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Thursday, 16 October 2014

10 uses for vinegar + citrus vinegar recipe

Anyone who knows me or have read previous posts will know my love of vinegar! I use it for almost everything i can. I was asked recently what my favourite way to use vinegar is so I've put together a list of my favourite 10 uses for vinegar.

  • Dilute and use to keep fruit and veg fresher for longer

Vinegar is non toxic and known t get rid of bugs. Dilute with water into a spray bottle and spritz a little onto your fruit bowl. They will stay fresher for longer and keep the tiny fruit flies away. 

  • Use in your washing machine (white vinegar)
A little vinegar in the washing machine gets rid of odors and brighten your clothes. I like to run a vinegar wash every month to keep my washing machine smell free. When my kids were being toilet trained i found this great for getting rid of the pee smell left in their clothes. 

  • Combine with baking soda and use as a bath cleaner
With 4 of us in the house our bath can get a little grubby on bath nights. When vinegar is mixed with baking soda is causes a fizzing reaction. Rub a little of this mix onto the tough stains in your bath (or around your taps) and scrub while it fizzes down. Rinse with water and done. Tougher stains may require more than one application 

  • Carpet stain spot cleaner. 
I am unfortunate enough to have a cream carpet. I hate it so much as it shows up every single mark and just looks grubby. Similar to using as a bath cleaner, mix baking soda, vinegar and water together and using an old toothbrush or similar, rub the mix directly onto the stain. Leave to sit until the baking soda has dried and hoover up. This works better with smaller stains than much larger ones. 

  • Deodorizer 
I have a cupboard that stinks! There was once a leak and it has smelt musty every since. It is a well used cupboard and just not nice when its opened. I soak 1 slice of bread in vinegar (any kind) and put it onto a plate. I put the plate into the cupboard and leave overnight. The next morning, smell has gone! I do this around once a month. 

  • Window/glass cleaner (white)
Mix 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts water and use scrunched up dry newspaper to clean glass. It is an effective cleaner and the newspaper does not cause streaks. If you do not like the smell of vinegar you can also use lemon juice but do not dilute it. 
Please note that ink may rub off n the frames. I clean frames with watered down lemon juice or soapy water. 

  • Drain Cleaner/unblocker (sinks/bath/shower)
This is a fantastic drain unblocker achievable in 4 really easy steps. 
  1. Pour roughly 1 cup of baking soda down the drain
  2. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain and cover right away to keep it all inside - it will fizz up quite rapidly. I cover with a small plate. 
  3. Leave to work for 30-45 mins. Do not use your sink. 
  4. Remove the cover and rinse through with hot water for 2 mins. 
For very blocked drains you may need to do a second lots i do this around once a month to keep the smells away and everything working properly. I have not tried this on outside drains so am unsure if it will work on them. 

  • Clean your iron. 
I am a really bad ironer! I always end up with marks on the plate that are stubborn and wont come off. After a while they catch on clothes and cause marks! Vinegar is perfect for helping to shift them. Simply drench a paper towel in vinegar (or use an old towel) and lay your iron (plate on the towel) onto the towel. After a few minutes, rub your iron along the towel to remove the marks. If you have stubborn stains this may need to be repeated or possible need baking soda to help shift it. 

Vinegar is also good for cleaning away the mineral deposits in your iron, especially if you use tap water. Simply fill with 1/4 white vinegar and use the steam function until empty. Add water as normal.

  • Make nail polish last longer (white)
I do like my nail polish, i have no nails as i bite them but its the only girly thing about me! Because i hate the taste of vinegar i find i bite my nails less too. Simply dab a cotton wool ball into white vinegar and wipe over clean/dry nails, allow to dry and paint your nails as normal. 

  • Removing dry skin on feet (apple cider vinegar)
Hubby is on his feet all day and suffers terribly with hard dry skin. He soaks his feet every night and uses a ped egg to gain some comfort but we found since taking extra shifts it is proving difficult and getting worse. After looking on the net we found that apple cider vinegar claims to help so we tried it. Simply add 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts warm water (or as hot as you can stand) into a bowl and submerge your feet. You want your feet to be covered. Leave for 15-20 mins and simply wipe your feet dry. It might not remove it all first time round but it provided a little relief for the hubby. 

If you can not stand the smell of vinegar i found this recipe online many years ago that i use regularly now to clean the laminate floors and the counter tops. 

Citrus infused Vinegar

I will grab a photo as soon as i make another batch but it is not hard to picture it. 

Items needed 
  • White vinegar
  • Citrus fruits
  • Large jar
  • Spray bottle
  1. Cut your citrus fruit into quarters and remove the fruit (you could peel if wanted) 
  2. Place the peel into a large jar 
  3. Fill with white vinegar
  4. Allow to sit for 3-4 weeks or until the smell is right for you
  5. Pour the mixture without the peel into a spray bottle
You can keep the rinds in the bottle if they are small enough and they will infuse more. I personally prefer it after around 3 weeks. 

If you have kids who take satsumas to school or eat a lot of fruit this is ridiculously cheap. A 350ml bottle of white vinegar is (at the time of writing this) just 60p in morrisons. I use a whole bottle and an old dolmio sauce jar plus around 6 fruit rinds to make this. I then dry the quarters to hang in cupboards to make a nice smelly. 

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