A couple months ago I planted some herbs. Spearmint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, parsley, basil and chives. The spearmint, rosemary and oregano have yet to sprout… I’m thinking they probably won’t. That’s what I get for planting them in February…
If you haven’t gathered by now, I have a thing for vinegar. It’s my go-to cleaner. It’s cheap, safe for my family and economical. And it’s SOO multi-purpose.
With the weather getting warmer, I’m taking my obsession outdoors. Here’s a few of my favorite things to use vinegar for outside the home:
– My parents have ants something terrible. We stop ants from gathering by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area. Get rid of anthills by pouring full strength vinegar on them.
– Little Monkey has a fun little sandbox he loves to play in. It’s actually a small plastic swimming pool. And there are several cats in my parent’s neighborhood. UGH, right?! Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar. Pour two cups of vinegar in to the sandbox and let the sand dry.
– Flowers are expensive, and thus, reserved for special occasions. I help preserve any flowers I get by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase. This will also help liven any droopy heads.
– Keeping those flowers around for a while can cause that icky line on the vase. Get rid of the water line by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar. Or soak a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuff it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.
– Remove crusty rim deposits on house planters or attached saucers by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full-strength white distilled vinegar.
– We just got some new patio furniture at a garage sale. It’s perfect for our patio. Clean and sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Let air dry.
– My husband’s family is from Northern Idaho and are big into berry picking in the summertime. We often plan entire huckleberry picking days while we’re up visiting. This can leave stains like you wouldn’t believe though. Remove berry stains on your hands by rubbing them with white distilled vinegar.
– Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water. If your furniture is especially gross, mix in a tablespoon of baking soda.
See? Isn’t vinegar AHHH-MAZE-ING!? Now, go clean something outside!