The Secret Life of White Vinegar

If there is one liquid that you should keep bottled in your survival food cache, make it white vinegar… Okay, wait. I take that back. If there is one liquid you should keep in your survival food cache, it is water. But if there is a second liquid you keep, make it white vinegar. With all of the sophisticated, high-tech products that are on the market today it is amazing to think that white vinegar, something that was discovered about 10,000 years ago, is better at many tasks than all of these products. Here are just some of the many uses for white vinegar.

Safe cleaning agent- White vinegar can be used to clean many things: no-wax floors, bathtubs, coffee pots, soiled fabrics, leather shoes, toilet bowls, stainless steel appliances and just about anything else you can think of can be safely cleaned with white vinegar.

Bug deterrent- If ants, fruit flies, or gnats threaten to invade your survival food storage area, wipe down your shelves with white vinegar.

Hand deodorizer- White vinegar will remove the smell of onion, garlic, and other stinky things from your hands. Just rub white vinegar into your hands, then rinse them with soap and water.

Weed killer- Distilled white vinegar can be sprayed on weeds full-strength to kill them.

Prevent frost on windows- When you expect frost, wipe down your car windows with one part water to three parts white vinegar. This will prevent them from frosting over.

Remove scorch marks- Remove scorch marks from the bottom of a teapot or an iron plate by wiping it with a cloth dampened with white vinegar.

Getting to the last drops- When you can’t reach the bit of salad dressing of mayonnaise at the bottom of the jar, pour in a little bit of vinegar, shake it around, then pour out the mayo.

Boiling eggs- If you are boiling eggs and a shell breaks, add some white vinegar to the boiling water. This will prevent the egg white from running out into the water.

Cooking fish- Try soaking any kind of fish in vinegar before cooking it. It will cause the fish to be nice and tender, and hold its shape well while cooking.

Freshen eggies- If your greens are slightly wilted, soak them in a mixture of white vinegar and cold water to perk them up.

Clean inorganic veggies- Pesticides don’t come off in plain water. But vinegar gets the chemicals off. Soak inorganic fruits and vegetables in a sink full of cold water and vinegar, then give everything a rinse in clean water.

Rid your house of stinky cooking smells- Let a pot of white vinegar and water simmer on your stove to neutralize any unpleasant odors.

Tenderize tough meat or game- Rub the meat with a mixture of oil and vinegar, then let the meat stand for two hours before cooking it.

Fluffy, stick-free rice- Add a teaspoon of vinegar to water before boiling rice in order to keep the rice kernels from sticking together.

Flavor Booster- Boost the flavor of your favorite gravy or marinade by adding a teaspoon of white vinegar.

Treat a cold sore- Dab white vinegar onto a cold sore with a cotton swab. The vinegar will help to dry up and heal the sore.

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