What With Vinegar You Can Disinfect
Create your own instead of wasting cash on window cleaners. Mix a gallon of water with 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and spray it with a spray bottle. Squirt on, then with a dry towel, wash off.
You need to de-gunk your dishwasher, just like you de-gunk a coffee pot. Putting on the top rack a big glass measuring cup filled with two cups of vinegar, then running the system as normal, no detergent, no dry heat.
When towels start to feel rigid, toss them with 1/2 cup of white vinegar and no detergent into your washing machine. This will help to remove the traces of detergent and minerals that make them feel scratchy.
By combining one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water, Combat Carpet stains, like wine. To add a little bit at a time, use a clean white cloth or sponge, blotting regularly with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
Items from supermarkets
Vinegar can help to remove fruits and veggies from bacteria and pesticide residues. In a spray bottle, blend three parts of the water into one part of the white vinegar. Rinse with water then.
Try using vinegar as a solvent to remove several popular adhesives if you are having trouble getting the irritating sticky label residue off of a product or if you accidentally glue something together. Vinegar is excellent at grease cutting as well.
What Vinegar You Can Never Clean With
Countertops of granite and marble
Natural stone can be etched by the acid in vinegar. Instead, use a mild liquid detergent for dishes and warm water.
Floor tiles on stone
Like countertops, the bathroom's natural stone doesn't take acidic cleaners, like vinegar and lemon, kindly. With special stone soap, such as Basic Green Stone Cleaner and Polish ($6, amazon.com), or a mild liquid dish detergent and water, stop ammonia instead, and stick to washing.
Stains from eggs or spills
Do not reach for the vinegar to help clean up if you drop an egg on the floor (or notice that your house or car has been the target of some rambunctious teenagers). The acidity will cause it to coagulate, much as when you poach an egg, making the egg more difficult to extract.
The internal sections of an iron may be affected by vinegar. So don't pour it out for freshening and washing. To prevent irons from clogging, after use, empty them out and obey the cleaning instructions of the manufacturer.
Floors of Hardwood
The jury's still out on this one: Some homeowners find that their sealed hardwoods are beautifully cleaned by vinegar solutions, while others complain that it ruins the finish. Our advice: Use a cleaner, such as Bona ($8, amazon.com), specifically designed for hardwood. But if you want to try vinegar, always dilute it with water and test it in the blink of an eye before tackling the whole room.
Verily stubborn stains
Blot, sponge and try as you may, with vinegar alone, grass stains, ink, ice cream and blood won't come out. They appear to easily put into the fabric or simply do not react to acid, so treat them with a prewash stain remover such as Shout Advanced Gel ($14 for a 3-pack, amazon.com) and launder with enzyme detergent (check the box, they have most stain-fighting detergents).