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Vinegar Fridays – something for everyone

So anyone who knows me (or has just gotten nosy around my cupboards) knows that I always have 1-2 gallons of white vinegar sitting under the kitchen sink. Vinegar Under My SinkNOT because I’m “Green,” not because I’m concerned it doesn’t smell as bad as toxic cleansers, not because I’m frugal, but because I’m DESPERATE for time. Anything that can clean things without my having to stand scrubbing for an hour but won’t damage things if I just leave them to soak is just a Gods’ send in my book. So I use distilled white vinegar to gentle wash white napkins, clean pans with burnt on oil, scrub the sink, clean the cabinets, even to clean cat throw up up.Basically it’s my TST in a bottle.

So when Hana Haatainen Caye generously offered to send a copy to me for review, I was curious about how much I was going to learn – after all, distilled white vinegar has been a stand-by of mine for a long time. So how much did I learn? Answer: A LOT.

Did YOU know that vinegar can…

  • help those dry patches cats get (I guess they call them hot spots on dogs – our biggest cat gets them because he can’t reach around to the base of his tail…sigh) by reducing the itch?
  • Get that garlic smell off your hands (onions too) – as someone who love to make curry this is such a relief, I can’t tell you
  • Be used as a room deodorizer (yes, fluffs I’m talking to YOU!)
  • Clean windows, mirrors and (I just tried this because our car is such a disaster) windshields without streaks?
  • Clean the toilet, including getting rid of those weird reddish non-rust stains that can develop when water sits in the bowl too long without being moved?
  • And the absolute BEST THING EVER: you can use it as a rinse aid for your clothes. My darling spousal unit has some kind of a phobia about static cling but he TOTALLY freaked when I decided to try this tip because he hates the smell of vinegar. By the time I got around to folding the clothes (ahem) the scent was gone and his clothes didn’t cling!  And THAT MEANS I can quit buying fabric sheets, which always makes me an extra trip to the drug store because I never run out of them at the same time as detergent (got me why…it’s one of those universal mysteries like why there are never even numbers of socks in the sock drawer).

These are just the tips I’ve tried so far; I can’t wait to try others. For career reasons, I’m under restrictions about endorsing health and medical advice, but there are two sections devoted to health related uses (uses independent of not having to keep tons of burn-y chemicals in the house just to get the bathtub white).

If you’d like to pick up a copy, here’s where you can go. Hana was kind enough to give me one, but I don’t endorse things I don’t wanna (we knew that) so this is my honest opinion. In fact, I’m going to by an extra hard copy so I can keep one in a plastic bag under the sink for reference, right next to the vinegar 🙂

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  1. MFA Mama wrote:

    Ohhhhh can you just put it in the fabric softener compartment on a front-loader?

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    The book says you need to put it in the rinse part when it’s rinsing, but she’d probably be able to tell you if that would work on a front loader – there’s an FB page for Vinegar Fridays and she really answers people pretty quickly.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink
  3. Bethany S wrote:

    Great review!!!

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink
  4. admin wrote:

    Thanks Bethany! It’s a really really useful book.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

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