1. Different uses of Vinegar
Vinegar is a wonder liquid when it comes to household cleaning & cooking. It has been used by several generations and across different countries. Yet, it is one of the cheapest grocery products. You can get a gallon of vinegar for a couple of dollars. There are potentially hundreds of applications for vinegar. Here are a few of them
Fabric softener. Mix 6 cups of water, 3 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of any hair conditioner (pick you favorite smelling cheap conditioner) in a big bottle. Cut a rag cloth or flannel into small 6×6 inch squares and place them on top of each other in a plastic box. Pour some of the above mixture and soak them. When you want to use one of the rags, take one from the bottom and replace the used one at the top and pour more of the mixture in. Voila! A 2 minute, fabric softener that you won’t be allergic to (provided you picked a conditioner that you are not allergic to).
Eliminate urine stains from carpets.
Soothe a bee sting.
Kill grass and weeds : The acidic component kills young weeds.
Prevent cheese from getting moldy. Soak a cloth in vinegar, wrap it around hard cheese and keep it in an airtight container. The vinegar prevents mold spores.
Prevent colors from running. Soak new clothes/towels in 1 part vinegar and 1 part cold water for 15 minutes before washing to prevent them from losing color.
Get rid of coffee/tea stains. A mixture of salt and vinegar will remove coffee and tea stains from china. You can also use vinegar to get rid of the mineral deposits and coffee stains in a coffeemaker. Fill the reservoir with 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water and brew (check your owner’s manual before doing this).
Get rid of lint and also brighten fabric colors by adding 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Remove tough stains by gently rubbing a little bit of vinegar on the stain and then washing regularly. This will also remove deodorant and anti-perspirant stains.
Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards by wiping with full strength vinegar.
Eliminate onion odor by rubbing vinegar on fingers before and after slicing.
Keep boiled eggs from cracking, add 2 tbsp to water before boiling.
Remove grease from suede.
Cure upset stomach. Drink 1 cup of water with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar.
Soothe sore throat by gargling with water + vinegar (1 tsp for 1 glass water)
Fight dandruff. Rinse hair with vinegar and 2 cups warm water after shampooing.
Better relief from cold. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar + 1/4 cup honey and take one tbsp 6-8 times a day. You can also add 1/4 cup vinegar to the vaporizer.
Keep car windows from frosting. Coat the windows with 3 parts vinegar + 1 part water before you retire for the night. You will have a frost free window the next morning.
Clean rust from tools.
Vinegar is a natural air freshener. You can either spray the air or keep a bowl of vinegar in the room to eliminate odors. To get rid of the smell of cooking before your guests arrive, simmer a pot of vinegar and water.
Here is an article with 131 uses of vinegar.
Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate and is a leavening agent. But it has plenty more applications other than making your cake nice and fluffy. For example, it can be used to
Toothpaste. Combine it with peroxide paste to get toothpaste. At least that is what most non-gel toothpastes have.
Relieve diaper rash. Add 2 tbsp of baking soda to your baby’s bath water.
Use it as an anti-acne face wash. Or mix it with water and apply it on face. Leave it for ~5 mins and wash it off. (Apply moisturizer after doing it as it dries out the oil in the face). Baking soda can be used as an exfoliant too.
Use is as a deodorant. Puff it under your arms.
Clean your refrigerator. You can also eliminate odor by keeping an open box of baking soda in the fridge.
Apply it on rashes, bites and irritations. Take a baking soda bath to relieve irritations.
Draws out jelly fish venom when applied on the sting.
Sprinkle it on shoes and boots to eliminate odor.
Keep flowers fresh by adding some baking soda to the water.
Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
Create your own potpourri by mixing baking soda with your favorite bath salt and keeping it in sachets.
Soak dry beans in water with a little baking soda to make it more easily digestible.
Use it to clean bath tubs, sinks and the toilet.
Use it as an antacid.
Make a paste of baking soda to remove crayon marks from the wall.
Remove odor from the carpet by sprinkling a little baking soda (you can use an old salt/pepper shaker) on to the carpet and vacuuming.
Run a cycle on dishwasher with baking soda to keep it clean and fresh.
Use it as a natural ant deterrent.
Brighten your whites naturally by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to your laundry.
Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water.
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps smother the flames
There are plenty more uses for baking soda. Here are a few helpful articles on this topic – 40 uses of baking soda and 75 uses of baking soda.
Uses of Coca cola**
I like Coca Cola as a drink. I am trying to cut this habit out, I am improving but I still drink a lot of Coke. A lot of these would work on with any soda I guess. Here are some interesting uses -
Remove grease and blood stains from clothing and fabric
Loosen a rusty bolt
Kill slugs and snails.
Tenderize and add flavor to pot roast
Clean car battery terminals
Cure nausea. Take a tsp of flat coke every hour.
Defrost a wind shield.
Clean burnt pans, soak them in the coke and rinse.
Make your hair curly(!). Pour flat coke onto long hair, leave it for a few mins and rinse.
Make better compost. Coke increases the acidity and the sugars feed the microorganisms that make compost.
Clean a toilet.
Prevent an asthma attack.
Neutralize a jellyfish sting.
Remove dye from hair.
Remove gum from hair.
Help a lawn become lush and green.
4. Uses of Borax
Borax is a naturally occurring substance, but it causes skin irritation if too much of
borax comes in contact with raw skin. So use gloves when handling borax. With
that said, here are some uses for borax.
Pesticide. Mix with powdered sugar or honey and leave it in the problem area. The sugar will attract the pest and the borax will kill ’em.
Remove rust stains from the bathtub by using borax and lemon juice.
Home made laundry
Soften water. If you have hard water, a little bit of borax will fix the problem.
Weed killer. Place it at the foot of the weed and it will kill them. Be careful when you do this, if it rains immediately and the borax is washed off to near by plants, they will probably die too.
Natural flea killer. Sprinkle borax on your carpet and vacuum. But as I said it causes irritation to raw skin so make sure you vacuum really well.
Cure salmon eggs for bait used in steelhead fishing
Deodorizer. Use it in the garbage can or other areas where you want odors gone.