Vinegar is a pantry staple that has many uses. You should stock up on vinegar before SHTF because this useful ingredient can also be used for cleaning around your home and treating minor medical emergencies. (h/t to PrepperWebsite.com)
Even if disaster doesn't strike, vinegar is a must-have in your kitchen because this ingredient is a safer alternative to store-bought cleaning supplies with many harmful ingredients. Vinegar is also safe to use around children and pets, so try using this alternative to keep your home clean.
Here are some suggestions on how to use vinegar while cooking or preparing food:
When boiling eggs, add a little vinegar to the water to help keep egg whites from running out if the eggs crack while boiling.
Add a couple of drops of vinegar to pasta as it boils. This helps make the pasta less sticky.
Soak dried beans in apple cider vinegar overnight and rinse completely to lessen the gas they create.
Use a half and half solution of vinegar and water to clean tough stains on plastic or on metal kitchen utensils.
Use vinegar and water to clean and deodorize plastic coolers. After soaking the items in the mixture, wash them with soap and water.
If you have pots or coffee pots with stubborn stains, soak the pots in vinegar for 30 minutes. Wash using hot soapy water. Alternatively, you can fill the pot with a solution of three tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until the stain loosens and can be washed away with soap and water.
After cutting cabbage, garlic, onions or peppers, wash your hands with a bit of vinegar to get rid of the smell.
Cutting boards can be home to bacteria and without proper sanitization, that bacteria can end up causing illnesses. Clean and sanitize cutting boards with a bit of vinegar to kill bacteria.
Use vinegar to safely clean and sanitize jars that you are going to use for prepared or pickled foods.
Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar to your washing machine to brighten whites.
If you have items with stubborn stickers, use a bit of vinegar to remove the sticky residue.
Use vinegar in your garden to get rid of weeds, moss or pests.
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and squirt the liquid to get rid of weeds naturally without ruining underground water. Spray vinegar into the crevices and cracks on the cement and on your driveway cracks to get rid of weeds naturally.
You can also use vinegar to kill moss. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to one gallon of water and spray the mixture on mossy areas of your garden. Carefully saturate the top layer and repeat daily until the moss dies.
Soak seeds in vinegar to hasten the germination process by breaking down the seeds' outer layer faster and encouraging sprouting.
Vinegar is safe enough to use in the soil surrounding your garden. Use vinegar to get rid of common garden pests like ants, aphids, slugs and snails.
To get rid of ants, mix white vinegar with water and spray it on areas that are infested. Alternatively, you can spray the vinegar mixture directly on the anthill to quickly eliminate ants.