Tips & Tricks: Vinegar

When I was a kid, I attended an extra-curricular science class (voluntarily, I’m a nerd)–

from gladchildhood

–where were performed “experiments” like “The Magic Ketchup Experiment” (look it up) and amazing things with hydrogen peroxide and yeast.

from sciencebob

One of the experiments I vividly remember was soaking a chicken bone in white vinegar to make a “rubber chicken bone.”

from answersingenesis

I’ve always been sensitive to smells, and fellas, vinegar just isn’t my thing. I threw up in class when I opened that container to show off my rubber bone.

from rachael3

That said, vinegar is a cheap little miracle. You can do all kinds of things with vinegar.

Note: The following tips are for white vinegar.

1. Clean windows by dousing some newspaper in vinegar. Rub it all over the glass, then got back over it with fresh newspaper.

from planningwithkids


2. To extend the life of cut flowers, add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar per quart of water.

from flowersandbees

3. Greasy dishes are gross and difficult. Adding a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy dishwater cuts that nasty grease.

from livescience

4. My teapot gets lime scale pretty badly. To combat this, I boil some vinegar in the kettle then rinse with water and then boil water to get rid of the vinegar smell.

from bigpictr

5. Moldy bread box?

from boxedrevenge

Wipe it out with a rag dipped in vinegar. This kills mold and also prevent mold from growing (for a while–you’ll have to do this regularly). Consequently your bread gets moldy slower.


6. A little known use of vinegar: eradicating the smell of dead rodents. After removing all remains, wipe the area down with vinegar to disinfect and deodorize.

from renovationtrap

(I’m assuming this works for all manner of dead animals, not just rodents.)

7. I burned some beans so badly once that the apartment smelled like the color black. We almost had to go out for dinner because the smell was so terrible. I now know that boiling vinegar would have killed that awful odor.

from kellyskitchentips

8. Watching the fat count? Adding a teaspoon of vinegar to oil when frying keeps the food from absorbing too much oil.

from insidescoop

9. Storing peeled potatoes in cold water with a teaspoon of vinegar keeps them from turning brown.

from tastyretreat

10. Every time I go to a bar where people smoke, I smell like smoke for way too long.

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A no-wash way to rid your clothes of that lingering smokiness is to add a cup of vinegar to a tub of hot water. Hang the clothes above the steam.

11. Too many cooks spoil the soup–as does too much salt. When that Kitchen Emergency happens, try adding a spoonful each of vinegar and sugar (and singing the tune from Mary Poppins doesn’t hurt).

from cheddarbay

12. I’m a lint magnet.

from activitypit

Adding half a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your laundry gets rid of lint.

suck it, martha.

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2 Comments on “Tips & Tricks: Vinegar”

  1. September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    “There is a woman at the begining of all great things.” ~ Alphonse de Lamartine

  2. October 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

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