Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in
2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
Boil better eggs by adding 2 tablespoons vinegar
before boiling. Keeps them from cracking.
Marinating meat in vinegar kills bacteria and
tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup
vinegar for a two to three pound roast, marinate
overnight, then cook without draining or
rinsing the meat.
Add herbs to the vinegar when marinating as desired.
Put vinegar on a cloth and let sit on the back
of your kitchen faucet and it removes hard water
Vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that
collect in automatic drip coffee makers. Fill the
reservoir with vinegar and run it through a
brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when
the cycle is finished.
(Be sure sure to check the owners manual for
Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned
with the following mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon
of salt in 1 cup of distilled vinegar.
Clean the dishwasher by running a cup of vinegar
through the whole cycle once a month to reduce
soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on
Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the
drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then
flush with cold water.
Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down
the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Rinse with hot water.
Eliminate onion odor by rubbing vinegar on your
fingers before and after slicing.
Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards by wiping
with full strength vinegar.
Cut grease and odor on dishes by adding a
tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.
Clean a teapot by boiling a mixture of water and
vinegar in it. Wipe away the grime.
Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by making
vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal.
After grinding, run cold water through.
Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut
butter, and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.
Get rid of cooking smells by letting a small pot
of vinegar and water simmer on the stove.
Freshen a lunchbox by soaking a piece of bread in
vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox over night.
Clean the refrigerator by washing with a solution
of equal parts water and vinegar.
Clean stainless steel by wiping with a vinegar
Clean china and fine glassware by adding a cup of
vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the
glass or china in the solution and let dry.
Get stains out of pots by filling the pots with
a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint
of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be
Clean food-stained pots and pans by filling the
pots and pans with vinegar and let stand for
Then rinse in hot, soapy water.
Clean the microwave by boiling a solution of 1/4 cup
of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave.
Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
Make buttermilk. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a
cup of milk and let it stand 5 minutes to thicken.
Replace a lemon by substituting 1/4 teaspoon of
vinegar for 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Firm up gelatin by adding a teaspoon of vinegar
for every box of gelatin used. To keep those
molded desserts from sagging in the summer heat.
Prepare fluffier rice by adding a teaspoon of
vinegar to the water when it boils.
Make wine vinegar by mixing 2 tablespoons of
vinegar with 1 teaspoon of dry red wine.
Debug fresh vegetables by washing them in water
with vinegar and salt. Bugs float off.
Scale fish more easily by rubbing with vinegar 5
minutes before scaling.
Prevent soapy film on glassware by placing a cup
of vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher,
run for five minutes, then run though the full
The minerals found in foods and water will often
leave a dark stain on aluminum utensils.
This stain can be easily removed by boiling a
solution of 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar
per cup of water in the utensil.
Utensils may also be boiled in the solution.
Unsightly film in small-necked bottles and other
containers can be cleaned by pouring vinegar into
the bottle and shaking. For tougher stains, add a
few tablespoons of rice or sand and shake
vigorously. Rinse thoroughly and repeat until
clean or determined hopeless.
After cleaning the bread box, keep it smelling
sweet by wiping it down with a cloth moistened
in distilled vinegar.
To eliminate fruit stains from your hands, rub
your hands with a little distilled vinegar and
wipe them with a cloth.
Grease buildup in an oven can be prevented by
wiping with a cleaning rag that has been moistened
in distilled vinegar and water.
Formica tops and counters will shine if cleaned
with a cloth soaked in distilled vinegar.
No-wax linoleum will shine better if wiped with
a solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar in
1/2 gallon of water.
Stains on hard-to-clean glass, aluminum, or
porcelain utensils may be loosened by boiling in
a solution of one part vinegar to eight parts
water. The utensils should then be washed in
hot soapy water.