Nifty Tips on Vinegar Cleaning

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4 July 2023
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Vinegar is just nifty!

Unclog the sink

The nasty things hiding in the drain can be put away with just a little vinegar + baking soda:

  • Pour the baking soda first (half a cup)
  • Add the vinegar.
  • Wait out the foaming from the mild chemical reaction and wash it off with hot water.

White appliances

The cleaning solution is consisted of 1:1 water to white vinegar and just little dish soap. It doesn't matter if it's your dishwasher or fridge this home made cleaner will work for you.

Keep in mind that the same can be used on the inside of the fridge for removing food stains and getting rid of gross smells.

The mixture is also ideal for window cleaning (except without the dish soap), just remember to use newspaper instead of a rag.

Microwave + Oven

Cleaning experts Fantastic Cleaners say: Where the food deposits are a bit more persistent you can do the following:

  • get a heat resistant (glass preferably) bowl.
  • fill it with your white vinegar and water solution.
  • Heat up until it boils.

The evaporation will weaken the food soils, which then can be easily wiped off.

Glue stains of tape and stickers

  • Pure white vinegar will do the trick here.
  • Spray the spot and wait for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You can now scrub it for good.

Room & trash can odours

To defeat the unpleasant smells you will have to soak a slice of bread in white vinegar. Leave it in the smelly room as close to the source as possible (ideally leave it in the rubbish bin) and wait until the next day.

Overnight the vinegar will absorb any horrible smells haunting the place.

Even a toilet cleaner

It goes the same as with unclogging the drain, with the slight difference that you need to let the vinegar sit overnight.

  • Pour a whole water glass of it in the bowl and wait until tomorrow.
  • When you come back throw in half a cup of baking soda.
  • Time to scrub what's left and flush it away!

This method can be used all over the bathroom. If you want to clean a certain surface and get rid of the mean germs – wipe with white vinegar in two tours with a 15 minutes interval.

After half an hour, sprinkle with baking soda and use hot water to rinse.

That one stain on your sofa

Get yourself a spray bottle and craft the following mixture – 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts rubbing alcohol. Saturate the area, wait 2 minutes and then spray with water or wipe with a damp cloth.

Get rid of fruit flies

If you consider getting rid of annoying fruit flies cleaning then this is for you.

  • Fill a small cup with apple cider vinegar
  • Cover the top with tinfoil or cellophane
  • Pierce a few holes.

You just made a one-way trap for all the fruit fly invaders.

Sunglasses cleaner

Sprinkle a very soft cloth with a little white vinegar and wipe them clean. Enjoy your no longer dimmed vision.

The cooking pan

Boil 50% white vinegar + 50% water in your old pan for about 5 minutes and behold the food soils being dissolved.

Leather shoes refresher

The vinegar to water proportion for cleaning leather shoes or jackets would be 3 parts of water and 1 part vinegar.

Dirty keyboards

if you dampen a rag with vinegar and carefully wipe the keyboard and between the keys, you will not only clean it but sterilise it as well.

Inside the dishwasher

If the dishwasher has those hard water build ups already, you can fill the soap dispenser with vinegar and run it on “pots and pans” mode. Remember to remove the inner basket beforehand.

Wood clearance

To restore the look of your favourite wooden furniture you would need to mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of vegetable oil. Give it a gentle wipe.

Bonus: this same solution works wonders for your stainless steel utensils.

Blocked shower head

Pour some white vinegar in a plastic bag and then wrap it around the clogged shower head. Leave it overnight. It would be wise if you secure it with a rubber band as well. The next morning remove the bag and as always - rinse with hot water.

Bathroom mould

The recipe for this one is 1 part sodium borate (Borax), 2 parts vinegar and 4 parts water. Actively stir for 30 seconds and then take a paper towel. Dip it in and use it to remove the mould spots.

Things you shouldn't clean with vinegar:

Irons – the iron's inner parts are sensitive to the vinegar and may become damaged. DO NOT fill your iron with vinegar. If you want to avoid clogging simply empty its container after every use.

Egg stains – if you had the misfortune to drop an egg – vinegar is NOT your friend. It will make the egg change to a semi-solid state making it more difficult to remove. Sprinkle a good amount of salt on the egg and wait for 15 minutes. After that the egg will be coming off easy because the salt is hygroscopic.

Stone, Granite and marble surfaces – the acidity of the vinegar is not at all good for those. Instead - dish soap would be a great option here.

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