Thursday, January 31, 2013


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     According to Wikipedia : Vinegar is a liquid substance consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3CO2H) and water, the acetic acid being produced through the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.

     Vinegar is a spice, a preservative, a medicine, and a cleaning product.  Do you have enough for all the uses you could have for vinegar?  

     I am listing here a very few of the uses for vinegar here. 

     I have used vinegar on a cotton pad to dab at the oily spots in the T zone on my face and to dry up an outbreak of pimples. 

     A cup of vinegar in a quart of water cleans windows, counters, and mirrors.  A cup of vinegar in a gallon of water cleans tile floors and no wax floors.

     Put a half teaspoon of baking soda down a bathroom sink drain and slowly pour full strength vinegar down after it.  The bubbling will loosen gunk and the vinegar will help to break down the fats and oils in the hand creams and makeup in that bathroom sink, also the smell is much improved, instantly.
     Clean the coffee maker with ½ cup vinegar and a pot of water running it through its cycle and rinse with a second cycle of just water.

     Vinegar is the pickling solution for cucumbers, cabbages, pickle relishes, corn relishes and meats.  Corned beef is pickled in spice and vinegar. 

     Vinegar is salad dressing (vinegar and oil), and the base to many more complicated dressings.

     Add a teaspoon of vinegar to whole milk to sour the milk for certain recipes.  My Gram’s Prince of Wales cake is made with sour milk.  When you don’t have sour milk, we sour it with the vinegar.

     Sunburn can be treated by sprinkling baking soda on the burn and laying a towel soaked in vinegar on top of it.  The bubbles will get the salt from a seaside sunburn out of the skin and the vinegar takes away the sting.

    There was no shampoo before 1900.  Vinegar rinses did the trick to rinse out the soap you may use if your hair was greasy.   In the olden days (when I was young) we would rinse our hair with vinegar to get all the soap residue out of it.  I worked an entire Little League baseball season running the burger grill.  Trust me, vinegar rinses got out the grease.

     If you are planning and prepping, do the math.  If you use one bottle of vinegar a month for all of your cleaning, science experiments and cooking, then get two for each month you think you will be without access to a grocery store.  There are hundreds of uses and a bottle only goes as far as your imagination and need!

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