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All About Vinegar

A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the fantastic and eco-friendly things you can do with baking soda.  Now it's time to chat a little bit about baking soda's best friend...VINEGAR!

What is vinegar?  The word vinegar comes from Old French and means "sour wine."  Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit juice, or pretty much any liquid containing alcohol.  There are lots of different types of vinegar, from rice vinegar, to cider vinegar, to (mmmm) balsamic vinegar.

What can you do with vinegar?

1)  Clear your clogged drain with baking soda and vinegar.   Pour a half cup of vinegar and a half cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow up with boiling water.  A non-toxic alternative to Draino!

2) Clean your bathtub and moldy shower curtain with vinegar and baking soda.

3)  Make a basic household cleaner. Mix baking soda, vinegar, water, and borax.

4)  Wash your windows. 2 tablespoons of vinegar + 1 quart of warm water = clean windows!

5)  Find other cleaning recipes that use vinegar. Ecocycle.org has great recipes!!

6) Kill weeds. I got this information from my mom.  I've been just uprooting weeds the old-fashioned way, but it's getting exhausting.  I'll be trying this out soon, so stay tuned for a post about using vinegar to kill weeds.  I also intend to take some before and after shots.  My mom says just to pour lots of vinegar over the weeds, then let the sun dry them out and kill them.

7)  Alleviate the pain associated with a jellyfish sting or bee sting. Just apply a little to the irritated area.

8)  Use as hair conditioner.

9)  Soothe a sore throat. Gargle with a glass of water and a little vinegar.

10)  Clean your eye glasses. Just use a little drop of vinegar.

11)  Water azaleas, rhododendrums, and gardenias with a 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a quart of water. Those plants thrive in acidic soil!

12)  Add vinegar to a vase with flowers in it. It will make the flowers last longer.

13)  Keep cats away from where they shouldn't be. They don't like the smell!

14)  Deodorize a lunchbox. Dampen a slice of bread with vinegar and leave it in the lunchbox overnight.

15)  Cook! There are lots of great recipes that call for vinegar.  In fact, just the other day I made a great cucumber salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh ground pepper, red onions, and tomatoes from our garden.  Delicious!

Please add anymore uses to vinegar here!