Cleaning with Vinegar
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. “Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.”
Things you SHOULD clean with vinegar:
As a general rule, to make up a vinegar cleaning solution, simply add ½ cup vinegar to 2 cups of water. Place it in a spray bottle and you are good to go.
- Removes tea and coffee stains on porcelain
- Removes water marks on the glass
- Removes grime and sticky stuff off scissor
- Restores rug fibres
- Freshens most fabrics
- Removes waxy residue of wooden furniture
Removes candle wax
Mixed with a ½ cup of baking soda, unclogs, and deodorizes drains
Shines chrome and stainless steel
Place a bowl of water and vinegar into the microwave for a steam clean
Mixed with baking soda, deodorises the refrigerator
Shines ceramic tiles
Removes calcium and mineral deposits from shower heads
Helps to fight mould and mildew
Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine for soft fabric
Mixed with baking soda, removes sweat stains from around collars and underarms
Freshens up musty cupboards
Kills some bacteria and germs
Wash your fruits and vegetables to kill pesticides
Things you SHOULD NOT clean with vinegar:
The most glaringly obvious things that you should not clean with vinegar is granite and marble tops. This material is a very durable and resistant material which is commonly used in bathrooms, pantries, and floors on board superyachts.
The stone would normally have a sealed finish on it, however, due to the porous nature of these natural stones, you want to stay away from citrus and vinegar based cleaning solutions because it can etch away at and put the stone. Instead, use warm soapy water and a microfibre cloth to clean the beautiful stonework.
By cleaning your smartphone tablet, or Crestron multimedia screen with vinegar, you can actually remove the oleophobic coating. Instead, keep the touchscreen free of dirt and dust.
You can clean the screen by using a non-abrasive cloth with any non-ammonia cleaning solution applied directly to the cloth (do not spray the screen directly).
Cleaning with Vinegar
The Steam Iron:
I know you would love to pour some vinegar directly into your steam iron, but in fact, this can damage the inner workings of your iron, and it may lead to more black stuff being spat out.
Instead, READ the manual and use the self-cleaning function. Further, many modern steam irons will come with an anti-scale cartridge to remove the scale deposits inside the iron.
These tablets will prolong the life your steam iron.
The same applies to the coffee machine. I know there is a lot of recommendations all over the internet about cleaning your coffee machine with a vinegar solution. However, depending on the machine, the boilers are typically made from steel or aluminium, which vinegar can corrode.
Any waxed surface. As mentioned above, vinegar is a mild acid, so it makes sense that it would strip away any waxy residue, leaving the surface dull.
Lastly, does not mix bleach and vinegar. Both of these substances are powerful cleaning agents in their own rights, however, mixing the 2 can create a dangerous gas.