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10 Great Uses for Vinegar
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National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at ...
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National cartoonist Dave Granlund's blog features his take on politics and current events. Dave has been an editorial cartoonist published in daily newspapers since 1977. Born in Ware, Mass., Granlund began drawing cartoons in grade school and at age 16, he was published on the editorial pages of local weekly newspapers. His eight-year enlistment in the USAF included assignments with SAC HQ and with Headquarters Command, where his duties included work as head illustrator for the Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee and providing briefing charts for the White House and support for Air Force One. As part of NATO in Operation Looking Glass with the Airborne Command Post, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Dave's newspaper honors include awards from UPI, New England Press Association, International Association of Business Communicators, The Associated Press and Massachusetts Press Association. His work has been nominated numerous times for the Pulitzer Prize. His pastimes and interests include history, wood carving, antique tractors and Swedish language studies.
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By Joey Norsen
March 2, 2012 12:01 a.m.





Boy do we go through a lot of vinegar these days!  Over the last few years I’ve been reading and learning about natural cleaning.  After giving birth to my son, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the (sorry) nasty yellow toxic stuff that I had been using.  But I found out that there are a lot of natural (and cheaper) disinfectants.  Vinegar is one of them!  Vinegar is healthy, non-toxic and safe, and has a lot of uses.  Here are just a few that I have discovered (and now you know why we go through so much vinegar lately!):







1.  Disinfectant – Vinegar is just as good of a disinfectant as many of the synthetic cleaners, and you don’t have to worry about your kids or pets licking the floor afterward (but that NEVER happens).  It kills bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew.







2.  Homemade drain cleaner







3.  Fabric softener – Use it just like you would use your fabric softener, but without the chemicals!







4.  Adding a yummy zing to soups – I first discovered this when I saw a recipe for Jillian’s Skinny Soup, a healthy vegetable soup in her diet program.  She added a splash of vinegar to the soup (you can use any kind – red or white wine vinegar, cider or white).  We tried it and loved it!







5.  Drawing nutrients out of bones for broth – Then we read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and learned that adding vinegar when you’re making homemade chicken or beef stock helps to draw the nutrients out of the marrow, increasing the many nutritional benefits of it.







6.  Clean the chicken coup naturally.







7.  Remove price stickers







8.  Rinse aid in dishwasher – just add it to the rinse aid dispenser!



?9.  Trap for fruit flies – put a little vinegar (I used cider vinegar) into a cup, put a funnel on top and watch the flies collect (I know, gross…)







10.  All this in addition to the many obvious culinary uses – Salad dressing, marinades, etc.!







And if you’re interested in reading even more uses for vinegar around the home, check out this link to Reader’s Digest.

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