In the post “How to Go Green: Clean with Green Products“, we can understand vinegar isn’t only useful for cooking, though. It also makes a great cleaner and disinfectant because it’s made from acetic acid. Acetic acid is a colorless organic compound that gives vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell. It’s also an ingredient in some store-bought household cleaners. When diluted with water, it is a “miracle cleaner” that can clean almost everything in the home and even the office; from the kitchen to the toilet and even in the living areas of the home. Here are some areas and spots in the home you can clean with vinegar.
1. Electronic Appliances
To eliminate odors in your microwave, place a bowl containing a 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water inside the microwave and heat for a couple of minutes. This solution can also loosen any stubborn stains. Vinegar is also great for cleaning the inside and outside of appliances, including stainless steel. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then spray down appliances. Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe away the solution. Don’t use abrasive pads, which can scratch the surface of appliances.
2. Showers and tubs in the bathroom
Thick soap scum and mildew can be challenging to remove. Spray undiluted white vinegar over tub and shower walls. Let the vinegar sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse away. Or, combine baking soda and vinegar to create a paste and scrub away tough grime.
3. Toilets and Conviniences
Pour 2 to 3 cups of undiluted vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it sit for up to 3 hours. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush. This helps eliminate rings around the bowl and deodorizes the toilet.
Vinegar also makes a great floor cleaner, but only on certain types of floors. You shouldn’t use vinegar on hardwood floors because it can dissolve the finish and leave watermarks. The natural acid in vinegar can also damage natural stone floors. You can, however, use vinegar on no-wax linoleum. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1/2 gallon of water. To clean ceramic tile, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
5. Dishwasher and Kitchen Platforms
To break through soap scum in a dishwasher, add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse compartment and let the dishwasher run for an entire cycle.
Combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt to remove calcium deposits on faucets and fixtures. This solution can also remove hard water stains from showerheads. To get rid of stubborn stains, spray fixtures and faucets with vinegar and then tie a bag around it overnight. Scrub and rinse the next morning.
Use vinegar to make your own glass cleaner. Combine one part water with two parts vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on glass surfaces and wipe clean for a streak-free finish.
Because vinegar is a natural disinfectant, it can clean and disinfect countertops after food preparation. For tough stains, add a few drops of Dawn soap to one part water and two parts vinegar. Vinegar can also remove odors from countertops, but it shouldn’t be used on granite or marble. Use a natural stone cleaner instead. The acid in vinegar can diminish the luster of natural stone. Vinegar can also deter ants that may scour countertops at night in search of food scraps.
Finally, get and clean with this Vinegar for Home & Garden Cleaning (4 Pack of 1 Gallon Bottles), “Go Green” and preserve mother earth for the future generations to come
For people who don’t have the time to clean their own homes, fortunately, Rainbow Cleaning NY offers green cleaning services, we help get things spic and span. If you can’t find one in your area (or their rates are outlandish), call around until you find a service willing to use the products and methods you specify.