Cleaning with Vinegar
Just one of the many things you can do with vinegar is use it as a cleaning substance. Maybe the oldest use for vinegar yet (besides as a food). Cleaning with vinegar is much safer than using commercial products.
Always use apple cider vinegar for personal care. White vinegar is best for cleaning.
- A quarter cup in a quart of water makes a good window cleaner.
- A reader adds: When you use vinegar in your water to wash windows, dry with newspapers. Your windows will sparkle!
- Another reader says: Keep a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle to use for clean ing windows.
- On heavily tarnished copper or copper-alloy to be cleaned up, use a paste made of salt and vinegar.
- A reader writes: I use white (not apple cider) vinegar mixed with water to rinse off the dishes after washing them to take the soap off and leave them squeeky clean. This also takes the soap residue off of my hands at the same time.
- Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a gal. of water to keep your vinyl no wax floors clean and shining.
- Another reader adds: We moved into a new house 6 months ago, and it's a vinyl floor haven. Lots of vinyl floor! Since my old house was relatively small with only about a 10x8 vinyl floor in my kitchen, I usually just got down on my hands and knees to do the deed. Not now! My back isn't that great! I bought one of those mops with the detachable, washable heads, and I squirt pickling vinegar ('cause it's stronger) on the floor, mop it up and squirt more as needed. My floor is impeccable, my back is just fine thanks, and there's no need to buy any of that Mop and Glo stuff. It's affordable (read "frugal"!) and environmentally safe.
- As a carpet spot and stain remover - take a trigger spray bottle and fill with one part white vinegar to seven parts water. Take a second spray bottle and fill with one part white, non sudsy amonnia and seven parts water. Saturate stain with vinegar solution. Let dwell for a few minutes and blot thoroughly with a clean, white cloth. Then go over the area with the ammonia solution, let dwell and blot again. Repeat until the stain is gone.
- Another reader wrote this: Fill the water reservoir half way and run the coffee maker as you normally do and then run it once full of water and the coffee maker will be spotless. (Well, cleaner anyway.)
- Vinegar is an excellent grease cutter. In college cafeterias we boil out our fry vats every week with vinegar and water. Very cost effective and very safe-no harsh chemicals, no risk of fire. We also use straight vinegar to clean the grill hoods. Again, very inexpensive and does a fantastic job.
- Pour 1/4 cup vinegar with dish soap- water must be hot (not boiling hot). This is great for cleaning your Corningware dishes (it removes all the stains and grease), cleaning your stainless steel pots and pans ect., clean your oven and all of stove top ( this is better than oven cleaners. it will remove all of the grease. just dab on and let it set for a few minutes then wipe clean), and cabinets in kitchen.
- When waxing a floor after scrubbing with a floor stripper, use 1 cup of vinegar to rinse water. It neutralizes the chemicals and makes wax or floor finish adhere better.
- To keep your freshly-cleaned oven from stinking up your house next time you bake something, wipe it with white vinegar poured directly on the sponge as a final rinse. It neutralizes the harsh alkali of oven cleaners.
- Pour 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle for streak free, sparkling dishes everytime!!
- From a reader: When I apply a weak bleach solution (to a counter after handling raw chicken, or to grout to whiten it), even after rinsing it still smells like bleach. Spraying it with the vinegar solution does away with the bleachy smell. This also works if you use bleach when washing fabric - try an extra rinse with a cup of vinegar in it to get rid of the bleach smell. Note: A reader cautioned against using vinegar with bleach because it produces chlorine gas, so I asked about it on our chemistry guide's forum here at About.com. He said that, while the mixture does produce chlorine gas, using a few drops at a time (to rinse hands or counter, as opposed to gallons) as a spot neutralizer would cause no problem.
- Remove water stains from leather by rubbing with a cloth dipped in a vinegar and water solution.
- That staining that occurs in clay and plastic flower pots and their saucers comes right out--no scrubbing needed. Just fill the kitchen sink with cold water and add plain white vinegar about 2/3 water-1/3 vinegar. Soak pots and saucers til they look clean and new (sometimes takes an hour). Wash with soap and water before reusing.
- If you do dishes by hand, sometimes glasses seem to have a sour smell. A little vinegar in your rinse water will help get rid of it.
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