Vinegar Does the Job for Less

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I bet you have a bottle of white distilled vinegar stashed somewhere in your pantry that is collecting dust.  Maybe you get it out every year to color eggs or for that science project of erupting volcanoes.  Well that vinegar can help you keep your house and food clean while saving you a lot of money.

What is vinegar and what should we do with it?  According to Wikipedia, vinegar is made from the oxidation by acetic acid bacteria of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit juice, or nearly any other liquid containing alcohol.  You may be familiar with the many types of vinegar.  White, balsamic, white wine, red wine, rice, apple cider, malt, coconut, cane, palm and black just to name a few.  Many of these are found in your condiments and are used in cooking.

But I want to talk about that old bottle of white distilled vinegar and how you can use it to clean up around your house.  Now you can forgo buying all of those chemical cleaners and even spending money on the eco-friendly ones.  Vinegar is a lot less expensive.  A 32 ounce bottle can cost around $1.25 and clean as much as a few bottles of cleaners.

So let’s see how many ways we can come up with to use vinegar.

  • Clean your fruits and veggies- mix 3-1 vinegar and water, put into a spray bottle and use to wash up your food.  Make sure you rinse at the end.
  • Clean mineral deposits from glass, coffee makers and other surfaces.
  • Mix with baking soda and clean up that bathroom tile with a small brush (I use an old toothbrush)
  • Use malt vinegar and a newspaper to clean up your windows.
  • Weed killer- spray straight vinegar on weeds.
  • Fabric Softner- add ½ cup to the rinse cycle.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner- full strength it on to get rid of the rings.

Well that’s my list, but for 1001 uses for white distilled vinegar check out mizkan.  Their topics include cooking, gardening, cleaning, heath, laundry, automotive and pets.  Anything you can eat, clean with and use on your car is something worth looking into.

Please add your vinegar tips in the comments section.

4 Responses to Vinegar Does the Job for Less

  1. Alisa - Frugal Foodi March 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    How funny, I was just going to add some vinegar to my wash to keep some new jeans from fading and I was looking for tips on how to do it, when I came across your post!

  2. Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    How funny, I was just going to add some vinegar to my wash to keep some new jeans from fading and I was looking for tips on how to do it, when I came across your post!

  3. Diane Eblin March 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Alisa- timing is everything! Glad our timing was the same. -Diane

  4. Diane Eblin March 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    Alisa- timing is everything! Glad our timing was the same. -Diane

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