Tips & Tricks: Vinegar > Chemical Sprays
I am forever getting in trouble for leaving my tea bags to drain by the side of the sink. (Hate putting them in the compost when they’re still hot and dripping tea.) At the end of the day, there is a little bit of tea residue left on the edge of the sink, which makes me unpopular.
We used to bleach it or use whatever other chemical sprays were lurking under the sink. Same for the stove top, cupboard doors, fridge, oven, and just about everything else in the kitchen.
I’ve never liked the thought of weird chemical compounds finding their way into our food and drink. While using chemical sprays was effective, after one cleaning incident in the winter when I didn’t have any windows or doors open and breathed in more chemicals than was good for me, I decided to switch to using white wine vinegar.
We were already using a spray bottle of white wine vinegar to clean the George Foreman (see this post), so the only change this switch required was to stop buying chemical sprays. Nice and simples!
Now we use the vinegar spray to clean all the surfaces and doors that we used to bleach.* It is surprisingly effective and even shifts burnt on food and grease. When cleaning the stove top, I tend to spray it and wait for ten minutes. If the mess doesn’t wipe off first time, add some more vinegar and leave it for a little longer.
*I still bleach the chopping boards from time to time. Not yet found a better way to kill all the bugs and germs that lurk on those…