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Working here as possible, it has been hot but is cooler today. There is smoke coming in from west and south of us from the fires between us and Wala Wala WA. and the Southern part of the Umatilla National Forest in Oregon. High fire danger here but so far things are alright. We found these Devil's Trumpets growing in the crevices of huge boulders in AZ.
Here is some great suggestions on what uses vinegar has from Backdoor Survival. Backdoorsurvival
You Need Vinegar In Your Stockpiles
1. Disinfect wood cutting boards.
2. Soothe a sore throat; use 1
tsp. of vinegar per glass of warm water, then gargle.
3. Fight dandruff; after
shampooing, rinse hair with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
4. Remove warts; apply daily a
50/50 solution of cider vinegar and glycerin until they’re gone.
5. Cure an upset stomach; drink 2
tsp. apple cider vinegar in one cup of water.
6. Polish chrome.
7. Keep boiled eggs from
cracking; add 2 tbsp to water before boiling. (It helps sometimes)
8. Clean deposits from fish
9. Remove urine stains from
10. Keep fleas off dogs; add a
little vinegar to the dog’s drinking water.
11. Keep car windows from
frosting up; use a solution of 3 oz. vinegar to 1 oz. water.
12. Clean dentures; soak
overnight in vinegar and then brush.
13. Get rid of lint in clothes;
add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse cycle.
14. Remove grease from suede.
15. Kill grass on sidewalks and
16. Make wool blankets softer;
add 2 cups distilled vinegar to rinse cycle.
17. Remove skunk odor from a dog;
rub fur with full strength vinegar and rinse.
18. Freshen wilted vegetables;
soak them in 1 tbsp vinegar and a cup of cold water.
19. Dissolve mineral deposits in
drip coffee makers.
20. Deodorize drains; pour a cup
down the drain once a week, let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
21. Use as a replacement for a
lemon; 0.25 tsp.. vinegar substitutes for 1 tsp. of lemon juice.
22. Make rice fluffier; add 1
tsp. of vinegar to water when it boils.
23. Prevent grease build-up in
ovens; wipe oven with cleaning rag soaked in distilled vinegar and water.
24. Kill germs; mix a 50-50
solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
25. Clean a clogged shower head;
pour vinegar into a zip-lock bag and hang it around the shower head. Let it
soak overnight to remove any mineral deposits.
26. Shine patent leather.
27. Remove the smell from laundry
that has been left in the washer too long; pour 1 cup of vinegar in with the
load and rewash it.
28. Make propane lantern wicks
burn longer/brighter; soak them in vinegar for 3 hours, let dry.
29. Act as an air freshener.
30. Soften paint brushes; soak in
hot vinegar then rinse with soapy water.
31. Remove bumper stickers and
decals; simply cover them with vinegar-soaked cloth for several minutes.
32. Prolong the life of fresh-cut
flowers; use 2 tbsp of vinegar and 3 tbsp of sugar per quart of warm water
33. Prevent Mildew; Wipe
down shower walls with a vinegar solution.
34. Soften calloused feet; soak
your feet in a mixture 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for 30 minutes then
scrub them with a pumice stone. The dead skin should slough off easily.
35. Treat Acne; start with a
solution of organic apple cider vinegar and water at a ration of 1:8, apply the
toner to blemishes and leave on a minimum of 2 minutes.
36. Preserve food; many
vegetables that would otherwise require pressure canning may be water bath
canned if you pickle them in vinegar.
37. Remove stains from white
counter tops; mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar, apply it to the stain
overnight, then scrub it clean in the morning.
38. Remove cooking spray build-up;
vinegar cuts grease on baking sheets when spritzed on from a spray bottle, then
washed as usual.
39. Control blood sugar; drink
high quality apple cider vinegar 4 times per day to keep blood sugar under
40. Keep psoriasis under control;
wash the affected area with plain white vinegar several times per week.
41. Kill moss; spray it,
undiluted, on moss.
42. Penetrating fluid for rusty
items; soak metal items that are rusted together in vinegar overnight. If you
begin to get some movement, replace the vinegar with fresh vinegar and soak for
one more day. The items should become freed up.
43. Use in place of commercial
fabric softener; add it to the last cycle in your washing machine. (Don’t
worry, the water will rinse out any vinegar smell)
44. Remove pesticide from
produce; soak produce in a sink full of water with 1 cup of vinegar and half a
cup of baking soda
45. Remove ballpoint pen marks
from walls; dab full strength vinegar on the spot with a cloth. Repeat until
the mark is gone. (Don’t scrub, though, or you’ll just smear the mark all over
46. Remove sticky residue from
scissors; dip them in a cup of full strength vinegar. Then use that vinegar for
other cleaning purposes.
47. Remove candle wax; if you get
candle wax on your wood table, soften the candle wax with the heat of a blow
dryer. Dip a cloth into equal parts vinegar and water, then gently scrub away
the rest of the wax.
48. Get rid of the smell of
smoke; if you burn dinner (or have a smoker in your home), you can get rid of
the smell by sitting a bowl of pure vinegar out in the area where the smell is.
49. Make a trap for fruit flies
(gnats); put apple cider vinegar in a Mason jar. Poke some holes in the
lid large enough for them to get in. They’ll be drawn to the smell, then die in
50. Kill weeds in the cracks of
your sidewalk; forget about using toxic Roundup on weeds. Spray full strength
white vinegar on the plant at the roots. (10% is best if you have a real issue,
not the kitchen kind).