Vinegar is a must have for any scatterbrain

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So I’m sitting at work today and thinking about the growing “To-Do” list while waiting for the other party to join the conference call… and then, it hits me…

I started a load of laundry – on Sunday… it’s Wednesday… it’s still in the washer… UGH!!!!!

Life has been a bit on the hectic side as of late, so yeah…

Nothing to fear though because the LAST time I did this with a load of towels, a wash in vinegar saved me from having to toss them all out.  So, I know it works.  Also?  Not even a faint trace of the vinegar odor so DOUBLE PLUS.

And then I started thinking about all the other uses for vinegar and ways it can make life easier – I mean besides cleaning out the coffee pot or making a kick ass volcano for school… (thank you Reader’s Digest)

  • The combination of vinegar and baking soda is one of the most effective ways to unclog and deodorize drains. It’s also far gentler on your pipes (and your wallet) than commercial drain cleaners.
  • Make your silverware — as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewelry — shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  • Deodorize Lunch Boxes (or car trunks or footlockers) – soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leave it in the malodorous space overnight. The smell should be gone by morning.
  • You can cool a bad sunburn by gently dabbing the area with a cotton ball or soft cloth saturated with white or cider vinegar.
  • If you want to clean up those rusted old tools you recently unearthed in your basement or picked up at a tag sale, soak them in full-strength white vinegar for several days.
  • To remove dried-on paint from a synthetic-bristle paintbrush, soak it in full-strength white vinegar until the paint dissolves and the bristles are soft and pliable, then wash in hot, soapy water. Does a paintbrush seem beyond hope? Before you toss it, try boiling it in 1-2 cups vinegar for 10 minutes, followed by a thorough washing in soapy water.

Want more ideas?  Go check out the FULL list of 150+ Household Uses of Vinegar.  Seriously, this is magical stuff.



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