Does it Matter Which Vinegar You Use?
When we read that vinegar does this and does that, I am always left wondering if it means vinegar in general or that particular types do particular things. They all have their acetic acid content and they all carry their own natural smell but some are clear or yellow in colour, whereas others are a red or even brown shade.
This would leave me to deduce that the clear varieties are probably the ones that get used for disinfecting and cleaning, whereas a brown blend might be ideal for hiding scratches or cup stains on our favourite wooden table or cabinet.
Other than doing what it does to enhance food, white (or shall we say clear?) vinegar has many tricks up it sleeve:-
* It can remove rust.
* Spray it onto weeds to kill them.
* It removes stains from clothes.
* It makes stainless steel sparkle.
* It can work as a deodorant.
* Sprayed onto leather furniture and wiped off with a dry cloth, that fresh look will be there again.
* A couple of drops on your glasses will clean them perfectly.
* It makes an excellent disinfectant.
* Apply it three times a day to a cold sore, to help it move on quickly.
* Inhale a small amount of vinegar mixed with hot water to relieve sinus trouble or a blocked nose (keep your eyes closed).
Cider vinegar is a little darker in colour than clear vinegar but still has some tricks:
* Rinse your hair with a solution of cider vinegar and water, as it is said to clear dandruff (keep your eyes closed).
* Mixed with a little salt and some warm water, it makes and excellent mouthwash.
* Added to your bath water, it helps you relax.
* A monthly mix of vinegar and water will keep your plants free of insects and disease.
* Instead of adding just sugar to the water for your cut flowers, add a little of this acetic acid as well and they will last even longer.
* A little added to your petís drinking water will keep them healthy and free from fleas and ticks.
When it comes to covering up scratches or cup marks on wooden furniture, it is suggested that you add a little iodine to the clear variety, adjusting the mount of iodine to match the shade of the wood. However, maybe a darker vinegar like balsamic might do just as well!
Of course, you mustnít forget the health value of vinegar in your diet. A teaspoon or so added to your orange juice seems to enhance the flavour and a little added to cooked cabbage seems to waken the flavour of this important vegetable. As this condiment cleans your blood and your whole system, it really is a good idea to add a little where you can, so those fish and chips can figure quite highly on the menu, donít you think? As vinegar is said to break down fat, they seem a perfect match.