Vinegar is found in almost all kitchens.
It’s great for your recipes, but it’s also a cheap, non-toxic and biodegradable household cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.
Although some tough germs will have to call for commercial disinfectants, vinegar is more than capable to meet the hundred simple cleaning needs of your home.
Undiluted vinegar is also proven to be effective against a range of pathogens, including Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli.
You can use vinegar to safely clean the interior and exterior of your refrigerator.
Would you risk your family’s health with a chemical based cleaner?
Just mix equal parts vinegar and water, and use this with a sponge to wash the surfaces, including the door gasket and bins.
If you’re looking to battle mildew growth, use undiluted vinegar instead. You can also use full-strength vinegar to combat tough accumulations of grime on your refrigerator. When you’re done, leave an opened box of baking soda inside to keep it smelling clean and fresh.
Sauce explosions in the microwave can look daunting, but it’s really very easy to clean up.
Practically Functional shares this quick steam-cleaning method for it. Microwave a bowl with 1 to 2 cups water and 1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar for 5 minutes.
When it’s done, don’t open the machine yet. Leave it for 2 minutes or so to let the steam completely loosen up the caked splatters of food. Then, carefully take out the bowl and turntable plate to wash, and wipe down the inside thoroughly.
The dirt should come right off. If it doesn’t, or if you don’t have enough splatters to need steam-cleaning, just dampen a cloth with equal parts vinegar and water and wipe the microwave interior clean.
Avoid sicknesses from food contamination by washing your fruits and vegetables carefully. SFGate recommends keeping a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water in the kitchen for this purpose.
For smooth-skinned produce like tomatoes and apples, spray the solution on to completely coat the exterior. Leave it on for about 30 seconds, and then gently rub with your hands and rinse well.
For rough-surfaced and leafy produce like broccoli and spinach, soaking in the solution is better. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or so, and then rub or brush and rinse.
With so many different uses around the house, this trusted item in its white vinegar as well as its apple cider vinegar versions deserves a special place in your pantry.