1. Restore old paint brushes with warm vinegar.

Add just enough vinegar to a pot so that it covers your brushes’ bristles. Allow brushes to soak for one hour. Then, transfer pot, vinegar, and brushes to the stove and turn the burner on med-low. Allow the vinegar to simmer for another hour. Drain out the vinegar, rinse your paintbrushes, and marvel at their fresh, soft bristles.

 

2. Soften clothes and replace dryer sheets.

Pour ¼ – ½ cup vinegar (depending on your washer type) in along with detergent for your wash cycle—then enjoy static-free, lint-free, soft clothes.

 

3. Remove scorch marks on your iron.

Add a bit of vinegar onto a clean cloth and rub until the burn is removed.

If your iron is extra grimy, soak a paper towel in vinegar and lay it flat. Sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the towel and move your burnt iron back and forth over the baking soda (the baking soda will act as an abrasive). When the surface is cleaned to your satisfaction, turn the iron on to its steam setting so that any stuck baking soda is pushed out of the holes. Repeat as necessary.

4. Relieve itchiness from insect bites or stings with a vinegar-soaked cotton ball.

Soak a paper towel or cotton ball in vinegar, then press to the bite or sting area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Repeat throughout the day as needed.

5. Whiten teeth and freshen breath by brushing with vinegar once a week.

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6. Cure your pet from fleas and ticks by spraying fur with an apple cider vinegar and water solution.

 

7. Keep hard boiled eggs from cracking by adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to boiling water.

Your eggs will harden with shells intact, and when you go to peel the eggs, the shells will come away with ease.

 

8. Save cheese from mold by wrapping it in a vinegar-soaked cloth.

Soak a soft natural cloth (cheesecloth, a thin washcloth, even burlap or muslin) in vinegar. Wrap the cheese in the cloth. Place the cheese with cloth in an airtight storage container. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

9. Make a shower head new again by soaking it in vinegar for 15 minutes.

Fill a bucket with one quart water. Add ½ cup vinegar. Soak the shower head for at least 15 minutes (more if the mineral deposits are particularly old or stubborn).

 

10. Fix scratches and skips on your favorite CDs and DVDs using a soft cloth and vinegar.

Dampen a very soft cloth (like a microfiber or chamois cloth) with vinegar. Wipe the CD or DVD with the cloth and let it air dry completely. Then, re-insert and play!

 

11. Unclog sink and shower drains with one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar.

Pour one cup of baking soda into the drain, quickly followed by one cup of vinegar. Wait until the soda and vinegar produce bubbles and foam, then flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.

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