White Vinegar - The Household Item That Just Keeps On Giving! By Bethany Henry

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From laundry to hair rinse, cleaner to neutraliser, white vinegar has a multitude of uses both around the home and personally. With the beautiful sun shining this week encouraging me to start on an earlier than usual spring clean, plus the recent uprising of a certain Mrs Hinch reaching our social media, lets delve into some of the ways we can put this simple solution to work.
Hair Rinse
Every few washes you can remove product build up by using a rinse of 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Depending upon your hair type just adjust the amount of vinegar; dry hair will need less vinegar compared to oily hair which may need more! The outcome? Soft, silky and shiny locks! This is also a perfect way to help if you're struggling with the transition from bottle shampoo to our SLS free solid shampoo bars and are going through that oily/greasy transition stage.
Natural Deodorant
Mix 50% water with 50% white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray underarms, and voila! Alternatively you can give your underarms a quick wipe with 100% white vinegar when needed. A lot of DIY deodorant solutions call for apple cider vinegar but as we are talking about white vinegar, I thought it best to stick to the theme! Dont forget that using this method or any similar will also mean you will be using a paraben free, SLS free, aluminium free, cruelty free, non toxic, eco friendly and vegan alternative to shop bought alternatives on offer.
Make-Up Brushes
Give those make up brushes a gentle clean by combining 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon washing up liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Give the brushes a swish and a swirl, rinse under warm water and leave to dry. A fab option for anyone with sensitive skin too!
Hiccups and Heartburn
Hopefully not at the same time but if suffering with either, the treatment is the same - if you can stomach it. Knock back a tablespoon of the old faithful white vinegar and it can ease your symptoms.
Fresh Flowers
To give those fresh cut spring flowers an extension of life, add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to the vase.
Surface Cleaner
For an earth friendly all round household surface cleaner, mix white vinegar and water with a 50/50 ratio. Wipe down telephones, taps, door handles, practically anything you can touch! Perfect for a spring clean you can even add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils.
Air Freshener
Simple and non toxic, white vinegar can eliminate odours from your home associated with pets, cooking and other not so pleasant smells. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, and optionally 30ml of your favourite essential oil, to 1 pint of water in a spray bottle. Use this as an eco friendly air freshener all throughout your home.
Glass Cleaner
Use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mix (I notice a pattern here!), spray on - wipe off! How easy is that? For extremely grimy glass you can always prewash with soapy water before using the trusty mix to lose the streaks and increase the shine.
Neutralise Drains
Pongy kitchen drain? Pour a cup of neat white vinegar down the drain once a week to keep them smelling fresh. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes (perfect for a cuppa and a crossword) before flushing through with warm water.
Limescale Build Up
Are you in a hard water area? I am. It's pretty effortless with white vinegar. Soak the limescale in white vinegar, be it in a kettle or on a shower head and leave to soak. I leave it to work overnight but any length of time over an hour will work. If the limescale is proving extremely stubborn, i use an old toothbrush to gently scrub off anything that remains after the initial rinse.
Just add a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to your softener drawer instead of fabric conditioner to soften clothes and leave your machine clean and smelling fresh. If you're a fan of fluffy towels then go to town on the white vinegar and add more!
I wont get into the science of it but adding some vinegar to the water when hard boiling eggs creates a softer and easier to peel shell.
Old Paintbrushes
If you're thinking of livening up or completely changing the decor in your home, instead of replacing old paintbrushes that may have hardened, use some white vinegar. Put the paintbrushes in a saucepan with white vinegar and leave to soak, after an hour (or more if you're like me and get distracted) put the saucepan onto the heat, bring to a simmer, drain the brushes and rinse clean.
Garden Weeds
It's not all about the house, why not get your garden ship shape for spring too? Spray any unwanted plants and weeds with undiluted white vinegar, it is non selective so will start to work on anything it touches so be careful if there are plants you want to keep. Normal household white vinegar is effective on new growths, stronger vinegar is available but also comes with a warning label. 
Bug Repellent
Whilst you are in your garden you may find that you are bothered by midge flies and other insects. Mix a 50/50 solution to spritz on any parts of yourself that are exposed, patio tables, outdoor counters, and because its now diluted even gently onto your plants. This is also fab as a non toxic repellent for ants, spray onto and trails if you have any issues with ants around your home.
White vinegar is a centuries old solution that has documented uses back to the Ancient Egyptians, it doesn't mean it is without warning. Never mix any vinegar with bleach as it will create toxic chlorine vapours that can be harmful when inhaled. Stone floor tiles should also be avoided, the acidic nature of the vinegar could damage the stone. If you have any wooden furniture that is waxed, it is best to avoid cleaning with vinegar as it can potentially ruin the finish and leave a cloudy mark, with a lot of cleaners always test in an inconspicuous area first if you are unsure. 
White Vinegar & Lemon is available in 33ml glass bottles from our website. 

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