Tuesday, February 5

Green Tip Tuesday - Berry Vinaigrette and Uses

Hey couponer friends... how many of you have bottles upon bottles of vinegar? I don't have that many, I had 6, but I gave ones to each of my grandmothers. Now I have 4. Have yours just been collecting dust? But let me tell you, this stuff is great! I have been turning to it for pretty much everything after I learned all of the great uses for it, besides cooking. Yeah, so here comes a list... but not a list of all the uses, the list of what I actually use. And to show you that you can be frugal and stretch your dollars even further! I suggest ya'll check out this website, it's one of the ones where I found most useful and tons of uses, neatly categorized. And scroll down to the end for my new favorite recipe!

  1. Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)
  2. Clean and deodorize a drain by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, then one cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down the drain.
  3. Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.
  4. To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.
  5. Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.
  6. Get cleaner laundry! Add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer, and attacks mold and mildew.
  7. Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.
  8. Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.
  9. Kill fleas by adding a little white distilled vinegar to your dog or cat’s drinking water. 

And that's pretty much it.... And yup, i have one bottle left! It's gonna be a sad day when we run out (but I do have apple cider vinegar). And I've been making salads for me almost everyday and this is one of the dressings that I made....
Spinach Berry Salad

Berry Vinaigrette

A light and refreshing dressing. Also a wonderful accompaniment to grilled salmon or chicken. Can be made a day in advance


  • 2/3 cup Heinz® Apple Cider Vinegar**
  • 1/4 cup sugar**
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cut berries (raspberries, strawberries or blackberries)


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover and store in refrigerator. Serve at room temperature. Can be made a day in advance. **If preferred: Replace with Heinz® Distilled White Vinegar Use 1/3 cup of sugar instead of 1/4 cup Makes about 2 cups Prep Time: 5 minutes.
 It's from the Heinz Website. They have a good amount of recipes if ya'll wanna check it out. And, I also put the dressing in a old dressing bottle... Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

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  1. All I use to clean anymore is vinegar-- I love it! What I really love is making lavender scented vinegar to clean with, I cannot wait until summer when my lavender plant is ready to use again. I miss that stuff!
    I have also started making my own fabric softener and it calls for vinegar as well. I go through it by the gallons when I can in the summer as well.

    Thanks for linking up to our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop-
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

    1. Ohhh, that sounds divine. I haven't attempted to make my own softener, but I plan to!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wow, great uses for vinegar! Gonna pin this... :)


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