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15 ways to use vinegar

G Magazine

It’s a miracle ingredient with an endless list of applications and handy uses around the home. If you haven’t been making good use of this clear concoction yet, here’s 15 great ways to get started.

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>> With its antimicrobial properties, vinegar is great for killing bacteria and pathogens. Wipe your chopping boards with white vinegar after each use.

>> Disinfect and renew sponges and dishcloths by placing them in a tub with just enough water to cover them. Add ¼ cup of vinegar and let them soak overnight.

>> Fleas hate the sour and acidic properties of apple cider vinegar. Help keep your dog flea-free by adding a few drops into their water dish or to treat fleas, mix half apple cider vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and spray your pet.

>> Undiluted 5 per cent vinegar (which is what is commonly sold in stores) is a pesticide-free way to kill young weeds, however it’s non-selective so be careful where you pour it!

>> Minimise odours and soap buildup from the dishwasher and replace toxic rinse aids by pouring vinegar into the rinse aid compartment and running it through a full cycle.

>> Vinegar will boost the power of your current laundry detergent and stain remover without harming fabrics. Add ¼ cup to the last rinse of your cycle for best results. It also acts as a fabric softener.

>> Soothe insect bites, stings and sunburn by dabbing on undiluted white distilled vinegar. No more itching, your skin will thank you.

>> Remove your cat’s litter odour by cleaning the box with some vinegar. Add half an inch to the empty box and let sit for twenty minutes then rinse it with cold water.

>> Cold sore got you down? By dabbing the area with a cotton ball drenched in white vinegar three times a day, you’ll see it begin to dry up.

>> Tired of dandruff? Before you shampoo, massage three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your hair. Leave for a few minutes then rinse. Or, for a great hair shine rinse, mix one part apple cider vinegar to two parts warm water and work into hair.

>> Tackle any household mildew or damp mouldy spots (particularly in the bathroom) with white vinegar on a cloth to kill off mould spores.

>> Distilled vinegar is one of the best grease cutters around. Clean your greasy frypans, oily wall splatters or your stove top with a vinegar-soaked cloth. For harder to remove food and stains in your pans, boil some vinegar on the stove for five minutes; after soaking, they should come off with a light scrub.

>> Soak a cloth in vinegar and wrap it around dirty faucets. Let the cloth sit overnight and calcium deposits will disappear.

>> Apple cider mixed into your bath can help soothe body aches and pains. Add two cups to your bathwater and feel the tension melt away.

>> If you ever forget about the wet laundry sitting in the machine, don’t stress. Get rid of the mouldy smell by adding a few cups of vinegar and running a rinse cycle.