A few months ago I passed along some practical uses for vodka.  Now we're on "the wagon" with some practical uses for vinegar.

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We all have a bottle of vinegar in our pantry.  So, lets make the most of this household staple.

Vinegar is effective for light carpet stains.  Mix one part vinegar and one part water.  Apply the solution, liberally, on the stain and blot with a cloth.

The holidays will be here before we know it and most of us will ,be using a cutting board.  To clean a wooden cutting board fill a spray bottle with one part vinegar and one part water.  Spray the board and wipe with a paper towel.  This way you won't have a chemical residue left behind from conventional spray cleaners.

If you want to keep a bouquet or those flowers you clipped  from your garden to last longer, try this.  Mix three tablespoons of sugar with two tablespoons of vinegar.  Pour the solution into the vase to give your flowers extended life.

You can deter ants by spraying vinegar around doors and window frames and under the refrigerator.

To freshen up your washing machine, pour in a cup of vinegar and run through normal cycle.  Do this once a month.

And finally, to keep your car windows frost free next winter, it's vinegar to the rescue.  Coat the windows the night before with three parts vinegar and one part water.

Let me know how any of these uses work out.  .