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.