Green Living Ideas: More Wonders of Vinegar
We’ve previously featured vinegar for its many uses in cleaning, disinfecting, even de-icing your car. But there are more uses, which may be new to readers. As a hair rinse that doesn’t leave a residue, use 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in 3 cups of water before rinsing with clear water. To cure warts, use a daily-changed cotton ball dipped in vinegar and attached with a bandage. To freshen breath, use 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt dissolved in 1 cup of water.
To soften those pesky hardened paintbrushes so many of us are troubled with: dip the bristles in vinegar for an hour or less, wash with warm water and soap, and let dry. To freshen wilted greens: try soaking the leaves in a bath of 2 cups cold water, ½ teaspoon vinegar. Add to boiling water to keep egg white from seeping into cooking water. Try using a bath of pure vinegar to loosen rusted bolts or remove rust from tools. One word of caution: some vinegar may be produced using synthetic ethanol made from petroleum; check the label or email the company to ensure that the ethanol used in your vinegar comes from safe food sources like grains.
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