6 ways you can use vinegar to clean

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At the GHI, we've been testing cleaning products for over a hundred years, and we've long raved about the benefits of distilled white vinegar. But why is it such a fabulous product?

Not only is vinegar is effective at getting surfaces clean, cutting through grease and grime, it's also widely available, cheap and non-toxic, meaning it's a lot safer to have around the house than cleaners like bleach.

If you want to jump on the bandwagon and give this natural cleaner a try, here are a few of the ways you can use it.

Clean windows

Instead of spending money on window cleaners – especially ones that include toxic or potentially toxic chemicals – why not make your own? Fill a spray bottle with one part white distilled vinegar and one part water. Spray onto the glass and then use a lint-free cloth to wipe the windows and then a chamois leather to buff them to a brilliant shine.

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Banish limescale from your bathroom

Using the same spray bottle, use it regularly in your bathroom to spritz tiles, basins and taps, rinsing them with water afterwards.

To remove a build-up of limescale on taps, wrap a cloth soaked in the vinegar solution around the tap and leave overnight. Use an old toothbrush soaked in the solution to work away any remaining residue.

GHI Tip: Don't use vinegar on plated taps, particularly gold ones, because the acid can damage the finish!

For showerheads, pour the vinegar solution into a plastic bag and fasten it over the showerhead using an elastic band so the holes are immersed in the liquid. After an hour, remove the bag and run the shower on hot to flush the showerhead through.

Get rid of limescale build-up in your kettle

Remove limescale from your kettle by filling it with a mixture of half distilled white vinegar and half water and leave to soak overnight. In the morning, empty and rinse the kettle thoroughly, then boil up a fresh kettle-full of water and discard to avoid a vinegary tang to your cup of tea.

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Cleaning cloudy glassware

If you have glasses in the back of your cupboard that you avoid using, revive them by soaking for five minutes in distilled white vinegar to remove the cloudy stains.

Deep-clean your dishwasher

To deep clean your dishwasher, place a large glass measuring jug filled with two cups of distilled white vinegar on the top rack, then run the machine on empty on its hottest setting with no cleaning tablet.

Wash fruit and veg

Vinegar can help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle onto produce, then rinse with water.

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