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DawnStorm
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#'s 1 and 2 actually work to some extent. As far as hint #8 goes, when your dog is scratching his ears, it's usually for a reason, like an ear infection. Would you want someone putting vinegar in your ears if they were infected?? [dunce] Here goes... [Roll Eyes]

1 Kill grass on walks and driveways.
2 Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.
3 Increase soil acidity. In hard water: one gallon of tap water for watering rhododendrums, gardenias, or azaleas.
4 Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are known.
5 Polish car chrome. Apply full strength.
6 Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.
7 Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching on.
8 Keep dogs from scratching his ears. Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.
9 Keep chickens from pecking each other. Put a little in their drinking water.
10 Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar over night.
11 Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
12 Boil better eggs. Add 2 tablespoons water before boiling eggs. Keeps them from cracking.
13 Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar and relieve itching.
14 Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white vinegar; you may have to reapply.
15 Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.
16 Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.
17 Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
18 Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow.
19 Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.
20 Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor, will take the edge off your appetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.
21 Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
22 Eliminate onion odor. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.
23 Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full strength vinegar.
24 Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.
25 Cut grease and odor on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
26 Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.
27 Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox over night.
28 Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
29 Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
30 Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through 31 Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.
32 Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.
33 Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar dampened cloth.
34 Clean china and fine glassware. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let dry.
35 Get stains out of pots. Fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.
36 Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
37 Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.
38 Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.
39 Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
40 Clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.
41 Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
42 Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
43 Freshen up the washing machine. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in the machine and let in run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.
44 Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
45 Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
46 Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.
47 Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.
48 Remove decals. Brush with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow to soak in. Wash off.
49 Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
50 Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
51 NEW: Clean new no wax floors..You clean with straight vingar and towel dry off..The shine last for years.It has to be a new floor, one that you have never put wax on before..

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52 Sprinkle on fish and chips to add flavour!
53 Mix with oil and spices to make tasty salad dressing!
54 Mix with warm water to get rid of that "not fresh" feeling!

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26 Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot.
This is also an effective way to torture your children.

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Originally posted by Dawn:
4 Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are known.

I heard that it works better with Citron. Frankly from personal experiense.

Nothing works better than Oven Foam cleaner [Wink]

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53 Mix with oil and spices to make tasty salad dressing!

Or mix Oil water sugar and oil.

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I've actually done #15--half water, half vinegar. It works, but you need to rinse like mad or you smell like a salad! [Razz]

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Actually, some of these hints do work.

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6 Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.
So does tomato juice.

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14 Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white vinegar; you may have to reapply.
Also works. It's one of my husband's favorite remedies for sunburn. I prefer aloe vera gel, as I think it smells better.

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20 Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor, will take the edge off your appetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.
Not sure about this one, but I've heard it for awhile. They sell apple cider vinegar tablets you can buy now.

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21 Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
Works quite well, especially if it's a drain that doesn't have a garbage disposale to put a lemon down.

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23 Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full strength vinegar.
This also works. And, IMHO, is safer than using bleach.

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26 Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.
Again, this works. You can also do a similar thing for your coffee maker. Run a mixture of water and vinegar through the maker, like you're making coffee.

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36 Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
This also works, and is cheaper than those new cloths they're selling that do the same thing. (By the makers of the oven cleaners, I believe)

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39 Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.
This is how my mother, and my grandmother, always clean their irons.

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49 Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.
I may have to try this, as my eye doctor doesn't like people using Windex on their lenses. Says it's bad for plastic lenses.

So, while all of those uses may not work, some of them do.

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Noemi
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15 Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.

I used to do this to remove the residue from all the styling products I used to use. I haven't needed to do it since I quit putting all the gunk in my hair.

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36 Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
Microwaving a cup of water will also loosen the splattered on food. It's the steam, not the vinegar, that does it.

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42 Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.
I've done this one. It's one of the recommended things to do with raw silk, the thing is that you have to keep soaking it and checking on it until the dye stops bleeding. One round may not do it.


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45 Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.
I'm notm sure how this would work and why vinegar would do it. Important things to note if you try this, wet suede can bleed dye, and you will have to brush over the spot with a stiff bristled brush after it is dry to get the suede texture back.

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When your old cantankerous cat pisses [Mad] on the cloths your kid left on the floor (again) [Roll Eyes] - add 1/4 cup vinegar to the laundry cycle to eliminate the odor. I'm not sure if it discourages the cat from repeat offenses since she needs so little encouragement...
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38 Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.

I should imagine this works, but based purely on the fact you're replacing the smell of a nice chicken casserole with the acrid smell of boiling vinegar. I'd go with the smell of cooking food myself.

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