It’s fairly common knowledge that white vinegar makes a great window cleaner. In fact there are quite a few household uses for white vinegar. You just have to be careful when mixing the vinegar with other substances to avoid a potential disaster. The best part of using vinegar is that there is no toxic fumes to pollute your lungs. With that being said, there’s always another side to the coin.
White vinegar is a great household cleaner when you use it properly. However it does come with a few caveats. Although vinegar is considered safe and natural, using it incorrectly can be hazardous. For instance you should never mix white vinegar with bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or basically any other such chemicals because these combinations can create corrosive and potentially fatal toxic gases.
Mixing vinegar with baking soda creates an explosive science project, so don’t combine them together—you could end up with a burst bottle and a fizzy mess. You should not use vinegar on hardwood floors or natural stone because it is acidic enough to damage those surfaces.
Here are 6 simple household uses for white vinegar:
Clean the Coffee Maker
Fill the reservoir of your grimy, crusty coffee maker with distilled white vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. After the cycle has run, empty the coffee carafe, rinse it, and fill the reservoir with clean water. Run the clean water through another brew cycle, and now your clean coffee maker is ready to brew the perfect cuppa.
Leave a bowl of vinegar on a table in a smelly room to deodorize the room. This trick works for a teenager’s stinky room as well as for pungent kitchen odors. Don’t worry about the smell of the vinegar….That vinegar smell will dissipate as it clears the other odors.
Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
Get a clean spray bottle that has never been used before. Add white vinegar to the bottle and place setting to spray a fine mist of undiluted white vinegar on the fronts of your stainless steel fridge, dishwasher and other appliances. Then wipe and buff with a microfiber or other soft cloth. The shine and luster will reappear while breaking down the grease and other particles.
Manage the Microwave Mess
Mix one cup of water with one-quarter cup of white vinegar in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Zap it on high for a few minutes or until the door window fogs with steam. Press cancel and open the door to allow the steam to clear and the liquid to cool. The vinegary steam will have loosened the cooked-on gunk that was coating the inside of the microwave. When it is cool enough, use the remaining liquid to wipe the surfaces clean.
Unclog the Shower Head
If you have mineral deposits clogging up your showerhead, pour a cup of vinegar into a strong plastic bag. Attach the bag to the showerhead with a rubber band or remove the showerhead and place it nose down in the bag, making sure the nozzle is fully immersed in the vinegar. Let it soak overnight, and then run the shower the next morning, to rinse the mineral debris.
Clean Your Home Exterior
A solution of one part vinegar and one part water should wipe or rinse away mold and algae on your vinyl siding, brickwork, window, porch, or pool screens. White vinegar is safer and less caustic than bleach. Be sure to rinse off any plants or shrubs. Vinegar makes a good weed killer, but be careful because you won’t want it to harm your garden.
These are just a few of the many household uses for white vinegar. What other areas around the house have you cleaned with white vinegar?