Within Your Home, to Take Your Housekeeping Skills to the Next Level

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1.) White vinegar can and should double as your laundry detergent, especially when you are first washing new clothes. There are a bunch of things that go wrong with the first wash. Clothes can shrink, colors can run, the texture can be disturbed, and general mayhem can occur. But why fear when vinegar is here? Soak new and colored clothes in a white vinegar solution for at least 30 minutes before washing. This will steady the fabric and hold the colors together, so they don’t turn loose in your machine.

2.) You can also add a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle, as it does so many good things. Your machine itself will smell and look fresher, and your clothes will come out fresher, brighter, softer, and more wearable. And yes, you can use these tricks to replace commercial fabric softeners, whiteners, and stain removers. As experts suggest, vinegar can save your clothes, even the supposedly ruined ones. Go vinegar!

3.) It served you during the wash cycle, and it can serve you during the rest of your laundry too. Hate pressing those extra stiff shirt collars? Try vinegar on them instead. For this, prepare a diluted white vinegar solution (1 part mixed with 3 parts water) and spray it all over your clothes before leaving them to air dry. Most of them will no longer need to be pressed!

4.) Have your woolens lost shape over multiple washes? You can restore them by soaking them in a hot vinegar solution for 3-4 hours and then allowing them to air dry. Some experts even suggest boiling the woolens in diluted vinegar (1 part vinegar to 2 parts water) to speed up the process. Either way, ensure you do not put them back in the machine for drying, as this will only undo your good work.

5.) Are glue marks ruining your décor? This could be from old stickers on your fridge, on your car, or even from price tags on your clothes. To banish them forever, simply outline them with undiluted white vinegar and scrape them off with an old card. For stubborn stickers, you may need to repeat a couple of times.

6.) Vinegar works great in your garden as your loyal, friendly gofer. It is mighty effective as a sharpening agent and can be used to clean all your garden accessories (like shears, blades, lawnmowers, etc.)

7.) It can also double as your loyal guard, keeping all pests (and possibly even pets) away from your garden. Most pests and pets can’t stand the smell of vinegar, so simply soak up a few rags in undiluted vinegar and hang them around your garden, especially around your precious fauna. Pests (and unwanted pets) will steer clear.

8.) Some experts also insist on using vinegar as an excellent weed killer. But you will have to be extra careful, as they can kill good plants as easily as they kill the bad ones. Simply spray vinegar (even a diluted solution will do) on the plants you wish to get rid of, and watch them disappear.

9.) If you are addicted to flora and keep fresh flowers within your home, add 2 spoons of vinegar to the water. These will help the flowers stay fresh longer. Of course, you will need to continue changing the water (and the vinegar) often to sustain them even longer.

Related: 15 Detox Foods That Work Better Than Apple Cider Vinegar

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