Vinegar is a natural acid. It’s non-toxic, bio-degradable and achieves amazing results on everything from mould to grout lines.
Here are 4 ways you can use vinegar in your spring cleaning that you probably didn't know about:
- Mould Cleaning
- Grout Cleaning
- Unclogging and Deodorising Drains
- Cleaning Kitchen Tops, Stoves and Stainless Steel
Vinegar kills 82% of all mould species and is also an amazing cleaner in its own right. If you’ve got a mild to moderate mould issue then we suggest the following:
- Use a spray bottle to apply full concentrated vinegar directly onto the mould. In areas of heavy mould, use a soft nylon bristled brush to agitate the mould.
- Leave the vinegar on the mould for an hour to do its work.
- Wipe away the mould with a clean, damp cloth. If there’s still a mould stain then you may wish to use a product like an exit mould to treat the stain, but ensure that all of the vinegar has been washed away first.
Mould can be toxic, so we recommend using a full-face mask and appropriate protective equipment. Seek professional help for severe mould colonisation.
Tile and Grout Cleaning
Have you mopped your tiles and been disappointed with the results because the grout still looks dark and grimy? If you want to make your grout look like new again, try this incredibly effective process:
- Mix a paste of Bi-Carb Soda and Water (3:1) and apply the paste to the grout lines with your finger (using gloves).
- Mix white vinegar and water (1:1) in a spray bottle and apply the Bi-Carb Soda paste. The paste will start bubbling which lets you know that the natural chemical reaction that will clean your grout has started
- Once the bubbling stops, scrub each grout line with a nylon brush or toothbrush. Take care to clean each corner and edge
- Wipe off with cold water
This method can be a slow process so we recommend that you allow plenty of time. Vinegar may damage natural stone tiles so we only recommend this process for ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Unclogging and Deoderising Drains
Before you reach for the Draino, here’s an environmentally friendly alternative that’s much gentler on your pipes:
- Using a funnel, pour 1/2 cup of bi-carb soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar.
- When the foaming subsides, flush with hot (not boiling) water. Wait 5 minutes and flush with cold water.
Apart from clearing the drain, this process also treats odour-causing bacteria.
Cleaning Kitchen Tops, Stoves and Stainless Steel
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to clean greasy surfaces like kitchen stove and benches.
- Just spray on and wipe with a damp cloth. The same process can also be used to clean chrome and stainless steel. In addition to cutting through grease, vinegar will also neutralise any odours on the surface.
- For super grease fighting action in the kitchen, try adding 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to your favourite brand of dishwashing detergent and giving the bottle a good shake.
The added vinegar will give your detergent better grease fighting power, and also reduce the amount you use, giving you more bang for your buck.
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