Possibly the best all-purpose cleaner right now is in your cupboard. News flash: You should use white vinegar to disinfect everything in your kitchen.
“It is a “miracle cleaner” when diluted with water that our test kitchen uses for almost all. Acetic acid, which is a natural disinfectant for destroying certain common germs such as salmonella and E, is made from vinegar. Coli, but it is better used in combination with antibacterial soap and water to ensure the destruction of all germs.
A giant gallon jug of white distilled vinegar from our favorite company, Heinz, will send you $13 off Amazon, and the scent of vinegar will evaporate faster than you think. But you can still add some citrus peels or essential oils if you’re concerned about it. Many applications require a water to vinegar ratio of 1:1 so that the acid strength is not too strong or harmful and can be kept for easy access in a container or a spray bottle. Here’s how we clean 18 things in our kitchens using white vinegar.
- Sink Kitchen
Using diluted vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio and store it in a spray bottle. Then your kitchen sink, counters, or any other spots where you can usually use bleach but want to be food safe can be spritzed and disinfected. You should use soapy water to clean the sink afterwards to counteract the vinegar smell.
Don’t use costly cleaners to water and mop the floor with 1:1 vinegar! This will protect your floor from a concentration of acidic vinegar that is too high, and help lift any grease or dirt away.
- Stovetop Greasy
The acidity of vinegar quickly helps cut through grease. On a splattered stovetop, spray some vinegar and water mixture, let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe it down with soapy water. It needs to be cleaned right off. Leave it to rest a little longer if not.
- Pans Sheet
By mixing 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup white vinegar with hot water in the sink, clean your dirty sheet pans.
Like a school science experiment, it will bubble up, but the reaction is what helps loosen the residue.
Until scrubbing away with a scouring pad, the scrubbing side of your sponge, or steel wool, make sure your sink is plugged so that it stays submerged, and let it soak for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Pots and Pans in Stainless Steel
Boil water and vinegar together for a few minutes if you have an extremely gnarly-looking stainless steel pan that won’t get clean. It will remove grease and erase any odd stains or spots of water.
You can go longer if it’s very dirty. The more vinegar you use here, the quicker the cleaning occurs. Then dump and wash the vinegar mixture with soap and water as usual!
- Pots and Pans of Enamel
The same works with enamel or enamelled cast iron (like your Dutch oven): to help dissolve stains, boil water and vinegar together and rinse off any residual spots with soap and water.
We tried using a vinegar and water mixture, but by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar in a big microwave-safe tub, you might get the same results.
To loosen some gunk with the steam, microwave it for about five minutes and then wipe clean. If not the water will overheat and make the bowl explode! Make sure to place a chopstick or toothpick inside the bowl. (Something the MythBusters have proven.)
- Coffee Makers and Kettles of Tea
They can all be washed in the same way to get rid of mineral build-up, whether you use an electric tea kettle, a regular coffee maker, or a Keurig. (Descaling is also known as this process.) Pour a ratio of water to the vinegar of 1:1 into the water reservoir or directly into the water reservoir.
Run it through the coffee maker or just boil the water in the kettle, then rinse with water thoroughly.
For automatic coffee makers (including those using pods), in order to get the smell and taste of vinegar out, you can have to run plain water through a few times. Vinegar and water can be used to disinfect stained tea or coffee cups, too.
- Food Processor or Blender
***Recommended: I personally use this mixer for my diet every day with chicken breast and broccoli blend together like smoothies drink.
Stuck with food, stains, or strange smells? Again, vinegar water at 1:1 and blitz it in the blender or food processor, then wash it as normal.
- Sealing Ring for Instant Pot (or Pressure Cooker)
If your Instant Pot sealing ring smells or is stained, soak it in your refrigerator, a sheet pan or some other vessel in your kitchen with a mixture of vinegar and water.
Let it soak as long as you like, wash it with dish soap, and leave it out to dry and air out an hour is perfect if you can spare your time). You can also use white vinegar, water, and lemon rind to fill the whole pot, then run the steam cycle for a couple of minutes.
- Glasses Of Cloudy Wine
If your wine or drinking glasses are causing minerals in hard water to get cloudy, soak them in the sink for a few minutes with some non-diluted vinegar and wash as usual. The minerals can dissolve the vinegar.
It’s nice to not only wash your cutting board after cutting raw meat, but also disinfect it with a combination of water and vinegar. This is a perfect time to store the 1: 1 mixture in a spray bottle for quick washing. Wash it down thoroughly with a mixture of vinegar and water.
Using plastic cutting boards with meat is often best, but make sure to follow these wooden cutting board cleaning guidelines if you use wood.
- Grinder Spice
Try cleaning it with white vinegar and then drying it thoroughly to get the cumin smell out of your spice grinder.
It should do the trick instantly and works with spices that stain, such as turmeric, especially well. With a vinegar and water mixture, you can also clean jars that you store spices in.
- Dishwashing machine
I always prepare a cup of distilled vinegar on the dishwasher floor (inside, below where the racks slide in, not on the door, and run empty, without dishes, for one cycle. The vinegar works to loosen any concentrations of minerals that may have built up.
- Freezer and Refrigerator
Use the trusty water to vinegar ratio of 1:1 to clean the inside of your fridge and freezer, including those crisper drawers that are sometimes overlooked!
- Water Dispenser Fridge
Grab a small brush (like a straw cleaner), dip it in vinegar, and clean the inside and outside the water spigot.
Another suggestion is a clean fresh toothbrush may also be used for scrubbing, removing any mold, yeast, calcification, and mineral deposits. Run the dispenser once after you vacuum, to make sure any vinegar is flushed out.
- Block of knife
Put some white vinegar on a paper towel to disinfect, wrap it around a table knife, and slide it into each knife slot to spotless them. One thing you need to be careful does not to keep the blade touch the wood your knives will go dull.
- Will Rubbish
You’re probably able to take out the rubbish now that you’ve washed your whole kitchen with vinegar.
It suggests spritzing the can and inside the lid with the 1:1 ratio of vinegar to the water before you apply a fresh bag and clean it out. Every time you take out the rubbish, repeat it and your rubbish will never stink again. Now go pour a bottle of wine for yourself.
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