5 More Handy Things To Do with Vinegar

Clean your blinds, remove sticky labels and more with these new, practical uses for vinegar.

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Did you know vinegar can be used to treat box-jelly fish stings? Here are five other handy uses for vinegar.

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Clean Your Window Blinds

You can make the job of cleaning mini-blinds or venetians considerably less torturous by giving them "the white glove treatment." Just put on a white cotton glove - the kind sold for gardening is perfect - and moisten the fingers in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and hot tap water. Now simply slide your fingers across both sides of each slat and prepare to be amazed. Use a container of clean water to periodically wash off the glove.

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Shine Your Silver

Make your silverware - as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewelry - shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

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Erase Ballpoint-Pen Marks

Has the budding young artist in your home just decorated a painted wall in your home with a ballpoint original? Don't lose your cool. Rather, dab some full-strength white vinegar on the "masterpiece" using a cloth or a sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone. Then go out and buy your child a nice big sketch pad.

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Unglue Stickers, Decals and Price Tags

To remove a sticker or decal affixed to painted furniture or a painted wall, simply saturate the corners and sides of the sticker with full-strength white vinegar and carefully scrape it off (using an expired credit card or a plastic phone card). Remove any sticky remains by pouring on a bit more vinegar. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then wipe with a clean cloth. This approach is equally effective for removing price tags and other stickers from glass, plastic, and other glossy surfaces.

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Clean a Teakettle

To eliminate lime and mineral deposits in a teakettle, bring 3 cups full strength white vinegar to a full boil for five minutes and leave the vinegar in the kettle overnight. Rinse out with cold water the next day.

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