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We all love a sparkling clean bathroom. Scrubbing and rubbing for hours to get it that way, however, is not such a popular pastime! But help is at hand when cleaning your bathroom in the form of a cheap and natural kitchen staple. Welcome to the world of white wine vinegar cleaning.
It might seem strange to think that an ingredient more commonly used in salad dressings can help keep your bathroom gleaming, but there is some serious science behind it. In short, it’s all about the acid. Vinegar is basically a dilute acetic acid solution, which means it can cut through grease, and acts as a mild disinfectant. It can also kill fungus and microbes, so it’s great for combating mildew and mould. It’s even a great descaler – all of which highlights why white wine vinegar for cleaning your bathroom is a smart and sensible choice, especially if you’re keen to avoid using harsh chemicals.
Limescale is a common bathroom problem, particularly in hard water areas, and it’s notorious for clogging up shower heads. When cleaning your bathroom, an easy solution is to fill a plastic bag with white wine vinegar (gentler and more fragrant than spirit vinegar), and then attach it to your shower head with a rubber band. Leave it to soak for at least an hour, depending on the severity of the build-up, then rinse well. Any final stubborn limescale deposits can be loosened with an old toothbrush.
If you are cleaning your bathroom, in addition to descaling taps and shower heads, white wine vinegar is also an easy and effective way to banish grubby grout. Simply fill a spray bottle with an equal solution of water and vinegar, then spray the affected area thoroughly. Leave it for around 15 minutes, then scrub the area with a grout brush or toothbrush. Rinse with warm water and you’re done! This solution is also suitable for a general ‘spray and wipe’ of bathroom tiles, toilets, sinks and screens.
Half a cup of vinegar added to a litre of warm water is an excellent way to clean your bathroom windows and it’s a similar story with mirrors. Moisten a newspaper ball with vinegar to buff and polish your mirror for a streak-free sheen.
Vinegar can even tackle an unsightly discoloured toilet bowl. Simply pour a cup into the bowl, and leave it overnight. Then in the morning sprinkle with baking soda (another versatile kitchen/cleaning staple), scrub and flush.
It’s not strictly a cleaning tip, but white wine vinegar also makes a great natural (and cost-effective) air freshener. Simply mix together a teaspoon of white wine vinegar, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, a cup of water and, if desired, a few drops of your favourite essential oil, before spritzing around your bathroom.
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