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Tips'n'Tricks 4 Vinegar,Lemon, Milk, Stain remover and Bathrooms

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    <TABLE height=1 width=550 border=0><TD align=right width=275 height=1> <TD align=left width=325 height=1>[SIZE=+2]Bathroom tips[/SIZE]<TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>1. <SMALL>You can prevent soap scum from accumulating on shower doors by applying a light coat of lemon oil. The oil will also keep doors shiny and, bathroom smelling fresher.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>2. <SMALL>Clean stained W.C. - Pour a capful of liquid bleach and leave for an hour after that add soap powder and brush.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>3. <SMALL>Cleaning Metal fittings in Bathroom - Apply a thin vim paste over them and keep for an hour. After that wash off with warm soapy water and scrubber.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>4. <SMALL>Keep the toilet bowl sprinkling - Mix equal parts baking soda and borax around bowl, add white vinegar, and finally clean with toilet brush. For stubborn stains, leave mixture in overnight.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>5. <SMALL>A drain clogged with grease or hair - Mix equal parts of vinegar, salt, and baking soda. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>6. <SMALL>Stubborn tub stains - Soak rags ( a torn PC. of cloth) in bleach & keep it over the stains for 12 hours.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>7. <SMALL>Remove mildew from bathtub, tile, or shower curtain:- Clean the area with half cup mixture of vinegar & borax mixed with two cups of water. Or dip half a fresh lemon in borax powder and rub it over the affected area.</SMALL>
     
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    Tips'n'Tricks 4 Vinegar

    <TABLE height=1 width=550 border=0><TD align=left width=325 height=1>[SIZE=+2]Stain removal tips[/SIZE]<TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>1. <SMALL>A handful of washing soda in the washing machine will keep your garments very soft without using expensive softeners.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>2. <SMALL>A mixture of milk and spirit can be helpful in removing ball pen marks from foam leather.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>3. <SMALL>To remove grease stains from clothes put some talcum powder over the grease as soon as possible.Keep aside for some time. Wash with soap and water as usual.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>4. <SMALL>Remove ink-stain from a cloth by applying toothpaste on both sides of the cloth. Wash the cloth, once the toothpaste dries out.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>5. <SMALL>Oil stain may be removed by rubbing the area with a piece of lime dipped in salt.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>6. <SMALL>Washing dirty curtains - soak in plenty of plain water overnight before washing.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>7. <SMALL>Ink Stain - Apply toothpaste on both sides of an ink-stain on cloth. Wash after dry.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>8. <SMALL>To remove the stains of citrus fruit juices from the floor, cover the stain with coconut oil and rub well. The stain will vanish in 3 - 4 days.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>9. <SMALL>To remove mud stains from clothes, soak and wash them in water collected after boiling potatoes.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>10. <SMALL>To avoid stains on Plastic Kitchen ware - Use baking soda equal to 1 tsp. to a pint of water to remove the stains.</SMALL>
    11. <SMALL>To avoid Paint spots on clothing - Apply equal parts of ammonia and turpentine oil and then wash in soap suds.</SMALL>
     
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    Tips'n'Tricks 4 Lemon n Milk

    <TABLE height=1 width=550 border=0><TD align=left width=325 height=1>[SIZE=+2]Lemon Tips[/SIZE]<TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>1. <SMALL>Choose smooth-skinned lemons that are heavy for their size. Store in the refrigerator.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>2. <SMALL>Use squeezed lemon to get rid of bad smells from your fingers after peeling garlic or cleaning fish.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>3. <SMALL>Dissolve 1 teaspoon sour salt in 2 quarts of water in order to get acidulated water.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>4. <SMALL>To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>5. <SMALL>Put Lemon peels in your disposal bag as it smell nice and keeps them fresh .</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>6. <SMALL>To Squeeze the juice from a Lemon in an easy way just place it in the microwave for about 10 sec.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>7. <SMALL>Put a lemon in hot water before squeezing it will give you more juice than usual.</SMALL>

    <TABLE height=1 width=550 border=0><TD align=left width=325 height=1>[SIZE=+2]Milk Tips[/SIZE]<TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>1. <SMALL>If the milk begins to boilover, quickly sprinkle a little cold water over it and the overflow will subside.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>2. <SMALL>Before boiling milk, rinse the container with water and then boil. This prevents the milk from getting burnt.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>3. <SMALL>To avoid milk from spilling - Apply glycerin to the rim of the vessel.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>4. <SMALL>Curdling of Milk - While the milk is boiling add a pinch of baking soda to it .</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>5. <SMALL>Evaporated milk is fresh as compared to homogenized, unsweetened milk becoz 60% of the water has been removed from them.</SMALL>
     
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    Tips'n'Tricks 4 Vinegar

    <TABLE height=1 width=550 border=0><TD align=left width=325 height=1>[SIZE=+2]Vinegar Tips[/SIZE]<TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>1. <SMALL>Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>2. <SMALL>Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are known.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>3. <SMALL>Keep dogs from scratching his ears. Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>4. <SMALL>Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar over night.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>5. <SMALL>Boil better eggs. Add 2 tablespoons water before boiling eggs. Keeps them from cracking.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>6. <SMALL>Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar and relieve itching.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>7. <SMALL>Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>8. <SMALL>Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>9. <SMALL>Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>10. <SMALL>Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.</SMALL>
    <TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>11. <SMALL>Eliminate onion odor. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>12. <SMALL>Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>13. <SMALL>Cut grease and odor on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>14. <SMALL>Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>15. <SMALL>Add 1/2 cup vinegar to 4 cups water to soak potato chips or French fries 15 minutes before frying. It makes them very crisp.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>16. <SMALL>Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>17. <SMALL>Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>18. <SMALL>Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>19. <SMALL>Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>20. <SMALL>Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea stains. Then wash as usual.</SMALL><TABLE height=1 cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=2 width=550 border=0><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>21. <SMALL>Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>22. <SMALL>Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox over night.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>23. <SMALL>Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>24. <SMALL>Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>25. <SMALL>Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>26. <SMALL>Get stains out of pots. Fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>27. <SMALL>Clean china and fine glassware. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let dry.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>28. <SMALL>Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar dampened cloth.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>29. <SMALL>Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.</SMALL><TD width=800 bgColor=#f7f7f7 height=1>30. <SMALL>To cook rice without sticking add a spoon full of vinegar in it.</SMALL>
     
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    Thank you very much for taking time and sharing Vinegar tips with us. Susi
     
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    Floors

    No-wax floors: To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

    Carpet stain removal:
    A mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered.

    Windows & Walls

    Streakless windows: Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.

    Washing woodwork:
    You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and Venetian blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.

    Water or alcohol marks on wood:
    Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.

    Kitchen

    Garbage disposal cleaner:
    Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.

    Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):
    White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)

    Clean the microwave:
    Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.

    Deodorize the kitchen drain:pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

    Clean the refrigerator:
    Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.

    Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.

    Brass polish:
    Brass, copper and pewter will shine if cleaned with the following mixture. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and stir in flour until it becomes a paste. Apply paste to the metals and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse with clean warm water and polish until dry.

    Ant deterrent:
    Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.

    Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances
    Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances. Try in an inconspicuous place first.

    Bathroom

    Bathtub film:
    Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.

    Toilet bowl cleaner:
    Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.

    Unclog the showerhead:
    Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.

    Lawn/Garden

    Kill grass:
    To kill grass on sidewalks and driveways, pour full strength white distilled vinegar on it.

    Kill weeds:
    Spray white distilled vinegar full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new 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 rhododendrons, gardenias or azaleas. The vinegar will release iron in the soil for the plants to use.

    Neutralize garden lime:
    Rinse your hands liberally with white distilled vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin. Clean pots before repotting, rinse with vinegar to remove excess lime.

    Keep Flowers Longer
    Keep flowers fresh longer. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a 1-quart vase of water. Trim stems and change water every five days.
     
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    Pets

    Pest fighter:
    A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal.

    Pet accident:
    Test the color fastness of the carpet with white distilled vinegar in an inconspicuous place. Then sprinkle distilled vinegar over the fresh pet accident. Wait a few minutes and sponge from the center outward. Blot up with a dry cloth. This procedure may need to be repeated for stubborn stains.

    Other

    Paintbrush softener:
    Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar, and then wash out with warm, sudsy water.

    Cleaning the Radiator Vent
    Turn down the thermostat. Unscrew the air vent, soak it in vinegar to clean it, then turn the thermostat all the way up. After a few minutes, you'll hear a hissing sound followed by a little bit of water spurting out. Finally, steam will start exiting that hole. Turn off the radiator valve and replace the vent. It should be straight up and hand tight. You should not need or use a wrench.

    Furniture
    Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a soft cloth. Try in an inconspicuous place first.

    Cleaning Leather Shoes
    Make a solution of one part water to one part white vinegar, and use it sparingly on the shoes. Dip a cloth into the solution, and dab it over the salt-streaked parts of your shoes.
    May have to repeat the cleaning a few times before all the salt is removed. Salt actually can damage leather, so it's best to clean shoes as quickly as possible. Don't let the salt stains build up.

    Fireplaces
    Wash fireplaces with a 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar to remove the blackened soot on glass front doors. If the doors have a spring-loaded clip, remove it, then take out the doors.
    Lay them flat on newspapers, spray with the vinegar/water solution and soak. Wipe it off with newspaper.

    Laundry Hints

    Wine stains:
    Spots caused by wine can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton polyester and permanent press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To do it, sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer's care tag.

    Freshen baby clothes:
    The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.

    Clothes washing magic:
    Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents.

    Blanket renewal:
    Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if 2 cups of white distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle

    Deodorant stains:
    Deodorant and antiperspirant stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with white distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.

    Hole removal:
    After a hem or seam is removed, there are often unsightly holes left in the fabric. These holes can be removed by placing a cloth, moistened with white distilled vinegar, under the fabric and ironing.

    Keeping colors fast:
    To hold colors in fabrics, which tend to run, soak them for a few minutes in white distilled vinegar before washing.

    Leather cleaning:
    Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of white distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.

    Scorch marks:
    Lightly rub white distilled vinegar on fabric that has been slightly scorched. Wipe with a clean cloth.

    Setting colors:
    When you are color dyeing, add about a cupful of white distilled vinegar to the last rinse water to help set the color.

    Unclog steam iron:
    Pour equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.

    Clean a scorched iron plate:
    Heat equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.

    Cleaning Vintage Lace
    Soak the lace in cold water, rinsing it several times. Next, hand-wash the lace gently with a wool detergent, such as Woolite. If rust spots are a problem, try removing them with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water.
     
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    Food Preparation

    Getting the last drops:
    When you can’t get the last bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out of the jar, try dribbling a little of your favorite vinegar into it, put the cap on tightly and shake well. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ve been wasting.

    Cooking fish:
    Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking it. It will be sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. When boiling or poaching fish, a tablespoon of vinegar added to the water will keep it from crumbling so easily.

    Cake icing:
    Cake icing can be prevented from becoming sugary if a little vinegar is added to the ingredients before cooking. The same is true when making homemade candy.

    Boiling eggs:
    When boiling an egg and it’s cracked, a little vinegar in the water will keep the white from running out.

    Keeping potatoes white:
    A teaspoon of white distilled or cider vinegar added to the water in which you boil potatoes will keep them nice and white. You can keep peeled potatoes from turning dark by covering them with water and adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar.

    Freshen vegetables:
    Freshen up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

    Flavor booster:
    Perk up a can of soup, gravy or sauce with a teaspoon of your favorite specialty vinegar. It adds flavor and taster fresher.

    Meat tenderizer:
    As a tenderizer for tough meat or game, make a marinade in the proportion of half a cup of your favorite vinegar to a cup of heated liquid, such as bouillon; or for steak, you may prefer to a mix of vinegar and oil, rubbed in well and allowed to stand for two hours.

    Fruit stains:
    Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands by cleaning them with vinegar.

    Fresh lunch box:
    It is easy to take out the heavy stale smell often found in lunch boxes. Dampen a piece of fresh bread with white distilled vinegar and leave it in the lunch box overnight.

    Get rid of cooking smells:
    Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.

    Health

    Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting:
    Douse with vinegar. It will soothe irritation and relieve itching.

    Relieve sunburn:
    Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed.

    Relieve dry and itchy skin:
    Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.

    Fight dandruff:
    After shampooing, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.

    Soothe a sore throat:
    Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow. For another great gargle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vinegar, gargle then drink.

    Treat sinus infections and chest colds:
    Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer. (Be sure to check vaporizer instructions for additional water measurement.)

    Skin burns:
    Apply ice-cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.

    Chest congestion:
    To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.

    Toenail fungus:
    Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.

    Arthritis Relief
    Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of water with a teaspoon of orange flavored Knox gelatin.

    Lessen Morning Sickness
    Drink some apple cider vinegar in water, with honey added. This concoction can help calm a queasy stomach.

    Kids Stuff

    Coloring Easter eggs:
    Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with each ½ cup of hot water, then add food coloring. (Check egg-coloring booklets or food dye box for specific directions.) Vinegar keeps the food dyes bright and prevents streaky, uneven colors.

    Making naked eggs:
    Place eggs in a container so the eggs are not touching. Add enough vinegar to cover the eggs. Cover the container, put in the refrigerator and let the eggs sit in the vinegar for 24 hours. Use a large spoon to scoop the eggs out of the container. Be careful since the eggshell has been dissolving, the egg membrane may be the only thing holding the egg together. Carefully dump out the vinegar. Put the eggs back in the container and cover them with fresh vinegar. Leave the eggs in the refrigerator for another 24 hours. Scoop the eggs out again and rinse them carefully. If any of the membranes have broken, throw those eggs away. When you’re done, you’ll have an egg without a shell.

    How to build a volcano: First, make the “cone” of the volcano. Mix 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tablespoons cooking oil and 2 cups of water. The resulting mixture should be smooth and firm (more water may be added if needed). Stand a soda bottle in a baking pan and mold the dough around it into a volcano shape. Do not cover the hole or drop dough into it. Fill the bottle most of the way full with warm water and a bit of red food color (can be done before sculpting if you do not take so long that the water gets cold). Add 6 drops of detergent to the bottle contents. Add 2 tablespoons baking soda to the liquid. Slowly pour vinegar into the bottle. Watch out – eruption time!

    Berry Ink & Quill Pens

    Berry ink ingredients:
    ½ C. Ripe berries (blueberries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, raspberries, etc.)
    ½ Tsp. Vinegar
    ½ Tsp. Salt

    Fill a strainer with the berries and hold it over a bowl. Using the rounded back of a wooden spoon, crush the berries against the strainer so that the berry juice strains into the bowl. Keep adding berries until most of their juice has been strained out and only pulp remains. Add the salt and vinegar to the berry juice. The vinegar helps the ink retain its color and the salt keeps it from getting too moldy. If the berry ink is too thick, add a tablespoon of water. Store in a baby food jar. Only make a small amount of berry ink at a time and, when not in use, keep it tightly covered.

    Quill pen ingredients:A large feather (find your own or purchase one from a craft store)
    Craft knife
    Paper
    Berry ink
    Paper towels
    Use a craft knife to cut the tip of the feather at an angle. Carefully, cut a slit in the tip. Dip the feather into the berry ink. Dab the end on a paper towel. Repeat as needed. Now, write your masterpiece just like the pioneers did!
     
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    Thanks for ur Vinegar tips....very helpful.
    Sushila
     
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    Re: Tips'n'Tricks 4 Stain Removal

    Antique Lace, Tablecloths and Linens

    These items yellow with age. Fill a sink with cool water adding 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Do not use chlorine bleach as it worsens the yellowing. Soak the item for 30 minutes. If the yellow has not disappeared then add one-half cup more of peroxide and soak another 30 minutes. Rinse in one-third cup vinegar to one gallon of water. Air dry.

    Removing Beer and Alcohol Stains

    To remove Beer and Alcohol stains other than silk, wool or linen: Immediately rinse with cool water. If you are out in public, dab on a bit of liquid hand soap from the restroom. Do not rub, let it set five minutes and rinse with cool water. If the stain remains, dab on a bit more soap and leave it on. It may look a bit strange, but the stain won't set.
    Club soda also removes an alcohol stain and most food stains. If you are in a restaurant, ask for a glass of club soda and gently blot on the spot. Launder the garment when you return home.
    At home, immediately spray on some CleanEz Wait 30 to 45 seconds then rinse with cool water and blot.

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    Silk, wool and linen. Rinse with cool water and take the garment to the cleaners immediately.

    Wood: Wipe immediately and clean with sudsy water. Should the alcohol leave a watermark apply Mary Moppins Wood Cleaner and Conditioner allow it to set 30 minutes and wipe to remove. Apply the wood treatment to the entire tabletop. Wood needs conditioning at least twice a year to keep it moisturized...

    Dirt

    Clean dirt off most surfaces by spraying on CleanEz. Let it set about 2 mintues. Blot then rinse with vinegar and water. If you are cleaning dirt on a washable fabric, spray the stain withCleanEz, allow to set 5 minutes then machine-wash immediately. Air dry to make sure the stain is completey removed.

    Grass Stains

    Immediately rub in a bit of our concentrated CleanEz.. Let that set overnight then gently rub, rinse with cool water and wash. Air dry the garment to make sure the stain has been completely removed.

    Lipstick

    First rub on our CleanEz.. Liquid dish soap works as an alternative but not as quickly. Allow CleanEz to set 15 minutes or dish soap an hour. Rinse with cool water. That should remove most of the lipstick. Repeat is necessary. Rinse with vinegar and water then cool water.

    A concentrated orange cleaner will also remove lipstick. Make sure it does not contain petroleum distillates or d-limolene as both products have been linked to cancer. If the clothing has gone through the dryer, the stain is probably permanent. At this point try using straight hydrogen peroxide to remove any color. Peroxide won't remove the lipstick only the stain that remains.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2007

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