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25 Ways to Clean with Vinegar - Shine
Last modified: 2010-05-10 01:11:21

(edited for Indonesia by www.indonesiaorganic.com - Vinegar can be produced naturally by decomposing plant products under anaerobic conditions. Household vinegar is usually made from wine (grapes), cider (apples), or malt (grain) - or in Indonesia it may be made from beras/rice. The sugars in these plant products are converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide through fermentation. This oxidative process forms vinegar. )

1. Deodorize the sink: Pour 1 cup baking soda, followed by 1 cup hot vinegar, down the drain. Let sit for at least 5 minutes, then rinse with hot water.

2. Deodorize the garbage containers: Wipe the inside of containers with vinegar each time you empty. 

3. Clean countertops: Wipe down surfaces with a rag dipped in vinegar.

4. Clean the fridge: Use a mixture of half water, half vinegar to wipe down the interior shelves and walls.

5. Remove soap build-up and odors on bathroom walls and fixtures: A bottle of 10-25% vinegar with water makes an effective spot remover for tiles.  Wrap a paper towel around sink and bath fixtures, soak with vinegar and leave overnight.  Residue from water minerals and soap are easily removed the next day.

6. Remove stove grease: If you've got grease spots, pour some vinegar directly on the stains, let it sit for 15 minutes, and wipe away with a sponge.

7. To make old glassware sparkle: To get rid of the cloudy effect, wrap a vinegar-soaked towel around the glass and let it sit. Remove and rinse with hot water.

8. Get rid of lime deposits on your tea kettle: Fill the kettle with vinegar and let it boil. Allow it to cool, and rinse with water.

9. Remove stains in coffee cups: Create a paste using of equal parts vinegar and salt (or in lieu of salt, baking soda) and scrub gently before rinsing.

10. Treat plastic containers stains (and stinkiness): Wipe the containers with a vinegar-saturated cloth.

11. Remove stains on aluminum pots: Boil 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water.

12. Deter ant infestations: Spray outside doorways and windowsills, and anywhere you see a trail of critters.

13. Clean can openers: Scrub the wheel of your can opener with vinegar using an old toothbrush.

14. Remove stickers or labels: Cover the sticker with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Let it sit overnight-it should slide right off by morning.

15. Shine porcelain sinks: A bit of vinegar and a good scrub should leave them sparkling.

16. Clean grout: Pour on some vinegar, let it hang out for a few minutes, and buff with an old toothbrush.

17. Clean the shower walls: Spray them down with vinegar pre-shower, or post (after you've squeegeed the glass) to remove hard water deposits.  To prevent hard word in the future, wipe down daily.

18. Clean a grimy showerhead: To get rid of scum, fill a Ziploc with ½ a cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar and tie it around the showerhead. Let it sit for an hour, until the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and run the shower.  Or for a showerhead with an extension hose, put the solution in a small container and leave the shower head in it overnight.

19. Make a toilet sparkle: Pour in a cup or two of vinegar and let it sit there overnight before scrubbing with a toilet brush.

20. Polish floors: Add 1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of water you use to wash the floor.  No chemical soaps with chemical scents are needed!

21. Clean paintbrushes: Soak paintbrushes for an hour before simmering them on the stove to remove hardened paint. Drain and rinse.

22. Clean grills: Spray vinegar on a ball of tin foil, then use it to give the grate a firm scrub.

23. Disinfect wood cutting boards: Wipe down wood boards with a wash of vinegar.

24. Clean the microwave: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups water and ½ cup vinegar. Heat it on full power for 3-4 minutes until it comes to a boil. Keep the door closed for a few minutes longer to let the steam fill the microwave, loosening the grime. Remove the bowl (carefully!) and wipe down interior walls with a sponge.

25. Polish patent leather accessories: Give them a rub with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Buff with a dry cloth.

Emily Hsieh, Shine staff, on Fri Apr 30, 2010

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