Vinegar has been in use for many centuries since the ancient times. This wonder liquid finds its use not just in cooking but also in a number of household chores. Here is a looking into the uses that vinegar can be put into other than cooking:
Removes old Stains
Pre-treating old stains with vinegar is very effective in getting rid of them. Mix 3 tablespoons of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent in a litre of warm water. Use this solution on the stain, blot it and then wash it. The stains will come out in the wash after the treatment with vinegar mixture.
Get rid of Serious Stains
Apply undiluted vinegar solution on wine stains; hair dye, ketchup or cola stains on cotton clothing to remove them. Sponge the affected area with vinegar directly and launder immediately after application.
To Remove Odor
If you want to remove smoke odor place a bowl half-filled with vinegar in the room. This is also effective against cigarette, cigar as well as cooking odor.
De congest and Deodorize Sinks and Drains
A mixture of 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of salt is very effective in decongesting or opening slow moving sinks and drains. Let the mixture sit for about an hour before rinsing with hot water. This also deodorizes the drains and sink.
Clean Bird Droppings
Spray vinegar on the droppings to effectively remove them. You can also pour some vinegar on a rag and wipe the affected area with it.
Wipe the exposed part of your skin while you go camping or trekking to repel mosquitoes. You will find that it is quite an effective measure.
Vinegar mixed with salt serves as an excellent all-purpose cleaner. You can use it not just to clean pots, dishes, furniture, glasses, windows or brass but also to clean your microwave!
To Keep Flowers Fresh
Use a mixture of one tablespoon of vinegar and two tablespoon of sugar with the water in the vase before putting in the flowers to keep them fresh for a long period. Remember to change the water every few days, adding the mixture to the changed water to enhance the longevity of the flowers.