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15 Cleaning Tips

Vinegar is a real cleaning wonder

15 Cleaning Tips

Vinegar is a real cleaning wonder

Grandma knew from early on that vinegar or vinegar essence can replace expensive cleaning agents. Vinegar is also not aggressive to the skin and is therefore often much better tolerated than many chemical cleaners.

But why is vinegar so popular anyway? Perhaps because it offers a perfect mix of convenient cleaning and different areas of application that has ensured that vinegar has now made a name for itself as a cleaner in many households. No matter if dissolved in water or pure: many housewives (and of course also househusbands) swear by it.

The question is: which surfaces or objects can actually be cleaned using vinegar? What needs to be taken into consideration? And what is the difference between vinegar and vinegar essence?

The difference between vinegar and vinegar essence

Generally, vinegar essence is concentrated vinegar. For this reason, the essence is usually produced artificially and is made up of about 25 per cent acetic acid. The rest is water. Vinegar on the other hand consists of 5 per cent acid and 95 per cent water.

There is no doubt that vinegar is able to dissolve fat, lime and even rust, among other things. But what does this actually mean in everyday life? Below are a total of 15 objects or materials listed which are worthwhile cleaning with vinegar.

1. Food

Anyone who does not plant their apples and other fruit in their own garden knows that there is always the risk that store-bought food has been chemically treated. With the help of a mixture of vinegar essence and water, however, it is possible to remove these residues and enjoy fruit and vegetables without any worries.

2. Cutting boards

Research has shown that classic cutting boards are major sources of germs in the kitchen. Here too, vinegar essence can help provide some added hygiene. Again, it is important to dilute the essence with water and rub the affected areas with a sponge. Rinse with clean water, done!

3. Work surfaces in the kitchen

Work surfaces are also often full of many germs. The same principle applies here as for the boards. As a preventive measure, it is recommended to wipe the surface once at the end of the day with vinegar essence.

4. Washbasins and fittings

The area around washbasins and the fittings in the bathroom are often covered with unsightly lime residues. These can be removed by using a mixture of water and vinegar to make a cleaner. The same applies, by the way, when pots appear dull over time.

5. Mould in the shower

If mould only appears on the surface, there is usually nothing to be said against wiping it down with vinegar essence. It is nevertheless important to always check whether the mould has not already settled in the masonry. In addition, it is important not to forget to dry the areas that have been treated accordingly in order to absolutely prevent new formation.

6. Laminate or parquet flooring

If flooring with laminate or parquet does not have any major stains, there is no reason why it cannot be cleaned by adding a few splashes of vinegar to the cleaning water. Light stains and dust in particularly can be removed very effectively.

7. Toilets

Sooner or later, urine scale and lime will not only spoil the appearance but also cause a toilet to clog. Vinegar essence helps to remove these unsightly traces relatively quickly. For the essence to work well, it must be drizzled on a little toilet paper and place on the stains. After at least two hours, it can be rinsed off. If necessary, the procedure should be repeated to achieve a very good effect.

8. Descaling coffee machine and dishwasher

In general, both coffee machine and dishwasher can be descaled using vinegar essence. However, there are also devices for which this isn’t recommended. In this case, it is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions beforehand.

9. Textiles

Yes, acetic acid can also be used to remove stains from textiles. However, the essence is not put in the washing machine. Instead, the garments are soaked in the liquid beforehand. The clothes can then be washed as normal.

10. Nicotine odours

Only few smokers can get excited about the smell of stale smoke. Vinegar essence offers incredibly great potential here also when eliminating that characteristic odour. Simply put just a few drops of essence into boiling water. The pot is then placed steaming in the room in question. The result: the smell of nicotine will gradually disappear.

11. Cleaning windows

Adding just a few millilitres of vinegar essence to water when cleaning windows can prevent unsightly streaks and smears.

12. The inside of a microwave

Experience shows that food stains quickly appear inside a microwave oven. To remove these and at the same time take advantage of its antibacterial effect, vinegar essence can also be used. Both the plate as well as the walls of the microwave oven can be easily treated with this household remedy.

13. Drains

Especially when it comes to cleaning drains, it is always amazing to what extent a household remedy like vinegar can replace chemical cleaners. Effectiveness and environmental awareness come together in perfect harmony.

14. Washing machine

As with the coffee maker and dishwasher:, a washing machine can often also be easily descaled with the help of vinegar essence. Even if this is a comparatively large household appliance, a few millilitres are often enough to achieve a very impressive effect. Again, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the device.

15. Glass tables

Dirt on glass tables can ruin the overall appearance of an entire room. Vinegar essence is recommended to ensure maximum cleanliness without streaks. It is best mixed with water and applied to the affected areas. Depending on the degree of build-up on the glass surface, the liquid should then act for a few minutes before being washed off with clear water.