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10 top eco-tips for using vinegar

Published: 18th May 2010 12:38

Almost everyone's got a bottle of cheap vinegar lurking at the back of the cupboard somewhere, one that only sees the light of day on those rare (or not so rare) occasion that we treat ourselves to chips...but acetic acid aspires to much more than being a humble flavouring. It was hard work to limit its uses to only ten, but read on to find top uses for vinegar as an abundant and natural household product.

1. Removing stubborn coffee stained cups and pots.
Rubbing your crockery with a dab of neat vinegar will banish those unsightly brown marks.

2. Storing cheese
A weird and wonderful factoid that will make people think you're a domestic god(dess); cheese keeps much longer when wrapped in a vinegar-soaked cloth

3. Cleaning the floor
You can make a powerful dirt-busting antiseptic floor wash with vinegar and sweet-smelling herbs that works just as well as more noxious household chemicals. Click here for instructions.

4. Cleaning windows
Simply mix 50 percent white vinegar with 50 percent water and bung it in a spray bottle. Spray glass surfaces and wipe dry.

5. Killing garden weeds
Vinegar makes a great natural weed-killer, just on its own. All you need do is spray or pour white vinegar directly onto the weeds, and they should be dead in a matter of hours.

6. Relieving the pain of sunburn
This one really surprised me, but I'm assured it does work: spraying neat white or apple cider vinegar on to sunburnt skin provides instant relief. Read about how this works here.

7. Making your tights last longer
For longer-lasting, ladder-free tights, add one tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water when washing, and hey presto, you've got super-strong tights!

8. Relieving a cough
You can make 'witches brew' with cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, honey and lemon juice. IIf you can keep it down, your cough should quickly subside...

9. Removing stubborn stains from fabric and clothes
Apply white vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer's instructions.

10. Cleaning toys
Add some white vinegar to soapy water to safely clean and disinfect kids' toys. Much safer than bleach, and just as effective.

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