I have had a note on my desk for a long time touting the benefit of rinsing fruits and veggies in a solution of vinegar and water. Since I had long since forgotten where I got the info, I did a quick search and found verification of that fact along with a lot of other uses. One website, Frugal Fun, lists 28 practical uses for vinegar. I especially love the tip about unclogging drains.
The "recipe" I have for the vinegar rinse is 3 tablespoons white vinegar to a quart of water. Other sites have 3 tablespoons white vinegar to a gallon of water, so I guess it's all good.
My note also included a couple of other vinegar tips: 1)Revive wilting veggies by soaking them in one quart cold water with one tablespoon white vinegar, 2)Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to the boiling water you are going to cook your rice in and it will be fluffier and less sticky. I have a recipe that calls for a teaspoon of lemon juice with rice so I guess it's the same principle.
I've used vinegar in the garden for several years as an organic weed killer, and even though I knew it killed mildew, I seldom use it for that purpose. Mom always put a cup of vinegar in the laundry when a wet towel accidently sat in the bottom of the hamper for a week and soured the surrounding laundry. Wonder who could have put that towel there? And I wouldn't be without vinegar when house-training a puppy. It is a wonder on pet stains and odors.
If you think you know every use for vinegar, look at Vinegar Tips.Com for 1001 uses.
I think it's time to add vinegar to my grocery list.
Note added Jan. 11: Instead of using bleach on the mildew in my shower, I tried 5% vinegar. You know that black mildew that forms on the caulking at the base of the shower? I wouldn't say it didn't faze it, but it definitely didn't get rid of it; it just made the room stink.
Until next time, may you have blessings and natural cleansers,