The domestic secrets of our mothers and grandmothers tend to get smothered under layers of advertising and brightly coloured packages. Yet, most of their tips and tricks are simple and cheap. Take vinegar. Vinegar is the Holy Grail of household items- cheap and with a million different applications. Here are some of the ways it’ll save you a dime.
Vinegar can work in many different food capacities. It can work as a marinade, with garlic and pepper on meat. It can work as part of a salad dressing. It can retain colour when you boil vegetables, or bring them back to life should they have wilted. Use it in the boiling water when boiling eggs, and they won’t crack. If you’re trying to poach eggs, vinegar is a far more effective way to do so than the ‘whirlpool’ technique which only ever leaves me with eggy water.
Cleaning products have to be, by far, one of the pricier things to stock up with in your home. Buying them in one hit will quickly show you how much money you can easily waste on products that promise the world and deliver very little. Vinegar is a star performer when it comes to cleaning- for instance, as a window cleaner. Get rid of smoke smells by filling a bowl with vinegar; it should absorb the smell within the day. Mis a 50/50 solution of vinegar and oil and rid thyself of those pesky water marks on your wood table. For leather water rings, use full strength white vinegar and a sponge. Vinegar (particularly white) is also a great way to clean kitchen surfaces of grease or showers and baths. Be warned, steer clear of dark vinegars as they could stain. Which would defeat the purpose.
At work, the only effective way of really cleaning the cutlery and glassware after it’s been through the dishwasher is to use white vinegar in boiling water. For glasses, hold it over the steam and rub dry. For cutlery, soak the items in the mix and then polish with a tea towel. That will save you money on silverware polish.
According to AOL Health, a daily dose of vinegar could be a shot in the arm, so to speak, in the battle for good health. The acidity of vinegar will work in any capacity, so you can do yourself a favor just by adding it to water or having a spoonful every morning. Some research suggests that vinegar is especially good in controlling insulin spikes, so is a great protection against diabetes or high bloody sugar, which are also risk factors when it comes to Alzheimer’s.
Apple cider vinegar has long been cited as a great cure, something which had passed into the land of old wives’ tales until the resurgence of the health food movement. Putting a couple of cups into a hot bath will help with sore muscles, while a mix of one teaspoon honey, one teaspoon lemon juice and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar will relieve any sore throat.
It can also work to soothe bee stings or bug bites, and you can save a fortune on expensive nail polish protection by wiping your nails with white vinegar before they are painted, to make the paint last longer,