I have really hard water, and it can make life difficult in the cleaning department. I get hard water plugging up my kitchen faucet, leaving deposits in my tea kettle, and on the walls of my shower. It’s not fun.
I could use all kinds of harsh chemicals to deal with it… but I don’t. Because, like a lot of good cleaning solutions, the simplest one is often the best.
It’s white vinegar to the rescue.
This morning when I turned on the kitchen sink… I noticed the water was spraying a bit awry. It happens when the little holes get all plugged up with hard water deposits.
So, I filled a little container with white vinegar and let it soak for a few minutes.
Then I pulled it out of the water, wiped it once with a sponge and that was it. No scrubbing required.
Then because I had white vinegar in the container, I used it to soaked the tray of my water dispenser from the refrigerator, and the base of my faucet in the bathroom… waste not.
When my tea kettle gets bad, I just pour in some white vinegar and swirl it around. Then I let it sit overnight. The next morning I give it a rinse and it is back to being black.
I use diluted white vinegar in a spray bottle for spot cleaning carpets… and undiluted vinegar for spraying the walls of my shower and as a rinse after scrubbing my tile with baking soda.
It is pretty much my indispensable cleaning friend. I buy white vinegar in bulk, because there aren’t many things handier for cleaning (or making great salad dressings.)
Did I mention that it is very cheap? Especially when you buy it in bulk at a store like Costco.
You might also enjoy reading Pioneer Woman’s account of how white vinegar saved her hair.