"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Sunday, July 10, 2011

About Vinegar

I use white vinegar for my laundry~1 cup vinegar for a large load. I pour the vinegar in the place on the washer that is for bleach and I add it when I fill the washer with water. If my son is extra aromatic after work I may add 1.5- 2 cups vinegar.

There are so many uses to vinegar and often we overlook the simple for something expensive or name brand.

Vinegar does take the static out. We heat exclusively with the woodstove and this causes for some dry static-even though I have a pot of water on the stove all the time. Once I began to full-time use vinegar the static in the clothing was removed.

We do have issues with the dust here and the winds so sometimes I will have to rewash a load if a dust devil comes through. To be honest, this year has been the year of the dust devil- I have never seen so many, nor so many so big in all my years of living in the west. So I understand if someone has issues with using a clothesline with weather the way it has been. An alternative is to hang the clothes in the house if you have a drying rack or something similar.

Using the solar dryer makes my life work because it does not heat up the inside of the home like a dryer does. We live in a single level home so running a dryer heats the home~and we are frugal so not using the dryer keeps money for other projects.

When I began this journey I had no idea how much I would learn and how much I would have to unlearn to be a farmer's wife. I bet I never bought more than a small jar of vinegar my entire life until we moved to the farm. I now use about a gallon a month as I use vinegar in cleaning, cooking and laundry. I also save the vinegar gallon bottles to fill with emergency water. After last years snowstorm we had, I am glad that I continue to add to my storage with water.

Living a life of simplicity has been a learning curve and I am so grateful that I am learning how to do more with less!


Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I use vinegar and baking soda for my drains, and I make fabric softener using hair conditioner and vinegar, we use vinegar here for a lot of things that I can't think of right now. We are even using it to take adhesive from old linoleum off the hard wood floors in the kitchen. I am allergic to strong chemical smells so hot water and vinegar work just as well!

HossBoss said...

I love vinegar for lots of household chores and it makes a good hair rinse too. I'm always a little surprised when my hair doesn't smell like a pickle after it's dry, and it's soft and static free. I didn't know about using it as a fabric softener though ...that's great. I imagine it will help to 'clean' the lines in your washer too as it removes hard water buildup. I also never thought of using empty vinegar bottles for water storage. We keep all our empty bleach bottles for that, but it's good to know vinegar bottles can be used as well. Thanks for the tips!

Humble wife said...

Michelle- same here. Vinegar has become a catch all do all...that continues to impress me!

HB-I didn't think about how the vinegar would keep the water lines free of mineral deposits, but you are correct!!