Vine­gar doesn’t just be­long in the kitchen. Here are some time- proven nat­u­ral con­coc­tions us­ing this ver­sa­tile house­hold cleaner.

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Long be­fore Det­tol and Mag­i­clean, there was the hum­ble vine­gar.

The use of vine­gar in the house­hold traces back to 4,000BC in the Me­sopotamia, where the Sume­ri­ans be­gan us­ing it as a mir­a­cle liq­uid to sani­tise their abodes. Their use of vine­gar was not re­stricted to clean­ing. Re­al­is­ing that vine­gar im­pedes the spread of bac­te­ria, they also used it as a food preser­va­tive and condi­ment.

Over the mil­len­nia, vine­gar found pop­u­lar­ity among var­i­ous cul­tures around the world. In an­cient Greece, for in­stance, vine­gar was one of the first medicines to be used by physi­cians such as Hip­pocrates, who pre­scribed it as a cure for the com­mon cough or cold. Fast for­ward to to­day, and it’s com­mon to see white vine­gar used for its plethora of ap­pli­ca­tions in house­keep­ing. We share some tried-andtested recipes for a nat­u­ral clean: For gen­eral clean­ing Fill a spray bot­tle with two parts wa­ter, one part dis­tilled vine­gar and a few drops of dish de­ter­gent to make an all-pur­pose cleaner for glass, stain­less steel and lam­i­nate sur­faces. For clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing wash­ing ma­chines Pour 450ml (2 cups) of white dis­tilled vine­gar into your ma­chine, and run it through a full cy­cle with­out any clothes or de­ter­gent. For clean­ing glass shower doors Mix 110ml (½ cup) of white dis­tilled vine­gar, 225ml (1 cup) of am­mo­nia, and 60g (¼ cup) of bak­ing soda in 4 litres of warm wa­ter. Wipe it on the shower door with a clean cloth. For re­fresh­ing cloths and sponges Re­move odour from cloths and sponges by soak­ing them overnight in a so­lu­tion of 55ml (¼ cup) white dis­tilled vine­gar and wa­ter. Rinse well be­fore use. For re­mov­ing mi­crowave odour Heat up to boil­ing point 1 ta­ble­spoon of white wine vine­gar in a glass or ce­ramic cup. For con­ceal­ing scratches on wood fur­ni­ture Mix some white dis­tilled vine­gar and io­dine in a small con­tainer and paint over the scratch with a paint­brush. In­crease the pro­por­tion of io­dine for darker woods. To make an in­sect re­pel­lent To dis­cour­age ants and other creepy-crawlies from en­ter­ing your home, pour full-strength white dis­tilled vine­gar over your door thresh­old and win­dow sills. To make an air fresh­ener Mix 1 ta­ble­spoon of dis­tilled white vine­gar, 1 tea­spoon of bak­ing soda and 450ml (2 cups of wa­ter) in a spray bot­tle. Af­ter the foam dis­si­pates, shake well and spritz it in the air.

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