Vinegar. I buy huge jugs of the stuff at a time. It's dirt cheap, completely natural (made from fermented fruits, vegetables, or apple cider), and has more uses than I can count. It has replaced our pesticides, herbicides, Windex, dishwashing Rinse Aid, shoe polish, deodorizers, meat tenderizers, and much, much more.
I love it when natural, non-toxic stuff, is also the cheaper, more effective method to dozens of household problems. Vinegar saves on money by eliminating the need for an entire host of products, can be made yourself or bought for a price even a miser can afford, and it holds its own in the job quality department.
Here's a list of ways we regularly use this cheap, natural, acidic wonder:
- Kill weeds. Pick a scorching hot day a drown your weeds with full-strength vinegar. We did this to our driveway last year, and they were all withered and crusty within three days of applying vinegar faithfully.
- Clean floors. I use 1 cup of white vinegar diluted in a pail of hot water to do mine.
- Relieve sunburn. If I get a little sun-kissed while gardening, I apply a little white vinegar to my red shoulders to relieve the heat.
- Unclog your drains. Throw a scoop of baking soda down there followed by a cup or two of vinegar down there and see if they don't run a little better.
- Dishwashing agent. We have terribly hard water. When the most expensive brand of Rinse-Aid couldn't get our glasses and silverware clean, we tried vinegar instead. Voila! We no longer have to serve our guests glasses that look like we just drank milk from them.
- Clean stainless steel. Once in a blue moon, I go nuts on our house and wipe everything shiny with a vinegar dampened cloth. *Sparkles*
- Clean your windows. Say Good-bye to Windex. It used to be my best friend until I met Vinegar.
- Removed stains from pots and pans. Baked on food happens. Let it soak for a while in a water/vinegar solution and you'd never know.
- Remove lint from clothes. Add half a cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle to brighten your colors and to get rid of the fuzzy-wuzzies.
- Prolong the life of cut flowers. Two Tablespoons of vinegar and three Tablespoons of sugar per quart of water can make the difference between a short-lived bouquet or a long lasting, perky one.
- Treat colds, sore throats, sinus infections, upset stomach, warts and arthritis. All by digesting, swallowing, gargling, and applying vinegar.
- Disinfect. Use Vinegar to disinfect any germ haven: cutting boards, bath tubs, floors, fixtures, counter tops, appliances, utensils-anything!
Are you a fan of vinegar? What else have you used it for?