· By Carl Pronti
The versatility of vinegar
When most people think of vinegar — fish and chips or perhaps salad dressing spring to mind. But this often neglected bottle stagnating at the back of your pantry has a surprising number of uses other than flavouring your deep-fried potatoes or tossed greens.
White vinegar has antimicrobial properties — it is made up of mostly water, with a touch of mild acid — making it an ideal alternative to the harsh chemicals found in the cleaning aisle of supermarkets. It also pairs wonderfully with your Scrub Daddy.
Partner Vinegar with Your Scrub Daddy
In a small container mix a simple solution of equal parts water and white vinegar, this can be used for eco-friendly cleaning around your home. You can clean showers and bathtubs, sinks, windows, and table tops (avoid spraying granite or marble, as vinegar can take the shine out of stone).
To help kill bacteria and prolong the life of your sponge, fill your sink with warm water, add a cup of white vinegar and soak your Scrub Daddy for twenty minutes.
Revive Your Appliances
To bring back the sparkle to your kettle, place one cup vinegar and one cup water into your kettle and boil. Let the solution rest for half an hour before emptying. To clean out any vinegar residue, boil the kettle with plain water.
Running your washing machine with two cups of white vinegar can help kill mildew and eliminate unwanted odours (always refer to your appliance's manual for safety and care instructions). You can also make up a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to spray around the gasket and wipe clean.
Vinegar in the Garden
In a small container mix a basic vinegar and water solution, wipe down your terracotta pots to give them a new life. Vinegar can harm some plants, while others thrive, so it’s always important to check before spraying near your beloved blooms.
A fresh bouquet can add tranquillity to any room. Adding two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to your vase of water can extend the life and vibrancy of your freshly cut flowers.
The Perfect Pair
Vinegar is a powerful multipurpose liquid, so don’t leave it languishing at the back of your pantry. It is also safe to use around most pets, making it ideal for cleaning. Pair the strength of your Scrub Daddy with the natural cleaning power of vinegar and renew your home and garden today!