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The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Vinegar Quiz
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Vinegar is such a versatile substance. You know you can use it for cooking and for dressing salads, but did you know you can use it afterward to clean the mess? Vinegar can help remove grease buildup, prevent mildew, and even unclog a sink! Take our quiz and learn about the many ways you can use vinegar to clean.
Which room do the majority of people consider the most difficult to clean?
There's no question that for most people the kitchen poses more cleaning challenges than any other room. Between the grease, the flour, the spills, and the foot traffic, no other room takes so much abuse.
The first step to removing build up from a coffee maker is to do what?
Run your coffee maker as though you were making coffee, but use regular water plus 1/4 of a cup of vinegar; this will clear the build up.
After you've run a vinegar cycle, what should you do to remove the vinegar odor from your coffee maker?
You don’t want to drink vinegar scented coffee, so remember to run one or two cycles using just water to remove the odor of the vinegar.
To remove mineral deposits that have developed inside a teakettle, what should you do?
Tea kettles can develop mineral deposits over the years, especially if your area has hard water. To start, fill the pot with water and 1/2 of a cup of vinegar, and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse the pot.
To clean a teapot, what should you do?
Unlike with tea kettles, to clean a tea pot you will need a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. Boil the mixture for a few minutes, let stand for an hour, and then rinse the pot.
If you find that the drain lines on your dishwasher are clogged, what should you do?
Vinegar is great for clearing clogged drain lines. Run the rinse cycle with an empty dishwasher, using 1/2 of a cup of vinegar. This will also deodorize the machine.
How can vinegar help you keep your microwave clean?
It seems impossible to keep a microwave clean, but vinegar can help. Boil a cup of water, plus 1/4 of a cup of vinegar, in the microwave for 3 minutes, let the oven cool, and then wipe down the oven with a sponge.
How often should you clean the vents of your oven hoods?
Oven hoods will collect grease over time, and could eventually become clogged. Clean them with vinegar twice a year.
For how long should you soak your oven hoods in vinegar to remove grease build up?
When you do your semi-annual oven hood cleaning, you should soak the vents for about 15 minutes in a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 3 cups water.
How should you use vinegar to prevent mildew from building up in your fridge?
Vinegar is perfect for fighting mildew. Just wipe down the inside of the fridge with a sponge soaked in vinegar. You don't even need to wipe it off or dry it!
When using a double boiler, you can prevent discoloration by doing which of these?
You can add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the water you use in a double boiler, to help prevent discoloration. This method will work just as well with egg poachers.
What is the best way to deal with a really greasy frying pan?
Let's face it: frying pans can end up looking and smelling really disgusting after a while. Rather than throw them out, fill them up with 1/4 of an inch of water and 1/2 of a cup of vinegar, and let them simmer for about 10 minutes. The oil buildup, and the smell, should clear up easily.
The stains on aluminum pans can be removed by which of these methods?
No one likes to see those dark stains that develop on aluminum pans. Boil the pans in a kettle that has enough water to cover up the pans, as well as 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Broiler pans collect a lot of grease. How do you remove it?
The best way to remove cooked-on grease is to soak the pan while it's still hot, for an hour, using 2 cups of vinegar and 1/2 of a cup of sugar.
How do you get rid of the odor produced by the rubber seal of your garbage disposal?
Over time, the rubber seal of the garbage disposal will develop a strong odor. Remove the seal, soak it in vinegar for an hour, and it should be fine.
Which of these solutions will help unclog a sink?
Drano isn't the only solution for a clogged sink. Try a mixture of vinegar, salt, and baking soda.
If you find mineral deposits around your faucets, what should you do?
Spray some vinegar on the area, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then use a toothbrush to remove the deposits.
How often should you use vinegar to wipe your countertops?
Try wiping your countertops with regular vinegar daily.
Which type of vinegar is best for cleaning tile and grout?
If you use apple cider vinegar, your kitchen will not only be clean, it will have a pleasant smell.
You should remove heavy buildup from wood with vinegar and what other ingredient?
Vinegar and salt combine very well to remove build up from wood.
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