Cheap and cheerful, vinegar is definitely a clean homes best friend. Besides being economical and effective it is non-toxic, has a long shelf life and is much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products which is always a good thing when your home is shared with children or pets.

  1. Sparkling Clean Windows

Mix 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a spray bottle. Give it a good shake and then spray on the windows before buffing with good old fashioned (black and white)scrunched newspaper. A word of warning, don’t be tempted to use paper towels or J-cloths to buff the windows as they cause streaking.

  1. Grass Stains: not the best memory of summerjeans

If those lazy days lounging on the grass enjoying a glass of wine and a picnic have left you with lingering grass stains, don’t worry, vinegar will come to your rescue. Make a mixture of 80ml white vinegar and 160ml of water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you’ve removed as much green as possible, and then wash as usual.

Vinegar: the colours are calling you

When your wash day comes around, toss in a capful of white vinegar, to make your colours come out bolder and your white’s whiter.

Wash those veggies

Vinegar helps to remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

For a mirror that sparkles and gives you a dazzling reflection combine equal parts of distilled, white vinegar and filtered water and pop into a spray bottle. Spray your mirrors and buff up with a soft, lint-free cloth.





About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,