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The Amazing Power of Vinegar 
by Anika Logan July 16, 2005

Vinegar is one of the cheapest and most versatile cleaners around. White vinegar doesn’t streak; it is safe for hands and as an added plus, it is environmentally friendly. Read on to find out about one of the best household finds for the frugal minded individual.


Remove coffee and tea stains from china cups using an equal mixture of salt and white vinegar.

To loosen hard-to-clean stains in aluminum, glass, or porcelain pots or pans use ¼ cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of water. Boil white vinegar with water in pan. Wash in hot, soapy water afterwards.

Eliminate cooking odors by using 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1-cup of water. Boil white vinegar in water to eliminate unappealing odors due to cooking.

Eliminate odors in a smoke-filled room by placing a small bowl of white vinegar in the room.

Remove spots on stainless steel by rubbing kitchen items with a cloth dampened in white vinegar.

Clean glassware using ½ cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. When white vinegar is added to rinse water it will help eliminate dull soap film from glassware and leave it looking sparkly.

Soak food-stained pots and pans in white vinegar for 30 minutes. Afterwards rinse in hot, soapy water.

Eliminate the former odors of peanut butter, mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce from jars you want to keep by rinsing them out with white vinegar.

Vinegar can be used to clean microwave ovens. Add ½ cup of whit vinegar to 1-cup of water in an uncovered bowl and place in the microwave oven. Set on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Finish by wiping out oven cavity.

Unclog a coffee maker by adding white vinegar to 6-cup level and water to the 10-cup level. Then put in an empty paper filter. Turn on the coffee maker and complete the brew cycle. After the cycle is complete, discard the vinegar solution and used paper filter. Run the coffee maker for a complete cycle with fresh water before brewing coffee.



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