What gives you shinier hair, kills weeds, freshens the air, relieves sunburn and stops the hiccups, among thousands of other things? It is cheap, ubiquitous, and you probably already have it in your cupboards.
It is vinegar, and among its weird and wonderful purposes are its cleaning and deodorising abilities.
The Squeeze: Vinegar has been used for over 10,000 years!
In our efforts to keep our homes clean and healthy we often use chemicals that are made from non-renewable petroleum, pollute indoor air, cause health problems and, when washed down the sink, enter waterways and harm plants and marine life.
Vinegar is all natural and non-toxic. It is effective in killing germs, mould and bacteria, as well as deodorising. There are hundreds of uses of vinegar for cleaning, including for floors and windows, removing stains, grease and bad smells. It is super cheap AND it will save you a small fortune by replacing many unnecessary household cleaning products.
Check out these vinegar cleaning tips:
For some of its more brilliant uses click here.
Living Lime: Some of the people who famously used vinegar are Cleopatra (to dissolve pearls), Hannibal (to crumble huge boulders in the way of his armies), and Helen of Troy (to bathe in to relax).
To squeeze some more green out of your day: Don’t use throwaway wipes to clean, instead cut up old pyjamas or t-shirts as rags. This will save you money and reduce waste.
By Anna Minns