cleaning with vinegar

White vinegar is one of the cheapest and most versatile cleaners around. It does not streak, it is safe for hands and it is environmentally friendly. Here are a few great tips for using vinegar in the kitchen:

Eliminate cooking odors by using 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of water. Boil white vinegar in water to eliminate unappealing odors left over from cooking.

Eliminate odors in a smoke-filled room by placing a small bowl of white vinegar in the room.
Jars. Eliminate the odors of peanut butter, tomato sauce or mayonnaise from jars you want to keep by thoroughly rinsing them out with white vinegar.

Remove coffee or tea stains from china cups using an equal mixture of salt and white vinegar. Remove spots on stainless steel by rubbing kitchen items with a cloth dampened in white vinegar.

To loosen hard-to-clean stains in aluminum, glass or porcelain pots or pans, use ¼ cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of water. Boil white vinegar with water in the pan. Wash in hot, soapy water afterwards.

Clean glassware using ½ cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. When white vinegar is added to rinse water, it will help eliminate dull soap film from glassware and leave it looking sparkly. Soak pots and pans stained with food in white vinegar for a half an hour. Afterwards rinse in hot, soapy water.

Use vinegar to clean your microwave oven. Add ½ cup of white vinegar to 1 cup of water in an uncovered bowl and place in the microwave oven. Set on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes. Finish by wiping out the oven cavity.

Unclog a coffee maker by adding white vinegar to the 6-cup level and water to the 10-cup level. Then put in an empty paper filter. Turn on the coffee maker and complete the brew cycle. After the cycle is complete, discard the vinegar solution and used paper filter. Run the coffee maker for a complete cycle with fresh water before brewing coffee.