5 Things to Do With Vinegar
Think vinegar is just for salad dressing? Think again! Here are five brilliant new ways to use vinegar all around the house.
Extraordinary New Uses for Ordinary Vinegar
Vinegar has its uses in the kitchen, but it’s just as useful throughout the home. Read on to find out how you can use vinegar to banish stubborn stains, clean your fruits and veggies, and much more.
Use Vinegar to Wash Fruit and Vegetables
You can’t be too careful when it comes to handling the foods you eat. Before cooking and serving fruit and vegetables, a good way to eliminate hidden dirt, pesticides and even insects, is to rinse them in 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar dissolved in 4 litres cold water.
Use Vinegar to Remove Carpet Stains
You can lift out a range of stains from a carpet with vinegar.
• Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 100ml white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.
• For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same way.
• For tough, ground-in dirt, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornflour and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.
• To make spray-on spot and stain remover, fill a spray bottle with 5 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Fill a second spray bottle with 1 part non-foaming ammonia and 5 parts water. Saturate a stain with the vinegar solution. Let it settle for a few minutes, then blot thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Then spray and blot using the ammonia solution. Repeat until the stain has gone.
Use Vinegar to Remove Salt Stains From Shoes
Ice, slush and snow are hard on shoes and boots, but the worst thing by far is the salt that is used to melt it. It leaves an unsightly white stain and can cause your footwear to crack and disintegrate if it is left on indefinitely. To remove it and prevent long-term damage, wipe fresh stains with a cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar.
Use Vinegar to Banish Bruises
Speed healing and prevent black-and-blue marks after a painful fall by soaking a piece of cotton gauze in white or apple cider vinegar and leaving it on the injured area for an hour.
Use Vinegar to Get Rid of the Smell of Smoke
If you have recently burned a steak, or if a chain-smoking friend or relative has paid a surprise visit, remove the lingering smoky smell by placing a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the room where the smell is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates the entire house. The smoky residue should be gone in less than a day. You can also quickly disperse the smell of fresh cigarette smoke inside a room by moistening a cloth with vinegar and waving it around.