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Vinegar is one common household item that provides natural and environmentally safe ways to do many things, from treating burns to removing rust. Its many applications make it the perfect item to have on hand at all times. Just a few of its many applications are outlined below.

Glass cleaner - Cuts grease and grime. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 quart of warm water. You may then put this solution into a spray bottle for ease of application. When cleaning glass, be sure to wash one side of the glass using an up and down motion, and the other using a side to side motion. This way, if there are any streaks you will see them quite readily.

Lime/mineral deposits in kettles/pots - Fill the pot or kettle with a half vinegar, half water solution. Boil, and then let stand for 6-8 hours, or overnight. Empty, wash and rinse as usual.

Auto-drip coffeemakers - Fill carafe with half water, half vinegar, pour into coffeemaker, turn on, and run the solution through. Empty and rinse carafe, then fill with clear water and pour into coffeemaker, running the clear water through. Then wash and rinse the carafe. For particularly clogged coffeemakers, you may have to repeat this, but if you maintain your machine every couple of months, using this solution, your machine will run smoothly and quickly.

Rust - soaking rusted nuts, bolts, screws, washers, etc. for several days in a glass of vinegar will break down the rust and remove it.

Removing labels/stickers/decals - thoroughly saturate the offending sticker with vinegar, allowing it to soak in and penetrate the adhesive. Then peel away the sticker. You may have to reapply vinegar for old stickers and decals.

Whitener/Brightener - Soak dulled out whites in a solution of 1 cup of vinegar per 1 gallon of warm water, then rinse with clear water. This will remove old soap residue and brighten your clothes.

Pre-spotter for tough stains - Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and run into the stain with a toothbrush. Works particularly well on collar grime. Also, soaking perspiration stains with white vinegar and rinsing before washing will remove the stain.

For shiny hair - after shampooing, rinse hair with a solution of 1 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water, working through hair. Then rinse with clear water.

Hand deodorizer - after chopping onions or other foods that leave a strong odor on your hands, rinse them thoroughly with white vinegar, then wash hands as usual.

Minor burns and scalds - soak a soft cotton cloth or towel in vinegar and wrap or apply cloth to the burn. This will take out the burn and prevent scarring also.

Foot fungus - soaking feet in vinegar after using public baths, showers, pools, etc. will effectively prevent foot fungus.

Sunburn - apply vinegar over sunburn with a soft cotton cloth or cotton ball to soothe and take the burn out.

Insect bites and stings - for bee stings and other insect bites, hold a cotton ball soaked in vinegar on the affected area.

Itchy skin and muscle aches - soaking in a warm tub of water with one cup of cider vinegar for 15 minutes will soothe muscles aches and also will relieve itchy skin.