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Buy a large bottle of the cheapest brand and use it lavishly. The brand name has the same benefits as the non-brand, both are good so go for the cheapest brand.


Shower heads or spigot aerators get clogged with mineral deposits. Boil for 15 minutes in a solution of white vinegar and water-one half cup of vinegar in a quart of water, or stronger if the problem is severe. (Don't boil plastic; just soak in hot water and vinegar.)

Run a solution of vinegar and water through your coffee make periodically, just as though you were brewing a pot of coffee; rinse by running clear water through it. Free of mineral deposits and coffee oils. your coffee maker will last longer, and your brew will taste better.

Do the same thing with the steam iron, using equal parts of water and vinegar. After steaming for a few minutes, allow iron to stand for an hour. Empty and rinse well with clear water. Remove burned-on spots from the sole of the iron by rubbing with a paste made of salt and heated vinegar.

Add a few drops of vinegar to the water when poaching eggs. It will help keep the white together, and you'll never notice any flavor.

Vinegar and water make the best window-washing solution-for really grungy windows, make the solution as strong as necessary. It also removes soap film from shower tile and glass shower doors.

Old decals will come off with gentle scraping, if you soak them well with vinegar first.

A cup of white vinegar in the laundry rinse cycle will help dissolve alkalines left from detergent. The clothes will be soft and sweet-smelling, too.

Boil vinegar and water in your tea kettle to remove sediment. Open bowls of vinegar to help absorb the odor of cigarette smoke in a room.

If you have sticky hands or smelly hands, wash your hands with a drop of vinegar, it will cut the grease and reduce the smell.