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100+ Brilliant Uses for Vinegar You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Think vinegar is just for salad dressing? Think again! Here are dozens of brilliant new uses for vinegar all around the house.

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Wash fruit and vegetables

You can’t be too careful when it comes to handling the foods you eat. Before cooking and serving fruit and vegetables, a good way to eliminate hidden dirt, pesticides and even insects, is to rinse them in four tablespoons apple cider vinegar dissolved in four litres cold water.

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Remove salt stains from shoes

Ice, slush and snow are hard on shoes and boots, but the worst thing by far is the salt that is used to melt it. It leaves an unsightly white stain and can cause your footwear to crack and disintegrate if it is left on indefinitely. To remove it and prevent long-term damage, wipe fresh stains with a cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar.

Find out how to get rid of salt stains in your car.

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Banish bruises

Speed healing and prevent black-and-blue marks after a painful fall by soaking a piece of cotton gauze in white or apple cider vinegar and leaving it on the injured area for an hour.

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Clean plastic containers

Remove pesky stains and odours from plastic containers by coating them with white vinegar and letting them sit overnight. Rinse thoroughly.

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Freshen up a mattress

Combat pesky dust mites, mildew and odours with a solution of white vinegar, a splash of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of tea tree oil. Pour mixture into a spray bottle, spritz the mattress, and allow to dry thoroughly before making the bed.

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Clean tile floors

Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with a gallon of warm water and mop floor tiles. Allow to air dry. (Do not use on stone tiles or unsealed grout.)

Check out these clever tips for cleaning vinyl floors.

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Use vinegar as a hair brightener

Remove product buildup and brighten your hair by rinsing with one tablespoon of white vinegar from roots to ends once a month.

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