You can get more with vinegar


By Jule’ Dunham

Greetings from the World of Real Estate with Julè. Last week, I gave you a few tips on the many uses of baking soda. This week I would like to focus on the many uses of vinegar. I can’t help but think about what people did in yesteryear before all of the chemicals came out and were heavily advertised. There was a reason some daytime television was called “soap” operas. Many sponsors advertised laundry detergents (soap) and other cleaning products during these programs.
Here are some helpful tips for vinegar uses:

  1. Kill grass and weeds on walks and driveways. Pour full strength on unwanted grass and weeds. Most effective on a hot day in the morning so that hear from the sun can work on the vinegar.
  2. Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on an area to discourage cats from walking, sleeping or scratching on it.
  3. Clean rust from tools, and bolts. Soak the rusted tool, bolt in undiluted vinegar overnight. Rinse and dry the item and notice the difference.
  4. Keep car windows frost free. Coat the windows the night before with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water. You may want to make this solution and keep it handy this winter.
  5. Fight dandruff, by rinsing with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water, after shampooing, of course.
  6. It is still mosquito season, so consider this tip. Relieve itching by using a cotton ball to dab the mosquito bite and other bug bites with undiluted vinegar.
  7. Clean dentures by soaking them overnight, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.
  8. Get rid of lint in clothes. Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  9. Add 1 cup vinegar in place of detergent to launder new dark or brightly colored clothes to help set the color. Do you remember coloring Easter eggs with vinegar and water? This process is the same principle as for new clothes.
  10. Vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers. Fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Follow your owner’s manual for specific instructions).
  11. Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
  12. Soap and stain build up can be removed from chrome and plastic fixtures if they are cleaned with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar.
  13. Clean eyeglasses by wiping each lens with a drop of vinegar.
  14. Those of you who have a problem with ammonia in window glass cleaner may consider trying this one. Using undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry off with newspaper.
  15. We went out of town for a weekend, the power went off and shrimp were in the freezer. Wow, it was apparent that the power had been off for quite a while. We emptied the refrigerator and freezer. Then cleaned it thoroughly with straight vinegar. Yes, the vinegar was strong smelling, however, it eliminated the shrimp odor and after a short time there was no smell of any kind.

I hope these tips prove to be helpful to you. Some of them have proven to be useful to me and my friends and family.

In the meantime, I am praying you have a great week.

Remember: Say Hello. Be Kind. Be Friendly. Embrace Life and all that it really offers. Keep Life Simple. Making good relationships is very important to our mental, emotional and physical health.
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Here is your local realtor, Julè Dunham, signing off until next week.
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