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6 Non Cooking Uses Of Vinegar You Must Know

A few thousand years ago, a product was discovered that was destined to change lives forever. Wine was doing the rounds for a while, but after a little was oxidized, vinegar was born and it was an instant hit. While the Greeks and the Romans used it as a preservative, the Chinese used it for its healing properties. According to legend, Hannibal succeeded in crossing the Alps only because his battalion heated mountain boulders and doused them with vinegar which caused the rocks to crumble and clear the path.

But what do you use vinegar for? Of course vinegar is a key product of your culinary skill as it enhances flavour to a great extent. But did you know that white vinegar also has dozens of household applications and it’s enjoying a newfound popularity as people are trying to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals. What’s more? It’s cheap, versatile and doesn’t irritate allergies. Remember! Every time you run into a household funk, vinegar is there for your rescue.

Here are 6 household vinegar uses you never knew about.

Clean your window blinds

The white glove treatment makes cleaning the mini-blinds or venetians less torturous. Just put on a white cotton glove and dip your fingers in a solution made of equal parts of white vinegar and hot tap water. Then slide off your fingers on every side of the slats and you’ll be amazed. Remember to clean your gloves with clean water periodically.

Clean ballpoint-pen marks

Do you have a budding artist at home who just decorated your painted walls with ballpoint pens? Or did he/she scribble your desk while playing ‘office’? Don’t lose your cool because vinegar’s here to wipe it clean. Rub the masterpiece with a cloth or sponge dabbed with full-strength white-vinegar and the marks will disappear after a few rubbing sessions.

Burnish your scissors


Do you use water to wash the grime off your scissors? Well, you’re rusting the blades and the fastener that holds together the blades rather than getting them cleaned. Instead, clean the blades with a cloth dipped in full-strength vinegar and then dry them off with a towel.

Get rid of water rings on furniture

Cursing yourself for not getting coasters? Well, don’t worry as you can now remove marks left by wet glasses on wood furniture. Rub the stains with an equal mixture of vinegar and olive oil using a soft cloth and then use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up. You can also get water rings off leather furniture by dabbing them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.

Get the yellow out of clothing

Yes! We all have been there! Perspiration turning our clothes especially our white clothes yellow is both embarrassing and disheartening. And mind you, these stains are stubborn as a mule. But the yellowed clothing can be restored. Yes! You heard it right. Soak your garments overnight in a solution of 12 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar and wash them the next morning. And you’ll be amazed with the results.

Brush off stains on suede

Love suede? But not able to buy because of the fear of maintaining it? Getting rid of stains from suede is no longer a task. Be it a jacket or a skirt or shoes, gently brush the stain with a soft toothbrush dipped in white vinegar. Once the spot dries, brush with a suede brush and repeat it if necessary.


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