We love it in our salads and marinades and it’s great for getting rid of the smell of onions if you’ve been slicing and dicing - but don’t wash your hands of vinegar once the food has been prepared.

Along with acting as a salt substitute if you’re on a low-sodium diet, vinegar is a life saver around the home, not to mention the garden and even your car. 

It’s also much cheaper than branded cleaning products and it’s green, so you don’t have to worry about coming into close contact with toxic or harsh chemicals.

So once you’ve cleaned the grime off your favourite CD with a dab of vinegar and turned the music up, here are some other ways to brighten your world…

Sparkling stemware

Stained your wine glasses by putting them in the dishwasher? Soak paper towels with vinegar, wrap them around the glass and let them sit. Ta-da, the cloudy deposits will rinse right off.

Smelly sink disposal

Mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and pour it down the drain. Let it fizz for a few minutes and flush with warm water for a squeaky clean sink.

Bricklayer

It may be summer, but don’t let that hearth lose its natural beauty. Dip a damp cloth in a cup of vinegar mixed with 3.7 litres of warm water and it will bring brickwork and brick flooring back to life.

Real leather

If your leather sofa has lost its lustre, mix equal parts vinegar and boiled linseed oil in a spray bottle. Shake and spray evenly. Spread with a soft cloth, leave it for a couple of minutes and wipe off with a clean cloth.

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Candle in the wind

We love the look of a candelabra, but candle wax on wood is the worst. Use a blow dryer on its hottest setting to soften the wax and wipe as much off the furniture as you can. To get rid of the last layer, rub a cloth soaked in equal parts vinegar and water and wipe clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.

Stash of silverware

Lose the tarnish by soaking your knives, spoons and forks in half a cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda for 2 to 3 hours. Soak them under cold water and polish with a soft cloth.

Fire the fruit flies

Get rid of bugs by filling a small bowl with 1 ½ cups of apple cider vinegar and add a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent. They’ll love the smell but will drown in the liquid. Especially handy if you’ve spotted insects in the pantry.

Sweat it out

Deodorant stains are really tough to get out, but vinegar works. Mix a cup of vinegar with four cups warm water. Dip the stained garment in the solution and give it a good scrub. You can also try soaking the entire garment in the solution for a couple of hours before running through a normal wash cycle.

Brush strokes

Trying to remove dried-on paint from synthetic bristles can be a real bore. Soak the paintbrush in full-strength vinegar until the paint dissolves and the bristles become soft and flexible. Wash in hot, soapy water.

Blade runner

Trying to keep your windscreen clean during a summer shower can be a real strain on wiper blades. To refresh the rubber and make them spanking new, dampen a cloth with full strength vinegar and run it down the length of each blade a couple of times.

Give your car the red carpet treatment

Heading on a jaunt to the beach or picnicking in woodland? Hoovering the car’s carpets will get rid of sand or grass, but not ground-in dirt. Mix equal parts water and vinegar and sponge into the carpet. Let it settle for a few minutes and blot it with a dry cloth.

Weeding

A gardener’s gift, vinegar will get rid of those nasty weeds without having to use pesticides. Simply spray the weeds with neat vinegar, but be careful not to spray the grass as well or that will die too.

Bring plants back to life

An alternative to fertilizer, vinegar can give plants a new lease of life. Use eight parts vinegar to one part water to help them along, but don’t use on healthy plants.

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