Vinegar is a natural and non-toxic liquid that we can use around the home to clean. Cheap and versatile, it can help to break down lots of dirt and grime build-ups in the home. This is because it is very acidic. White vinegar in particular can be a great and cheap option for cleaning certain items around the home.
Vinegar to Clean Sponges
Your kitchen and cleaning sponges should be cleaned every few days or every week at least. Soaking your sponges in vinegar for around 15 minutes can help break down dirt and germs within the material. After soaking, you should rinse your kitchen sponges well with clean water before wringing them out. You should then put the cleaning sponges in the washing machine on a hot cycle.
Vinegar as a Household Spray
Vinegar can replace some commercial cleaning sprays, especially for plastic, metal or glass materials. Simply dilute it with some clean, distilled water. Optionally, put it in a spray bottle for easy storage and application. Just spray the surface you want to clean liberally, wait a few minutes, and wipe down. The acid in it helps to break down tough grime, grease and kitchen stains, and can be used alongside commercial spray cleaners, or on its own.
Use it to Clean Your Dishwasher
Its acidity can help to break down limescale, grime from food, and remove bad odours from your dishwasher. If you’re looking to give your dishwasher a low-effort clean, simply put a dishwasher-safe bowl of white vinegar inside your dishwasher by itself, and run a hot cycle.
Not An All-Purpose Cleaner
However, despite its versatility as a cleaner and its natural cleaning properties, vinegar does have its limitations. You shouldn’t use it as a serious disinfectant or replacement for bleach cleaning where bleach is required. Additionally, it can be quite abrasive. It is best to avoid using it on porous materials, such as granite or marble counter-tops, grout, or unprotected wood. If you’re using vinegar to clean wooden floors at all, make sure you dilute it with water.