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Household

Sinks
Once a month, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by one cup of white vinegar down the drain. Wait an hour and flush with warm water. The combination fizzles away most of the buildup. Works for shower, tub and kitchen sink drains as well.

Pour 3 tablespoons of Washing Soda down the drain at least once per week and run very hot water slowly until the granules dissolve.

Bugs
To get rid of roaches, silverfish, ants, etc, sprinkle boric acid powder into cracks, under sinks, and under the stove & refrigerator. If the powder gets damp, just reapply. It will take a few weeks for all of the bugs to die, but you probably won't see them again. The powder sticks to their legs and then they drag it back into their nests where it kills others as well.

Spray bugs with full strength white vinegar.

Weed Killer
Mix 1 cup of salt into 1 gallon of white vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon liquid dish detergent. Spray on weeds & watch them die. Works very well.

Odors
Set a shallow bowl of vinegar throughout the house to absorb unpleasant odors.

Rust in stainless steel sink
Pour lemon juice (fresh or bottled) on a soft cloth, sprinkle on cream of tartar (available in the spice aisle of the grocery) and work into the rust stain. If the rust isn't immediately removed, let the mixture sit on the stain for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse.

Flowers
Keep cut flowers fresh longer (or even perk up droopy ones) by adding two tablespoons of vinegar and one tablespoon of sugar to each quart of water.

Remove wallpaper
Spray full strength white vinegar on and let it sit for a minute or two. Then pull & scrape the wallpaper off. Remove the paste by scrapping, also using full strength vinegar.

Remove glue
To dissolve any unwanted glue bonds, simply apply vinegar to the glued area and let sit until the bond becomes weak (how long depends on what kind of glue and how much was applied).

Wood Stain
White vinegar can be mixed with water-based inks to make a stain for wood. Pour white vinegar into a mixing jar, add ink until the desired color is achieved and apply to wood with a brush or rag. Wipe off excess and let dry. Since the bulk of the mixture is vinegar, wood warpage is minimal. The resulting finish is the color of the tint with a silvery sheen.

Paint Prep
Wiping down clean metal surfaces with a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water) preps the surface for painting, and reduces the incidence of peeling.

Rust Remover
To remove rust from bolts and other metals, soak them in full strength vinegar.