- If you are planning to bake potatoes soak them first in salt water for about 20 minutes. Dry them off with paper towel and they will bake much quicker.
- To have the greatest benefit from fresh lemons, heat them first. They will produce twice as much juice.
- When marinating meat, zip lock plastic bags are ideal. You don’t need as much liquid and you simply flip the bag over now and then instead of having to agitate and baste the meat.
· White vinegar not only enhances food taste, but can be used to clean cars, clothes, and even protect your pets…..
The Ancient Babylonians, Greeks and Romans used vinegar as a preservative. Some nations, including the Chinese, believed that vinegar was a tonic that would give them strength and vitality, as well as bestow healing properties.
Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which comprises about five per cent of the finished produce.
White vinegar most versatile
There are many different types of vinegar out there, all produced by the oxidization of alcohol into acetic acid, but white vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by far.
White vinegar is green too
White vinegar has dozens of household applications, and the best part is that it’s green.
It’s enjoying a newfound popularity as many people are trying to avoid toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals, as well as save money by making their own cleansers. Not to mention that vinegar is cheap, versatile, and doesn’t cause allergies like some fragranced cleansers.
White vinegar kitchen remedies
Besides adding zest to salad dressings, white vinegar is handy for many cooking tasks.
Adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching eggs helps the whites stay formed. Add a few tablespoons to the water when boiling eggs, and if any shells crack, the whites won’t leak out.
If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can perk them right up.
After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odour from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.
When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans – making Mexican food a far more attractive option.
White vinegar can help with a variety of cleaning tasks, since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odour neutralizer.
Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink-free sink.
The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food and get rid of odours in the microwave, too. Mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a glass bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odours will disappear. Wipe clean.
A weapon against fruit flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit, covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it – the fruit flies crawl into the trap, but can’t get out.
If your stemware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper towels soaked in vinegar, let them sit, and the cloudy deposits will rinse right off.
There’s no need to use bleach on tile grouting when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.
Bring lightly scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with some vinegar on a soft cloth.
If you have water condensation marks on your wood, just rub the piece of furniture with equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil to remove them. Make sure to rub with the grain, and then invest in a set of coasters.
Cleaning clothes with white vinegar
Vinegar works magic on upholstery and fabric, too.
If a child has an ‘accident’ on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it’s dry.
Spraying vinegar onto deodorant-stained shirts before the wash can remove the discoloration. It’s also great for fighting mustard and tomato sauce stains.
Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing.
It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.
Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and carpeting.
Tough enough even for the outdoors, vinegar can function as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover.
Remove car bumper stickers by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. (You might need to spray it a few times.)
Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.
Kill weeds and grass growing in between paved areas by pouring full strength vinegar onto them. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill garden slugs if it’s sprayed directly onto them.
To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.
There’s no need to use chemicals near pets when vinegar can handle most cleaning and bathing tasks.
Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.
Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.
For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.
Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize and clean just about everything
From shower curtains to coach cushions, there’s not much that it can’t do. As an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you can feel good about keeping in your cupboards.
A product that can clean you, the dog, your car, and your house is what we call a good, green buy.
· This article was first published in www.vibrations.co.za