Kitchen Ideas: Why Vinegar is Your New Best Friend When Cleaning

When it comes to clean kitchen ideas, white vinegar is a no brainer. It’s a natural disinfectant, has antimicrobial properties, and it’s great for cutting through grease and grime. Here are 7 ways you can use white vinegar to clean practically anything in the kitchen:

Brighten Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they’re prone to showing hard water marks and fingerprints. White vinegar and a little oil can get your appliances looking like new.

First, spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain. All stray marks and fingerprints will be replaced by a fantastic shine.

Shine up Your Silver

You can quickly remove tarnish from silver utensils by combining white vinegar with baking soda, salt, and boiling water. Here’s the easy (and kind-of-fun) process.

Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large bowl. Then, add 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water. Gently place your silver into the solution and you’ll see the tarnish start to lift almost immediately. Let everything soak for 5 to 10 minutes, then give each piece a good buffing with a dry cloth.

Deodorize the Dishwasher

Your dishwasher does a lot of dirty work, so of course it’s going to get a bit stinky over time. But there’s a simple solution. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a cycle. Stop the dishwasher halfway through the cycle, and let it stand for 30 minutes. Then, turn it back on and let the cycle complete. This will remove odors and hard water deposits.

Be sure to check out these 7 tips to prevent dishwasher disasters.

Freshen the Fridge and Freezer

Forgotten foods can make your refrigerator and freezer smell pretty funky. Fortunately, white vinegar and hot water make a quick, effective cleaner and deodorizer. Start by emptying out the fridge and freezer and placing all perishables in a cooler. Let the freezer come to room temperature.

Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle and liberally spray the inside of the appliance. Wipe clean with a sponge. If necessary, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away stuck-on food particles. Be sure to also wipe around the doors and surrounding seal. When done, dry the insides thoroughly with a paper towel or dish towel.

Here are a few more earth-friendly ways to eliminate refrigerator odors.

Clean the Coffee Maker

If your morning cup of joe isn’t tasting too good, then your coffee maker may be due for a cleaning. Fill the water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, start a brew cycle. Midway through the cycle, shut the coffee maker off and let it sit for an hour. Then, switch it back on and let the brew cycle finish. Run two more cycles with just fresh water (no vinegar). Your coffee maker should be back to running as good as new.

De-Gunk the Oven

When it comes to cleaning the oven, most people think they need to buy products made with extremely harsh chemicals to get the job done. Not true at all. Instead, you can clean your oven naturally with a little vinegar and baking soda.

Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in a bowl to create a thick, spreadable paste. Then spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven and let the baking soda sit overnight. The next day, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can with a wet rag. Then, spray the vinegar wherever you see baking soda residue and wipe everything down with a clean rag.

Enjoy an (Almost) All-Purpose Cleaner

White vinegar is a cheap, non-toxic, and effective alternative to many commercial cleaners. It can be your go-to cleaner for almost every surface in your kitchen. Just mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use for spills, stains, and general clean up. However, be aware that white vinegar can harm soft stone like marble and eat away at grout between tiles.

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