At Uber Clean House, we love using natural, non-toxic ingredients for home cleaning.
We’ve told you all about the benefits of using chemical-free cleaning products around the home, including the magic wonder ingredients of white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
Today, we want to talk a bit more about the many amazing household uses of white vinegar. This humble pantry item can be used in so many ways throughout the home, to make your kitchen, bathroom and laundry hygienic and sparkling clean.
Remove Mould from Bathrooms
One of the best places to use white vinegar is in the bathroom, as it has the power to clean, freshen and make this space more hygienic.
Mould can be a serious problem in the home – it’s not just unsightly, it can be dangerous to your health. You can remove mould from bathroom surfaces using a solution of one part vinegar and three parts water. Mix in a spray bottle and use across showers, basins and tubs to inhibit mould growth.
As well as controlling mould in the bathroom, white vinegar will also remove pesky soap build-up on tiles. Because soap is alkaline, and vinegar is acidic, you can erase soap scum easily by simply using a vinegar-soaked sponge.
Clean Kitchen Benchtops, Dishwasher, Microwave and Sink
White vinegar is also a whizz in the kitchen. Just as it helps to keep bathroom areas free from mould and soap scum, it’ll keep kitchen surfaces and appliances hygienic and fresh.
Wipe down kitchen benches and sinks with white vinegar to kill bacteria. Using vinegar inside your kettle or coffee pot will help to deodorise, break down and descale. Simply add a cup of vinegar to the appliance, let it sit, and then run a full cycle through. Pour out the vinegar and rinse.
You can also run vinegar through the dishwasher, for the same hygienic results. For microwave cleaning, add equal parts water and vinegar and microwave for five minutes. Once you remove the bowl, wipe the insides with a clean microfibre cloth – you’ll find that the steam created will help to lift of any spills and stains for you to easily wipe away.
Make Glassware Sparkle
Still in the kitchen… white vinegar is the absolute best way to clean your glassware.
Water spots on glassware are caused by dried mineral deposits. And they’re certainly annoying!
To get your glasses looking brand new, soak a cloth in white vinegar then rub over both the inside and outside of each glass or vase. Let the solution sit for ten minutes, then rinse clean. There’s no need to use more dishwashing liquid or soap; this will only create more cloudiness. White vinegar is your best bet for clean glasses!
Polish the Silverware
Just as white vinegar removes cloudiness from glass, it can also erase tarnish marks from metal.
If you use silver cutlery, you’ll know the tarnished appearance that silverware gets over time. To remove this build up, make a paste using three parts salt and one part vinegar. Rub this paste into the silverware, after doing a spot test first on a suitable place.
Rinse off with clean water and you’ll have beautifully polished silverware!
Make Towels More Absorbent
Want clean, fluffy towels that are more absorbent of moisture?
You might think that white vinegar is the last thing you’d want to pour into your washing machine, but it’s honestly a secret weapon in the laundry. Because vinegar is acidic, it helps to break down minerals, chemicals and salt that can build up on towels and linen.
Adding one cup of white vinegar to your machine’s rinse cycle will leave towels in better condition and far more absorbent. It will also get rid of any annoying static cling – double win!
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Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.