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We Tested It: Cleaning With Vinegar

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We Tested It: Cleaning With Vinegar

By Noah Garfinkel, Networx

The secret to cleaning with vinegar is to not be an overconfident jerk about it. But we’ll get to that later. For now, let’s start at the beginning.

I had always thought of vinegar in relation to cleaning the same way I think of tofu in relation to food. It’s fine if that’s what you’re into, and I understand it can be good, but it’s really none of my business. I’d just as soon eat/use something else. Nonetheless, I spent the morning testing out vinegar as a way to clean a few things, and it turns out, it’s… awesome? No, that’s a bit much. I take back “awesome.” Let’s go with “a thing that works.”

It’s really easy to find different uses for vinegar online. In fact, if you just type in “uses for” in your Google search bar, the very first thing that comes up is “uses for vinegar.” That is, paradoxically, the most interesting and most boring Google fact I have ever stumbled across. And, on just about every uses-for-vinegar list, you’ll see a suggestion that you use it to take care of the burnt smell in the kitchen after you burn something. You just put some vinegar on a rag and then flap it around. It really does help. I burned some bacon the other night, and the smell permeated the entire apartment. After the vinegar rag flapping, however, it smelled like I had just barely singed the bacon and then made some moderately strong buffalo sauce.

I also tried a half vinegar/half water mixture to clean my laptop. It worked really well. This is probably the cleanest this filthy computer has been in a couple of years (we’ve reached a low point for electrical devices in my NYC apartment). My fingers aren’t even sticking to the keys as I type right now. And the vinegar left no streaks on the screen the way a plain damp rag always seems to do.

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6:55PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013


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4:07AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Make good use of what we've got

4:40PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thank you

8:56AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Hairspray on the ink. Works every time!

1:58PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for the informative, entertaining, and amusing post! :) I know how to get ink out of the fabric! Use hairspray (not the aerosol) to saturate the mark then blot and rub it necessary. You may have to do it several times (spray and blot), but it is very effective. Good luck! (n, p, t)

3:04AM PDT on May 16, 2013

I meant...sorry about the couch...

3:03AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Yes vinegar is great stuff.....sotty about the couch.

8:33AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

thanks i will keep that in mind

2:06PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thanks for the info and the humour.

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