Household Uses for Vinegar

Here’s just a few uses for vinegar to help keep your home clean and sparkling without the need for chemicals.

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No household should be without bottle of distilled, white vinegar. This versatile, natural ingredient can be used to clean and disinfect a huge range of surfaces and, partnered with its best friend, baking soda, can replace the majority of synthetic cleaners in your kitchen cupboard, saving you money and cutting back on packaging and the use of harmful chemicals. Here’s just a few uses for vinegar to help keep your home clean and sparkling without the need for chemicals.

Full strength vinegar

Keeping a spray bottle of full strength vinegar on hand is a great way of tackling dirty surfaces and tougher cleaning jobs. Undiluted vinegar can be used for:

  • cleaning the toilet bowl

  • removing mildew from the shower, shower head and taps

  • cleaning and deodorising chopping boards

  • presoaking clothes before washing to prevent colour running

  • a fabric softener- add half a cup to your wash

Diluted vinegar

An all-purpose cleaner can be made by mixing half vinegar, half water in a spray bottle. This can be used for:

  • kitchen surfaces and appliances

  • cleaning and restoring shine to windows

  • removing stains from carpets

  • almost any surface which requires gentle cleaning or polishing

Deodorising

Like baking soda, vinegar is an effective deodoriser in a variety of conditions. Use it to wipe down surfaces, sides and shelves of a stale smelling fridge to freshen it up. Likewise, a bowl of vinegar can be left in a smokey room to remove the overpowering smell. A smelly or clogged drain can be cleared and freshened easily without the need for more expensive sink unblockers. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda and rinsing with vinegar- the fizzing reaction which takes place will remove any built up debris while neutralizing any odours.

In the garden

Distilled vinegar can be useful in the garden as well as the home, so try keeping a bottle amongst your usual gardening tools. Uses for vinegar in the garden include:

  • Kill weeds, particularly those that like to grow between the cracks of your patio. Simply pour vinegar into these cracks to kill weeds and prevent more from growing.

  • Regulate soil acidity, and give acid-loving plants like hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons a boost

  • Repelling ants- just pour on the affected area

  • Cleaning garden tools. Rusting tools can be left to soak in vinegar for a few hours before wiping with a cloth.

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