Environmentally friendly, vinegar contains no harmful chemicals and it is excellent for cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing. Below, you can read about some best practices using vinegar.
Vinegar can be used to clean the sink and the bathtub and it also cleans windows well. A mix of 100 ml 10% white vinegar with three liters of water needs to be poured into a spray bottle, and sprayed onto the surface to be cleaned. If you wash the window with this mixture, immediately wipe it with paper towels and then with a microfiber cloth.
Acetic acid removes fresh, not too dark fruit stains if the stained surface is immediately soaked in vinegar; the stain may even disappear completely. Vinegar can also be used to remove grease stains: rub the stain with detergent and then soak the material in water with vinegar added. After soaking, wash the clothes as usual.
Knitted garments become soft and flexible if water with vinegar is used for rinsing them. Other dresses can also be rinsed with water and vinegar mixture, and even ironing becomes easier. Before every washing machine cycle, a little diluted vinegar can be poured into the rinsing compartment of the washing machine. As a result, the colors of the clothes will be brighter, and the clothes will become easier to iron. Diluted vinegar can also be used in steam irons.
For furniture upholstery and carpet cleaning you can use vinegar as well. Dilute the vinegar in water and dip a cloth, a sponge or a brush into the mixture. Rub the surface to make it shine as if new. You don’t have to be afraid of the distinctive odor of vinegar, as it will evaporate within a few hours.
Vinegar dilutes lime scale formed in espresso machines, washing machines and on taps, tiles, toilets and washbasins. For this purpose, add one part vinegar to two parts water. For stubborn lime scale, use a fifty-fifty ratio, but you may also be use undiluted vinegar; however, never use concentrated acetic acid on a larger surface if the doors and windows are closed. Leave the vinegar solution on the surface for several minutes, then rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
Metal sinks can also be cleaned with vinegar with a little baking soda added to it.
To clean a washing machine, you can pour vinegar into the detergent tray and into the cylinder as well. Turn on the shortest program leaving the machine empty at 40° C. During the rinsing cycle, all impurities will be flushed out from the machine along with the vinegar. This operation should be performed at least once a month.
- Objects made of copper can be cleaned with salt and vinegar.
- Granular salt and vinegar are excellent cleaners of glass and crystals.
- Cut roses will be longer-lasting if a few drops of vinegar are added to the water.
- And old practice: before using new enamel cookware, first boil salted water with vinegar in it; this will make the enamel more durable.
- Hardened leather gloves or leather upholstery will regain their flexibility after being treated with vinegar and water.