Dos and Don’ts for Using Vinegar in Your Apartment

Vinegar truly is a miraculous substance. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which make it perfect for cleaning with. In turn, you can use fewer expensive chemical cleaners, benefitting the environment and also your wallet!

Do:

Use vinegar as glass cleaner. Use an equal mixture of white vinegar and hot water to make an excellent glass cleaning solution.

It’s an excellent stain fighter. If you spill red wine on your carpet, use a mixture of vinegar and warm water to remove the stain. It can also remove ink stains from fabrics by soaking overnight in a solution of two parts milk to one part vinegar.

Grout – Use a solution of vinegar and dish soap to make a great dirt fighting compound for grout

Clogged drains – pour equal parts (use a small amount) vinegar and baking soda into a clogged drain and let set. After 30 min., pour boiling water over to flush out.

Don’t:

Hardwood floors – It can eat away the finish on your floors leaving them dull looking. It’s better to use mild soapy water on your hardwood floors.

Knife blades made from carbon steel can be damaged and discolored by vinegar because of its acidity.

Granite countertops – these countertops are very porous and will absorb the vinegar, which is extremely detrimental to this type of material.

Maybe:

Use vinegar in your dishwasher and washing machine. Sources vary on how good of an idea it is to subject your machines to the acidity, but it does help get your clothes and dishes cleaner.

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