What type of vine is best for cleaning? If you said grape, I’m afraid your theory may be sterile! Wine connoisseurs may be laughing at that bad joke (probably not) but in reality, the best vine for cleaning is VINE-GAR! Old-timers could explain hundreds of cleaning uses for white vinegar, mainly because it’s been used as a cleaner, sanitizer, and deodorizer for generations. But even today, distilled white vinegar is often sought out over chemical options when looking to get some clean-up done, and with good reason. White vinegar is both environmentally safe, incredibly inexpensive and non-toxic to humans.
Call it a miracle liquid, aside from wine, of course, but white vinegar can do just about anything. Here are our top three favorite cleaning uses for white vinegar for easing cleaning around the house:
Eliminating Wine Stains
Wine jokes aside, this has happened to nearly everyone. The key to getting out wine stains is timing. If you spill wine on cotton, polyester, or perm press fabrics, it’s best to treat them immediately, if not within the first 24 hours. With a sponge or soft towel damp with white vinegar, dab the wine-stained area until the stain has disappeared. From there, bring to Pico Cleaners for additional service.
Removing Deodorant Stains
For our sweaty friends, this one is for you! Use 1 tsp. of white vinegar to rub the affected underarm areas of the garment with itself or with a soft sponge and proceed to wash as you normally would. Inspect the garment after it’s done washing to see if a stain remains. If stain marks are still there, repeat step one and rewash or, if it’s a white garment, set out in the sun to bleach dry.
Unclogging a Steamer
Steamer owners will tell you tales of a “weird white residue” that seems to build up in their steamer after a while. This is mineral residue from the water being used in the machine and, while normal, should definitely be cleaned. Pour equal parts of white vinegar and water into the steamer’s reservoir to form a solution. Plug in the steamer and allow it to steam for at least five minutes. Once complete, unplug the steamer, let it cool and empty the remaining solution.
Bonus: Cleaning a Microwave
This is one of our favorite cleaning uses for white vinegar! Using white vinegar to clean the crusty gunk and splash spots in the microwave is a cleaning tip as old as microwaves themselves! In a microwave-safe bowl, add one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water. Microwave the solution for approximately five minutes. As it cooks, the vinegar mixture will steam up the microwave, loosening the disgusting residue all over the box. Carefully remove the turning plate and bowl and wipe down the microwave with a clean cloth or paper towel until sparkly clean.