Many know baking soda, WD-40, and detergent can be perfect cleaning agents. For example, you can use them to clean your mattress or unclog the toilet. But did you know there was another useful agent like that, and which is not a cleaning agent per definition? You can already guess, it is vinegar. And no, I am not just talking about decalcifying your washing machine or electric kettle.
Vinegar is very potent stuff. It is even so strong that when sprayed on the weeds, the plant will not come back. Only exterminate the weeds in this way if there are no other plants or flowers near. You do not want your colorful plants to die in the garden. One option for the removal of weeds in between other plants could be the following: drip, spray or spread the vinegar carefully over the leaves of the weeds. You obtain the best result when spraying on a dry and sunny day; it can take a while before the weed killer becomes effective. The sun accelerates the process. Curious about the other hacks? Keep reading…
If the toilet, bathtub, or washbasin have limescale, you only have to spray the spots with vinegar. Let it work, and wipe the toilet, washing basin, or bathtub with a clean cloth. You can also use this on irons, showerheads, and faucets, but you do not have to wipe these. Spray and leave the limescale to slowly crumble. Don’t forget to rinse afterwards.
Using vinegar in the dishwasher has two advantages. The first advantage is that it is a cheap, effective rinsing agent for glasses, plates, and cutlery. The second advantage: vinegar can help clean the dishwasher. Once a year, or more often if you live in an area with hard water (the reason for limescale build-up), pour a cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher. Use a short program, so the machine is decalcified, and the greasy dirt disappears. That is very useful.
Vinegar is also a great (natural) unclogger. You can use it to unblock a slow sink drain, but a clogged toilet is no problem either. What do you need to do? Pour a quarter cup of baking soda in the sink, followed by a cup of vinegar, and seal the drain properly. The reaction of these two substances unclogs the drain. If it does not work the first time, repeat the procedure!
You can use vinegar for both the laundry and the laundry machine. Are there persistent stains, such as mustard, grass, ketchup, or sweat stains, on your clothing? First, spray a little vinegar on the stain(s) before you wash the piece of clothing. Is your white clothing no longer as white as when you bought it? Let the clothing soak in a bath of vinegar and before you know it, it looks radiantly white again.
Vinegar is not only great for the laundry, but also for the laundry machine. Just as with a dishwasher, vinegar helps to keep the machine clean. Also, in a laundry machine, residue builds up after each washing. Make sure you once in a while add a cup of vinegar to a laundry that you run on a hot cycle.
I think this has happened to everyone: you’ve put something in the microwave that isn’t supposed to go in. So it exploded and now the inside is dirty. So you have to clean it, but how? To clean the microwave, you can place a saucer with water and a few drops of vinegar in the microwave and turn it on for +/- 30 sec. If the combi-microwave is done, you can wipe the inside with a cloth.
Also, you can make stainless-steel and silver kitchen appliances shiny again with vinegar. Make sure to mix it with salt. You can also use it to disinfect wooden trays and chopping boards.
Again: vinegar is one of the best and most versatile cleaning agents in the world and can be easily used in ‘regular’ householding. Diluted vinegar is ideal to clean the windows, wooden floors, fireplace, shower curtains, and wooden furniture (mixed with olive oil). It is also a perfect stain remover, also for stains in carpets, curtains, or anything else.