The Wonders of Vinegar

WONDERS of VINEGAR (white distilled)

White distilled vinegar has magical powers.  Tired of  the chemical smells of your every day cleaning supplies?  Try substituting readily available white distilled vinegar.  See below for some uses that come in handy!



  1. All purpose cleaner- Mix 2 cups water with 3 Tablespoons vinegar and ½ teaspoon dish detergent in a spray bottle. Get spraying!  Good on glass, countertops (not stone), bathroom.
  1. Brass- mix equal parts salt and flour.  Add a little vinegar to make a paste.  Spread a thick layer on the brass and let it dry. Rinse and wipe off paste.
  1. Copper- Fill a spray bottle with hot vinegar and add 3 Tablespoons salt. Spray solution liberally on copper pots. Let it sit for a while, then rub it clean.
  1. Stubborn stain on non-stick cookware-Boil 2 Tablespoons baking soda, ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup water in the stained pan for 15 minutes.
  1. Cast iron pan-Boil a little vinegar and salt and watch the black spots and charred food disappear.
  1. Tea Kettle- Pour ¼ cup vinegar in pot and fill with hot water. Let stand a couple of hours and rinse.
  1. Crystal- Mix 1 cup vinegar with large bowl/tub of warm water to rinse crystal.
  1. Refrigerator- Wipe the inside of the fridge with a  vinegar soaked cloth. This prevents mildew.
  1. Carpet Stain remover- Mix 2 Tablespoons liquid detergent, 4 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 4 cups warm water.  Work into the stain and blot it dry.
  1. Lime deposit around faucets- Line area around faucet with paper towels.  Pour vinegar on toweling and leave it alone for 1 hour.  Lime deposits will soften and be easy to remove.
  1. Dishwasher-run a cycle with vinegar in the soap dispenser.
  1. Washing machine-run a cycle with vinegar instead of detergent.
  1. Water spots on stainless steel- Rub spots with a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove spots.
  1. Grout- Mix a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water in a spray bottle.  Spray grout and scrub in a circular motion with an old toothbrush.



  1. BUGS In Your Vegetables?

Soak vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage etc) in cold water with a few Tablespoons of vinegar for 15 minutes.

  1. Reduce bad smells- Rub hands with vinegar to remove fish smell.

Cooking fish-add a dash of vinegar to poaching liquid to reduce odors.

While cooking cabbage-place a small cup of vinegar on your stovetop.

  1. For a moist and fluffy chocolate cake, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the baking soda in your recipe.
  1. Perk up wilted vegetables- Soak vegetable in cold water and a few Tablespoons of vinegar for an hour.
  1. Poaching eggs- Add 1 Tablespoon vinegar to the water. Egg whites will set and not spread.


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