In 2010, Hana Haatainen Caye (an amazing green grandma blogger of 2) began Vinegar Fridays on her blog, The Green Grandma. Vinegar Fridays is a fabulous weekly feature with vinegar tips, recipes, ideas, and more. Hana ended Vinegar Fridays last year and her readers begged her to bring it back- so she decided to write a book that included her wonderful vinegar wisdom. That is how Vinegar Fridays was born! No worries if you missed the original blog posts- Vinegar Fridays because the weekly feature is back :)
I remember when I first began using vinegar as a cleaner, it smelled so horrible and I had no idea how I was going to be able to make the switch- or convince other family members. I diluted it, added lemon juice, essential oils... nothing could mask the odor. But now, 2 years later, I could spill a whole gallon and wouldn't be able to notice. Vinegar is cheap, easy to mix, completely safe, and you can buy it just about anywhere. I was very excited to read Vinegar Fridays because I love learning new ways to use vinegar- and I wasn't disappointed! The Green Grandma's tips are amazingly effective and useful for every day things. I had quite a few ah-ha moments when I can't believe I didn't think to use vinegar before.
I love how Green Grandma incorporated information about mainstream cleaning products and their harmful chemicals throughout the book. There is even an amazing chapter about the "Whys of Vinegar" that explains ingredients like ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, and glycols and why they are problematic.
The Green Grandma also included other useful health tips and facts throughout Vinegar Fridays. The most mind blowing to me was about a research study that was done on hot tubs (that were supposed to be clean) and 95% of the water samples tested positive for fecal bacteria. Gross! Luckily vinegar is a disinfectant and can kill 99% of bacteria. But I don't suspect many hotels use vinegar, so I will be avoiding from now on!!
Vinegar Fridays is divided into 19 chapters with tips including: vinegar cleaners, disinfectants, odor eaters, beauty tips, health tips, fat burning tips, hair uses, summertime fixes, kidstuff, pet uses, outdoor solutions, laundry care, and how to get rid of bugs. Yes- vinegar can even help burn fat!
Green Grandma uses distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar in the book. There are many other different kinds of vinegar, but these are my favorite two as well. I have always rinsed out my stainless steel cups after soaking them in apple cider vinegar, but I learned it will evaporate so no need!
The 72 page book is a easy read with tons of useful information that will save you a lot of money on nasty chemical products. Hana is funny throughout the book (love her ants poem!) and it's so much more than just how to use vinegar! You can purchase Vinegar Fridays online at Lulu for $15- but it's on sale right now for $11.25!! I highly recommend and this would be an amazing gift!
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* I was sent a copy of Vinegar Friday to review for free. This in no way alters my opinion. Thank you Green Grandma for the amazing book, ideas, and inspiration!