The Many Vinegar Uses In the Kitchen
Clean the coffeemaker. Run a few cycles of vinegar through the coffee machine and follow up with a few cycles of water. Read more about How to Clean Your Keurig – Easy and Quick here.
Deep clean your oven with vinegar. Read more about How to Easily Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals, Non-Toxic (with pictures) here.
Clean the microwave with vinegar. Fill a glass bowl with 1 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. After the mixture has cooled down, use it to wipe the inside down with a sponge or paper towel.
Keep ants and other bugs away. Spray vinegar along doorways, windowsills, countertops – anywhere you might see ants. If you find an ant trail clean it with vinegar too. In the pantry have a bowl filled with apple cider vinegar a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Keep it in there for a week or so. The bugs will be attracted to it and fall into the bowl. For fruit flies, partly fill a jar with the same mixture. Cover with a lid and poke a few holes in the top.
Stinky sinks or garbage disposals? To remove odors from the sink or garbage disposal, pour in a cup or more vinegar. Do not rinse out again for at least an hour.
Clogged drain? For a clogged drain, first pour in 1/2 cup baking soda. Then add an equal amount of vinegar. When the mixture finishes bubbling, rinse with warm water. (Note: some garbage disposals do not react well to this cleaning method; check with the manufacturer first.)
Remove strong food scents from your hands. Wipe your hands with vinegar after chopping. It will remove strong scents like onion and garlic, as well as stains from fruit juices.
Clean wooden cutting boards. Wipe with vinegar.
Clean your microwave oven with vinegar. Put a microwave-safe bowl of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in the oven, and cook long enough to boil. In addition to removing any lingering odors, this will loosen any baked-on food from the microwave’s walls.
Remove coffee or tea stains on dishes. Clean with a mixture of vinegar and salt.
Get fluffier rice. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the boiling water.
Use vinegar to make buttermilk. In a cup of milk add a tablespoon of vinegar and let stand for 5 minutes.
Lemon substitute. No lemons? Use 1/4 tablespoon of vinegar to replace 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Egg substitute for cooking. Use one tablespoon of vinegar for each egg you are replacing. Replacing egg with vinegar will work as long as you have baking powder, yeast, or self-rising flour already in the recipe.
Make Easter Eggs. Coloring by dipping in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of vinegar to 2 cups of hot water with a few drops of food coloring.
Keep cheese fresher for longer. Wrap cheese in a cloth dipped in vinegar. Place it in a baggie or container and refrigerate.
Vinegar as a fruit and vegetable wash. Add half vinegar and half water to a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on your fruits and veggies and then rinse.
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