This is continued from Olive Oil: More Than Popeye’s Girlfriend…
In this last part of this three part series, we bring you the many valuable uses for vinegar. Vinegar comes in many flavors and varieties. Though commonly used in vinaigrettes and other recipes, there are many great home and garden uses as well. Try using vinegar in the following ways…
Fabric Freshener. When doing the laundry, add two caps full of white vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of fabric softener and dry without using a dryer sheet. This will preserve the life of all of your fabrics and keep them fresh and bright.
Floor Cleaner. Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with one gallon of warm water and wash floors and surfaces. It will clean without staining, bleaching or warping hardwood and laminate flooring. We recommend testing a small, inconspicuous spot on your floor beforehand, just to be safe.
Water Spot Destroyer. Make a solution of two tablespoons white vinegar to one quart of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on your faucets and fixtures and let it sit for 20-30 minutes, then work it around with a blue scrub sponge and rinse well. Note: the green pads are the most abrasive and good for kitchens but blue is better for granite and other delicate surfaces.
Kitchen Sparkler. When mixed with baking soda to make a paste, vinegar is excellent for cleaning greasy messes, burned pots and pans and stained porcelain sinks. This concoction is also great in place of an abrasive cleanser for bathtubs, toilets, granite countertops and sinks. Apply the paste and work it in like you would cleanser.
Pet Safe Bathroom Cleaner. Start with a flushed toilet. Pour two cups of white vinegar in the toilet bowl. Work it around the bowl with your bowl brush and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then flush again.
Air Purifier. Put 1/2 cup white vinegar in a saucepan and fill about half full. Add one teaspoon vanilla and two cinnamon sticks and bring to a rapid boil for 5-7 minutes. Lower the heat and let simmer for about half an hour for clean air that smells divine.
Rinse. Rinse conditioner out with cool water and a cap full of white vinegar. Hair will be soft, manageable and shiny improve results with hair products we used for styling. Recommended for those with oily hair.
Wacky Cake. This delicious and super easy chocolate cake can be made directly in the pan. There’s one step, no fuss, no mess, and it’s ready in less than 45 minutes. The secret ingredient? You guessed it … vinegar!
3 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
In a 9x13x2” pan, sift together dry ingredients. Make three trails in the cake: in one place the vanilla, the next place the oil and the last place the vinegar. Pour water over the entire mixture and mix with a fork until batter is smooth. Bake for 30-35 minutes. After this cake has cooled, sprinkle with a mixture of confectioners sugar and cinnamon. No icing needed.
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