Vinegar is one of the great nontoxic cleaning supplies most people have in their homes. Today I thought I would share some ways you can use it in the kitchen.
- Cleaning the microwave.
Soak a cloth with vinegar. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Once you can handle the cloth, it can be used to wipe the now loosened splatters.
- Removing coffee and tea stains from cups.
Combine vinegar and table salt in equal portions. These can rub the stains right off the cups.
- Remove buildup from the coffeemaker.
Run 1 cycle of cold water mixed with 1/4 cup of vinegar. Repeat with water only. If you can still smell vinegar, repeat again.
- Degrease oven vents.
This is good to do about twice a year. Use a sponge soaked in vinegar to remove grease from the vents of your oven hood.
- Limit mildew buildup inside the refrigerator.
Wipe down the refrigerator door seals with vinegar.
- Degrease pans.
Simmer 1/4 inch water and 1/2 cup vinegar in a greasy pan for 10 minutes. Wash as usual.
- Open clogged drains.
Depending on the severity you can do a couple of things. Light clogs pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain. Allow to work at least 5 minutes or up to 1 hour. Rinse with boiling water. For more serious clogs, add 1/2 cup salt to the baking soda/vinegar mixture from above. Allow to site for 1 hour before rinsing.
- Countertops may be wiped with vinegar.
There are many more things that you can clean vinegar with. It’s a very safe cleanser for most surfaces. Some people dislike the smell, but in my experience this fades nicely once the vinegar has dried.