Understanding Vinegar



Ultimate uses for vinegar:

  • Placing a bottle of warmed apple cider vinegar in your kitchen could keep fruit flies from swarming your fruit.


  • To clean the underside of the rubber lip which covers the garbage disposal, wash it with the rough side of a vinegar-soaked scrubbing sponge. Do so only after ensuring the disposal is turned off.


  • Remove rust from a Cast Iron pan by soaking it in a solution of half white distilled vinegar and half water. Be careful not to let it sit too long or the acid in the vinegar could damage the pan!


  • If your tea kettle doesn’t shine like it used to, spritz the outside with apple cider vinegar and then wipe with a cloth covered in baking soda. Remember to follow the grain so you don’t scratch the metal.


  • Thick mineral deposits on a tea kettle can be difficult to remove. For the most difficult cleaning jobs, boil apple cider vinegar, water, and salt in the kettle for 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to sit overnight. Dump liquid the next morning.


  • Steam clean a kettle with baked on mineral deposits by heating 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water. Let the kettle steam for several minutes to break apart residue.


  • Cover the bottom of a dirty kettle with baking soda and apple cider vinegar to break up mineral deposits.


  • Clean off the blades of a well-worn can opener with an old toothbrush soaked with full strength vinegar to help remove dirt and grease.


  • Stained refrigerators will shine like new after soaking problem areas in undiluted white distilled vinegar.


  • Rid your dishwasher of mineral buildup by pouring a half a cup of white distilled vinegar into the reservoir and running an empty cycle.


  • Clean your ice/water dispenser by running white distilled vinegar through the system. Flush the vinegar out by running water through the system until the smell disappears.
  • Use vinegar in the dishwasher instead of another glass cleaner to keep your glassware sparkling.


  • Soaking silverware in a sink full of vinegar is a sure-fire way to get it shining again.
  • Clean countertops and makes them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar.


  • Scrubbing stainless-steel with a blend of white distilled vinegar, liquid dish soap, and essential oils will cut grime and costs.


  • Make kitchen cabinets sparkle with a simple mix of vinegar and water.


  • Make a homemade spray cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom. 1 part white vinegar, 4 parts water, 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional), and 1 tsp of organic dish soap. This does wonder on counter tops, high chair trays, baseboards, walls, appliances, floors, and everywhere else things can be dumped, spilled or tracked.


  • Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.


  • Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar.


  • Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Let them soak overnight.


  • Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar.


  • Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water. Spray surfaces with undiluted white distilled vinegar and wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill several containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.


  • Clean the wheel of a can opener using white distilled vinegar and an old toothbrush.


  • Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup hot water.


  • Remove odors from a lunch box by placing a slice of bread soaked in white distilled vinegar in the box. Leave the bread in the box overnight, then remove.


  • For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.


  • Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.


  • Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual for counter-indications.)


  • Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.


  • For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in undiluted white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit before rinsing clean.


  • To prevent good glassware from getting etched by minerals, wash then spray with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Give the glasses a hot water rinse before letting them dry or drying them with a towel.


  • Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.


  • To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.


  • Eliminate smells in an oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar and wiping down the surfaces on the inside of the oven. Repeat with water and let air dry.


  • Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.


  • Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a 50/50 solution of water and white distilled vinegar.


  • Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.


  • Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.


  • Make your own scouring cleanser by combining 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.


  • To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.


  • Refresh your ice trays. Let them soak in vinegar for 4-5 hours, then rinse well under cold water and let dry.


  • To remove water spots from stainless steel pot, wet a thick, clean towel with distilled white vinegar that has been brought to a boil. Lay the vinegar-soaked towel on the water spot and wait 30 minutes. Sprinkle with baking soda or Cameo (aluminum and stainless steel cleaner). Scrub, then wipe clean and dry.


  • Spray cutting boards with undiluted vinegar to remove surface residue.


  • Skip the toxic chemicals where you store your food and wipe up spills in the fridge with a 50-50 vinegar-water mix.


  • Burned bits in a pan? Combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vinegar into the pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat and add in baking soda. After the fizz calms down, empty the pan and scour as normal.


  • A basic baking soda and vinegar mix can remove a greasy mess, especially around the stove. Apply it in paste form, allow it to sit, and then wipe down.


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