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The secrets of vinegar part 1

Updated on August 2, 2009


Vinegar and its wonders

Im sure by now you all know that vinegar is not just good on your chips but is also effective in lots of other uses,well it was only by doing some research on the subject that i realised that it is probably one of the most useful chemicals on the planet,due to vinegars natural acidity it is one of the most effective cleaners and i am going to share with you the various tips and tricks of how to put your vinegar to good use.

Clean Taps

I found this one out years ago and it works really well,Get some kitchen towel or cloth and soak it in vinegar then wrap it tightly around the ends of your basin taps if they are chrome and leave for a few hours,when you remove just rinse the taps for that special fresh chrome shine.


Clean out your refridgerator with equal parts of water and vinegar,not only will it clean and kill germs it will also leave your fridge smelling nice

Microwave cleaning

If like mine your microwave is filthy inside and has the remnants of food all up the sides then add some vinegar with some water in equal measures and put into a bowl and put in the microwave and heat on full power for a minute,this will leave the inside of your microwave damp which should enable the food to be removed with a cloth,for a different smell the same trick works with half a lemon.

Carpet cleaner

Obviously do a test patch on an inconspicuous patch of carpet first to make sure it doesn't damage it.If OK then add one cup of vinegar to 4litres of water and then using a soft brush gently rub the stain on carpet and wait to dry.

Unwanted smells

On any unwanted smells on cutlery or dishes then simply add a tablespoon of vinegar to your washing up water and proceed to wash up as normal,remembering to rinse everything after.

Prevention of ants

To prevent ants and other creepies from entering your abode then make up a solution containing 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water and spray around door frames and window frames

Distilled vinegar


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      8 years ago

      Very useful tips using a staple kitchen ingredient. Thanks.


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