5 More Handy Things To Do with Vinegar
Clean your blinds, remove sticky labels and more with these new, practical uses for vinegar.
Did you know vinegar can be used to treat box-jelly fish stings? Here are five other handy uses for vinegar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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