What is the best type of vinegar
Environmentally friendly cleaning with vinegar
Clean thoroughly and protect the environment at the same time? If you have this goal, you should use vinegar in the supermarket. The natural product is easily biodegradable and yet effective against dirt and grease in the household. A cheap table vinegar made from brandy, which is offered for less than 50 cents per liter, is sufficient as a cleaning agent.
Shine on tiles and glass
The effect of vinegar is based on acetic acid, about five percent of which is contained in common household vinegar. It can be used undiluted or mixed with water. With the help of a spray bottle, vinegar is easy to dose and apply. This removes splashes of fat on the stove as well as limescale stains on the tiles in the bathroom. When cleaning windows, a dash of vinegar in the water ensures shine.
Acetic acid can also be harmful
But be careful, acetic acid is aggressive. Natural stone floors and tiles must not be treated with pure vinegar. The silicone sealant in the bathroom and kitchen as well as rubber seals suffer from the acid. Housekeeping Dagmar Balhorn warns that the thin chrome layer on fittings could also be damaged.
Vinegar keeps the refrigerator clean
If you want to clean the refrigerator thoroughly, you can use vinegar, because the acid has an antibacterial effect. The typical smell, which many do not like, disappears quickly after cleaning. A teaspoon of vinegar in half a liter of water results in a mixture in which kitchen utensils can be boiled hygienically and germ-free. However, vinegar is ineffective against mold.
Helpful against rust
Undiluted vinegar can be used against rust. Simply wipe the tool or metal part thoroughly with a soaked rag. Then a drop of oil protects against new rust.
In addition to vinegar, the trade also offers vinegar essence. It is mostly made chemically, contains up to 25 percent acid and should therefore be dosed carefully. Ready-to-use vinegar cleaners contain other ingredients, such as fragrances, dyes and foam-forming substances.
Citric acid as an alternative
An alternative to vinegar as a household cleaner, especially on sensitive surfaces such as fittings, is citric acid. It loosens limescale deposits on the sink or in the bathroom. To do this, stir in a little citric acid, which is available as a powder in trade, and apply it to the calcified areas. Then leave it on for a few minutes, wipe it off and rinse thoroughly with water. Even calcified shower heads can release citric acid again.
Five facts about vinegar
- Vinegar is formed when bacteria convert alcohol - for example in wine - into acetic acid and water. The active bacteria collect in a gelatinous mass, the so-called mother vinegar. A small amount of alcohol remains in the vinegar. Chemically produced acetic acid must be offered as vinegar essence.
- The best-known table vinegars are wine vinegar (made from red or white wine) and fruit vinegar (made from fruit wine, e.g. cider). The inexpensive brandy vinegar is made from diluted grain, vodka or other distilled alcohols. The basis for balsamic vinegar is grape must.
- As a food in Germany, vinegar may contain 5 to 15.5 percent acetic acid. With common vinegar it is 5 to 6 percent, with vinegar essence up to 25 percent acid. The rest is water.
- Vinegar should be stored in a dark and cool place - then it will last longer.
- Although vinegar is used as a preservative, it can spoil and mold itself. Self-made vinegar will keep for around two years if properly stored, and industrially produced vinegar up to ten years. If the bottle has been opened, the contents can spoil after a few months.
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