24 Household Uses for Vinegar From Cleaning to Beauty to Pets

You can use vinegar for a zillion things besides salad dressing. Well, maybe not a zillion but at least two dozen.

Vinegar is one of the most versatile items in your home. A gallon of distilled white vinegar can be had for under $3 at Walmart, maybe even less at dollar stores. That’s 128 ounces and many uses call for less than a cup. A little goes a long way.

Word of caution. Use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for all of the below. Save your fancy, more expensive balsamic vinegar for the dressing. That goes for red wine vinegar and other flavored vinegars, like champagne.

There are so many uses for vinegar. Plan on using it to clean and freshen, indoors and outdoors. Most of the time you will be just mixing equal parts vinegar with water. If you rinse out and reuse spray bottles, you will be saving big bucks throughout the year.

First, Know the Difference Between Diluted and Distilled Vinegars

Diluted vinegar is exactly that — vinegar that has been thinned with water. It can be any type of vinegar. Almost every tip we have here will be using vinegar that has been diluted.

Distilled white vinegar is a purer form of vinegar. It is preferred for cooking, but also qualifies for every item on our list of uses for vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is made from apples, and is slightly less acidic and healthier. White vinegar is fermented from either sugar cane, corn, grains

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Colombia’s next finance minister says rate rises have limited impact on inflation

BOGOTA, July 28 (Reuters) – Interest rate hikes have a limited capacity to rein in accelerating inflation because supply issues are one of the key drivers of consumer price increases, Colombia’s next finance minister, Jose Antonio Ocampo, said on Thursday.

The government of Colombia’s next president, the leftist Gustavo Petro, who takes power on Aug. 7, will look to raise subsidies for poor people, Ocampo added.

Colombia’s central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate by 575 basis points to 7.5% since the beginning of an upward cycle that started in September in a bid to control inflation. Cumulative 12-month price growth hit 9.67% in June, the highest level in two decades and more than triple the bank’s 3% target.

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The market majority expects the bank board to raise the rate by 150 basis points to 9% on Friday. read more

“As the problem is with supply, not demand, supply of high fuel prices, international food prices, of fertilizers, the interest rate’s capacity to cut inflation is very low,” Ocampo said at a conference in Bogota.

Interest rate rises merely lead to expectations of lower inflation later on, Ocampo said.

“The downside is that (lower inflation) comes from an economic slowdown,” he said.

Ocampo, who as finance minister will hold one of the central bank’s seven board seats and will vote on rate movements, raised his concern about further increases.

“I don’t believe that we yet have a contractionary monetary policy

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Sydney Sweeney Gets Candid About Personal Finance Struggles

Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for MTV

Sydney Sweeney wants to be a young mom. in a Hollywood Reporter profiles, she says that the industry stigmatizes young moms, and, “I was worried that, if I don’t work, there is no money and no support for kids I would have.” Like all moms, young or otherwise, Sweeney wants to provide for her children, even if they’re still hypothetical. But she’s candid about how her life as a double-Emmy-nominated actress and it-girl is more financially taxing than it would appear to outsiders. “If I wanted to take a six-month break, I don’t have income to cover that,” she says to THR. “I don’t have someone supporting me, I don’t have anyone I can turn to, to pay my bills or call for help.” Surely HBO paychecks afford a lifestyle immune from rising gas prices? “They don’t pay actors like they used to, and with streamers, you no longer get residuals,” Sweeney notes. “The established stars still get paid, but I have to give 5 percent to my lawyer, 10 percent to my agents, 3 percent or something like that to my business manager. I have to pay my publicist every month, and that’s more than my mortgage.”

Can someone who is good at the economy please help her budget this? Her hypothetical future family is dying! Let’s crunch some numbers. In January, Sweeney bought her first house in Westwood for $3 million, which was actually $305,000 over asking. Rough calculations on a

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