A book filled with so many useful tips in such an easy reading style easily earns five stars. "Vinegar: over 400 various, versatile, and very good uses you've probably never thought of"-- The title alone tells you just how much you are missing without this book.
Home remedy, diet aid, stain remover, condiment, odor eater, grooming aid, preservative, cleaner, recipe ingredient--that's our vinegar!
Home Remedy: To relieve poison ivy itching, pat on a mixture of cider vinegar and water and let dry. (I wish I had known this two weeks ago when the last of four (4!!) different episodes of poison ivy rashes were finally disappearing. I've been clearing out different areas of my yard with heavy poison ivy growth. I had poison ivy rashes three months, almost non-stop!)
Grooming aid: To an unfinished bottle of water add a little vinegar and use for a hair rinse; to get rid of hair lice and dandruff, rinse with white vinegar and water.
Preservative: Use vinegar for making pickles (which I do every summer). The acid kills bacteria. Using white or cider vinegar determines taste outcome. There's a recipe for making pickled eggs.
Recipe ingredient: How about Vinegar Pie? (It's really a custard pie!) If you're out of wine, use a flavored vinegar in making Coq au Vin. If you add too much salt to a recipe, cut the salty taste with a spoonful of vinegar and sugar (this idea is going to my sister-in-law, heavy-handed with a salt shaker!).
Cleaner: Clean out your drain and garbage disposal with a special combination of baking soda and vinegar. Spray vinegar (use an old empty sprayer or find one in the travel section of your pharmacy) full strength on a cutting board at night and don't rinse. To clean the interior of a microwave, boil a 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup water so the inside steams. Wipe interior clean.
Stain remover: Attack spaghetti, barbecue or ketchup stains first with a vinegar and water solution. Remove grass stains with water, white vinegar, and liquid soap.
Handy Dandy Help: Water acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and gardenias with a vinegar solution now and then. **Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full strength white vinegar on them. (Can't wait to try this on grass in sidewalk cracks!) When you paint an interior room, place full bowls of vinegar in the room to absorb the paint odor! Wipe out a dog's ears with undiluted vinegar on a soft cloth to prevent scratching.
There are three vinegar museums in the world--one in the United States (South Dakota), China, and Japan. Each is quite popular.
There you have it! A sampling of the many uses of vinegar. As I read the book, I marked the ideas I want to use to prevent having to reread to find them. Ready to spray or pour!