By Noah Garfinkel, Networx
The secret to cleaning with vinegar is to not be an overconfident jerk about it. But weíll get to that later. For now, letís 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. Itís fine if thatís what youíre into, and I understand it can be good, but itís really none of my business. Iíd 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, itísÖ awesome? No, thatís a bit much. I take back ďawesome.Ē Letís go with ďa thing that works.Ē
Itís really easy to find different uses for vinegar online. In fact, if you just type in ďuses forĒ in your Google search bar, the very first thing that comes up is ďuses for vinegar.Ē 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, youíll 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 arenít 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.