Every Thursday I do a post about living green. This week’s topic is vinegar. Why vinegar? It’s just about the most useful substance ever created. It is environmentally friendly, cheap, non-toxic, and can be used in a variety of ways. I’m talking about distilled white vinegar. The odor will disappear as it dries. You can buy it by the gallon at most grocery stores.
1. Use to clean : Mix 1 TBSP vinegar for each cup of water as a general cleaner. Some people use equal parts vinegar and water, but I find that overkill. My current favorite cleaner is 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 to 4 cups hot water in a spray bottle with 1/4 teaspoon Castille soap to the mixture.
2. Clean Glass: Use undiluted in a spray bottle to clean your mirrors or windows. Use newspaper to wipe your windows for no streaks.
3. Laundry: Add one cup vinegar to a hot cycle without clothes to remove build-up in your machine. Add 1 c to the final rinse to remove soap residue and urine stains on baby clothes.
4. Unclog Drains: Pour 1/2 c. baking soda down the drain. Add 1/2 c. vinegar and stop up the drain. Let stand a few minutes then flush with at least 6 c. hot water. (Add red food coloring to the vinegar to make an erupting volcano for your kids’ science project.)
5. Furniture Polish: Mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil.
6. Air Freshener: Mix 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vinegar, 2 c. hot water in a spray bottle. Mist around a room to eliminate odors.
7. Clean Wood Floors: Vinegar is very gentle and pulls dirt out of the wood. Mix 1 c vinegar per bucket of hot water.
Vinegar is a great multi-purpose ingredient. I keep a gallon on hand at all times. Do you use vinegar? Do you have any other uses for it?