•Add cinnamon to some vinegar and microwave for a quick potpourri.

•Put on hands to remove fishy odors.

•Rub into deodorant stains in shirts before washing.

•Add a teaspoon to the water when cooking rice to make it fluffier.

•Add a teaspoon when cooking a beef roast to make it more tender.

•Make eardrops by mixing equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Put 3-4 drops in each ear after swimming. The alcohol dries up the water and the vinegar kills the bacteria.

•When hand washing dishes, add vinegar to the rinse water for spot free glassware and china.

•To clean and polish stainless steel, chrome, ceramic and plastic, rub on full-strength vinegar, then polish dry with a cloth slightly dampened with water.

•Window cleaner - Mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a bucket of warm water. Apply with a sponge and remove with a squeegee. If you don't have a squeegee, use black and white newsprint followed by dusting with a soft brush or duster.

•Drain cleaner - Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Add 1 cup white vinegar and follow with boiling water. Flush with cold water for 1-2 minutes.

•General cleaner and disinfectant - 1 cup distilled white vinegar with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in 1-1/2 quarts of distilled water.

•Use cleaning vinegar (50% stronger than regular white vinegar) to remove tough hard water stains. Spray on, let sit briefly, and clean off with a scrubbing sponge.

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