In an earlier article, we spoke about the wonderful benefits of apple cider vinegar, you know the vinegar with the “mother issues.” Today, we’re talking about apple cider vinegar’s relative, white vinegar. White vinegar has been used and produced for centuries, with records showing the use of it as early as the 6th century.
From cleaning injuries to preventing infections, the applications of white vinegar go far beyond wound care. Vinegar just happens to also be an environmentally- and economically-friendly cleaning product. White vinegar removes soap scum, dissolves minerals, and breaks down buildup, all which make for a great alternative to common household cleaning products.
White vinegar can also be used as a disinfectant because of its acetic acid content, which removes mold and kills bacteria and germs. So, throw away your hazardous cleaning sprays and powders because we’re going to show you just how you can keep your office and household clean with the use of white vinegar.
5 Ways Vinegar Can Keep Your Office Clean
Cleaning around your office is just as important as cleaning around your house. You’re at work the majority of the time, and you rely on your computers and printers to help get your work done. Why not take the time out to take care of your office supplies?
In addition, when we’re at work, we transfer tons of bacteria and germs to our laptops and computers as soon as we touch our keyboards. As a matter of fact, a study conducted by the University of Arizona found that keyboards swabbed at a local office contained 400 times more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat!
Tired of sticky keyboard keys and dusty desktops? Spruce up your office spring cleaning with white vinegar by following these simple cleaning hacks:
1. Clean Your Keyboard with White Vinegar
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water.
- Use cotton swabs to get in between the tight spaces of your keyboard.
- Let dry for an hour before using it again.
2. Use White Vinegar to Wipe Down Your Desktop or Laptop Screen
- Before you start cleaning, make sure your equipment is shut down and turned off.
- Mix a ratio of half water and half vinegar in a bucket.
- Dampen a clean cloth or rag in the solution and squeeze out all the excess water as best as you can.
- Gently wipe up and down and left to right on your computer.
- Let dry before you it to use.
3. Clean Your Computer Mouse with Vinegar
- Use a dampened cloth with the 50/50 water and vinegar solution.
- Wring excess solution out and begin to wipe mouse down, removing fingerprints and harmful germs.
- Use a moistened cotton swab to clean the hard to reach areas.
- Let dry before you begin using.
4. Use Vinegar to Remove Tape Residue
- Use a dampened cloth with the 50/50 water and vinegar solution.
- Scrub residue until it is all gone.
- Dry off with a paper towel or cloth.
5. Remove Pen and Marker Spots Using Vinegar
- Grab a wet cloth with 100% white vinegar.
- Scrub and rub until the marks disappear.
5 Hacks to Keep Your Household Spotless with Vinegar
We’ve all heard how cleanliness is next to Godliness, so here are a couple of cleaning tips to keep your kitchen clean and germ-free.
6. Unclog Your Drains with White Vinegar
Using baking soda and vinegar together is one of the most effective ways to unclog your drains. It’s safer and less expensive than commercial drain cleaners.
- Pour half a cup of baking soda followed by 1 full cup of vinegar into the drain; this combination will create a foam that helps clear drain blockage.
- When the foam has evaporated, flush your drain with cold water.
7. Remove Grease Stains with Vinegar
Using vinegar can help remove bacteria, eliminate grease stains, and remove rust from old pot and pans. Follow these 3 methods to help disinfect your kitchen:
- Use a damp cloth with a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar; scrub those pesky grease stains away.
- For every day, grease-eliminating action, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of white vinegar to your favorite dishwashing liquid. Not only will this make your cleaning more efficient, it will also save you money because a little goes a long way with this concoction.
- Boil two cups of vinegar in a greasy pot or pan from last night’s fried chicken dinner for about 10 minutes. Doing this can also give your pans a natural non-stick quality that’ll last a couple of months.
8. Detoxify Your Kitchen and Household with Vinegar
Is the smell of cigarettes lingering around your house? Or is last night’s chicken dinner still stinking up your house? Try these simple tips to help give your household the aroma detox it deserves.
- Mix 1/2 a cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a pot.
- Let boil until the solution is almost gone.
- To eliminate the smoky odor in your house, simply add 3/4 of white vinegar in a bowl where the scent is the strongest. The smell should be gone by the end of the day. If the odor persists, you can also dampen a cloth with vinegar and wave it around like an incent.
9. Remove Mineral Deposits From Showerheads with Vinegar
Don’t you hate it when your shower feels like it’s spitting on you when your showerhead is stopped-up? Remove mineral deposits with vinegar by following this simple cleaning hack:
- Place your showerhead into 1 liter of boiling water and add half a cup of vinegar (if your shower head is plastic use, hot water instead.)
- Let it sit for about an hour (if your showerhead is non-removable, tape a small bag filled with half a cup of vinegar over your showerhead.)
10. Remove Deodorant Stains and Eliminate Wrinkles from Your Clothing
Adding 1 cup of vinegar to your washing machine can go a long way. Not only will this help clean your clothes, but it will also clean your washing machine too. Follow this tip to get the most out of your laundry:
- Add one cup of vinegar to your washing machine’s wash cycle to brighten your clothes, remove stains, and kill off germs and bacteria
- To remove yellow sweat stains and deodorant stains, soak your garments in warm water and vinegar overnight and wash them in the morning.
- To get rid of wrinkles, mix one cup of vinegar and three cups of water in a spray bottle to spray your wrinkles away.
Get a Headstart on Your Spring Cleaning
From stopped-up shower heads to dirty laundry, white vinegar does it all. Its an eco- and environmentally-safe alternative to common store-bought cleaners, plus it’s easier on your wallet too.
From generation to generation, white vinegar has been used to help families clean their household items. Now, it’s your turn to reap the magical cleaning benefits of white vinegar. Feel free to use baking soda and lemon to enhance the cleaning capabilities of white vinegar. Hopefully, this will help put a spring in your spring cleaning!
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