Ah vinegar, would it be a stretch to call it a miracle-worker? This acidic liquid is my go-to for so many things in the home that I always have some on hand. Need a quick hair rinse to get rid of built-up product residue? Apple cider vinegar has your back. Are you searching for the perfect base for your homemade salad dressing? Any vinegar will cut through the oil and give it the perfect kick. Do you need a cleaning product that won’t harm you and your family but will still eliminate nasty bacteria? Look no further.
The alternative health world has shied away from commercial cleaning products for some time. And with good reason. Those harmful concoctions are filled with toxic chemicals that can disrupt hormones, cause allergic reactions, and contribute to chronic respiratory issues. Thankfully, vinegar is the perfect solution for your kitchen woes. Turn away from toxins and embrace the powerful disinfectant properties of white vinegar for kitchen cleaning.
In case you aren’t convinced, the acetic acid in vinegar makes it incredibly effective at breaking down molds, grease, and bacteria (your worst kitchen enemies). Plus, the acidity of vinegar also serves as a mild antiseptic that can actually prevent the growth of certain bacteria.
Remember, essential oils are your friend. Use your favorite ones to cut through the vinegar smell and enjoy a fresh, clean scent. No harsh fragrances needed.
Use a simple 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water to disinfect your kitchen sink. After all, it does play host to raw meat drippings, greasy films, and filthy dishes. You don’t want that harmful bacteria sticking around.
Vinegar is an excellent tool for getting rid of grease and grime that builds up on your stovetop. Even if you are careful to wipe it down after every meal, eventually, your stove will need a good deep clean. Spray a diluted vinegar and water solution liberally over the stove, let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse with a warm, soapy rag. Dry with a clean rag or paper towels, and your stove will be as good as new.
If you have a microwave, you are well aware of how nasty it can get. Add some water to a large microwave-safe bowl and put in a few tablespoons of vinegar. Set the microwave on high for 4 minutes and wipe clean. The steam will loosen caked-on food and grease and make your job so much easier.
Some experts believe that this could risk superheating the liquid, which could cause the bowl to explode. So to play it safe, place a toothpick or wooden spoon in the water to give a release for air bubbles.
Dump a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher (not the door) and run one normal cycle without dishes. This will cleanse your dishwasher and help loosen any debris or mineral buildup.
Your trashcan can quickly start to stink. And no, covering up the odor with scented trash bags is not the solution. Instead, spray down the inside with a vinegar, water, and essential oil solution after you take out the trash. Wipe it clean with paper towels and you’re good to go.
Tea kettle and coffee maker
Have you ever noticed a white residue buildup on the bottom of your tea kettle? This is due to hard water mineral deposits and can be cleaned easily by boiling water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse it well and allow it to air dry to help get rid of the vinegar scent.
For coffee pots, run diluted vinegar through where you would normally put the water. Run a few extra cycles to rinse out any lingering vinegar.
Antibacterial Countertop Cleaner
Use this handy spray to disinfect countertops before and after cooking and kill any nasty, lingering bacteria. Grapefruit and tea tree oils add an extra antibacterial boost, however, if you don’t like the scent, you can mix and match essential oils as you please, and the end result will still be just as effective.
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 8 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Measuring cup
- 16 oz empty spray bottle
- Pour all ingredients into spray bottle and screw on the lid. Shake well to combine
- Shake before using, spray onto area counters and wipe with a clean, damp cloth.
What is your favorite way to clean with vinegar in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!