For 10,000 years vinegar has served as a preservative, condiment, beauty aid, cleaning agent and medicine.  In the year 400 BC Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, used vinegar to treat his patients.  This naturally occurring germ killer was one of the very first medicines.

  1. VEGETABLES.  Liven up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

  2. FLOWERS.  Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar to a quart of warm water to keep fresh cut flowers blooming longer.

  3. CABBAGE.  Add vinegar to the cooking water of boiling cabbage to prevent the odor from permeating the house.

  4. MEAT.  A marinade of 1/2 cup of your favorite vinegar and a cup of liquid bouillon makes an effective meat tenderizer.

  5. RICE.  A teaspoon of vinegar added to the water of boiling rice makes it white and fluffy.

  6. FISH.  Reduce fishy odors by rubbing fish down with white distilled vinegar before scaling it.

  7. CHEESE.  Keep cheese moist and fresh by wrapping it in a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar and sealed in a air-tight wrap or container.

  8. EGGS.  To produce better-formed egg whites, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water.

  9. ONION ODORS.  Quickly remove the odor of onions from your hands by rubbing them with distilled vinegar.

  10. PICKLING.  Cider, Red Wine, Balsamic and other dark vinegars are very good for pickling, but may discolor lighter colored pickles such as pears, onions or cauliflowers.  In this case, a distilled or white vinegar may be preferred.

  11. GLASSWARE.  1/2 cup of distilled vinegar added to a gallon of rinse water will remove soap film from glassware and make it shine.

  12. TOILET BOWL.  Clean and deodorize your toiled bowl by pouring undiluted white distilled vinegar into it.  Let it stand for about five minutes then flush.  Stubborn stains may require scrubbing.

  13. BATHTUB.  Wipe down bathtub with vinegar and soda to remove film buildup.  Rinse clean with water.

  14. ANTS.  Ant invasions can be deterred by washing countertops, cabinets and floors with distilled vinegar.

  15. GREASE.  Filmy dirt and greasy residue can be removed from stove and refrigerator by wiping with vinegar.

  16. GRASS or WEEDS.  Kill unwanted grass on sidewalks and driveways by pouring on vinegar.

  17. CHROME.  To polish chrome and stainless steel, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and wipe clean.

  18. SHOWER CURTAIN.  Rub a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove soapy, steamed-in film and mildew from your plastic shower curtain.  Then rinse clean.

  19. COFFEE MAKER.  To remove stale coffee residue, fill the reservoir with vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle.  When cycle is finished, run two cycles of water to rinse.

  20.  IRONS.  Remove burns stains from your electric iron by mixing one part salt with one part vinegar in.

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