Vinegar is probably something that you have in your house … and you may know ways to use it in cleaning around the house but here are some other cleaning uses that you may not have thought of.
Cleaning with Vinegar
- Scissor cleaner – wipe grime off the blades with a cloth dipped in white vinegar. Unlike soap and water, it will clean your scissors without ruining the blades.
- Sticker removal – rub white vinegar on sticky labels and leave for 5mins. It breaks down the sticky residue.
- Descale your kettle – add 1 cup of vinegar to your kettle and let it boil. Once it has boiled empty the vinegar mix out of the kettle.
- Steam Clean Your Microwave – add equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bowl and place in your microwave for 4 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl from microwave and then simply wipe down the insides of the microwave. The steam created will break down any mess inside the microwave – making cleaning easy.
- Refresh Upholstery – fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar and spritz your upholstery. It neutralises any odours.
- Rejuvenate Bathroom Items – fill your sink with equal parts water and white vinegar and add things like razors, pumice stones and loafers. Let them sit in the sink for 1 hour and then rinse. This will remove soap residue, body oils and odours from these items.
- Defrost Car Windows – before cold weather strikes, fill a spray bottle with 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water and spray on to the windows. The acidity of the vinegar will prevent ice from forming.
- Fabric Softener – during the wash cycle add in ½ cup of white vinegar. It will help soften, brighten and deodorise your linen.
- Hand Stains – whether it be the smell on your hands from cutting up an onion or the stain from beetroot, vinegar can help. Wash your hands first with soap and water and then rinse with white vinegar. The vinegar will remove the odour or colour from your hands.
- Clean Wooden Chopping Boards – simply wipe your chopping board down after each use with a vinegar soaked cloth. This will remove bacteria and odours.
Tip Never mix vinegar with ammonia. Never use vinegar on stone surfaces. The acid can damage the surface. Don't use balsamic vinegar or white rice vinegar - they're for cooking.