There’s no need to spend a fortune on fancy cleaning solutions when the best all-purpose cleaner is probably already sitting pantry cabinet. By now, you’ve probably heard of using white vinegar as an all-natural cleaner, but you may not realize how versatile it actually is. Here are a just a few ways to use white vinegar in the kitchen.
Kitchen Floors: Perhaps the most popular cleaning hack is using white vinegar to mop your kitchen floors. Great at removing dirt and drips, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a large bucket, and mop as usual.
Kitchen Sinks: White vinegar is food-safe and perfect for cleaning stainless steel kitchen sinks. After all, we use it on salads too! Add a one-to-one ratio of water and white vinegar to a spray bottle, spritz your sink to disinfect, and rinse with warm, soapy water. Best of all, white vinegar will also refresh the drain!
Stovetops: White vinegar is great at tackling grease, and caked on splatters. Spray equal parts white vinegar and water onto your stovetop, let it sit for 5 minutes (or longer if needed), and wipe clean. Repeat if necessary.
Dishwasher: Simply pour a cup of white vinegar on the bottom of your dishwasher, beneath the rack in the back, not on the door. Keep your dishwasher empty otherwise, and run it through a heated cycle as you normally would. You’ll be surprised at how fresh and clean it looks when you’re done!
Microwave Ovens: Microwaves are notoriously easy to mess and equally tricky to clean. Instead of scrubbing, try this hack from Better Homes and Gardens instead. Add ½ cup of white vinegar and ½ cup of water to a microwave-safe glass bowl, and microwave for 2-3 minutes — just be careful not to let it overheat! Let it sit for a minute or two, then wipe clean. The steam should help loosen any splatters.
Coffee Makers: White vinegar can help get rid of mineral buildup in your coffee maker, and even your Keurig. Just fill the reservoir with equal parts water and white vinegar and run it completely through. Repeat this process with fresh water — unless you like your morning Joe to taste and smell like vinegar!
How It Works
White vinegar contains acetic acid, a natural disinfectant capable of killing Salmonella and E. Coli – both common germs found in the kitchen. Whether you opt for a spray bottle or bucket, always use equal parts water and vinegar when cleaning. For extra cleaning and disinfecting power, and a clean scent, add a few drops of liquid soap, lemon peels, and/or essential oils.
Not only is white vinegar effective at cleaning your kitchen, it’s also all-natural, non-toxic, and inexpensive! Who could ask for more? Other kitchen items you could clean with white vinegar include cutting boards, stained plastic storage containers, burnt pots and pans, the refrigerator and freezer, and kitchen countertops (just not granite or marble, which could cause etching).
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