20 uses of vinegar

This is the last in my series of blogs about how you can replace household cleaners with cheaper, non-toxic products.

The third “wonder” product that you will have in the store cupboard is vinegar, white is best. It kills 99% of bacteria, is safe and cheap – so here is what you can use it for.

  1. Cleaning cutlery – get rid of those stains byrubbing with vinegar before washing.
  2. Degrease oven  – spray neat vinegar onto the surface, let it soak for a while then wash away with soap and water.
  3. Clean the ‘fridge – Make a solution of ½ water and ½ vinegar. Clean the inside of the ‘fridge with this solution – it removes smells and make it sparkly clean.
  4. Clean the dishwasher – empty it and then pour a cup of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a whole cycle through.
  5. Reduce cooking smells – if you have an open-plan kitchen, cooking can leave an odour throughout the house. Slow boil a pot of vinegar and water will reduce this.
  6. Wooden chopping boards – after washing the board, wipe with vinegar to disinfect
  7.  Window cleaner – get sparkly windows by adding a few tablespoons of vinegar  per pint of water
  8. Furniture cleaner – mix together vinegar and olive oil to make furniture polish
  9. Clean grouting – wash with vinegar, leave to soak for 30 minutes, then wipe away.
  10. Bathroom surfaces – Put 2 cups of vinegar into a bucket of water to wipe down surfaces
  11. Shower head – fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tape it round the shower head, making sure the head is fully covered. Leave overnight. Wipe the vinegar off and run some water through the shower.
  12. Shower curtains – wipe down with neat vinegar.
  13. Toilet cleaner – put two cups of vinegar in the toilet bowl overnight
  14. Stain remover for clothes – rub neat vinegar into the stain before washing.
  15. Salt stains from boots – dip a cloth into neat vinegar and wipe away the stains.
  16. Cleaning spectacles – clear those smears by putting a drop of vinegar on each lens and the wiping with an eye glass cleaner.
  17. Stains from hands – if you go fruit-picking your hands often become berry-stained, just rub with vinegar then wash as normal.
  18. Chewing gum removal – heat a cup of vinegar up. Rub the vinegar onto the gum with a toothbrush – keep on doing this until gum removed – reheat the vinegar as necessary. Wash the garment .
  19. Crayon marks from clothing – rub vinegar on with a toothbrush then wash.
  20. Candle wax removal – remove excess wax with a blunt knife or spatula. Remove waxy residue by cleaning with a water and vinegar mixture.

Vinegar has a multitude of other uses too – as a beauty product, in the garden and even in cooking!

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