Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ye olde universal cleaning product

When it comes to cleaning and more specifically choosing cleaning products, most of us find themselves in quite a difficult situation. As there is literally a titanic collection of brands and names you might never know what actually to choose and if you are not a chemistry specialist, the description on the label won’t really help you that much . Basically all you can do it’s trust their word and hope it’s the right ratio between toxic and effective.

Most likely people might go for a brand that they’ve fancied in a commercial or one that was recommended by a friend or family, but what if you could use something cheap, no-toxic and commonly found in every household?

It’s not an ad for a revolutionary new product , it’s actually the good old fashioned vinegar

Vinegar is basically  a substance consisting mainly of acetic acid and water, the acetic acid being produced through the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. There are a lot of types of vinegar fabricated from a wide variety of fruits and it’s most common use is in the kitchen for your pickles or maybe a delicious salad.

Vinegar also comes with a few medical applications. You might remember when you were a kid how your mom used to treat your sunburns with a tissue sprayed with vinegar.

But how can it help you cleaning up the place?

As it turns out the reason cleaning with vinegar is so effective is because it contains a high level of natural acidic properties. Distilled white vinegar should be the only type of vinegar cleaner to use for all cleaning purposes. If you have sensitive skin or are going to be cleaning with vinegar for long periods of time, you may want to wear rubber gloves.

You might think it’s something only your grandma would use but surprisingly even now-a-days vinegar still holds up as a top cleaning product in households all over the world.

One great way to apply the vinegar cleaner is with a plastic spray bottle. You should have two bottles, one at full strength and the second mixed with 50% vinegar and 50% water. (For best results, always use distilled water when creating a water/vinegar cleaning solution). And don’t worry about the whole odor problem. It’s not permanent so it will fade away very shortly.

Here are some common uses for vinegar in cleaning:

-         You can remove those decorative stickers on your furniture or other surfaces if you first moisten them with vinegar

-         You can fight a really bad persisting odor if you place a vinegar bowl in said room overnight.

-         For windows, half-vinegar, half-water should do the trick. And don’t forget to wipe it with a clean cloth .

-         To keep ants away, spray vinegar along doorways, windowsills, countertops - anywhere that ants are likely to appear. If you find an ant trail (path that ants use repeatedly), clean it with vinegar.

-         To remove soap build-up from faucets, clean with a mixture of 1 part salt to four parts vinegar.

-         To remove coffee or tea stains from china, clean with a mixture of vinegar and salt.

-         To clean silver, pewter, copper, or brass, dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in one cup vinegar. Add flour to create a paste (1/4 cup or more). Apply the paste to the metal item, and let stand for at least fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and polish with a soft cloth.

-         No-wax floors can be cleaned with a solution of 1 cup vinegar per gallon of water for a shinier surface.

One thing to remember:

There are a few things like marble that should not be cleaned with vinegar. The acid in the vinegar can damaged some surfaces so, always check before you clean. As with any type of cleaning solution do some research and if in doubt, always test in an inconspicuous area of whatever you are about to clean.

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