Cleaning Hack: Expert shows how to clean using vinegar
White vinegar is extremely acidic so it is a great cleaner. However, it is important to keep in mind white vinegar only kills some bacteria and viruses such as E.coli, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes. Vinegar shouldn’t be used as a disinfectant, but it can be used to get rid of dirt, grime, bad smells, and limescale. Express.co.uk chatted to Lynsey Queen of Clean (@lynsey_queenofclean) to find out how to use white vinegar for cleaning.
White vinegar is the best way to remove limescale from taps, according to Lynsey.
Mix together some white vinegar and water in equal parts and dip a cleaning rag, kitchen towel, or old t-shirt into the solution.
When it is totally saturated, take it out and use it to scrub the limescale on the tap for a couple of minutes.
Submerge it again until saturated and then wrap the towel around the calcified area on the tap – normally the head.
Wind it tightly, secure with a rubber band, and leave overnight.
Remove the towel to check if the build-up is dislodged by wiping it, and if it isn’t you can re-saturate the towel and try again.
If its deposits are looser, take the towel off and use it to scrub away with limescale.
Try using a toothbrush to scrub the tip and then rinse the faucet with freshly boiled water.
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Pour some undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it onto the mouldy surface or fabric.
Leave it for an hour and then wipe or rinse the area clean with water.
Let the area dry – the vinegar smell will go in a few hours.
White vinegar can be added to a rinse cycle when washing towels to keep them fluffy, Lynsey said.
Wash your towels with hot water and a cup of white vinegar instead of detergents or fabric softeners.
Simply add the vinegar to a 40C wash and then air dry the towels rather than drying them on a radiator.
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Gym clothes usually end up stained with sweat and full of germs and bacteria.
White vinegar is the solution- all you need to do is submerge your workout kit in a vinegar solution for half an hour before washing it.
Use one part white distilled vinegar with four parts cold water, and let the clothes soak before washing on a normal cycle.
White vinegar is the best way to descale your kettle, according to Lynsey.
Fill the kettle with equal parts water and vinegar and let it soak for an hour.
Boil the kettle, turn it off, and unplug it from the power.
Let it sit for another 20 minutes, get rid of the solution, and rinse the kettle thoroughly with clean water.
Try this again with more vinegar than water and leave the kettle overnight if it didn’t work.
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Sink plugs can become smelly and clogged with food and other substances.
White vinegar will unclog it and get rid of the smell.
Pour a small amount of baking soda down the drain first and then one cup of white vinegar.
Leave it for a few minutes and then flush the mixture with hot water.
Lynsey recommends using vinegar to clean the microwave.
Place half a cup of water and half a cup of white vinegar in a bowl and heat it up in the microwave until it starts to boil and the window steams up.
Let the microwave cool down for a few minutes and then wipe the inside down with a damp sponge or cloth.
Clean the keypad with warm, soapy water and a cloth.
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Saturate stains in white vinegar and rinse with warm water to get rid of them
Alternatively, add some vinegar to your wash cycle.
Washing fruit and veg
Washing your fruit and veg in white vinegar will make them last longer.
Fill a large bowl with a white vinegar solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water.
Add your berries, fruit, or veg and immerse them in the water – let them soak for five minutes.
Transfer them to a colander and rinse under cold water.
Spread them on a clean tea towel and let them air dry to remove as much water as possible.
Pop them in an airtight container and leave them in the fridge.
Boil a cup of white vinegar in a saucepan on the stove and let it simmer.
This will fight off odours in the air, and the longer you leave it the more it will deodorize your home.
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If your glasses are looking worn out, vinegar will bring back their shine.
Soak the cups in white vinegar for five minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Toothbrushes are filthy but need to stay fresh to clean your teeth.
Simply place your toothbrush head down into a cup of white vinegar and let it soak for eight hours.
Rinse well with warm water.
Windows and glass
Make a spray of one part vinegar to 10 parts water.
Wipe down the window or glass with a soft, clean cloth or paper towel before spritzing it on the window.
Use the towel to work the vinegar into the glass and then spray more on and rub it in again.
Work as quickly as possible to prevent streaks – rinse with clean water if streaks remain