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Refreshing your Bath Towels:

Your bath towels can have a buildup of laundry soap and softeners from multiple washes causing them to absorb less than they did when they were new.

Every 6 month or so, I refresh my towels by following this simple process:

I run them through the wash cycle with only hot and one cup white vinegar - nosoap added. I run them through the wash cycle for a second time, this time with hot water and ½ cup of baking soda – again no soap added.

This process stripes the residual build up leaving themlike new, fresh, and more absorbent.

Vinegar – our helpful Friend!

Growing up, my mom would always have a bottle of vinegar in the house. I remember thinking that was the worst smell I had ever encountered ….as a kid, if it didn’t smell like cotton candy, it was yucky.

As an adult I have come to understand the magical power of vinegar. It is now my personal opinion that no home should be without a bottle in the cupboard.

So here are some practical uses of vinegar that you may not know about:

Clean chrome and stainless steel:

Using a spray bottle, apply a light mist of undiluted white vinegar to you chrome and steel objects. You can then use a soft cloth to buff these objects; this will bring out their brightness.

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Brighten up brickwork:

Use 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon of warm water to scrub the heavy dingy bricks round your fireplace.

Mildew Remover:

Heavy mildew stains can be wiped away with undilutedvinegar and lighter satin can be removed with diluted vinegar.

Revitalize wood paneling:

Mix 1 pint warm water with 4 tablespoons white and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Let the mixture soak for a few minutes and then polish.

Keep car windows frost-free:

Vinegar is a great way to keep frost from forming on your car windows. Spray the outside of your windows with a mixture of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water.

Steam-clean your microwave:

Fill a bowl with 1 cup water and ¼ cup vinegar. Set the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes. Once the bowl cools down, use the solution to wipe off the walls of the microwave.

Clean china, crystal, and glassware:

Simply add a few ounces of vinegar to your dishwasher. It will prevent those hard-water stains from showing up.

Control your dandruff:

After shampooing, rinse your hair with a mixture of 2 cups apple cider vinegar and 2 cups cold water.

Stop colours from running:

Soak your new clothes in a few cups of undiluted white vinegar for 10-15 minutes before their first washing.

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Keep Lemons Fresh Longer:

Lemons kept at room temperature can harden overtime, making them hard to juice while affecting their healing properties.

To keep lemons fresh for longer, keep them in the fridge in a sealed plastic or zip lock bag and refrigerate .Their properties will remain intact. is best to keep them in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag or zip bags. Lemons will not change any of their properties if you just put them in the fridge. Closed plastic bag is the key. So, unless you use your lemons within 5 days, keep them in this way

Recipe:

Baked Salmon and Vinaigrette Green Salad

Bake Salmon Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets, about 8oz each
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup old mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Put salmon pieces in a baking dish and season them with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine maple syrup and mustard. Pour over salmon pieces, cover with plastic wrap and let marinade in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • ¼ cup old mustard
  • Remove the salmon pieces from the marinade and transfer on a baking pan lined with foil. Bake at preheated 400°F oven for 12 minutes.

Green Salad Ingredients

Basic Vinaigrette Formula:1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the above ingredients in a small bowl

You will then need salad greens or mesclun mix for 2 people

Place the salad greens in a medium bowl and add enough dressing to moisten.

For some variation to the vinaigrette formula you may add the following (not all at once though)

  • Fresh or dry herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, or thyme
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh minced ginger
  • Shallots, scallions, or green onion
  • Bold cheeses – finely grated or crumbled – such as Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, Gorgonzola, or feta
  • Dijon mustard which adds flavor and acts as an emulsifier
  • Sugar or honey

Notes:
Recipes adapted from: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Maple-Mustard-Baked-Salmon-1128412
AND
http://www.kitchentreaty.com/how-to-make-a-simple-vinaigrette-salad-dressing/

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