Vinegar, the Wonder Elixir
October 6, 2011
Filed under Consumer Info
Welcome to “Smart Woman, Consumer Information for Today’s Savvy Woman.” I am Melanie Love and I promise to provide you with valuable and helpful tips on the many different ways that you, as a customer, can save money. This month I want to tell you about one of the oldest and versatile, natural products found at your local grocery store; vinegar.
Vinegar has been a staple for man. It has been used as a miracle elixir by the Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Romans. However, in modern times consumers have gotten so accustomed to man-made quick cleaners, that they will pay an arm and a leg to get (mostly toxic) products to do everyday tasks on a daily basis. As a result, a lot of individuals are unaware of the many great uses of vinegar.
As a child I wondered why Grandma always kept a gallon or two of white vinegar under the kitchen sink. She would use it to clean the entire kitchen. Vinegar is relatively non-toxic, biodegradable and is less likely leave harmful residue behind after its use. It will clean your kitchen floors, countertops and oven. But the best part is that it will kill germs and bacteria.
In 2010 consumers spent an average of $639.00/per year on household cleaning supplies. Meanwhile, consumers could have saved a lot of money and spent $2.50 on one gallon of white vinegar that can achieve the same result and, in the process save your family’s health.
With the recession and global warming being a constant threat to the way we live, here are a few recipes that can save you money as well as save the environment.
Instead of using your usual household cleaner, douse a sponge or dish cloth with some white vinegar and wipe your oven down that way. Once finished your oven will not only be clean, it will have clean fresh smell. Once this task is complete, you will then have all the remnants from your oven hibernating on the sponge/cloth you just used to clean it. Try washing them in vinegar water, and soaking them over night in a quart of water with about 3 tablespoons of vinegar- your sponge or dish cloth will be good as new.
How about that garbage disposal? Add a tray of ice cubes to your garbage disposal, along with 6 tablespoons of vinegar and run your disposal for 20-30 seconds. If you do this at least once or twice a week you will always have a fresh smelling kitchen sink.
Finally, one of my favorite uses for vinegar is as microwave cleaner. If you are like me, cleaning the microwave is a chore that you would love to delegate to others! Try a few tablespoons of vinegar in a microwave safe bowl with one cup of water and microwave the bowl for about 45 seconds. Carefully remove the bowl, (because the vinegar mixture will be hot), and wipe the walls down. Any leftover food or liquid will easily wipe away.
Cleaning the kitchen with vinegar will save you time, money and health. No more inhaling those awful toxic chemicals for the sake of having a clean kitchen.
Until next time, stay safe and always try to think outside the box when it comes to ways of saving your hard earned money and your environment.