Ten Quick Benefits of Vinegar Tips
As a mother or Muslim woman we frequently or occasionally go into the kitchen to cook for our family or for ourselves and vinegar is one of many food ingredients that are always there in our kitchen cabinets. Vinegar (mixed with salt) can be used to marinade meat, fish, or seafood, can be used as a smell reliever and for making food more delicious with the sauce mixture of vinegar. Vinegar also can be used for the removal of toxins as well as for disinfectants.
There are many types of vinegar available in the market, not just one kind of clear vinegar or one without color. Of the types of vinegars there is Balsamic vinegar which is dark, sweet, and sugary. Balsamic vinegar is usually used on salads, in sauces, or rained over fresh fruit. There is also cider vinegar which is made from apples and is good for marinade. White vinegar is another and is a neutral vinegar that is sour and is extracted from various grains. Red or white wine vinegar is originated from varied red or white wines and is used for dressing sharp, dark greens. Rice vinegar is less sour than white vinegar and blends well with sesame oil.
Nevertheless, a halal food expert, Dr. Anton Apriyantono, said that not all vinegar is halal for Muslims. He has said, “If vinegar is made from halal ingredients such as coconut juice, sugar, or malt, then Insha Allah there is no question of its halal status, as there is nothing to be considered in its manufacturing process. However, if vinegar is made from wine such as wine and cider items, namely wine vinegar, rice vinegar, cider vinegar, and sherry vinegar, then it should not be consumed.”
Vinegar, instead of only being used to drink, can also be applied as a cleaning agent. I quote some of the benefits of vinegar tips as follows:
- A mixture of 2 tbsp of salt and 1 tsp of white distilled vinegar can be used to shine a chrome basin affected by lime. A mixture of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar (equal parts) can also be used to remove stains from coffee and tea, stained brass, copper, and pewter.
- Cloth that has been soaked in vinegar can be utilized to clean and eliminate unpleasant odors in counter tops and plastic food containers.
- To clean a water pipeline, pour 1 cup of baking soda and then 1 cup of hot distilled vinegar, wait for 5 minutes or so and then pour hot water into the pipe.
- You can also make your own cleaning fluids by mixing ¼ cup baking soda and 1 tbsp of liquid detergent, add just enough of white distilled vinegar until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
- A mixture of ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup hot white distilled vinegar can be useful for eliminating the smell of a trash bin. Let it stands for 5 minutes then flush the dustbin with hot water. You can also reduce the bad odor with ice cubes of white distilled vinegar. Put the ice cubes of vinegar into trash bin while doused with cold water.
- A half-half mixture of white distilled vinegar and water in a bowl that is microwave safe can be used to clean and deodorize the microwave when the bowl containing the mixture of vinegar and water is on the boil in the microwave. The same mixture can also be used to clean shelves and walls of a refrigerator and also mini-blinds (using warm water as a mixture).
- A cloth that has been soaked in full-strength white distilled vinegar may be utilized to clean the top of a refrigerator, glassware, and an oven window (let stand in 15 minutes with the oven door in open condition then clean it with sponge).
- A sponge that has been soaked in white distilled vinegar is beneficial for removing the smell of an oven as a final rinse.
- By placing 1 slice of bread that has been soaked in vinegar into your family lunch box you can eliminate the smell when leaving the bread inside it for overnight.
- You can repel ants, insects, rodents by spraying vinegar in the place where the animals go through. As for chasing away fruit flies, you can put a plate containing distilled white vinegar.