3 Amazing Uses of Vinegar Throughout the Kitchen
Vinegar is a staple not only for cooking but also for cleaning. It doesn’t only add flavour to your recipes but it can also be used as a cleaning tool around the house – specifically, your kitchen. Amazing, right? Although vinegar has different kinds (e.g. white distilled vinegar, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, etc.), when paired with a few things can be a powerful tool in making your kitchen odourless and clean. The following are 3 amazing uses of vinegar throughout your kitchen.
1. Vinegar with Water
Vinegar, when mixed with water, has a lot of uses. Below are its most common uses when mixed with water:
- Refrigerator: A solution of white vinegar and water with equal measurements can help refresh both the inside and outside parts of the fridge. A full-strength vinegar can also help prevent mildew growth on the insides of your fridge. To clean the grime and dust on the top part of your refrigerator, use an undiluted vinegar.
- Coffeemaker: Mix 2 cups of white vinegar and a cup of water to clean up your coffeemaker. Fill the decanter up with this solution and then place the filter in the machine. Pour the solution in the water chamber then let it run through a full brew cycle. Remove and replace the filter. Run the machine in two full cycles with clean water and replace the filter again for the next brew.
Jars and Containers: To clean off mustard or mayonnaise or peanut butter off your containers and jars, fill these items with a solution of warm, soapy water and vinegar for 10-15 minutes. If you are cleaning a bottle or a jar, make sure to shake it well to remove the extra clingy particles before you rinse it off with clean water.
- Thermos Bottle: A mixture of warm water and a ¼ cup of vinegar can help you clean up that dirty thermos bottle. Fill it up to the brim and let it sit for a minute or two. If there are still residues, put in some uncooked rice and shake the bottle well. The rice acts as an abrasive that can scrape off the residues. Make sure that the bottle is closed before you shake it though and let it air-dry afterwards.
- Microwave: Fill a glass bowl with a ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and place the solution inside the microwave. Let the mixture steam for 5 minutes on the highest setting and then dip a sponge or a washcloth and use it to wipe off the stains on the interior.
2. Vinegar with Baking Soda
The mixture of baking soda and vinegar has proved to be the most effective solution to a clogged drain. But aside from clogged drains, there are also other uses for this solution around your kitchen.
- Drains: Pour a half cup of baking soda and follow it up with a cup of vinegar down the drain to unblock it. This solution is far safer compared to chemicals and bleaches – for your pipes, that is. After a while, the foam will subside then you can now flush the drain with hot water from the tap. After 5 minutes, flush it again with cold water.
- Silverware: A mixture of ½ cup of vinegar and 2 tbsps.of baking soda can help your silverwares shine like new. Just soak them up for two to three hours then rinse with cold water. Make sure that you dry the silverwares thoroughly using a soft cloth.
- Refrigerator: Sure, you have already cleaned the fridge with a vinegar and water solution but this trick is also important to prevent foul odours in your fridge. After cleaning your fridge with vinegar and water, make sure that you put a bag of baking soda inside the fridge to ward off bad odours.
3. Just Vinegar
A plain cup of vinegar has also lots of uses. Here are their most common uses:
- Smoke Odours: You can easily remove the remaining smell of smoke from your burnt steaks by just placing a three-quarters full bowl in the place where the odour is the strongest. It can either be a white or a cider vinegar. If the smoke is from the cigarette, dampen a cloth with vinegar and wave it around the area for a bit.
- Chrome and Stainless Fixtures: Using a spray bottle, clean your chrome and stainless fixtures by spraying them with undiluted white vinegar. Afterwards, polish the fixture with a soft cloth to bring back its glossiness.
- Lunchboxes: White vinegar can be used as a deodorizer for lunchboxes by soaking a slice of white bread with it. Leave the soaked bread in the lunch box overnight and the stale odour will be gone by morning.