Using White Vinegar to Clean

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 2, 2011)

Not only is white vinegar an amazingly inexpensive item, it is particularly effective as a cleaner. This common household ingredient can actually be used to clean just about anything that you can imagine. There are so many different cleaning uses for white vinegar that the information could literally fill up a book. However, here are a few of the more common methods that you can use white vinegar for. While there may be a few additional ingredients to some of these methods, the main ingredient will almost always be white vinegar.

  • Freshening up a sink. White vinegar can be used to freshen up a sink in a variety of ways. For example, if you have a stinky drain pour roughly 1/2 cup of baking soda down it, followed by two cups of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit and bubble for no less than five minutes before you begin to flush the drain. For a dirty aerator simply drop it into a cup of heated vinegar. This will help remove any hard water deposits that have built up over time.
  • Counteract cooking odors. One of the biggest problems in the kitchen is probably odors that have a tendency to linger long past their time. Some examples of this fish, cabbage, onions, and so on can all be removed or counteracted by using some white vinegar. Simply boil a mixture of water and vinegar for about ten minutes. The ratio of the mixture should be two tablespoons of vinegar for every cup of water.
  • Window cleaners. A very effective window and glass cleaner can be made from white vinegar and water. Simply mix together a solution of 50/50 water and vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto the dirty glass or mirror, and then wipe away with some paper towels or newspaper. When you are finished, everything will be sparkling clean.
  • Clean coffeemakers. You can get a coffee cleaner clean, from the inside out, by simply filling up the water reservoir with full strength white vinegar. Run the vinegar through a complete brewing cycle, and then repeat. Halfway through the second time, turn the coffee maker off and allow it to sit for between 15 and 20 minutes. While the coffee maker is sitting, use a little bit of the window cleaner solution that you created earlier, and clean off the outside of the coffee maker and carafe. After the time has passed, turn the coffee maker back on for the rest of the brewing cycle. Run at least one cycle of water through a brewing cycle before brewing any coffee to remove the taste and smell of vinegar.

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