Why use harmful chemical products when you can clean with a natural cleaner like vinegar? There are many things that you would not like to clean with harsh chemicals anyways. Mostly, vinegar is not cheap. However, you do not need to use expensive vinegar for cleaning. Buy a bottle of cheap vinegar just for cleaning purposes. Vinegar is acidic and can be used instead of most acid cleaners. Following are some common things that can be best cleaned with vinegar.
1. Steam Iron
Minerals often settle in steam irons. Vinegar is the best cleaner for steam irons. Pour some vinegar instead of water and leave it for 15 to 30 minutes. You do not need to heat the iron, though. Most steam irons have some way to drain the water through steam holes. Use that to drain the vinegar through steam holes and your iron will be as clean as new. Rinse with water before using it.
2. Electric Kettle
Like steam irons, electric kettles accumulate minerals, especially at the bottom. Simply pour some vinegar in the kettle and leave it for 15 to 30 minutes. After you clean with vinegar, rinse thoroughly with the water.
3. Showers and Taps
Shower and taps also accumulate minerals with the passage of time. Spray vinegar into the tap and shower holes. As the vinegar is not likely to stay there for long, you might need to repeat the process for a few times before you get the desired results.
To clean with vinegar, pour half a cup of vinegar into the detergent cups and run a complete cycle without any dishes. Then rinse with water and use your dishwasher.
Vinegar can be used as an environment-friendly substitute for acid. You can use it to clean any surface; but do not use it on marble, natural stone, or crystals.