother set a bowl of it to rid her house of them. The reader says: 'I've had to do this a time or two myself when I've had a problem with fruit flies. I just set out a bowl of apple cider vinegar and they come a runnin'!!'
Another reader writes: I found that they were attracted to the vinegar, but didn't die. Instead, put one tsp sugar, two tsp apple cider vinegar and several drops of dish soap in a small shallow plastic container. Fill the rest of the way with water. The flies are attracted to the vinegar, but the soap kills them
And another reader: My mother has been using apple cidar vinegar to get rid of fruit flies for years! You take a small bowl and fill it partway with vinegar, than wrap it in plastic wrap. Poke a few pinholes in the plastic wrap, and the fruit flies will fly in, but can't fly out, so they drown in the vinegar! Place the bowl whereever you are seeing the fruit flies (like near the garbage, or the bananas).

46. Vinegar makes excellent fabric/leather glue: 1 sachet clear gellatin, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 3-4 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of glycerine. Melt the gellatin and water on low fire,then add the other ingredients and mix well. The glue has to be applied when warm. Store the remaining glue in a small plastic or glass jar. Warm it up next time before use. Cheap, efficient, and clear glue for fabrics and leather.

47. I have poured vinegar around my children's sand box to keep cats from using it as their litter box. About every two months I reapply just to be sure. It has worked so far.

48. My grandmother got me started doing this. I do it once or twice a week. Dipping a wet toothbrush in white vinegar and brushing my teeth. It does away with any bad breath, especially after eating onions. And it also whitens my teeth. (Always rinse your mouth well with plain water after using vinegar, as it will dissolve the enamel of your teeth over a period of time.)

49. I was advised to pour 1 gallon of white vinegar into the water of our whirlpool tub, once a year and run it. This will keep the jets from clogging up from soap scum, etc. everyweek I mop with water and white vinegar, not only does it keep the floors shiny but it kills the dust mites! great for us since we have severe allergies.

50. When the weather changes and the sinus start running I get that nagging cough, I simply take 2 tablespoons of any kind of vinegar and that nasty cough stops.