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Here are uses for lemon juice and vinegar that I thought you'd enjoy knowing: Lemon. Use the juice to dissolve soap scum and hard-water deposits, or mix with baking soda for a paste to clean brass and
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posted at 7/7/2012 2:50 AM EDT
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Here are uses for lemon juice and vinegar that I thought you'd enjoy knowing:

Lemon. Use the juice to dissolve soap scum and hard-water deposits, or mix with baking soda for a paste to clean brass and copper. Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 cup olive oil to polish hardwood furniture. Test first.

Vim and vinegar. Spray undiluted white vinegar around doorways and window sills to discourage ants. A small dish near fruit bowls repels fruit flies. Equal parts vinegar and water will clean windows and other glass surfaces. Boil the mixture to loosen residue in microwave ovens. Or pour undiluted vinegar inside toilet rims during a flush to clean and remove rings.

These are from the AARP magazine.

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posted at 7/7/2012 8:08 AM EDT
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Great hints! Thank you Verlee!! Smile 

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posted at 7/7/2012 9:48 AM EDT
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I picked up a great copper tea kettle at a garage sale. (didn't need it but it was $6.00 Chantal is the maker and it has a double tone harmonica whistle..just had to have it!)
When I got home I started to use Barkeepers Friend to clean it but switched to lemon juice and a bit of salt.  That did a much better job and is much less expensive..
Lemons .......not just for Margarita's!
I always toss lemon bits in the garbage disposal.  I don't like using the disposal much but lemons always go in just to freshen it.  I figure I have to run it once in a while to clear out the stuff the may have fallen in.

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posted at 7/7/2012 9:56 AM EDT
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thank you

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posted at 7/7/2012 9:57 AM EDT
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thank you

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posted at 7/7/2012 10:33 AM EDT
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Thanks Verlee. I made a copy to put in my book that hubby gave me with helpful household hints.

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posted at 7/7/2012 11:22 AM EDT
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that's interesting gale

just before my exile when we were discussing hints-------------heloise had a column about vinegar i wanted to share--------and haven't really been able to get it in

and today i can't find the article-i'll have to ask my cleaning lady

the gist of it was that vinegar actually comes in 2 strengths        5%  and   9%         but the 9% is not sold in every state--------------texas does sell 9% but it was very hard to find it---------i finally did in the very large (over 1 gal) bottle at h.e.b. it was labelled pickling vinegar-----------but other pickling vinegars are not that strong--------------

she said that the 9% was the best to use in pickling and cleaning and if you want the lower strength for salads and such you just mix it with water about 1/2 & 1/2

i have got to find that column

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posted at 7/7/2012 1:48 PM EDT
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Great tips - thanks!

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posted at 7/7/2012 3:24 PM EDT
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Thanks I will try it to get rid of my ants around my kichen sink and window.

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posted at 7/7/2012 4:17 PM EDT
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With all the fruit I now have in the house, we've had quite a time with the fruit flies.  Years ago I found a hint to get rid of them.  Pour about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar into a small bowl, add two drops dishwashing liquid.  The vinegar attracts the fruit flies and the dishwashing liquid keeps them from flying back out.  I keep one on the counter and one on the kitchen table during the summer.  Works great.

Thanks to all for the helpful hints on other vinegar uses.

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posted at 7/7/2012 4:27 PM EDT
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The best way to deal with fruit flies is to get rid of them before they show up.
The female lays the eggs at the stem of the fruit.
When you bring it home and place it on the counter the warm temperatures and the ripening fruit the eggs will hatch. Then you see the flies.
When you bring the fruit home give the stem end a good blast with the sprayer on the kitchen sink this will dislodge most if not all the eggs.  A blast from a spray bottle of vinegar and water will take care of the rest.  Just rinse the fruit after the vinegar and water spray.

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