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Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You've Probably Never Thought of [Paperback]

Vicki Lansky , Martha Campbell
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Book Peddlers; First Printing edition (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916773531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916773533
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 15.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much healthier than chemicals 29 May 2009
By Rooofie
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I bought this books a few years ago and it is one of the best books I've bought. Lots of very useful info and it will show you how to save money by not purchasing chemical based products which can be expensive and damage your health. Even my 25 yr old son uses it so for me it gets the thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 23 Sep 2010
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I never realised that such a simple household product had so many uses.
I have recently been diagnosed with certain allergies, which now means that almost all cosmetics, shampoo's, soaps and cleaning products contain chemicals that I react to, an alternative had to be found!
VAL-LA The good old vinegar is just the thing from cooking to cleaning sinks, showers, to hair conditioner FANTASTIC!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value 18 Nov 2012
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Reasonable for the price, and delivered on time, but expected more of a reference book. Still worth a look as vinegar is one of the most useful products in the kitchen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 21 May 2011
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I bought this book having heard how good the tips were, and how many savings could be made on commercial items. I was intrigued to find just how many things vinegar could be used for. I worried about the smell of vinegar lingering, but it disperses quite quickly. I am still working my way through the book, trying all the tips. Great fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete and comprehensive household reference 14 Dec 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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In Vinegar, Vicki Lansky (a contributing editor to "Family Circle" magazine) provides homemakers with a complete and comprehensive household reference to the uses of vinegar as a home remedy, diet aid, stain remover, condiment, odor eater, grooming aid, preservative, cleaner, recipe ingredient, and more. Lansky reveals the history of this versatile kitchen ingredient along with such invaluable advice as to how to make basic vinegar, how long it can be safely stored, and how to make flavored vinegars. There is even information about vinegar museums and science tricks involving vinegar and suitable for kids to perform. Vinegar is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to family and community library reference collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? 27 April 2009
By Judy K. Polhemus - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw out your other cleaners 1 Jun 2007
By C. Varry - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to go green this is a way to start. Vinegar does an amazing number of things to keep your house and yourself in top shape. And best of all it does not leave a lingering smell as other cleaners do. Try it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vinegar: a product for our times 21 Sep 2007
By Nora Sline - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will help us toss out expensive chemical products to acheive the same results with less harm to ourselves, our children and our environment. Use it liberally without fear. One thing, you can use a small amount of diluted vinegar as a rinse for washable silks. Silk is a protein, like your hair, both of which benefit from the acid to rebalance their ph.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplifies your life, saves money, makes all KINDS of sense 27 Feb 2008
By Zino Davidoff - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've read the other reviews you know what this book is about. Just wanted to confirm the positive aspects... this book has solved so many problems that I've become the vinegar guy among friends. I just can't help telling people how well it works for this or that, and have seen many converts. Yes I know it sounds ridiculous at first... until you try it.

Worried about the smell...? It's no big deal and I'm very sensitive to smells. The vinegar smell goes away very, very quickly. Commercial products cost literally many-times the amount and contain all kinds of cheap perfumes. Who needs it?

We get white vinegar at Sam's Club, 2 gallons for $3.00. It's cleaned the skunk smell off my dogs, saved a beautiful vintage bathroom faucet that had lime scale that caused it to drip, cleans rust off metal and kills weeds in the driveway. I've used it with great success to clean the glass-top of our stove, with table salt as an abrasive.

The book is a great way to get started.

A couple of cautions:
Be aware that mixing vinegar with chlorine bleach creates poisonous mustard gas. You CAN hurt yourself or your pets! Also, keep it away from electronic circuits... dampen a cloth to clean the appliance knobs, but NEVER let it get inside a device or you may lose the function of your equipment. I learned this the hard way.
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