Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Vinegar in Pet & Car Care

Preppers need to stock items that have multiple uses.  It only makes sense.  I don't know of anything as versitle in our stockpile as vinegar.  Do you use vinegar to its fullest potential? Vinegar kills the flu virus and seasons salads... did you know you can use vinegar in Cleaning, Gardening, Health, Laundry, Kitchen, Pet Care, and Car Care? We have looked at each over the past couple of days, today let's finish our look at vinegar by exploring both pet care and car care benefits.

Let's start with pet care.  Humans aren't the only ones that can enjoy the many uses for white distilled vinegar-even our four-legged friends can benefit.

  1. Give your dog a gleaming coat by spraying or rubbing with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar to 1 quart water. As a bonus, you save the cost of an expensive shine product used on show animals. (Works even on a horse!)
  2. Keep a dog from scratching its ears by wiping them out regularly with a soft cloth dipped in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
  3. Remove skunk odors by wiping down the animal with a 50-50 solution of white distilled vinegar and water, followed by a plain-water rinse. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Discourage a cat from sitting on a certain windowsill or other surface, or from scratching upholstery, by spraying vinegar on the item. Test on small area to be sure there won’t be discoloration.Keep a cat out of a garden area by placing paper, a cloth, or sponge there that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar.
  5. Get rid of the deposits and water lines that form in aquariums and fish bowls by wiping them down with white distilled vinegar and following with a good rinse. For stubborn deposits, soak for several hours or overnight.
  6. Keep the birdbath clean by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.
  7. Keep flies away from horses or other outdoor pets by spraying a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar around the area where the animals are.
  8. Remove cat litter odor by pouring ½ inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box. Let it stand for 20 minutes, swish it around, then rinse with cold water.
  9. Kill fleas by adding a little white distilled vinegar to your dog or cat’s drinking water.
  10. Stop a dog from barking with a spray bottle filled with equal amounts of water and white distilled vinegar. When the dog barks, spray the vinegar water in its direction but not in the face.
  11. Remove pet odors. After cleaning, cover the area with baking soda. Let it stand overnight. The next day vacuum up the baking soda and wash the area with white distilled vinegar. Rinse and let dry.
  12. Cats hate the smell of vinegar. If you have a cat that is marking its territory around your house, spray the area with white distilled vinegar then rinse with a hose.
  13. Stop cats from fighting with each other with a spritz of a white distilled vinegar and water solution.
  14. Prevent cats from eating your plants by spraying the leaves with a solution of white distilled vinegar and water.
Now let's look at car care... Because white distilled vinegar has so many wonderful uses as a cleaning agent, it’s no surprise that it is also perfect to use on some of your bigger cleaning projects—namely automobiles. The next time you’re washing your car, shift into high gear and really make it shine with a little vinegar.

  1. Keep car windows frost-free overnight in winter by coating them with a solution of 3 parts white distilled vinegar to 1 part water.
  2. Polish car chrome with full-strength white distilled vinegar on a soft cloth.Remove unwanted decals and bumper stickers by covering them with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar, or by repeatedly spraying them with full-strength white distilled vinegar. They should peel off in a couple of hours.
  3. Rid the windshield wipers of road grime by wiping them with a vinegar-soaked cloth.
  4. Remove the leftover odor after a rider has been carsick by leaving a bowl of white distilled vinegar overnight on the floor.
  5. Get rid of hard water stains on your car with a rinse made from 3 parts soft water to one part white distilled vinegar.
  6. Wipe vinyl upholstery with a mixture of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.
  7. Remove winter road salt residue on car carpeting by spraying with a mixture of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water, then blot with a soft towel.
  8. Remove the hazy film that builds up on inside windows by spraying with white distilled vinegar.
  9. Remove dirt and stains from car carpeting with a mixture of half white distilled vinegar and half water.
  10. When doing car maintenance, soak rusty bolts and screws with white distilled vinegar to make them easier to remove.
  11. Loosen chewing gum stuck to carpeting or upholstery by soaking it in white distilled vinegar.
  12. Create an all-purpose window cleaner with a few ounces of distilled vinegar in a quart of water.
  13. Give leather upholstery an extra shine by cleaning it with hot white distilled vinegar and rinsing with soapy water.
  14. Make your car extra shiny by adding a few drops of white distilled vinegar to your bucket of water.

 So now let me ask you this, after 5 days of reviewing the value of vinegar ~ how many gallons are you going to store in your preps?


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