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Windows Vinegar Cleaning Solutions

Windows Cleaning Formula / June 11, 2017

Vinegar; you’ve most likely used it to cook with, possibly as a salad dressing or a dietary aid, and possibly evenin your hair to balance out the pH level (yes it works)! Did you ever think of using vinegar in other ways? How about cleaning with vinegar as an organic cleaning product?

Cleaning with vinegar is an all natural way to clean your home.

Cleaning products today are loaded with toxins that are harmful to both users as well as the people who come into contact with that cleaned surface afterwards. As consumers we believe that if our children don’t come into contact with a cleaner, they will be fine; most cleaning products state “Keep out of reach of children.” We need to consider the most common methods of exposure, through the skin and respiratory tract.

‘Green cleaning’ and ‘non-toxins’ are words getting thrown on labels everywhere now to try and get the consumer to make the purchase. Why worry about what’s in your cleaning products when you can make your own vinegar cleaning solution? If you can’t think how to go about making your first vinegar cleaning product or what to clean it with once you have, this article from offers you multiple benefits of cleaning with vinegar to help you safely clean your home.

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Cleaning with vinegar is a great way to avoid exposure to many hazardous commercial household cleaners and it's cheaper, safer and easier on the environment.

The cheaper distilled white vinegar, available at your local supermarket, is the best type to use for cleaning. The acetic acid in vinegar is an effective disinfectant, deodorizer, and cleaner which will cut grease and soap scum, dissolve mineral buildup, and inhibit mold and bacteria growth.

For the household, a number of time-honored vinegar cleaning recipes are included some of which require, for best results, the addition of other readily available non-toxic ingredients such as:

  • Salt - to help dissolve tarnish
  • Baking soda - to absorb odors and act as a mild abrasive.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - to help disinfect.

Caution: Do not add vinegar directly to materials containing ammonia since this could produce harmful vapors.

Coffee Maker - Cleaning with Vinegar

Over time, mineral deposits from the water you use, build up and clog your coffee maker.Cleaning coffee makers with vinegar once a month will dissolve these deposits and will also allow you to wipe clean accumulated coffee stains.

For a regular 12 cup coffee maker:

  • Add 1 cup (250 ml) of warm water to the water reservoir followed by 2 cups (500 ml) of white vinegar, then run the coffee maker through a brewing cycle.
  • Discard the vinegar solution and clean thoroughly with water.
  • Run the coffee maker 2 more times through the brewing cycle with just plain water to rinse out all the vinegar.

By cleaning your coffee maker regularly, you will not only get rid of clogging mineral deposits, you will also eliminate coffee oils that can accumulate inside your coffee maker and become rancid.

There is no doubt about it, a clean coffee maker will produce a better tasting coffee!

Copper Pennies – Cleaning with Vinegar

A popular science fair project for public and junior high students is to find and evaluate household products that can restore the shine to dull copper pennies.

A copper penny looses its bright original shine because with time, the copper metal on the surface of the penny reacts with the oxygen in the air to form a dull brown copper oxide tarnish.
Cleaning with vinegar is a way to restore the shine on dull pennies. The acetic acid in vinegar dissolves the copper oxide layer on the surface of the coin thus exposing the bright copper metal underneath.

The reaction occurs much quicker if you add a little salt to the vinegar so try the following cleaning solution:

Another natural cleaning product that can be used is ketchup. That's not surprising once you read the label on the bottle which shows that salt and vinegar are major ingredients in ketchup.

Don't use vinegar to clean valuable or collectible copper coins since this dissolves some of the copper, which is the same thing as increasing the wear on the coin and thus reducing its value.