10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar

Home & Family, Living Green
on November 2, 2011

You probably have used vinegar in salad dressing and marinated meat with it, but did you know vinegar is a fantastic cleaning agent? Vinegar Tips recommends basic, unflavored, white vinegar as a powerful, nontoxic, environmentally friendly, thrifty cleaner that can be used all over the house. Try these 10 ways to clean with vinegar. You’ll be amazed at the results.

  1. The microwave. One of the toughest places in the house to clean can be like new once cleaned with vinegar. Put 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for a minute or two, until it comes to a rolling boil. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe out all the loosened bits and grime.
  2. Countertops. Mix a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water. Pour it into an empty spray bottle and use it to freshen, degrease and shine countertops. Do not use vinegar to clean granite, marble or other natural stone countertops.
  3. Ovens. The odd odor that often results from cleaning an oven can be removed by wiping down the interior with vinegar and water. Full-strength vinegar can get that stubborn, burnt-on grime off the oven door window.
  4. Garbage disposal. Clean and deodorize in one step. Drop full-strength vinegar ice cubes into the garbage disposal. Turn the disposal on and run with cold water.
  5. Brass, copper and pewter. Combine equal parts vinegar and table salt. Use this paste and a soft cloth to banish the tarnish.
  6. Flower vases. Remove residue or film from flower vases with a vinegar soak. Pour full-strength vinegar into the dirty vase, and let it sit for about an hour. If the neck of the vase is too small to fit a sponge, toss a half-cup of rice into the vase and swish it around. The rice will loosen the softened debris.
  7. Coffee mugs and teacups. Renew that stained pot with vinegar and a little baking soda. Scrub gently and rinse.
  8. Coffee maker. Coffee makers need to be flushed occasionally with vinegar and water to remove the mineral deposits that occur naturally over time. Simply run a 1/2 cup of vinegar through the pot as if you were making coffee. This process may need to be repeated a few times. Run a plain water cycle through the machine once or twice before making your next cup of coffee.
  9. Soap scum. Cleaning soap scum off faucets and tile can be frustrating business. Make it easier by using a salt and vinegar scrub. Combine one part salt with four parts vinegar.
  10. Glass fireplace doors. If the soot on the glass doors of your fireplace keeps you from enjoying a crackling blaze, wipe them down with a mixture of half water, half vinegar. It not only cleans, but it deodorizes, too.

This article was originally published as 10 Ways to Clean With Vinegar on DailyParent.com.