Christina’s Household Hints: White Vinegar

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By Christina Shoup

Vinegar is a mild acid, easily accessible (usually found in your pantry), non-toxic, and capable of endless household remedies. Here is a list of a few of my favorites white vinegar tricks.

Deodorize a sink drain: Pour 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup hot white vinegar into the drain let sit for 10 minutes. Then run the hot water to rinse the drain clean.

Clean a microwave: Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave safe bowl and bring to a boil in the microwave 3 – 5 minuets. Baked on food and grime will loosen and wipe clean.

Remove water rings from wood: Mix equal parts white vinegar and vegetable oil and rub into the grain of the wood.

Perk up droopy cut flowers: Add 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar to 1 quart fresh water in the vase

Give your laundry a boost: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to the last rinse cycle. This helps to remove soap deposits, prevents yellowing of whites, and acts as a static cling reducer and fabric softener. It also helps to rid mold and mildew.

Discourage kitchen pests: To help with ants, spray undiluted vinegar in the problem area. Set out a small dish of vinegar near your fruit bowl to prevent fruit flies.

Help eggs perform better: Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to water when hard boiling eggs to prevent cracking during cooking and for easier pealing.  When poaching eggs, add 1 tablespoon to water before you add the eggs to help them hold their shape.

Finish a  pot of soup: Adding a vinegar of your choice or lemon or lime juice (depending on the type the soup you’re making) at the end of the cooking process will bring all the flavors together and liven up your soup.

So, as we all get set for big spring cleaning ahead, pick up a bottle of vinegar to help spruce things up naturally.

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