10 August 2013

# Home Improvement # Tips

Handy Vinegar

Do you know that vinegar is a popular and handy household cleanser? White distilled vinegar is available in the market in a very affordable price and yet effective in killing bacteria, molds and germs. There are also other types of vinegar like, rice, malt, cider, wine, balsamic vinegar and a lot more. Vinegar can be made from any material having sugar in it including fruits. From this point, we are certain that vinegar is indeed a natural product. This is truly a smart way in cleaning anything.

Yes, vinegar is not only for food preparation. Allow me to share with you some of its’ uses and tips. These were drawn from a variety of sources, including my personal suggestions. Take note the vinegar I am referring here is white distilled vinegar.

1. In cleaning counter tops, spray a solution of water and vinegar. Dry the counter tops with towel.

2. In loosening splattered food inside the microwave, mix equal amount of vinegar and water in microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to boil inside the microwave and wipe-clean. Unwanted odors will also disappear.

3. In getting rid of lime deposits in kettle, use ½ cup of white vinegar in water and allow it to stand overnight. Boiling it will me necessary if limes are really stubborn. Let cool and rinse well with tap water.

4. Dirty can opener is not a problem with undiluted vinegar and an old toothbrush. Don’t forget to rinse it.

5. Baked-on food and grease that seems to saturate your stove can be remove by applying a thick paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Wipe it out with sponge dampened with water. Rinse it with vinegar-water solution and buff it with dry paper towel for shiny finish.

6. To clean the grill, spray a solution of equal parts water and vinegar on the cooking surface.

7. We can even deodorize the kitchen drain by pouring white distilled vinegar. Let it sit there for 30 minutes and flush with cold water.

8. Wood cutting boards mostly transmit germs if not clean properly. Use a concentrated white distilled vinegar to disinfect them.

9. A mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and flour (just enough to make the mixture a paste), will polish tarnished brass, copper and pewter. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse it with clean warm water.

10. Use a sponge soaked in vinegar in wiping off greases on your exhaust fan grids.

11. A solution of equal amount of olive oil and vinegar is handy in removing marks left on wood furniture.

12. Spraying undiluted white distilled vinegar in toilet bowl can remove stubborn stains and deodorizing it as well.

13. The clogs from the shower head can be removed by soaking it in pure white distilled vinegar overnight.

14. Soap residue visible on your shower doors can be rubbed down with a sponge soaked in vinegar.

Vinegar has many uses. I’ll tell you more soon.


  1. Ohh yes I have a very detailed post myself about vinegar it works for all kinds of stuff, not just cleaning :) we use it for fighting fleas (apple cider vinegar). We always have a gallon or two of both white and apple cider vinegar in our home!

  2. It's amazing how vinegar is a great ingredient in cleaning stuff. Gotta try that in cleaning our windows.


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