The Wonders of Vinegar

Vinegar is not only for cooking. I am sure you have heard of distilled vinegar being used in the kitchen for multiple purposes. I am going to explain a few of them now.

Cleaning with vinegar

If you have a nasty smelling drain combine 1 cup baking soda and one cup of hot distilled vinegar down your drain. Let this sit for 5 minutes or so, then run hot water down your drain. You can also use this technique for your garbage disposal.

To clean your microwave mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.

To clean copper pans combine 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 tbs of salt and enough all purpose flour to create a thick paste. Rub all over your copper pan let set for 20 minuets and rinse clean.

To clean glass combine equal parts of white distilled vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and use news paper to wipe clean.

To disinfect, spray non diluted white distilled vinegar on cutting boards, counter tops, kitchen sink and any other surface you would like to disinfect.

Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)

Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.

For stained and smelly plastic food containers, wipe them with a cloth dampened with white distilled vinegar.

Vinegar is a fun cleaner that you can experiment with and learn from. Its safe and all natural, perfect for cleaning with little ones around. Please note that vinegar is an acid be sure try in an inconspicuous area to be sure no damage can occur. Also, if you want to learn a little more on acids please review my “Why pH Matters” blog.







About jreffitt

Josh Reffitt has over 15 years of facility and custodial knowledge with in depth knowledge of school and commercial custodial services. He has a degree from Miami University in Business Management Technology and multiple certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Quality Assurance Officer (QAO). He also possess multiple certifications in equipment and chemical usage. He has a history for being well known for improving methods in the custodial industry, facility repairs and many more. Josh has helped many businesses achieve cost-saving measures by reducing staff, product, and educating their employees in better techniques of safety and cleaning processes and procedures.

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  • Danteder

    Vinegar is an acid and needs to be used with care.  it can damage many surfaces including natural stone.

    • pristinecleaningkv

       That is absolutely true. Although, vinegar is a much better cleaner to
      use on most surfaces and for those who are not experienced with heavy
      duty cleaners. Please just be sure to understand the surface you are
      working with and to try cleaning in an inconspicuous area to be sure not
      to harm any surface. It is always best to look into what surface you
      are trying to clean and be sure an acid like vinegar will not harm the
      surface in any way. Understanding pH balances is very important if you
      are wanting to clean anything. I also wrote a post on understanding pH
      balances. Thank you for your comment.