What is vinegar?
Vinegar is an acidic liquid produced through the process of fermentation. Vinegar can be made from different types of ingredients that contain ethanol. In other words, vinegar is a watery liquid that contains acetic acid and trace chemicals which may also include some flavorings.
What can we do with vinegar?
Vinegar can be used in both food preparation and cleaning.
We will be focusing on the cleaning used of vinegar in this article.
Before using vinegar, you must know these safety tips:
- The types of vinegar that you should use for cleaning are white vinegar, distilled white vinegar or full-strength vinegar. Full strength vinegar is a stronger version of vinegar specially formulated for cleaning!
- Never mix vinegar with bleach or ammonia. It will create a highly toxic chemical that could be fatal.
- Never use white distilled vinegar on stone surfaces such as limestone, travertine, granite or marble. The acid can damage the surface.
Here are nine home cleaning hacks with white vinegar.
1. Neutralize Odors On Microfiber Furniture
Vinegar is a natural odor neutralizer. If your microfiber furniture has an odor maybe because of sweating of whar ever other accident may have occurred. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and mist all over the fabric. Leave it to dry and the odor will be gone.
Pro tip: Put a bunch of citrus skins especially orange skin in some vinegar and put it to soak for four weeks. This will give a nice scent to your white vinegar so it will be much more bearable- in fact, you may really enjoy the smell of the citrus vinegar, it will give a cheerful feeling when inhaled and turn up the cleaning vibes.
2. Clean Your Bathroom Tools
Loofah, rags, shaving tool, stone Pumice stones and so on, need to be refreshed every now and then. Fill your kitchen sink with half white vinegar and half water. Soak your shower tools for thirty minutes and rinse.
3. Clean A burnt Pot Or Pan
Pots and pans get burnt food or burnt oil residues in them at times. To remove this, pour some vinegar in the pot or pan, cover and put it onto the fire to boil for five to seven minutes. Turn off the fire and let the pan cool. The stain should either be gone or really soften so that it can be easily removed. Wash with dish soap.
4. Clean Your Oven
If you have burnt food particles in the oven, wet the food particles with hot vinegar or just spray it on if the oven is still hot from a freshly baked cake. Let it soak
5. Clears Up Cloudy Drinking Glasses
So if you have been using your drinking glasses for a while, they will tend to have some cloudy formations. This may have been caused by hard water. You can simply soak them in a solution of fifty percent warm vinegar and fifty percent warm water for one hour. Remove and rinse.
6. Use To Clean Toilet Bowl
Ok, so this is one of the world’s biggest problems with toilet bowls. The hard water will form some rings in the bowl and they are really hard to remove. Some people have to get special chemicals to get this taken care of.
They may have tried white vinegar and it did not work. The main reason is that that stain is really tough as a result of building up for a long time.
You can now keep your sanity and return to vinegar as I show you the right way to get the hard water stain out no matter how tough it may be. First, get rid of all the water in the toilet bowl.
If you have a bowl that continues to run water, turn off the water supply to the bowl. Use a rag or something to plug up the hole so when you pour in the vinegar it won’t go down the drain.
Put some vinegar to boil, about a gallon and a half – depending on the size of your toilet bowl. When the water starts boiling, pour it into the bowl, the idea is to full it up to the area of the stain and let it soak for a few hours.
If it is not filled up to the hard water stain, use something to continuously wet the stain for at least ten minutes to try to soften it. Cover the bowl and leave it for at least two hours.
Remove the plug and the stain should have melted away. Hot vinegar does the trick for me.
7. Clean the Refrigerator
Use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the shelves and walls of your refrigerator. Use a solution of half white vinegar and half water with a few drops of lemon essential oil (the essential oil mask the scent and increase the cleaning power). This solution kills odors and germs.
8. Eliminate Trashcan Odors
Spray a mixture of vinegar, water and essential oils in your trashcan before placing the liner. Mix a cup of white vinegar with ten drops of lemon essential oil and ten drops of clove essential oil to make that nice trash can deodorizer.
9. Get rid of Urine Smell
Both boys and men can make the bathroom smell gross at times. Spray some undiluted vinegar infused with orange peel all over the bowl and its surroundings to kill that gross scent. Then wipe away so you can move on with your day in a clean surrounding.