More Uses For Vinegar!

As a Smell Remover: To take ‘animal smell’ from pigs, cattle, goats, sheep simply put 1 cup of white vinegar in the wash water and wash as usual. This takes out most of the smell and is much cheaper than any other method I’ve found. –tip submitted by AC, SD

Fruit Soak: To make a soak for fresh fruit, mix 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of vinegar, stir well and dump in your fresh fruit: grapes, peaches, plums, strawberries, whatever you have, and let them soak for at least 10 minutes and drain well. 

The solution will clean any crud off of the fruit and keep the mold spores from growing for several days. Store in bags in the fridge with a paper towel inside to absorb any moisture. –tip submitted by KVA, NM
 
Grout Cleaner: Mix in a large container the following:
7 cups of water
½ cup baking soda
1/3 cup of lemon juice
¼ cup vinegar (white)
Put in a spray bottle; spray the cruddy grout and let it set a few minutes. Scrub with a stiff bristled brush and rinse clean.
–tip submitted by ST, NE

Iced Over Windshield Clear: Spray ‘iced over windows on the car or other vehicles with 2/3 cup of vinegar mixed with 1/3 cup of water. The ice will melt right away. –tip submitted by KVA, NM


Microwave Cleaner: Put 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar in a cup and microwave for exactly 4 minutes. Remove the cup and wipe down the microwave with paper towels or clean terry cloth rags. It will be sparkling clean with no work! –tip submitted by Mona

Stain Remover
1 teaspoon blue dish soap (Dawn)
3 – 4 Tablespoons peroxide
2 Tablespoons baking soda
Make into a paste in a small container. Dip an old toothbrush or other stiff bristled brush into the past and then scrub away. Rinse well and the stain should be gone!
–tip submitted by ST, NE

VINEGAR WARNING: I just wanted to warn your readers that brown vinegar will leave a stain on porous materials while the white vinegar leaves no stain. –tip submitted by KG, NE


 

Hot Pack for Sports Injury

Since it’s sports season for most middle and high schools and colleges, this one hint seems appropriate:

If you need a hot pack, invest in a bag of salt. I bought mine at the supermarket for under $2 for a 5 pound bag. Pour the salt into a cut-down pillowcase or other closely woven fabric and sew the end shut. The resulting pack can then be heated in the microwave for two minutes per side, for a total of 4 minutes.

This will stay hot for a long time; consider wrapping it in a small towel to prevent accidental burning, especially with the younger children who may not realize they are being scorched right away. –tip submitted by AB, MT



Cheap Picture Hangers

Did you know that you can use a broken sewing machine needle as a picture hanger? They are much sturdier than many found in commercial stores and will hold fairly heavy items. –tip submitted by LW, SD



Edible Birthday Candle Holders

Buy a couple of packages of those round colored candies called ‘Lifesavers’ and fit the little birthday candles in the hole, then place on the cake. Cheaper than the plastic ones, and the kids can eat the candy at the end of the cake! –tip submitted by GF, IA



Poster Hangers For Cheap

If you have teens or ‘tweens’ that love posters and have to plaster their walls with these things, ask places like movie theaters or even the fast food places if you can have their old posters. Most of the time, they will just give them to you because they are going to the trash anyway.

To hang them, put a dab of toothpaste (yes, I said toothpaste!) on each corner and stick them on the wall.  The toothpaste dries and holds the picture/posters in place. When they come down, all you need to do is wash the wall and you are good to go – no repainting or holes to patch! –tip submitted by MU, ND

 
 
 
 
 

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