Over The Hill and Under The Radar

A blog for women of all ages who feel they are being ignored

Vinegar is not just for Fish and Chips

Vinegar is not just for fish and chips.  Vinegar has been around for several thousands of years. The earliest record of vinegar was around 5000 BC by the Sumerians who were a tribe in Ancient Babylonia and they used vinegar to preserve and pickle their foods.

White vinegar has numerous of uses and below are just a few which I hope you will find helpful.

Using the vinegar means you are not putting harmful chemicals into your body/home/garden and more important yourself and your family will be kept well and healthy by not having to breathe in other toxic or strong-smelling chemicals  associated with some cleaning products.

Vinegar is not a major expenses and can be purchased from a major supermarkets for around 50p a bottle.

Make your leather handbag or shoes look like new – You can restore the colour of your faded leather handbag and shoes.  Use white distilled vinegar on the scuff marks with some soft absorbent  material and you will then see the shoes and bags looking like new and the shine will be restored and most of all the marks will be hidden

Make that bottle of nail varnish last longer– Before you apply your favorite polish, wipe your nails with a cotton ball soaked in white distilled vinegar. The clean surface will help the nail varnish stay on your nails for a little longer.


Get extra smooth soft feet – It is that time of year again when our feet will be on show more than normal. Now is the time to make sure your feet are ‘beach ready’

Soak your feet for 20 minutes a day in one part vinegar to two parts warm water. The vinegar removes dead skin, leaving your feet soft and smooth

Clean your toothbrush – Soak your toothbrush in a solution of vinegar, water, and baking soda for 30 minutes

Vinegar is not just for fish and chips
Vinegar can help clean your toothbrush







Clean your fridge – You can clean the shelves and walls with a mixture of half water and half vinegar. Just spray and wipe and your fridge will thank you.

Tea and coffee cups looking like new – Gently scrub stains with equal parts vinegar and salt (or baking soda).rinse and repeat. Your cups will now be as good as new

Clean sinks and bathrooms – Are your sinks looking drab.  Using this tip will bring back the shine that has been missing.  Scrub the sinks with full-strength white vinegar, followed by a rinse of clean cold water.

If you have hard water stains in the bath or sink then pour in 3 cups white vinegar under running hot tap water.

Vinegar is not just for fish and chips
By using vinegar your bathroom could look as good as new








Do let the sink/bath full up so the stains are covered and allow to soak for 4 hours.  When the water is released you should then be able be able to easily scrub off the stains. To whiten the grout, dip a toothbrush in white vinegar and scrub away.


Make new or second-hand clothes fresh again – Get the chemicals, dust, odor, and whatever else out of your brand-new or secondhand clothes by pouring 1 cup white vinegar into the wash cycle the first time you wash them.


Get rid of weeds – It seems no matter what we do the weeds never stop growing. So put some white distilled vinegar on the weeds growing in the cracks of your patios, pavement or garden area. Saturate the plant so the vinegar reaches the roots. So now that is one less gardening job thanks to vinegar

Vinegar is not just for fish and chips
Get your garden weed free with the help of vinegar






Brighten up your brickwork – Do you have exposed brick work  (such as a brick fireplace)  – is  it getting dirty?  Wipe the bricks with a damp cloth which has been dipped in 1 cup of white vinegar and mixed with 1 gallon of warm water.  This should bring your brick work back to life. This solution works for all exposed brick and even brick flooring.


Steam clean your microwave – To clean your microwave, place a glass bowl filled with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar in 1 cup water inside. Then turn the microwave on to the highest setting and microwave for 5 minutes.

After the bow bowl is fairly cool then dip a cloth into the liquid and use this to wipe around the inside of the microwave and the stains and spills will be removed. Also you can use the same liquid on the front of the microwave as well.



Vinegar can clean almost the entire kitchen.


Clean a kettle  – How much lime scale is in your kettle?  Do not throw it away – you can easily get rid of the lime scale by adding 3 cups of full strength white wine vinegar to a full boil for around 5 minutes. Then leave the kettle overnight and rise out with cold water the following day.

Who knew Vinegar could be so useful!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: