White vinegar for cleaning: Seven surprising uses for white vinegar in your home

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White vinegar for cleaning: Seven surprising uses for white vinegar in your home

White vinegar can be found in most homes and can be used for a range of things, from cleaning to removing stains. Vinegar is acidic, and so works a

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White vinegar can be found in most homes and can be used for a range of things, from cleaning to removing stains. Vinegar is acidic, and so works a treat on lifting grease, grime and general dirt around the home. Whether you are giving your home a spring clean or simply want to pick up some cleaning tips, read on for more uses for white vinegar.

More of us are opting for natural cleaning products such as vinegar, baking soda and even lemons.

These cut back on packaging, use fewer chemicals and can be just as effective as store-bought cleaners.

However white vinegar’s uses around the home are far-reaching and can revolutionise the way you clean or care for your home.

So read on below for seven surprising uses for white vinegar around your home.

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1. Pet care

If you have a furry companion, especially ones with long floppy ears like spaniels, you may find they itch themselves frequently.

Using a white vinegar solution can be one way to clean out your pet’s ears gently and provide some relief.

Simply dilute your white vinegar in a one to four ratio – for example, use one tablespoon of vinegar to four tablespoons of warm water.

Use a cloth and let it soak up the solution, before gently wiping the inside of your pet’s ears clean.

This will not only remove dirt but also prevent their ears from smelling.

Try not to get their ears too wet, as breeds with heavier ears may struggle to get them dry.

4. In the dishwasher

Many of us rely on our dishwashers day in day out, and sometimes they may need a helping hand.

There are a couple of ways you can use vinegar to improve your dishwasher.

You can use vinegar as a rinsing agent, which will leave glasses and plates sparkling.

And you can also use vinegar to help get rid of the build-up of hard water.

Simply add a cup of vinegar into your empty dishwasher and run on a short cycle.

5. Keep flowers fresher for longer

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and one key present for the maternal figures in our lives is flowers.

While cut flowers brighten any space, some may not last for as long as we want them too.

To increase their shelf life, add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the vase alongside a pinch of sugar.

This can help your beautiful flowers last for longer.

6. Kitchen appliances

Whether you’ve left your microwave too long, need to get rid of limescale build up in your kettle or just want to wipe down your surfaces – white vinegar is your go-to.

Clean your microwave by adding a small bowl of water and vinegar and microwave for a few minutes.

Simply wipe down the inside of your microwave once it has cooled down -the mixture will help shift any baked on food stains with ease.

To descale your kettle you can fill it with a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, and leave to soak overnight while unplugged.

Then rinse the next morning, fill up and boil the kettle and throw away that water and then your kettle will be shiny and limescale free.

7. Hard water stains

If you find your shower or bath has build up of hard water stains, white vinegar can help shift these.

Use equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz over the affected areas.

Leave to sit for at least 15 minutes before using a microfibre towel to wipe clean.



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