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Tips from Tam | Vinegar - The great all purpose cleaner

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMTamika Clough
Tamika Clough

Vinegar is an excellent cleaning agent, and the Good Housekeeping Institute agrees. They say vinegar is definitely a versatile item worth keeping around the house. What's so great about it? Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. It is non-toxic, lasts for a long time without losing strength, and is much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products.


1. Clean windows


Instead of spending money on window-cleaning chemicals, especially ones that include toxic or potentially toxic chemicals, make your own! Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with six and a half pints of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.


2. Freshen up laundry


Toss a capful of white vinegar into the machine on washing day. Your colours will come out bolder and your whites whiter. After washing, get a sharper crease in trousers by dipping the cloth in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Then wring out the cloth and press the creases.

Got grass stains? No problem. Make a mixture of 80 ml white vinegar and 160 ml water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you've removed as much green as possible, and then wash as usual.


3. Clean carpets


Battle carpet stains like wine with a mix of vinegar and warm water. Rinse thoroughly.


4. Wash fruit and veggies


Vinegar may help remove bacteria and pesticide residue from fruits and veggies. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water.


5. Dissolve stubborn glue


Having trouble getting that annoying sticky label residue off a product or accidentally glued something together? Try using vinegar as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Vinegar is also good at cutting through grease.

And one more tip ...


6. Fight hiccups!


We haven't tested this one, but some claim they were able to cure pesky hiccups instantly by swallowing a teaspoon of vinegar. If your other hiccup tricks don't work, it won't hurt to try a dash of the stuff.

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