White Vinegar is a non-toxic traditional cleaning solution that has been used safely for centuries. The active ingredient in White Vinegar is acetic acid, which has both cleaning and descaling properties. Although White Vinegar has a mild odour, it gradually dissipates. This is in contrast to malt vinegar, which is unsuitable for cleaning. It’s also great for a range of laundry applications.
Be aware that many of the ‘white vinegar cleaners’ on the market are NOT pure white vinegar; they may have synthetic fragrance and/or surfactants added. Dri-Pak white vinegar is PURE diluted acetic acid. This may not matter to you, but if you’re looking to descale appliances, particularly kettles, coffee machines and sterilisers then you should use a pure white vinegar. The same applies if you have allergies or sensitivity to perfumes.
Multi-purpose cleaner and descaler
White Vinegar is mildly acidic, making it an extremely versatile multi-purpose cleaner. Many of the marks left behind on glass surfaces like shower screens are actually limescale deposits.
White vinegar is perfect for a wide range of cleaning tasks including:
- Cleaning glass (including car windscreens), mirrors and surfaces
- Removing limescale from taps, draining boards, kettles and kitchen appliances
- Clean the detergent drawer and door seals of your washing machine.
- Treating pet urine stains and the residual odour. White Vinegar will deter your pet from returning to the same spot
- Use occasionally in your carpet cleaning machine to help keep the water jets free of limescale. It will clean the carpet and won’t leave an odour
- Use in place of standard rinse aid in your dishwasher to keep glasses from going streaky/milky and the bonus is that it will help keep the machine clean.
Most cleaning white vinegars actually have perfume and surfactant added, whereas Dri-Pak white vinegar is pure diluted acetic acid. People with allergies should use such a version. Also if you are descaling appliances that you’ll be consuming water from, such as kettles, coffee machines and even baby bottle sterilisers, you will also want a PURE version to avoid tainting the appliance or causing bubbles.
If you don’t like the odour of white vinegar, why not add a few drops of a ‘sympathetic’ essential oil, such as apple. It will be difficult to actually mask the odour completely because acetic acid is a strong deodoriser in its own right. You could even leave some citrus peel and other natural ingredients such as cinnamon to provide a natural fragrance.
As it is an acid, you should not use white vinegar or granite or marble worktops, but you can use Soda Crystals, Liquid Soda Crystals or Bicarb Cream.