Since the middle of the twentieth century a brand new trend is becoming more and more popular among the households in the developed world. It is the conception of the eco-friendly cleaning. Many people have realized that the detergents they buy from the local supermarkets are dangerous to the health or just want to produce the cleaning agents they use on their own – the way it has been done for ages. With the growing demand the supply followed and today we can see numerous books, studies and articles on the homemade detergents and the topic has grown huge over the years. In this short article we will pay attention to a very useful, although mostly unknown ingredient, which is useful throughout the entire house and for removing stains from all sorts of surfaces. Although it may come in many forms, it is mostly cheap and extremely easily accessible. It is vinegar.
We will begin with one tip for cleaning the insides of the microwave oven. When used for cooking, the microwave oven collects lots of dirt, because of the evaporations coming from the dishes that are being cooked. They then cool and form usually greasy and unpleasant substance. For the task just fill a glass or a bowl with water and vinegar. The proportion should be 1:1. Put it inside the oven and start the oven. Wait until it evaporates. Then clean it with a rag, dipped into the very same mixture of water and vinegar. Then, with a wet towel, clean the insides again from the remaining vinegar.
Distilled vinegar can be used for cleaning the insides of the refrigerator as well. Especially if you are buying a second-hand refrigerator it is a very good idea to do so. Dip a dry towel or mop into vinegar and carefully rub the shelves of the refrigerator. It will disinfect them and will remove the smell, if they are smelly. Leave it like this for a while. Then, using a clean dry towel gently remove the remaining vinegar.
Dishes and items, where you often put water, are very prone to collecting lime deposits, especially if the objects are made of iron or some other metal. They are not dangerous to your health, but, still, they look ugly. For removing the lime from them just fill them with vinegar and leave them overnight. In the morning empty the vinegar and clean them with towel. The very same technique can be applied to all other stain deposits on all other objects, like kitchen sinks, bathtubs and floors. It is extremely useful when it comes to cleaning the vases, which are prone to collecting deposits of lime on the insides of their necks.