Last week I talked about using vinegar in the household for cleaning and laundry. Did you know that you can also use vinegar in your gardening and for your health? Here are some more tips for ways to use vinegar:
1. Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.
2. Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.
3. Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.
4. Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.
5. Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
6. Get rid of the water line in a flower vase by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar, or by soaking a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuffing it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.
7. Clean out stains and white mineral crusts in clay, glazed and plastic pots by soaking them for an hour or longer in a sink filled with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.
8. Remove crusty rim deposits on house planters or attached saucers by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full-strength white distilled vinegar.
9. Clean a birdbath by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.
10. Get rid of rust on spigots, tools, screws or bolts by soaking the items overnight or for several days in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
11. Avoid skin problems after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in white distilled vinegar.
12. Increase the acidity of soil by adding white distilled vinegar to your watering can.
13. Eliminate anthills by pouring in white distilled vinegar.
14. Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.
15. Kill slugs by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.
16. Remove berry stains on your hands by rubbing them with white distilled vinegar.
17. Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
18. Wash fresh vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 ½ quarts of water.
19. When cleaning an outdoor fountain, soak the pump in white distilled vinegar to remove any mineral deposits.
20. Clean a hummingbird feeder with white distilled vinegar—soap or detergent can leave behind harmful residue.
White distilled vinegar is something good for you on the inside and the outside. The next time you’re not feeling well, consider taking a break from expensive over-the-counter products and try a home remedy that is made with vinegar.
Stave off high blood sugar and other Alzheimer’s risk factors with a daily dose of vinegar. According to researchers, there is evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline and dementia — namely, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and pre-diabetes, and weight gain. While vinegar does not confront Alzheimer’s directly, studies at Arizona State University have found that vinegar can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity. Swedish investigators agree. In one study, downing two or three tablespoons of vinegar with white bread cut expected rises in insulin and blood sugar by about 25 percent. Pour on the vinegar — add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works because it’s the acidity that counts.
–Source: AOL Health and “100 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S AND AGE-RELATED MEMORY LOSS” by Jean Carper. Copyright © 2010
1. Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
2. Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.
3. For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic.
4. Get rid of foot odor by washing feet well with antiseptic soap daily, then soaking them in undiluted cider vinegar for 10 minutes or so. Remember that cotton socks aid odor control more effectively than wool ones.
5. Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution.
6. Tone facial skin with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.
7. If commercial aftershaves cause rashes and itching, try using undiluted white distilled vinegar as an aftershave lotion.
8. Lighten body freckles (not facial freckles) by rubbing on full-strength white distilled vinegar.
9. Eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth by brushing them once or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.
10. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.
Hopefully all these tips will help you to understand why vinegar is such an important item to have in your pantry.