How to Use Vinegar to Clean Your Kitchen, Coffee Maker, and More!

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Kitchen, Coffee Maker, and More! via Babble.comAll-natural vinegar is a great way to add big flavor to your cooking, but did you know it’s also a powerful household cleaning agent? The mild acids in vinegar give it lots of cleaning oomph, and because it’s non-toxic, you can use it without worrying about the nasty chemicals that are in so many cleaners. Before commercial cleaners and detergents were available, vinegar was the standard (just ask your grandmother!). Nowadays, many of us have forgotten that this natural wonder can do so much heavy lifting around the house. After the jump are eight of our favorite ways to put vinegar to work. What about you? How do you use vinegar to clean your house?

  • Clean and Disinfect Kitchen Surfaces 1 of 8
    Clean and Disinfect Kitchen Surfaces
    Use a vinegar-soaked cloth to wipe down your sink, faucet, and counters for a naturally disinfected and fresh-smelling kitchen.
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  • Clean Produce 2 of 8
    Clean Produce
    Make sure your produce is clean by dipping fruits or vegetables protected by a skin (such as citrus, tomatoes, apples and pears, root vegetables, tropical fruits, blueberries, stone fruits or squash) in a mixture of 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 gallon water.
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  • Clean Your Drip Coffee Maker 3 of 8
    Clean Your Drip Coffee Maker
    For coffee pots, swirl straight white vinegar in the pot, soak for a few hours, and wash. For the coffee maker itself, run a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water through the machine as though you are making coffee. Next, allow the mixture to sit in the coffee maker for 15 minutes. Run it through two full cycles of plain water, then wash the coffee pot and basket, and use as normal.
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  • Cut Through Grease on Surfaces 4 of 8
    Cut Through Grease on Surfaces
    Straight distilled white vinegar works wonders on greasy kitchen surfaces like stove tops, ovens, cabinet doors, and the top of the refrigerator. Just dip your sponge or cleaning rag in undiluted vinegar and go to it!
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  • Clean the Microwave 5 of 8
    Clean the Microwave
    To get the inside of your microwave squeaky clean, combine 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwavable bowl. Set inside the microwave and heat to a rolling boil for several minutes. Carefully remove bowl and wipe down microwave with a sponge. Use straight distilled white vinegar on any leftover tough stains.
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  • Remove Odors and Stains from Kitchen Containers 6 of 8
    Remove Odors and Stains from Kitchen Containers
    Lunch boxes and reusable plastic containers, water bottles, and mugs can all get a little funky over time. To refresh all of your reusables, wipe lunch boxes down with distilled white vinegar, or soak containers in a diluted vinegar solution overnight. For my stainless steel water bottles, I always give them a quick rinse with 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/4 cup water to remove any soapy film after washing.
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  • Remove Mineral Deposits 7 of 8
    Remove Mineral Deposits
    Glassware, shower doors, and coffee makers can all be prime targets for tough mineral deposits. For glassware, soak in straight white vinegar or wrap glasses with a vinegar-soaked towel for 2 hours and then wash as usual. For shower doors, spray with straight white vinegar, let sit for a half hour, and then wash as usual.
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  • To Clear and Clean Drains 8 of 8
    To Clear and Clean Drains
    Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then 1 cup of hot vinegar, and let sit for 15 - 30 minutes, then flush with boiling water (just use hot tap water if you have PVC pipes). If used regularly, this method can prevent clogged drains, and keep your drain clean.
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