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Why Vinegar is a Perfect Cleaner

By Jessica Ackerman

Cleaning products can be really expensive, especially if you have tough cleaning jobs that need to be tackled. What's more, these costly cleaners can be harsh on the environment. If you are looking for a cheap cleaner for the home that is also eco-friendly, look no further than the kitchen cupboard. Vinegar is a perfect choice for cleaning many areas of the home.

Vinegar owes its prowess as a cleaner to its natural acidity that works to kill bacteria and eradicate germs. This acidity also makes vinegar a great option for killing mold. Vinegar is a safe and natural cleaner that will not leave behind stands or strip the color from any surface like bleach does. Acid in vinegar rips through grease and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and germs.

Try vinegar for cleaning:

  • Microwaves. A bit of vinegar goes a long way to loosen up the stuck on .gunk. inside your microwave. To clean the microwave with vinegar, add one part vinegar to two parts water in a bowl in the microwave. Heat to boiling. All of the stuff that was .baked on. to the walls of the microwave should now wipe off easily with a damp paper towel.
  • Windows. Vinegar makes an ideal window cleaner. Mix one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle and then use just as you would other glass cleaners. The difference that you will see is that vinegar is all-natural and leaves fewer streaks.
  • Toilets. Freshen up the toilet by adding three cups of vinegar to the toilet and allowing it to sit for an hour. Spray your toilet with straight vinegar to tackle tough stains.
  • Coffee makers. Fill up the reservoir of your coffee maker with vinegar and then run the coffee maker on .brew.. This will freshen up the machine and clean it. Finish up by running plain water through the rinse cycle of the machine.
  • Clothing. Dissolve the soapy buildup on your clothing and make clothes naturally softer by adding a cup of vinegar to your washing machine's rinse cycle. Vinegar is also an ideal stain remover for getting deodorant stains out of the arm pits of shirts. Rub vinegar into shirt and then launder as usual.
  • Metals. Pewter, copper, and brass can be polished with a concoction of a teaspoon of plain salt, cup of vinegar, and enough flour to make a paste. Spread the mix onto the metal object and leave on the object for around fifteen minutes before rinsing with warm water. Polish the metal until dry. Clean chrome with a mixture of two tablespoons salt and a teaspoon of vinegar.
  • Garbage disposal. Add ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup baking soda to your garbage disposal to clean and deodorize.

These are just a few ideas for implementing the use of vinegar as a cleaner in your home. With a bit of creativity and experimentation, you will find other ways to use vinegar to keep your home looking and smelling good!

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