It’s been an open secret for women over the years that vinegar is a magic worker when it comes to cleaning. You can use it to clean just about anything. Vinegar is highly acidic which makes it a very good cleaning agent. It easily helps clear up the build-up of unwanted elements such as glue used in stickers and stains.
It may also be used as a disinfectant although it’s not the most effective product for this. However, if you are not in a position to get another disinfectant using vinegar in your cleaning can serve this purpose to a limited extent. White vinegar is recommended in cleaning instead of brown due to its colour.
Here are ways you can use vinegar for cleaning.
- Cleaning a microwave
Vinegar is recommended for cleaning a microwave. Simply add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 cups of water. Put the mixture in a microwave-safe cup and let it boil. Let it stand for a few minutes after boiling. Remove the cup with the mixture and wipe the microwave with a cloth. The steam from the mixture of vinegar and water will have loosened any kind of greasy mess that could have been in the microwave.
- Cleaning shower doors and walls
We all dread the build-up of soap scum in our bathrooms. Soap scum can easily build-up on the walls of the shower, shower door, soap holder or on the taps. White vinegar is the solution to this problem. Again due to its acidity it easily dissolves the soap scum. All you need to do is to dip a sponge into vinegar and then clean the surface of soap scum.
- Cleaning clothes
It is useful in cleaning your laundry in various ways. Firstly, it helps prevent coloured clothes from fading. Use less detergent when cleaning coloured clothes with about a cup of white vinegar. This should reduce the amount of fading in clothes.
You can also use it to remove mildew stains in clothes. To do this soak the clothes for about an hour in water that has been mixed with a cup of vinegar. You can then wash the clothes using detergent after the soaking. Sometimes the mildew stains are stubborn and you might need to repeat the process a couple of times before all the mildew clears.
Instead of using fabric softeners you can use it for fabric softening and removal of static.
- Cleaning carpet stains
It is recommended in the removal of stains in rugs and carpets. You would need to mix a bit of vinegar to dishwashing liquid and warm water. You then apply the mixture on the stain and let it sit for no less than 10 minutes then dry it using an absorbent material like a sponge.
- Clearing clogged pipes
Every once in a while water drains a bit slower in one of the sinks in the house. It can help with that. Pour boiling water into the clogged pipe followed by a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and let it sit for a couple of minutes. After that pour more boiling water.
However, despite recommending vinegar to clean just about anything in the house, there are several things that one shouldn’t use it to clean. These include kitchen knives, countertops made of natural stones and egg-based messes.