Vinegar - a handy multi-purpose cleaning agent

vinegar.pngVinegar is more than just the soulmate of salty chips, or so the Cool Tools blog would have you believe.

In fact, I started using a spray bottle containing 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water for cleaning for several good reasons - it's environmentally friendly, good for getting out smells like cat pee (don't ask) and it's also gentle on delicate fabrics.

The Cool Tools blog has reviewed a book called Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of, and the reviewer included a handy list of his own favourite users of vinegar:

    • Clean the microwave by boiling a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar until it steams up. Wipe clean.
    • Add vinegar to a hand-pump compressed-air sprayer to kill weeds and grass growing in crevices in a patio and walkways.
    • Make tomato sauceand other condiments last longer when the bottle is almost empty by adding a little vinegar and shaking.
    • Spread a cloth soaked in vinegar over a price tag you want to remove and leave overnight.

Got any other tips for using vinegar (or other environmentally friendly substances?) - leave 'em in comments please.

Vinegar - how to cook, clean and live via Vinegar [Cool Tools]


    For flushing out your kitchen or other sink when it gets smelly : Stuff a heap of bicarb soda down the plughole, as much as you can. Poke it with something and then stick a bit more down there.

    Get ready with the plug, pour a heap of vinegar down the hole, and put the plug in. The agitation of the old school vinegar and bicarb volcano reaction loosens the muck, and also releases a heap of carbon dioxide. Putting the plug in means the sudden extra pressure pushes the newly loosened muck down the pipes.

    You can do it a few times, till the bicarb stops fizzing.

    Put vinegar through your expresso maker if it starts to get a little clogged with calcium and Bam! its like new again. Just make sure you rinse thoroughly.

    To reduce soap build up in shower recess spray full strength white vinegar once a week. before you clean shower leave for 1/2 an hour.
    It also will remove copper stain in the bath /basin spray full strength and leave for extended period, week I found this out by accident

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