Clean your home with vinegar- the cheap, eco-friendly, & effective cleaner
Vinegar is touted as the magic clean-all solution, and with good reason. It has a variety of uses around the home, and has the added benefit of being budget, family, and eco friendly.
Why does vinegar clean so well?
Vinegar’s main compound is acetic acid. This makes it ideal to clean with as it breaks down greasy build-ups and cuts through dirt quickly. It’s antimicrobial and can kill a number of bacteria.
What shouldn’t I use vinegar on?
Avoid using vinegar on natural stone, marble, granite, or wooden floors. The acid can damage these surfaces. Some delicate fabrics may also react to vinegar, so if you are unsure, do a patch test in a hidden area beforehand.
Also avoid cleaning anything with a protective coating, such as waxed surfaces or cell phones, as the acid will damage the surface.
What is vinegar good for cleaning?
Descaling and cleaning your coffee maker
Because it’s acidic, vinegar can descale your coffee maker. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar to water and run the cycle. Empty the maker and then rinse.
Kitchen range hood filter
The kitchen range hood can become a greasy mess, but luckily, it is simple to clean. Find a pot large enough to fit your filter and fill it with water. Bring it to the boil, and add ¼ cup vinegar, and then slowly add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add the filter and sit for ten minutes as the water slowly simmers. Remove the filter and place in the sink. Scrub both sides with a little dishwashing detergent.
Cleaning mould and mildew in the bathroom
As vinegar is antimicrobial, it can be effective in cleaning mould and mildew. Use a solution of 1:1 water and vinegar and spray directly on the affected area. Wipe off with a soft cloth.
Streak free windows
Clean your windows with a 1:1 water and vinegar mix. Spray the solution on the window and wipe off with a microfiber cloth or newspaper.