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10 Alternative Uses for Vinegar

Italy - 23 Jun 13 - Simone Gie

Vinegar’s uses go well beyond dressing your salad. From a screen-cleaner to a hair conditioner, we’ve selected ten of this versatile ingredient’s thousands of uses. In general, white distilled vinegar is a fantastic all-round household cleanser, effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs due to its level of acidity. More tips on this cheap and smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals here.

1. As a hair conditioner. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water and use it as the final rinse after you wash and condition your hair for extra shine. You can also replace conditioner with this step. The vinegar smell will go away once your hair is dry.

2. To clean touch screens and flat screen computer or TV monitors, dampen a microfiber cloth with a 50-50 mix of distilled water and white vinegar and wipe gently. (Thanks to Tiziana Cumbo from the Catanzaro Università Convivium, Italy, for this tip.)

3. To get rid of limescale in your kettle, pour in a half-cup of vinegar with water, swish around and leave for an hour or overnight and watch it come right off with a sponge. Rinse kettle well before using again.

4. Dump half a cup of bicarbonate of soda down a clogged drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. Leave to sit a few minutes then pour hot water down drain.

5. For streakless windows, white vinegar in a spray bottle works like a charm. For best results wipe off with crumpled up newspaper.

6. Make your own facial skin toner by mixing one part apple cider vinegar with three parts filtered water. Keep in a glass bottle, shake, and apply to your face with a cotton pad after cleansing.

7. Apple-cider vinegar can be happily substituted for aftershave; simply splash full-strength vinegar on face. *

8. Mix a teaspoon of vinegar with a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water for a sore throat.*

9. Use white vinegar to get rid of household smells. For example, place a glass of apple cider vinegar in fridge for two days to deodorize.

10. Remove the glue left by sticky labels by rubbing with vinegar.*

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*Thanks to for these tips


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