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Unusual Uses for Vinegar

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by Sarah Cork (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. Not the droid you're looking for.
Published January 25th 2013
Vinegar - not just for putting on your chips
Like most people, you probably have a bottle of Vinegar in your cupboard right now. With its tangy taste it's great for vinaigrette dressing, pickling onions or splashing on your chips.

Did you know that Vinegar also has hundreds of other uses?

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Balsamic Vinegar, Red Vinegar and White Wine Vinegar by Rainer Zenz

1. Remove Stickers: If you have ever tried to remove price stickers from new purchases you know how difficult it can be. Warm a little Vinegar in the microwave, dip a cloth into it then hold the cloth over the sticker until it's thoroughly soaked. The sticker will peel right off without leaving a sticky residue.

2. Cure Hicups: Next time you have the hicups take a teaspoon full of Vinegar. The tangy taste distracts you and this eases the hicup spasms.

3. Eliminate Odours: Wipe out stale smelling food containers and lunch boxes with White Vinegar to get rid of that funny smell.

4. Treat Fungal Infections: White Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar can both be used to treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot and toe nail fungus. Apply Vinegar directly to the affected area and it will kill the fungus or you can soak your feet in a solution of vinegar and water for about thirty minutes.

5. Ease a Sore Throat: Gargle with a solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and warm water to sooth a sore throat. Mix in a little honey if you don't like the tangy taste much.

6. Washing: Add half a cup of White Vinegar to the wash cycle - it will keep the colours bright, stop lint sticking to your clothes and, as an added bonus, clean the soap scum from your washing machine pipes. To get rid of underarm stains on clothes, spray the area with White Vinegar before washing.

7. Hair Care: It might sound odd but use a solution made up of a teaspoon full of Apple Cider Vinegar and a cup full of warm water as a final rinse when you wash your hair. It will leave your hair shiny, silky and residue free.

8. Cooking: Add a teaspoon full of White Vinegar to the water when you boil eggs to stop them cracking. Add a teaspoon full of White Vinegar to the water when boiling rice to stop it sticking together.

9. Insect Bites: Put Vinegar directly onto insect bites and stings to stop them itching.

10. Cleaning: A half and half solution of Vinegar and warm water is a great cleaning product. It cuts through grime on shelves, counter tops, walls and in the fridge. Add more vinegar to clean glass doors and windows and make them shine. Mix Vinegar into a paste with baking soda to clean chrome. Just be careful not to use Vinegar on marble, granite, or slate surfaces as it can cause damage.

There are lots of different types of Vinegars available - Malt Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Sherry Vinegar, etc, but the most popular to use for the above suggestions are White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar. Keep in mind that Vinegar is an acidic liquid so it might be damaging to some surfaces.
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