It’s no secret that I love cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. There are so many different tricks to helps save time, money, and hassle. But when it is best to use vinegar and when it is best to baking soda?
Vinegar, which is an acid, can stand on its own legs when it comes to cleaning. It doesn’t have to be mixed with any other substance to be effective. For example, to prevent clogs all you have to do is drop a couple cups of vinegar down the drain. And it also works well in its pure form for removing buildup from faucet aerators, preventing blockage in the AC drainpipe, and cleaning the washer. The washing machine trick works well not only because of vinegar’s ability to remove buildup, but it also helps to soften clothes.
There are other benefits, too. Vinegar is popular in homemade cleaners because it works as a disinfectant and deodorant. And it does a great job of removing sticky residues and mineral deposits left from hard water.
On the bad side, vinegar can cause damage to certain materials. For example, it speeds up corrosion on iron and steel with the addition of water. Also, it doesn’t do so well against greasy messes. Soap is best for this type of job.
There are also dangerous chemical combinations that can release poisonous vapors. For example, mixing vinegar and bleach together.