Keep it clean with vinegar. Vinegar is one of the most versatile items we keep in our kitchens and can save you money or provide you with a cleaner when you are in a pinch. Here are some tips on when and where to use vinegar and when and where NOT to use vinegar.
In Your Kitchen
In the Fridge: You don’t want to spray chemicals in your refrigerator, so use a 50-50 vinegar-water mix. Keep a spray bottle of the mixture in your refrigerator for a quick clean up at any time.
Down the Drain: Pour a little vinegar onto a scrub brush that fits down the drain. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the brush and scrub to remove the odors and any build up.
In the Microwave: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 2-3 minutes until it boils. Wipe your microwave clean when the mixture is safe to touch.
On Reusable Plastic Containers: Wipe a coating of vinegar on the plastic containers stained with spaghetti sauce, soup or any other leftovers you stored. Let them sit for an hour or two, and wash as usual. Good as new!
In the Bathroom
In the Toilet: Pour a cup of vinegar in the toilet. Let sit overnight. The next morning, sprinkle with baking soda, scrub, then flush. If the toilet is really stained, you may need to empty the water first.
Down the Drain or in the Tub: Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar around a closed drain and let sit several hours. Scrub to remove buildup. Drain and rinse.
In the Shower: Bring vinegar to a boil, then wipe it on the walls and shower door. Keep them damp by wiping them down every 5 to 8 minutes for 30 minutes. Then, dampen a non scratch sponge in vinegar, sprinkle with baking soda, and scrub. Rinse. You can watch germs, stains, mold and more disappear.
On the Shower Head: Pour some vinegar into a plastic bag, and secure it to your shower head with a twist-tie. Make sure there’s enough vinegar so the bottom part of the shower head is submerged. Leave the bag on overnight. Remove the next morning before showering.
As a Disinfectant
Wipe it on: Use a 50-50 vinegar-water mix to wipe down telephones, doorknobs, faucet handles and more.
What NOT to Clean with Vinegar
As versatile as vinegar is, there are still some things you don’t want to use vinegar to clean.
Do not use vinegar on granite and marble counter tops. The acid in vinegar can ruin natural stone. Use a mild dish soap and warm water.
Do not use vinegar on stone floor tiles. The acid in vinegar (and lemons) can ruin the floors. Use a special stone soap.
Do not use vinegar to clean egg. If you are the victim of the old egg throw, don’t use vinegar to try to clean egg off your car or home. It will cause the egg to coagulate and it will be even more difficult to clean.
Do not use vinegar to clean your iron. It can seriously damage the internal pieces of an iron. Follow the instructions that come with the iron to clean it properly.
Do not use vinegar to clean hardwood floors. Some people say they use vinegar solutions to seal and clean their floors and it works great. Others say it damages their floors. Why take chances?
Use vinegar where you can for clean house and for some money savings.