How is vinegar made?
It’s well documented that vinegar was discovered that wine left undisturbed turns into vinegar. Granted this is not as exciting as the discovery that grape juice left undisturbed, turns into wine.
The vinegar institute tells us:
“Vinegar is made by two distinct biological processes, both the result of the action of harmless microorganisms (yeast and “Acetobacter”) that turn sugars (carbohydrates) into acetic acid. “
Not something we would recommend trying at home by any means!!
While there are lots of different types of vinegar, including White, Malt, Apple Cider, White vinegar is by far the most popularly used when cleaning.
How can I use vinegar for cleaning?
For centuries we’ve used white wine vinegar for cleaning, often passing their knowledge and application of vinegar through their family. Vinegar is a great alternative to chemicals when cleaning around the home and is also cheap to source.
Using vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner
Use: suitable for cleaning glass, stainless steel, and plastic laminate surfaces.
How to mix: Fill a recycled spray bottle with two parts water, 1 part distilled white vinegar, and a couple of drops of washing-up liquid. This will make an effective quick-clean solution.
Using vinegar as a fly trap
Especially useful during the summer. Use a old jar and fill it up half way with apple cider vinegar. Poke holes in the top of the jar and the flies will crawl through the hole. You can leave a couple of jars inside and outside your home to trap pesky unwanted flies.
Clean your drains with vinegar
Use: Poor in 115 grams of salt followed by 450 millilitres of boiling white distilled vinegar. Flush through with hot and cold tap water.
Clean your cooker hook with vinegar
Cooker hoods and extractor fans are notoriously difficult to clean. Use undiluted white distilled vinegar to cut through the grease in an instant.
Removing odours from a microwave with vinegar
Fed up with your microwave smelling bad? To remove odours from your microwave place 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar inside the microwave proof cup and heat in the microwave to boiling. For more persistent odours I would suggest deep cleaning the microwave.
Shower head – removable
Remove blockages in mineral deposits from shower head by placing them in one litre boiling water 110 millilitres white distilled vinegar for 10 minutes. For more stubborn stains leave the shower head in the solution of 20 minutes.
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