Unlocking the Vinegar Secret

Most people know that vinegar has hundreds of uses.  But before this past week, I had no idea what household challenges it could solve.

First, I had a fruit fly infestation in my house.  I couldn’t figure out where all these fruit flies were coming from.  It ends up I had a bag of rotting potatoes in my laundry room (gross… I know).  

Anyway, I asked my father-in-law, who is a jack-of-all-trades, how I can get rid of them.  He instructed me to put his red wine vinegar out in a few bowls and the fruit flies would be attracted to the vinegar, crawl into the bowl and die.  He was right and within a day, my fruit fly issue was resolved.

Then I noticed that my trusty teapot had gotten a bit funky on the bottom from all the calcium and lime build up.  After using a scouring pad and getting nowhere, I determined a needed a new one.

I headed to a few department stores and could only find one hideous looking teapot that didn’t match my kitchen.  I complained to the 70-year-old associate that I couldn’t believe no one was selling teapots.  He looked me in the eye and said, “you are living in the past.”

I was speechless.  People still drink tea.  In fact at the 2010 International Home and Housewares show there were teapots and tea gadgets everywhere.

I told my boss about my issue and he recommended trying vinegar.  I had no expectation when I poured in the vinegar and let it set for about 24 hours.  I was so happy when I looked inside and all the calcium and lime build up was gone and no scrubbing needed.

Vinegar will certainly find its way onto my grocery list a bit more often!  Have a vinegar tip?  Share it with the rest of us in the comments section.

Jennifer Manocchio


After starting her career with Edelman in Chicago, Jennifer joined Sweeney and quickly established herself as an exceptional industry innovator. In 2004, she opened Sweeney’s first full-service office outside of Cleveland and quickly rose through the ranks to become agency president. Jen leads by example and without fear. She has been critical to agency growth throughout the past decade and continues to lead the agency into the future.