Friday, October 22, 2010

Vinegar Disciple: 6 Secret Kitchen Tricks; 4 Unknown Pet Rescues!

As an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you can feel good about keeping in your cupboards. It has an infinite number of uses around the home, in your diet and even outside! Here are just a few.

6 Secret Kitchen Tricks

1. Stinky Onion Hands?
Onions make food taste really spectacular. It also creates spectacularly stinky fingers. After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar. Vinegar will remedy any stinky finger issue.

2. Perk up Veggies, Eliminate GAS!
Great flavor is important; but everyone suffers when there's a gas leak. When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans [major gas leak alert], making Mexican food a far more attractive option.

3. Got Garbage Disposal Funk?
After some continual usage, it can be difficult to stand over a sink and enjoy breathing. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink-free sink.

4. Microwave Dandruf?
Occassionally things leak or blow up in the ole microwave. Despite being much easier to clean up when its fresh, we rarely do. Its much later just before company comes over. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food and get rid of odors in the microwave, too.

5. Need a Fruit Fly NO FLY ZONE?
One of my favorite vinegar remedies and my personal weapon against fruit flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit, covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it–the flies crawl into the trap, but can’t get out.

6. Get More Clout with Sparkling Grout!
Dirty grout is like a beacon in the kitchen and bathroom. The solution is far more simple than you might think. Forget using stinking bleach on tile grouting.Vinegar to the rescue! Let vinegar soak on it or add to a squirt bottle to coat problem areas and let soak in and then scrub with a toothbrush. WHAMMO...walk toward the light white!

4 Unknown Pet Rescues:
Pet Protection: There’s no need to use chemicals near pets when vinegar can handle most cleaning and bathing tasks.

1. Anti-Ear Scratch Batch
Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.

2. Say Naw to Cat Claw!
Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.

3. Cat Pee Free!
For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.

4. Got Skunk Funk?
Vinegar also gets rid of skunk odor. Soak the animal with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with fresh water.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Dumb and Damned: Human Immortality Quest

It's a beautiful Friday again on the cusps of Fall/Winter. I have been listening to a fantastic podcast called "Shatter the Darkness" with Russ Dizdar. It extremely thought-provoking. No, I have no misgivings on death. Everything dies no matter how many hours of healthy living and pills. I learned that early in life. Everyone has these questions and humannesses that continually move to an end.

Death: we tend to fear it despite trying to adore it. What does Death mean? Where do we really go? Are we still us after dying
Why do we have so many questions about the final voyage?

Having had some deeply loved pass on; why haven't they answered those questions or let us know? (Yes, I know the biblical reason)

We were once immortal (biblically speaking); now we aren't; separated from God through the sin of Adam. Science is searching for the God spark/particle. We are on a quest to become immortal and to defy death. Huge industries are founded on our quest to defy aging and death. There have been movies concerning artificial intelligence, the afterlife and cloning; all on a quest to demystify God and creation through discovering the Science of God or the Physics of God that we may control what we are AND become. In our effort to become God and thus; not require his presence or judgement: Are we questing these things to proclaim ignorance to the bible-thumpers and religiously inclined who are accused of just being simple-minded and afraid of the dark? Even greater questions; is there a larger force(s) who have far more over-arching motives leading the lambs to the slaughter toward the shroud of science so a greater spiritual darkness can be accomplished? Once we discover immortality, does it give us "freedom" from judgement? Afterall, Biblically speaking, we are judged at death; but if there is no death, can we still face judgement from an infinite god now on a lateral plane? If man becomes his own god; will not the whole of humanity be damned by itself?

Are these questions you've asked? Are they things you desire? Do you know why?