WHITE VINEGAR …the indispensable product!


I challenged a group of my friends recently. I asked them to write down the kitchen products that they felt they could never live without. Hands down the winner was WHITE VINEGAR with BAKING SODA coming in as a close second.

Most of them also included the ways that they used these products and I’ve listed my favorites here:

WHITE VINEGAR: (besides the one that everyone knows, using it as an excellent glass cleaner…)

* Cover rusted tools with white vinegar and soak for 24 hours. The next day scrape clean with brillo. (I tried this and it is amazingly effective.)

* Use ½ teaspoon of white vinegar in place of 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in savory recipes.

* Degrease oily hair.  Shampoo hair as usual, rinse, then pour ¼ cup over it and rinse again.

* Clean a coffeemaker by filling the reservoir with a mixture of white vinegar and water and run it through a brewing cycle. Follow with several cycles of water to rinse thoroughly.

* To kill weeds between cracks in paving stones and sidewalks…fill a spray bottle with straight vinegar and spray multiple times on them.

* Deodorize your refrigerator. Use equal parts white vinegar and water and, after taking everything out of the fridge, wash down the interior.



* Erase crayon, pencil, and ink from painted surfaces by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge, rub clean and rinse.

* Unclog a drain. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar after it. Let sit for five minutes (covered, if possible). Follow with a gallon of boiling water.

* Settle a stomach during occasional indigestion. Stir 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into 1/2 cup of water and drink for a safe and effective antacid.

* Brush teeth using a paste of baking soda and water.

These are just a few ways to use WHITE VINEGAR and BAKING SODA. Do you know of any others? Please share them with us.

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