Vinegar As A Household Cleaner



We live in a small, old house. As such, our electrical panel does not allow us to have a water softener. The problem with this is that we end up with a lot of limescale on our faucets and bathtub. Commercial cleaners don’t work that well, not to mention they don’t smell nice at all. As an alternative we use vinegar as a cleaning solution. Vinegar is readily available at most grocery or big box stores. It is inexpensive – a gallon costs less than 3 dollars. And the scent isn’t overpowering and doesn’t linger for hours after using it.

Vinegar is an acidic liquid produced through fermentation. Vinegar is made through the fermentation of ethanol alcohol. Any ingredient containing ethanol may be used to make vinegar, including distilled grain alcohol, wine, champagne, beer, cider and more. The two types of vinegar we use are apple cider and white vinegar.

Vinegar is as old as civilization itself. It’s been found in Egyptian urns from around 3000 B.C., and it’s mentioned in Babylonian scrolls dated to around 5000 B.C. Vinegar was often carried by Roman legionnaires and the Bible states that Roman soldiers offered vinegar to Christ at the Crucifixion.

I cleaned out my coffee maker last week with white vinegar. I filled the reservoir with 4 cups of vinegar and then turned it on. Once that was finished running through the machine, I ran two more pots of water through. No more hissing, gurgling or waking up to no coffee.

Other things vinegar is good for cleaning:

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