Ways to Clean with Vinegar

Plain white vinegar has long been a popular household cleaner. Today it is growing in popularity because of its economical nature, cleaning power and ‘green’ nature. Most people are aware of the ability of white vinegar to clean windows. Many are not aware of some of the other miraculous cleaning jobs it can do. Vinegar can be used to clean and deodorize drains, remove pet stains and more. Below is a simple guide to some of the toughest cleaning jobs in your home – all made easier by vinegar.

Lime Buildup
Lime buildup in showers, tubs and sinks can be ugly and distracting. There are some harsh chemicals on the market that can remove it, but they can be dangerous. Instead, use a paste of 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply the mixture to the lime buildup, let sit and rinse away. Repeat the process for particularly thick buildup.

Create a Safe Cleanser
Scouring cleansers are useful for a variety of purposes, and it is easy to make your own using vinegar. Simply mix 1 tablespoon liquid detergent with ¼ cup baking soda. Then add enough white vinegar to the mixture to obtain a thick and creamy paste. Use this cleanser anywhere you would use a store bought cleanser.

Drains and Garbage Disposals
Garbage disposals and drains can really smell, especially in hot and humid weather. If you notice that unpleasant odor in your sink, pour 1 cup baking soda into your drain (use ½ cup for the garbage disposal). Follow this by 1 cup hot white vinegar. Wait five minutes and rinse the drain or disposal with hot water. The unpleasant odor will be gone.

Perhaps one of the greatest kitchen aids ever, Tupperware, has a habit of getting stained and smelly. Grease stains are common, especially if the Tupperware has been used to store spaghetti sauce or something equally greasy. The stains can be easily removed by simply wiping the container out with a soft cloth or rag soaked in white vinegar.

Dishwashers can save you an awful lot of time and effort in the kitchen, but when they get smelly or develop a soap build up, do you really want to spend your time cleaning out the cleaner? Instead, pour one cup of white vinegar into the dishwasher and run it through a cycle (empty). The soap buildup and odor will disappear.

Coffee Pots
No matter how often you wash them, your coffee pot will become cloudy or stained. Run a cycle of plain white vinegar through the machine. Follow this by one or two cycles of plain water to rinse out the machine. Be sure to consult your manufacturer’s instructions first!

Fruit Flies
Fruit flies can be impossible to get rid of. You throw away the fruit and still have flies for days. Instead, just set a small bowl of white vinegar out on your counter. The fruit flies will be gone!

For the Grill
Cleaning the grill can be difficult with all of that stuck on food. Simply spray the grill with a solution of ½ water and ½ vinegar and the job will be much easier!

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