Why Vinegar is So Handy! 12 Household Uses

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Take a look around your home and you will likely find a huge variety of products, each designed for a specific use. But, the likelihood is, you can scrap all of those bottles and replace them with just one thing; vinegar! Below is an outline of just some of its many uses.

Fruit and veg wash
When washing your fruit and veg, add a tablespoon to your bowl or sink of water. The vinegar will help to dissolve any wax and leave your fruit and veg nice and clean. Be sure to rinse well with fresh water before eating.


Disinfect Loofah/Kitchen Sponge/Steel Wool
In a bowl add 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and soak any kitchen sponges overnight. This will disinfect and loosen any caked on grease. Be sure to rinse well and allow to dry. 


Oven cleaner
First, mix a paste of sodium bicarbonate and water. Remove all racks so that your oven is empty. Wearing gloves and using a cloth (nothing too abrasive), coat your oven (but not the elements or fan) and scrub. Leave overnight. The next day, scrape the gunk out and spray vinegar over the oven. Let it foam and leave it for 20 minutes before wiping it down. To clean your racks soak them overnight in the bath in a solution of sodium bicarbonate and hot water and then using steel wool, scrub them clean. 


Descale your kettle
Empty the water out of your kettle and fill with an inch of vinegar. Swish it around and leave overnight. In the morning scrub with a kitchen sponge and rinse thoroughly. Boil a small amount of water and discard before going back to normal use. 


Shower & bath
Use your all purpose cleaner to spray mouldy or dirty areas of the bathroom. Good for cleaning the taps and making them shine. 


Hair rinse
Once a month, rinse your hair with 1 tablespoon of vinegar to get rid of the oily build up of conditioner. It will leave your hair shiny and fresh.


Foot soak
Soak your feet in 1 part vinegar, 2 parts warm water. This will soften the skin which you can then exfoliate, removing dry and dead skin.


All purpose cleaner - infused with citrus and antibacterial plants
You will need a glass jar, a spray bottle, citrus peels (pith removed), water.
In your glass jar, add the citrus peels. You can use as little or as many as you want. You can also add plants with antibacterial properties such as thyme, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and cinnamon. They not only add a nice aroma but help sanitize as well. Cover them with vinegar and let sit for a week so that oils infuse. After a week, strain the liquid, compost your citrus peels and half fill your spray bottle, topping the rest up with water. Use as you would any all-purpose cleaner. 


Glass cleaner
Add it undiluted to a spray bottle and use as a streak-free way to clean glass. 


Anti-freeze for your windscreen
Coat your car windows with 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and the acidity will prevent them from freezing.


Clean and descale your steam iron
Mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part distilled water. Fill your iron up, put it on the steaming setting and this will unclog the holes and clean the baseplate.


Replace your fabric softener
Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine to leave your clothes feeling soft and fresh.

This is a guest post by Grace Stewart.
Grace is a sustainability blogger, baker, mum and nature lover. You can follow her on Instagram @plasticfreegrace



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