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How To Clean With Vinegar

If any substance could become a superhero, it would probably be Vinegar. I mean, what other liquid do you know of that’s so cheap, can be used in food, around the house, disinfectant …and the list continues.

It’s one of the best things to have as part of your “house supplies” arsenal. It’s been a household staple for thousands of years since the days when refrigerators didn’t exist. In other words, for a really really long time!

Don’t underestimate this unassuming looking substance, because it’s quite versatile! Without further ado, let’s dive into the multiple uses of vinegar that can save you from those oops-I-accidentally-spilled-wine-and-don’t-know-how-to-clean-it moments.

Vinegar is an amazing natural cleaning agent and when combined with other substances, it just adds up to its effectiveness. Plus, using it to clean your home will save you a TON of money! So, don’t you think that this cheap and highly available liquid is actually a treasure for you?

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Is vinegar safe?

Ultimately, the biggest question that arises is about the safety of using vinegar. Vinegar, in its usual form, is a kitchen essential and features heavily in cooking. But is it safe enough to substitute your daily cleaners?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer says yes, as long as you are mindful of where you are using it. While vinegar may not create a science-fiction level of lab disasters, it can slowly chip away at the integrity of surfaces and leave them brittle. For surfaces that require special needs, vinegar is probably best not involved. But for other general purposes, it can quickly become your new best friend.

Vinegar is also much milder when compared to the side effects of other market cleaners out there. It will not irritate your skin, nor will it cause untold harm if kept within reach of children and pets. Overall, it has almost negligible side effects when used wisely.

Some Brilliant Uses of Vinegar

1. Getting rid of sticky residues

Ever had a hard time removing the sticker residue left behind when it is removed? But vinegar solves it all. Just spray some vinegar on the area of the residue and allow it to settle for a few seconds. Now, scrub it a little bit and the residue will be gone easily. You can use it for removing other sticky residues as well.

2. Cleaning your Glasses

Hard water can leave your glasses dull and cloudy, even after a run through the dishwasher. The easiest way to restore shine back to glasses is to use vinegar. Now many people recommend putting vinegar in the rinse–aid dispenser in your dishwasher to save time. But don’t ever do that as vinegar is a strong enough acid to melt the rubber gaskets in the rinse-aid dispenser.

Instead, fill a shallow pan with a mixture of 50% hot water and 50% vinegar. Give glasses a soak, shake off excess water and let it sit to dry.

Caution: Never use vinegar on eyeglasses as it can damage the anti-glare or anti-scratch coating present on them. Just use it on drinking glasses or any other glassware.

3. Vinegar with baking soda for the Carpet

It is not a common phenomenon to wash the Carpet as we can’t just put it in the washing machine. It needs to be dry cleaned which is not cheap. Right?

Well, you can easily clean carpets using three cheap and easily available ingredients – vinegar, borax, and salt without spending on dry-cleaning. To clean the carpet, just sprinkle equal parts of borax and salt on the carpet and then spray an equal amount of vinegar over it. Let it sit for at least an hour before vacuuming.

You will have a clean carpet in no time and without spending a single cent on dry-cleaning. All you need is to utilize the cleaning power of borax and Vinegar.

Quick Tip: It’s better if you have vinegar filled in a spray bottle, it makes cleaning a hell lot easier. A high-quality durable spray bottle is a must-have if you are cleaning around your home.

4. Stained and dirty cookware

Stained or greasy cookware are very difficult to clean. But vinegar makes them very easy to clean. Pour around a cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar in the cookware you need to clean and boil it for around 5-7 minutes till the solution becomes sufficiently hot.

Vinegar will dissolve all the dirt and grime to efficiently clean the cookware and make it look as good as new. Vinegar is a miracle cleaner.

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5. Cleaning the toilet

Is it really impossible to clean the toilet without a hell lot of scrubbing? I would say NO if you take the help of vinegar to ease the job. And having a clean toilet is highly important.

Empty the pot. Put some paper towels soaked in vinegar in the insides of the toilet bowl where the stains and dirt are usually present. Let these towels soak against the stains for at least an hour. Pour some vinegar over the entire commode to clean each and every inch of it. If the toilet is very dirty then you should let the vinegar do its work overnight.

Then wipe off the area while removing the paper towels and flush. Your toilet will be squeaking clean the easy way which is important to have a clean bathroom.

6. Clean your jewelry

Want to clean your tarnished silver? Vinegar acts as an amazing jewelry cleaner. Make a solution of 1 Tbsp vinegar, 1 Tbsp water and 2-3 drops of dish soap and let your jewelry sit in this mixture for around 15-30 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to gently scrub any dirt or grime. Rinse the jewelry and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.

You can even use it to clean your expensive diamond rings (it won’t damage them). Still, I will warn you that not every jewelry can be successfully cleaned at home. For some jewelry, you really need the help of professionals.

7. Cleaning smelly water bottles

Foul smells are common in water bottles. They accumulate with time if the bottles are not cleaned properly, forget cleaning the smells are common even when the bottle stays closed for a long duration.

Empty around ½ cup of vinegar in the bottle which has a foul smell. Close the bottle’s lid, shake it and leave it for around 15-20 minutes. Then add some warm water to it, shake it and rinse. You got an odor-free bottle in no time.

8. Cleaning a diffuser

If you use an essential oil diffuser, then this vinegar recipe will prove to be an amazing cleaner for your diffuser. Most of the diffusers work in the same way. They have a base system where water and oils are added and then there is the cone part at the top.

For cleaning, fill 3/4th part of the base with water. Add 1 Tbsp of vinegar to it. Then add the top cone and run it for around 5 minutes. The vinegar will greatly help in loosening the grime and the oily residue. After 5 minutes, remove the top cone and run a q-tip in the base where the water sits. The q-tip will further loosen the oil particles and other stains. Place the cone back and run it again for 2-3 minutes. Then remove the cone and scrub it (since it is free of any electrical component).

Dump the mixture in the base and run a q-tip once again to clean the base and small plate again. Use a wet paper towel to wipe the inner and outer surfaces. After it has completely dried you can fill it up and start using it again to make your home smell amazing.

9. Clean Tile Floors

For everyday cleaning, mixing half a cup of vinegar with a gallon of water can make an excellent disinfectant. Use warm water for the best results, which will cause vinegar to work at its full efficiency.

Allow the vinegar to air dry and enjoy sparkling tiles for days to follow. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to make the house smell heavenly.

10. Clean a Grill

For Sunday barbeques and happy tummies, a clean and sanitary grill is a must. The grill has it all caked on it, from grease to char, which can be quite a tough combination to deal with.

Moreover, as it is someplace you would be actively placing food upon, it becomes imperative to use safe cleaners. Use white vinegar sprayed on aluminum foil and scrub the grill down to make it in time for the next outdoor brunch.

A couple of quick notes:

§ Never ever mix vinegar with bleach, unless you want to end up in the emergency room.

§ Never use white distilled vinegar on stone surfaces including limestone, travertine, granite or marble. The acid can damage the surface.

§ White vinegar, distilled white vinegar, and full-strength vinegar (a stronger version of white vinegar specifically for cleaning) are the only kinds you should be using when cleaning. Any other kind is for cooking, so don’t mix them up.

Article source: Offbeat Bros

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