How To and How Not To Clean With Vinegar

If you like to save money, then you’re not alone. The allure of DIY is understandable. Why pay someone to do something you can just do yourself? This is a reasonable question to pose. Especially for smaller easy-to-accomplish jobs.


One of the oldest cleaning secrets in the book is to use vinegar (yes, vinegar). It’s not just for salad dressing. It’s a natural, non-toxic, and environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. Not to mention it’s pretty inexpensive.


Mixing plain old vinegar with water in a 10:1 dilution makes a great cleaner. You can pour it into a spray bottle for easy spray cleaning. Polish faucet handles and spouts, wipe desks and doorknobs, and even clean smudges and film from windows.


Another great use for vinegar is to soak fresh strawberries and raspberries in for about 10 minutes. When you bring these luscious fruits home from the store, clean with water and soak in a 10:1 dilution.  Rinse thoroughly. This kills mold spores and your berries will last longer.


Here are a few other things you can safely clean with vinegar:


  • The break room refrigerator
  • The toilet-bowl
  • Clogged drains
  • Humidifiers
  • “Sticky stuff”
  • Soap scum
  • Hard water stains
  • Garbage disposals
  • The microwave


Feel free to use vinegar on all of the above to your heart’s content. However, beware because there are still things vinegar should never be used to clean:


Natural stone countertops


Vinegar is acidic and can cause etching and scratches.  It can take the shine out of natural stone like granite, marble, soapstone, and more. Purchase special cleaners for these surfaces.


Your iron


Never use vinegar to clean out your iron. It can damage the interior.


Wood of any type


Vinegar can eat away the finish. Use only wood-safe products for these surfaces.


Remember to call N&A Commercial Cleaning for the big cleaning jobs.