Green Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar is renowned for it's cleaning properties, and has been used for various purposes for 10,000 years - so it must be doing something right! Due to it's high acidic nature, vinegar is great for grit, grime, grease and as a deodoriser helps to combat nasty niffs!
White vinegar is recommended for all ideas, methods and recipes in this blog. It is usually available in a recyclable glass bottle, or at a refill store if you have one locally.
Some people find the smell of vinegar off putting, if you don't enjoy the smell, I would suggest opening a window for ventilation or stick with diluted recipes. In my experience the smell fades quickly, but I am a fan.
1. Freshen your fridge. This is one of those jobs where I like to delay it for as long as possible, but fridges can get a bit whiffy and in need of a freshen up. Combine equal parts water and vinegar, wipe over fridge surfaces for a clean, fresh fridge.
2. Soap build up on bathroom surfaces. Natural soap bars and other natural bathroom products are great, but they can leave a soapy residue on bathroom surfaces. Tip 1. mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle, spritz on surfaces and the build up will be easier to remove. Tip 2 . Mix equal parts vinegar and washing up liquid in a spray bottle. Spray onto shower screens, leave for 20/30 mins and remove with warm water - your screens will sparkle.
Note: if you have marble in your bathroom, avoid using vinegar as it can damage the marble.
3. Easy microwave cleaning. Simply add a couple of tablespoons to a mug of water, pop in the microwave and switch on for 1minute plus (depends on the power of your microwave, but you want the water to create steam). When done, remove the mug and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth - any food residue should wipe away easily.
4. Reviving kitchen and cleaning cloths. If you have fabric cloths that are looking a little worse for wear, you can freshen them up by soaking in vinegar. Use 2 pints of water, and 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Add the cloths and leave to soak over night. Remove, rinse and dry. You can always add to your washing to get rid of any lingering vinegar smell, but they will be brighter and fresher.
5. Blocked sinks. I have made the mistake of trying to unblock drains using a combination of baking soda and vinegar, but then my high school science knowledge kicked in - I did a bit of research and found they neutralise each other - so not really the best solution after all. However, as vinegar is great at breaking down soap residue. Pour a cup of vinegar down your drain, follow with hot water and then put the plug in, leaving for at least 30 minutes before running water down the drain.