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.