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Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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How To Clean Kitchen Areas, Surfaces, And Appliances With Vinegar

Catherine Edwards

For a deep kitchen cleaning, you don't have to look too far for the right cleaning products. You may already have it in your kitchen, whether it's at your home or your business. Vinegar can serve to give you a deep clean without the need for extra cleansers or chemicals. Here's how you can use vinegar to clean your kitchen.

What Makes Vinegar a Good Cleaner?

Vinegar contains acetic acid. This makes vinegar a natural solvent. It's ideal for dissolving minerals and other elements such as salts and oils. It also kills fungus and microorganisms. As such, it's a "green" cleaning solution that can go to work for you in a number of ways.

NOTE: Do not use vinegar on stone, such as marble or granite. While it's an excellent cleaner, polished stone does not respond well to acid of any type.

Making an All-Purpose Cleaner with Vinegar

In a spray bottle, create a half-and-half mixture of vinegar and water. Give it a shake, and that's it. You can use that solution to spray and wipe just about any surface except stone. You can also add a teaspoon of dish detergent to the solution as well.

With this cleaner, you can clean a number of things immediately.

  • Non-stone countertops
  • The inside and outside of your refrigerator
  • Windows and mirrors
  • Walls

This solution will remove bacteria from surfaces as well, so you don't have to follow up with a stronger cleanser.

Cleaning Kitchen Floors with Vinegar

First, sweep your floor or vacuum it. Put some warm water in a bucket, then add a cup of vinegar. You can use that solution to mop, or wipe your floors. You can also use this solution much as you would with the all all-purpose cleaner solution. Dip in a rag, wring it, then get started with wiping things down.

Cleaning Garbage Disposals with Vinegar

You may have heard ice cubes are a good way to freshen your disposal and keep the blades sharp. Instead, freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray and use those instead. The vinegar will do what the ice cubes do, but offer a deeper clean while it also lifts odors.

Cleaning Microwaves with Vinegar

If you have some tough-looking stains in your microwave, you can mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the solution on high for 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards, you will have no trouble wiping away food stains. Of course, you can try the all-purpose cleaner solution first.

What Else Can You Do With Vinegar?

If you search online, you will likely come across a several other ways to use vinegar and other natural cleaners for cleaning specific items or areas of your home or business. Understand that vinegar is an excellent cleanser, but it cannot clean everything.

You should always consider having a professional cleaning company give your home or business a top-to-bottom clean. From there you can use vinegar and other natural cleaning solutions to keep these areas clean until you schedule your next deep cleaning.

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Maintenance One.