Chances are, you’ve got a big bottle of vinegar stashed away in your cupboard. While you may use it for cooking and salad dressings, did you know it’s actually one of the most powerful cleaners on the market? Cleaning with vinegar is not only cheap and 100% natural, and it is extremely effective.
Vinegar is made from acetic acid, so this makes it a natural disinfectant for so many germs including salmonella and E Coli. It can be great for some kitchen surfaces and appliances, as well as in the bathroom. It’s a brilliant product to have in the store cupboard and avoids using store-bought abrasive cleaners.
It’s strong enough to kill bacteria and dissolve mineral deposits, grease, and dirt.
White vinegar does have a smell but don’t worry it does disperse very quickly.
Lastly, it’s cheap! So you can clean to your heart’s content.
Window and Glass cleaning
Our windows can look really dirty really quickly but all they need is a homemade vinegar and water solution to get them sparkling in no time. I keep a spray bottle filled with half vinegar, half water then wipe clean windows and mirrors with a lint free cloth , don’t forget to label your bottles when you are making homemade cleaners.
Lime scale and hard water build up
Limescale and hard water build up can be a real pain to get rid off and many of the cleaning products on the market just don’t seem to work very well.
Spray neat onto shower doors, draining boards and taps, leave for 15 minutes and then rinse away.
We all spill drinks or find marks on our carpet from time to time. white vinegar mixed with.a little washing up liquid can really help at removing those unwanted stains. Simply mix together and add to a spray bottle, use a soft bristle brush to scrub away at the stain and then using a white cloth blot dry.
Repeat the process if necessary and then rinse away using a damp wet cloth.
Descaling the Kettle
To get rid of that horrible limescale inside your tea kettle or coffee maker, pour the water and vinegar solution directly into the appliance or water tank.
This is a monthly task that needs adding into your cleaning routine.
Simply fill the kettle with half water and 30ml of white vinegar then leave to sit for 30 minutes. Once the time is up boil the kettle, empty and rinse thoroughly.
This will keep limescale at bay and eliminates the need of using harsh chemicals.
Prevent Mildew in water areas
If you have any mildew patches in the bathroom, around the shower, bath, window or on the shower curtain then spray liberally with neat White Wine Vinegar leave to sit for a while to allow the product to work and then rinse away.
Remove odours from kitchen sink
Another task to add into your monthly routine is to pour a scoop bicarbonate of Soda and then add 20ml of white vinegar the two together will cause a chemical reaction which will free up any blockages and can get rid of those nasty sink odours. But this will not kill bacteria as the two actually cancel each others cleaning power out!
Clean and deodorise microwave
Many of us forget to give the microwave a good clean every now and then and it can quickly become a bit stinky.
Using a microwave-safe bowl, fill with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 cup water. Place in the microwave pop on a high heat for 5 minutes.
Let it sit in microwave while it cools.
You can then easily wipe down inside of microwave and lingering odours should disappear.
Cleaning the fridge
Mix a gallon of warm water and 2 cups of White Wine Vinegar to wipe down inside of refrigerator, including shelves, walls, and packaging.
Your refrigerator will be clean and smelling clean without harming any food with harsh chemicals.
Freshen up laundry
If you feel your laundry is looking a little dull simply add 20ml of white vinegar into your washing machine. This will help brighten your colours and whiten your whites.
Make a mixture 20ml of white vinegar with 20ml 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.
Arm pit stains
A common stain which is so easy to remove using the power of white vinegar simply liberally spray under the arm of the garment, leave 15 minutes and then pop straight into the washing machine.
Cleaning your washing machine
Simply add two 100 ml into the detergent compartment or directly to the drum and then run a hot cycle to freshen up your machine.
Wash fruit and veg
Vinegar will help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables, fill a bowl with water and add in 20ml of white vinegar, leave to soak for 5 minutes, remove then rinse. and dry off.
What Should You Not Clean with Vinegar?
There are many instances when you wouldn’t want to use vinegar, with such great power comes great responsibility!
Here are a few instances when you would want to avoid cleaning with vinegar.
- Natural stone. Never use vinegar on your natural stone countertops or flooring including granite, marble, and quartz. It can react with the stone and defects in the surface, also causing the stone to become dull and lose its shine.
- Hardwood floors. I know many people who use vinegar on their hardwood floors! In reality, over time it can dull the shine and sometimes void the warranty of newly installed hardwood floors.
- Electronic screens. Vinegar can actually strip phones, TVs, and laptops of their protective coating which can enhance glare and even interfere with touch screens.
- Knives and other metal utensils. Vinegar can corrode the metal and actually dull the knife edges, especially those made of stainless steel.