It's the first Friday of the month, which means it's Vinegar Friday! If you're relatively new to the blog, let me tell you a little bit about what that means.
Several years ago, I started a weekly feature on the blog called Vinegar Fridays. Every Friday for about a year, I wrote about vinegar. When I felt as if I had no more to say about it, I quit. That's when I heard, "You can't quit Vinegar Fridays!" from a disgruntled group of followers. So I promised them a book. In November 2011, VINEGAR FRIDAYS hit the shelves.
Originally selling for $12.99, the book is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a mere $6.99. It is packed with tips on how vinegar can be used to replace many of the toxins in our lives, from the kitchen to the laundry room to the medicine chest. Plus there are recipes and even a children's story as an added bonus!
Since Green Grandma was so closely identified with vinegar, I renewed the feature on the blog. Now it runs once a month, however, instead of once a week.
Here are a few of my favorite tips from my book:
- If your showerhead has seen better days, grab an old plastic bread bag, pour in 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar and secure the bag over the showerhead. Let the DWV (distilled white vinegar) do its magic for an hour or so. After the bubbling stops, remove the bag and turn on the water. Voila! A shiny, efficient showerhead. Chapter 3 Spic-and-Span without the Chemicals. Vinegar and Cleaning
- To save money and still reap the benefits of spot-free dishes, use DWV in the rinse agent compartment of your dishwasher. If you are still dealing with spots, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher before you run it. This is in addition to your dishwasher detergent, of course. Chapter 4 Coffee, Tea or Vinegar? Vinegar in the Kitchen
- Hands smelling oniony or garlicky? Wash them in some distilled white vinegar. Problem solved. Chapter 6 Vinegar -- The Original Odor Eater
- Add 1/2 cup of ACV (apple cider vinegar) to a warm water foot bath. After a 5-minute soak, your feet will be soft and smooth. Chapter 8 Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder... Or in that Bottle of Vinegar
- Mix 1/2 cup of ACV in 2 cups of water and pour it over your hair after shampooing and do not rinse it. The ACV rinse is an excellent way to strip away all the gunk in your hair every once in awhile. Note: You can substitute DWV in place of ACV. Many people with light-colored hair prefer this. Chapter 11 No More Tangles... and No More Toxins. Vinegar and Hair Care
- When weeds and grass start poking through the bricks or stones on your patio or walkway, kill them off safely by pouring undiluted DWV on them. Chapter 15 Great Outdoors
- To keep centipedes out of your house, mix together 1 part vinegar with 1/4 part cumin in a spray bottle and spray the perimeter of your house. This should repel them. Chapter 16 Creepy Crawlers
- Add 1/2 cup of DWV to the rinse cycle when doing laundry. It will soften your clothing and help reduce static cling. Plus, vinegar whitens, deodorizes, and disinfects... which means there is no need for bleach -- which is so toxic it shouldn't be in your laundry room anyway. Chapter 17 Snuggle-free and Loving It! Vinegar in the Laundry Room
If you have a vinegar tip you would like to see included in an upcoming edition of Vinegar Fridays, please share it in the