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|You could try this, its kind of extreme, but it might work. Was looking for something and came across this site, and we do use vinegar, diluted with water, to rinse our show cats, and that one, does work. It says you can use vinegar to deter cats, I just copied and pasted the article:
Eight smart uses for vinegar
By Brian Clark Howard
Posted Tue May 12, 2009 71am PDT
Related topics: Food and Drink, How-To, Cleaning, Tips, House
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Now that you know ketchup can be used for shining copper and repairing hair, or that vodka can be used to repel insects and freshen laundry, you may have been wondering what tasks you can get done for cheap with other household items.
Since May is National Vinegar Month (did you forget?), we thought we'd take a closer look at this inexpensive, versatile good.
According to the Vinegar Institute, the useful stuff was probably discovered by accident (most wine drinkers know what happens when you leave a bottle sitting around too long). In fact the word vinegar comes from a French translation for "sour wine."
Over the centuries vinegar has been produced from many stocks, including molasses, dates, sorghum, fruits, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, grains, and more. But the principle is the same: You get acetic acid (a.k.a. vinegar) after first fermenting natural sugars to alcohol, and then fermenting again.
As Michael de Jong, The Daily Green's Zen Cleaner and author of the Clean series of books, points out, vinegar has been pressed into service for many uses over the centuries. It has been prized as a foodstuff, condiment, preservative, and natural remedy.
What's so great about vinegar? Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. It is nontoxic and lasts for a very long time without losing strength. It does not pollute land, air, or water, and it doesn't combust. It's much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products. Many folks also swear by the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
In the spirit of green cleaning, green thrift, and green creativity, we put together this list of alternative uses for vinegar. Add your own in the comments!
Some have said they were able to cure pesky hiccups instantly by swallowing a teaspoon of vinegar. Most folks use white vinegar, but people have also reported success with apple cider, balsamic, and rice varieties. So you have a few options as far as taste and aroma. Hey, if the Roman legions drank it, it must be good for you, right?
If you often get foot or leg cramps in the middle of the night, you may want to try boosting your potassium levels. There are a number of great superfoods rich in potassium (way beyond bananas). Some folks have also suggested trying this remedy: Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a cup of hot water. Then drink before bed. Yummy!
Break bad bonds
Having trouble getting that annoying sticky label residue off a product? Or accidentally glue something together? Vinegar can be used as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Vinegar is also good at cutting grease.
We love cats (even LOLcats!). But sometimes you don't want them doing their business in the kids' sandbox or in your flower bed. According to HomeEnvy, a simple solution is to pour vinegar around the edges of the area you want to protect every few months.
According to the green team at Ideal Bite, vinegar can help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and veggies. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water. The site claims this wash kills 98% of bacteria on produce.
Instead of spending money on window cleaning chemicals -- especially ones that include toxic or potentially toxic chemicals -- make your own! Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.
(Photo: Gerville Hall / iStockPhoto)
Get spring-fresh laundry
Got grass stains? No problemo, says Michael de Jong. Make a mixture of one-third cup white vinegar and two-thirds cup water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you've removed as much green as possible, and then launder as usual.
When your big washing day comes around, toss in a capful of white vinegar. Your colors will come out bolder and your whites whiter. If you've recently had an encounter with a skunk, it will take more than a capful.
After washing, get a sharper crease in pants by dipping the cloth in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Then wring out the cloth and press the creases. Now you look like Dilbert!
According to this The Daily Green community member: "Spots in carpets often remove with a simple dilution of one part vinegar, one-sixteenth part lemon juice, and eight parts distilled water."
Thanks for the tip!
For more vinegar tips watch the Zen Cleaner, and check out Michael de Jong's Clean series of books.
How do you use vinegar?
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Posted by strangech1ck Tue May 19, 2009 1:33pm PDT
Grammie taught me this trick: Half cup of white vinegar in the wash cycle prevents static cling. You don't need to use dryer sheets or fabric softener (didn't have that back in her day). And no your clothes don't smell like vinegar, silly!
Posted by Dan J Sat May 23, 2009 1:41pm PDT
May is also National Egg Month
Posted by fourbob2000 Sat May 23, 2009 1:47pm PDT
When I was in the US Navy, we would use vinegar to remove rust on deck plates in the engine room
Posted by adam Sat May 23, 2009 1:47pm PDT
a swig of vinegar will cure your heartburn or indigestion within 5 minutes !
Posted by Aubrey Sat May 23, 2009 1:48pm PDT
1 gallon of vinager mixed with 2 teaspoons of dish soap will kill weeds and other plants.
Posted by Siena Sat May 23, 2009 1:48pm PDT
cool ill have to try it for hiccups!!! haha
Posted by old man Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
I use apple cider vinegar for my allegerys I take A tablespoon full just before bed.It keeps my head open.
Posted by PLC Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
1 Tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 6oz of water helps bring blood sugar down too!
Posted by gumjd0a Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
I can't believe they didn't list the sunburn cure!! After a long day in the sun and you realize you should have either worn a shirt, or applied stronger sunblock, you already know the next 4 days will be filled with uncomfortable situations as you attempt to get comfortable sitting, sleeping, and even walking. Take some white-distilled vinegar into the shower with you and pour it onto your sunburn. It will eliminate the "sting" and will help you deal with the sunburn. IT WILL NOT CURE THE SUNBURN (THAT TAKES TIME), but it will get rid of the irritability of your skin and all for a lousy dollar at most at the store!! Try it!
Posted by Crystal Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
Vinegar is also good for cleaning out coffee pots! Also it takes the sting out of a sunburn if you pour on a wash cloth and blot on the area. I recommend usng the apple cider vinegar because the smell isn't so strong.
Posted by Holly Havoc Sat May 23, 2009 11pm PDT
Vinegar is useful if you are suspecting the onset of toenail fungus. Soak feet in it daily (or nightly). Recommended by my professor of health, as this was a subject we were recently discussing in class.
Posted by Liz Sat May 23, 2009 12pm PDT
Vinegar is also a good deodorizer leaving behind just clean air and nothing perfumed or covering other smells. I use it to clean the kitchen and the litter box keeping the house smelling great.
Posted by onmyownpat Sat May 23, 2009 12pm PDT
Any way to get rid of knats?
Posted by Future Pet Vet Sat May 23, 2009 13pm PDT
These are really helpful. This may sound weird to some people, but vinegar also helps when giving a cat a bath. It makes their hair really soft, clean, and fluffy. I use about 1/3 a cup for a gallon of water.
Posted by Jim Sat May 23, 2009 13pm PDT
My mother always treated our sunburns with apple cider vinegar-it took the sting out and converted it to a tan faster. I heard it was the tannic acid.
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