12 clever ways to use vinegar

12 clever ways to use vinegar

Not just for chips - remove stains, clean your windows and fight dandruff with vinegar!

1. Cleaning windows

Vinegar is great for cleaning windows and other hard surfaces. Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water and keep it in a spray bottle under your sink.

2. Freshen wilted vegetables

To bring your vegetables back to life, try soaking them in cold water with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar. This will help give them energy and keep them fresher for longer.

3. Remove coffee stains

You can scrub stains off the inside of coffee and teacups by mixing equal parts salt and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean and enjoy a sparkling clean mug. To remove stains from a coffee machine, add one part vinegar to two parts water and run a cycle without coffee grounds. The vinegar will help remove those excess coffee stains.

4. Freshen a room

If you don't want to buy expensive and chemical-based room scenters, use vinegar as it neutralises odours just as well! Mix half water and half vinegar in a small spray bottle with a few drops of your favourite essential oil, and make your own room fragrance.

5. Deter ants and cats

Ants (in fact, all insects) don’t like vinegar. Spray it on doors and windows to keep them at bay. Cats also don’t like vinegar. So if you want to keep them off the sofa, or out of a room, spray the carpet or fabric with vinegar. Just make sure you test the fabric for colorfastness first as vinegar can bleach some fabrics.

6. Keep frost off your windscreen

You can keep frost off your car windows by coating them with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water the night before a hard frost.

7. Ease a sore throat

Gargle a mixture 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in 250 ml (8fl oz) of warm water. Stir well and use to gargle with every hour.

8. Fight dandruff

Mix a few glugs of apple cider vinegar in450ml (1pt) of warm water, and use it as a rinse after you shampoo. This will help keep dandruff at bay, and make your hair super shiny.

9. Unclog drains

Commercial drain cleaners can be expensive and bad for the environment. Try pouring 75g (3oz) of bicarbonate of soda into the drain, followed by at least 250ml (1pt) of vinegar. After it foams, pour boiling hot water down the drain. Wait a few minutes, and then flush with cold water. Do this regularly and it will prevent clogs.

10. Remove water rings from wood

You can remove water rings from your wood furniture by combining equal parts vinegar and olive oil. Rub the mixture into the wood, going with the grain, and then buff with a clean cloth. You can also get rings off leather furniture by rubbing it with undiluted vinegar, and then buffing with a clean cloth.

11. Clean your microwave

You can easily steam-clean your microwave with vinegar. In a glass bowl, mix 60ml (2fl oz) of vinegar with 250ml (1pt) of water, and cook for 5 minutes. After the water has cooled a bit, wet a cloth in the mixture and wipe out the microwave. Any stuck on food will come right off.

12. Disinfect chopping boards

Chopping boards can harbour bacteria when they’re not cleaned correctly. Make sure this doesn’t happen by regularly disinfecting your chopping boards with vinegar. Wash your boards with hot soapy water after each use. Then, wipe them down with undiluted white vinegar. You can also clean wooden chopping boards by sprinkling bicarbonate of soda on them, and then pouring on the vinegar.