With coronavirus still threatening the health of so many, making sure your your house is getting a good clean has never been more important. If you’re not using vinegar already, you won’t believe how awesome it is when it comes to making your house sparkle!
1. Remove Water Stains on Glass
If water stains on your glasses are a problem, vinegar is the ‘solution’. Create a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water, apply it to the water stains, and let it sit for about 15 minutes; the vinegar solution will break down the debris. Use a toothbrush to scrub away the scum, then give the glass a good rinse and wipe the surface clean.
2. Disinfect the Coffee Maker
Research published in scientific reports in 2015 suggested that bacterial activity in our coffee makers can be very high, so you could be getting more than you bargained for in your morning cup. It’s estimated that most of us probably aren’t deep-cleaning them as often as we should be.
The answer is to, once a month, fill your coffee maker’s reservoir with four tablespoons of white vinegar mixed with water, run it, and then run it once more with just water to get rid of any vinegar smell.
3. Clean the Coffee Maker
Still on the coffee theme, try denture tabs to clean your coffee maker, instead of buying a new one. Put a couple of denture tablets in where the water goes and run a few cycles in your machine — this will clear out any gunk that can form on the inside.
4. Clean Burnt-on Mess on Pots and Pans
Believe it or not, rhubarb from your fridge or garden can remove caked-on mess on your pots or pans. Add a few sticks of rhubarb and some water to a pan and bring it to the boil, leaving to simmer for 5 minutes. Once the water cools, wipe the pan with a scrubber sponge and the mess will simply lift away. It works because the acids in rhubarb react with the carbons produced by burnt food. The reactions loosen the burned areas and make it easier to scrub off.
5. Remove Scratches on Plates
It can be so frustrating when, with just a slip of the knife, you end up with a scratched plate in your kitchen. But it’s not too hard to remedy with some baking soda. Make up a paste of baking soda and water, then buff it into the scratch. Rinse away the paste and the scratches will disappear.
6. Clean your Pans to Perfection
Use a tumble dryer sheet to clean off the mess stuck on baking sheets and frying pans. Put the pan in the sink with warm water, soap, warm water and a dryer sheet, then leave for a few hours. Rinse off later and the grime will go down the drain.
7. Make a Self-Cleaning Blender
End the risk of cutting yourself when you’re cleaning smoothie remnants from your blender by using baking soda and washing-up liquid. Pour both, plus some warm water, into your blender and blend for a few seconds. Finish off with a quick rinse or in the dishwasher to get it squeaky clean.
8. Disinfect your Keyboard
One 2018 public health study tested a variety of keyboards and found that they contained several strains of bacteria, including Bacillus and Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause upper respiratory-tract infections). Luckily it’s simple to disinfect; dip a toothbrush in a 50% vinegar, 50% solution and scrub on and in between the keys to eliminate germs.
9. Scrub a Cast-iron Skillet
Cast-iron skillets are expensive and we rightly don’t want them damaged. So put away the soap and use a potato instead; use coarse salt and half a potato to scour the dirt from the pan.
10. Disinfect a Sponge
Millions of bacteria can live on your kitchen sponge, and using it to clean utensils, dishes and on worktops can spread them far and wide. Disinfect the sponge by dampening it, then putting in the microwave for 90 seconds on full power. Bacteria will be reduced by up to 99%.
11. Steam Clean the Microwave
Clean the microwave itself by steam-cleaning it. Put a bowl of hot water inside and set it for 5 minutes. The steam created by heating the water will loosen the stuck-on dirt and make it easier to clean off with a cloth.
12. Freshen up the Garbage Disposal
With all the junk we throw into our garbage disposals, it’s no wonder they’re a veritable petri dish—with the nasty odors to prove it. Thankfully, making them a whole lot cleaner is easy: “Drop some cut lemons down your drain for a fresh scent” when you turn the disposal on, suggests O’Hanlon.