Vinegar can kick up the taste of a dish — or clean hard-water deposits on coffeemakers and the like.
There are countless home remedies for all manner of malfunctions. From shining your own shoes to using baking soda and vinegar as substitutes for harsh chemicals, you can save lots of money with a little ingenuity and elbow grease.
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I’ve personally found it chock full of great advice. Here’s one example on how to unclog a drain.
1. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down your slow-running or clogged drain.
2. Wash it down with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. It’ll bubble like your fifth-grade science experiment, but put the stopper over it and let the fizz work for 15 minutes.
3. In the meantime, put on a full kettle to boil water.
4. After your minutes are up and your kettle whistles, unplug the drain and pour the boiling water down it. Repeat if necessary.
If that still doesn’t work, fill your sink with several inches of water (if it’s not — ew — already filled), plug your overflow holes with a wet rag, rim your plunger with petroleum jelly, place it over the drain and press up and down on the handle until the obstruction clears.
There are many, many more step-by-step instructions on cooking, cleaning, saving, entertaining and more from Bried, a senior staff writer at SELF magazine.
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So, what tips did you learn from your parents or grandparents that you still use today? Do you have “just in case” items that you keep in your home — like lemons, baking soda, aloe plants, vinegar or nail polish?
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