10 Ways to Clean with White Vinegar

White vinegar can be used to clean house in any number of ways and is extremely beneficial when trying to — well, do anything you can imagine! From taking lime stains off to cleaning the windows, vinegar does it all.

Here are ten ways to use white vinegar to keep your home clean:

Chrome Sink Fixtures
Take the lime buildup off using a paste made of 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar.

Scouring Cleanser
Combine ¼ cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.

Deodorize a Drain
Pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup hot white distilled vinegar. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Run hot water to rinse the drain.

Clean a Microwave
Mix ½ cup white distilled vinegar and ½ cup water in a microwave-save bowl. Bring to a rolling boil in the microwave and then wipe clean. (Baked-on food will loosen and odors will be removed.)

Use an equal-parts vinegar-water solution as a cleaning solution for the shelves and walls of the refrigerator.

Oven Door Window
Saturate the door window with white distilled vinegar. Allow the door to sit open with the vinegar soaking for 10-15 minutes before wiping clean with a sponge.

Soap Buildup in the Dishwasher
Pour a cup of white vinegar in an empty machine (no dishes!) and run it through a full cycle as if there were dishes. This will help remove soap buildup and odors and can be done monthly.

Keep Good Glassware Nice
After washing the glasses, spray them with full-strength white vinegar. Rinse with hot water and let air-dry or towel-dry.

Lime Deposits in the Tea Kettle
Take ½ cup vinegar and fill the rest of the pot up with water. Allow it to sit overnight. For tough lime, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle for a few minutes. Allow to cool and then rinse with regular water.

Mineral Deposits in Coffee Makers
Fill the reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run the coffee pot through a full cycle as if you were making coffee. Run the cycle with plain water once or twice to rinse out the vinegar. (You might want to consult your owner’s manual on your coffee pot first to make sure nothing will be damaged by doing this.)

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