The dictionary defines versatile as “capable of turning with ease from one thing to another”, and from more than 10,000 years ago to today, consumers continue to use vinegar in a variety of ways. In the garden: Grow beautiful azaleas. Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil. Kill grass on walks and driveways. Pour full strength on unwanted grass. Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved. Increase soil acidity. In hard water areas, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water for watering acid loving plants like rhododendrums, gardenias, or azaleas. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to use. Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water. Prolong the life of flowers in a vase. Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water. Neutralize garden lime. Rinse your hands liberally with vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin. Clean pots before repotting, rinse with vinegar to remove excess lime.
Bugs and animals: Fish bowl cleaner. Eliminate that ugly deposit in the gold fish tank by rubbing it with a cloth dipped in vinegar and rinsing well. Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet. Blot up urine with a soft cloth, flush several times with lukewarm water, then apply a mixture of equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry. Deter ants. Spray vinegar around door and window frames, under appliances, and along other known ant trails. Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse. Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on an area to discourage cats from walking, sleeping, or scratching on it. Keep dogs from scratching ears. Clean the inside of the ears with a soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar. Keep away fleas and mange. Add a little vinegar to your pet’s drinking water. Keep chickens from pecking each other. Add cider vinegar to their drinking water. Clean milking equipment. Rinse with vinegar to leave system clean, odorless, and bacteria free without
harmful chemical residue.
Cars and tools: Polish car chrome. Apply full strength. Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots. Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted vinegar overnight. Keep car windows frost free. Coat the windows the night before with a solution of three parts vinegar to one part water. Health and beauty: Dampen your appetite. Sprinkle a little vinegar on prepared food to take the edge off your appetite. Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot or douce the irritated area with vinegar and relieve itching. Relieve itching by using a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with vinegar straight from the bottle. Relieve sunburn by lightly rubbing it with vinegar. You may have to reapply. Take 1 cup of vinegar and warm water into a large glass and use to rinse your hair after you shampoo. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil. You take 1 tablespoon full and swollow when you have the hiccups. It stops them instantly. Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water. Fight dandruff, by rinsing with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water, after shampooing.
Until tomorrow: I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.
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