Uses for: white vinegar (part II)

Read our last post on this? Well, here are a few more uses for the “miraculous” white vinegar!

Vinegar and car care

Still sporting that McCain/Palin bumper sticker from 2008? That’s embarrassing for a number of reasons. Remove the shame with a few squirts of undiluted white vinegar. (You may need to reapply the vinegar a few times to completely loosen the bumper sticker.) Additionally, vinegar can be used as a glass cleaner and deodorizer in your car — you can even add it to your windshield wiper reservoir to keep your glass shiny IF your car’s owner’s manual suggests it. (Vinegar is acidic enough to ruin some motor parts, so don’t add it to your windshield-washer fluid if your owner’s manual recommends against it.) You can also wipe down your windows with diluted vinegar in winter to keep them frost-free.

Vinegar and the laundry

Vinegar has so many laundry uses that it’s often stored right next to the detergent in green laundry rooms. For removing stains like mustard, ketchup, tomato sauce, grass and underarm deodorants, spray a little white vinegar onto the stain before laundering. Soaking whites in vinegar will help bring back their whiteness. And just like in your dishwasher, vinegar helps to break down detergent when added to the rinse cycle, making clothes fresher, more colorful — and it gets rid of funky towel mildew. One cup should be plenty — add less when using a front-loading washing machine. Warning: Never add vinegar to chlorine bleach — it will create noxious chlorine gas, a potentially deadly compound.

Kitchen cleaning with vinegar

Clean your coffee maker out with diluted vinegar every month or so. (Remember to run fresh water through it before making coffee.) White vinegar and salt can clean stainless-steel cookware and sterling silver, and undiluted vinegar disinfects cutting boards, especially those made of wood. And for cleaning microwaves, just pour a little vinegar into a bowl of water and microwave it for a few minutes — you can then easily wipe out grunge from the inside of your microwave. Finally, if your sink is clogged or smelly, try pouring 1/4 cup of baking soda down the sink, then add 1 cup of vinegar and cover the drain tightly — the reaction between these two compounds can power out clogs (you may need 2 or more applications for tough clogs).

So much more than pickling!

And what can be more amazing than using such a simple product in so many different ways?

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