Most of us will have vinegar lying in a cupboard in the kitchen, quietly unaware of the huge amount of practical uses it has around the home. There are literally hundreds of ways to use it to clean, polish and sanitise – here are some of our favourites.
Getting Rid of Water Rings
We’ve all experienced a few water rings on our furniture, usually from our kids absentmindedly sitting a glass where it’s not supposed to be or an inconsiderate guest not using a coaster! Luckily, vinegar can get rid of them. If the ring is on wood, create a mixture of equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it to the stain – use a soft close and wipe with the grain. For leather furniture, soak a sponge in white vinegar and dab the stains until they disappear.
Helps Peel Wallpaper
Getting old wallpaper off the walls can be a nightmare. Combine some vinegar with an equal amount or water in a shaker bottle, then spray it on the paper you’re looking to remove. After a few minutes you can start scraping – you should find the paper comes off much more easily.
Help Paint Last Longer
If you’re painting on concrete or galvanised metal, try wiping down the surface with vinegar before you start painting. It’s a useful trick that’s been shown to help the paint last longer and prevent it from peeling.
Clean Your Brushes
Everyone has a couple of old and dirty paint brushes which need revitalised. Try soaking them in hot vinegar for around half an hour before washing them in warm, soapy water. Rinse them off and they should be good as new.
Get Rid of Stickers
If your kids have decided to put stickers on your furniture it can be tricky to get the last of the adhesive bits off. When you’ve removed as much as you can by hand and by cleaning with water, apply some vinegar to help remove the last of the sticky stuff.
Clean Your Shower Head
Getting rid of the deposits that build up on a showerhead can be tough, but once again vinegar can get the job done! Heat up around half a cup of vinegar and place it in a resealable plastic bag. Put the shower head in the bag and seal it up, leaving it to sit for an hour. Rinse the head clean and reattach – it should be shiny and clean.
Clean Your Grout
With some white vinegar and a toothbrush you can easily clean up the grout in your kitchen and bathroom. Simply dip the brush in the vinegar and start scrubbing. It can cause some issues with certain types of tile, so test this in a small area before you do the rest of the room.