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Vinegar the Miracle Cleaner
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Spring Bounty (Wild and Wonderful Weeds)
Menopause Gracefully
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Vinegar the Miracle Cleaner

Vinegar, because of its mild acetic nature, is useful for many cleaning tasks. It is inexpensive and safe. Use white vinegar, not expensive culinary vinegars.

Carpets: Brushing a carpet with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water will brighten the color.

Stains: While the stain is still fresh, apply a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Sponge from the center out and blot with a dry cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Fruit stains on hands: Rub hands with vinegar.

Deodorant Stains: Lightly rub stains with vinegar then launder as usual.

Crayon Stains: Moisten a toothbrush with vinegar and rub out the crayon.

Rust from Fabric: Moisten fabric with vinegar then rub in salt. Place in the sun to dry then launder.

Ink Stains: Moisten with vinegar.

Wine and Ketchup Stains from washable cotton polyesters and blends: Sponge with vinegar and let sit 24 hours before washing.

Non-oily Stains such as wine, fruit juice, alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, soft drinks: for washable clothing, either dab the area with a clean soft cloth dampened in vinegar or soak the garment in mixture of 3 parts vinegar to one part cool water. For upholstery and carpeting, mix 2 tsp. vinegar with 2 tsp. detergent in 2 cups lukewarm water. Apply with a brush. Rinse and blot dry.

Gum: Vinegar will remove chewing gum from a carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

Furniture: Use 3 TBS vinegar to 1 quart water as a polish. Wipe with a soft cloth moistened with the solution. Polish with a soft, dry cloth.

Water Rings: Remove water rings form wooden furniture by applying a solution made of equal parts olive oil and vinegar.

Leather furniture: Bring 2 cups linseed oil to a boil for 1 minute, cool. Stir in 1 cup vinegar. Shake well and apply with a soft, dry cloth.

Leather boots: Wipe salt stains from boots or shoes with a clean cloth soaked in vinegar.

Pots and Pans: For brass, bronze, and copper-mix vinegar with baking soda or salt to make a paste. Once the tarnish is removed, rinse with water. To keep copper pans shiny, wipe with a solution of vinegar and salt after each use.

Scour pots and pans: Mix equal amounts of flour and salt and make a paste with vinegar. Rub on pans with a sponge. Rinse.

Dishes: Add a capful of vinegar to cut grease.

Crystal and Glassware: Rinse them in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.

Bottles, Jars, and Vases: Remove chalky mineral film by pouring in vinegar. Let stand a few minutes or longer. Shake and brush vigorously.

Aluminum: Remove dark stains inside aluminum utensils by adding vinegar to boiling water and simmering until clean.

Season New Skillet: Boil vinegar in the skillet to keep food from sticking.

Electric Iron: Rub a mixture of vinegar and salt on the dark or burned spot. Heat the iron in an aluminum pan and rinse with clean water.

Chrome and Stainless Steel: Polish with a cloth moistened with vinegar.

Stickers, Decals, Glue: Apply vinegar directly to remove.

Odors: Perspiration odors can be removed by wiping the article with vinegar.

Cooking: Add a little vinegar to water when boiling cabbage. To remove fish or onion odor from hands, wipe them with vinegar.

Room Odors: Place bowls of vinegar in the room to remove smoke, vomit, or other odors.

As a repellent: To repel ants, spray area with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. To repel cats in the garden, soak pieces of paper in vinegar and put around the garden. To deter fleas and ticks, add 1 tsp. of vinegar to a quart of your pet's drinking water.

Frost-free windshield: Sponge the windshield with a solution of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water.

Mildew: Use vinegar full strength for clothing, furniture, bathroom fixtures, and shower curtains.

Pet or People Accidents: Sprinkle vinegar on soiled area, wait a few minutes, then sponge from the center out.

Windows and Mirrors: Mix 1 TBS vinegar in 1 quart water or 2 TBS vinegar , 8 TBS ammonia, and 1 quart water or cup vinegar, cup ammonia, 1 TBS cornstarch in 1 quart water.

Whiten Clothes: Add 1 cups vinegar to rinse water to brighten clothes.