Make friends with vinegar

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Use white vinegar for cleaningWhite vinegar is an excellent household cleaner, effective at killing bacteria, germs and moulds due to its high level of acidity. Here are six tips for keeping your kitchen and laundry clean.

  1. Wipe down kitchen benchtops with vinegar and not only does it disinfect them, it deters annoying critters like ants and silver fish.
  2. To remove stale odours from plastic containers, dip a slice of bread in vinegar and leave it in the container overnight.
  3. If glassware comes out cloudy from the dishwasher, soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap around the glass (inside and out). Leave for a while then rinse clean.
  4. Use white vinegar in the dishwasher in place of a rinse agent – it works a treat.
  5. Need to remove deodorant stains from clothing? Rub with a vinegar-soaked cloth then wash as usual.
  6. If holes are left in fabric after letting down a hem, place a vinegar-soaked cloth over the hem and iron on top of it.

Do you have tried and true vinegar tips? We’d love to hear from you. Share your tips with other readers by posting a comment below.


  1. I used half white vinegar and half water to de-scale a kettle the other day. Worked really well, just had to leave it for an hour to soak 🙂

  2. White vinegar in a bowl will remove paint fumes when you redecorate.

  3. A tablespoon of clear dishwash in a bowl of warm water with a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar makes a brilliant upholstery /carpet cleaner if you froth it up and use the suds, obviously test a patch first!

  4. Vinegar is a great weedkiller – great those who have children/animals & of course being green. Can use white or malt. No need to water it down just pour straight from the bottle into a weedspraying bottle. You will need quite alot. I have 1/3 of acre & I can go through 5 litres at least in 1 hit depending on how many weeds there are. I swear by this

  5. For years I have used White vinegar as a fabric softener in my washing. About 2 tablespoons per 6kg load of washing and dry as per your normal. The washing is fresher smelling and softer as well. Also helps preserve colour in the fabrics. I have bath towels that are more than 20 years old and they are still as new. The other thing it does is help move the sludge and gunk that builds up in the hose outlet

  6. We had a tom cat visit, and he sprayed his not so nice smell all over the front door. White vinegar got rid of the tom cat smell…

  7. I love this magazine !!!! I learn more each time I read it. Now there in lies the problem I’m having. When I try to look at ” the current issue” I only get the first 3 issues. What happened to the rest of ’em ????

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