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
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.


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