Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Cleaning Taps with White Vinegar

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I'm a big fan of cleaning with white vinegar. Since I have two kids I'm wary about filling my home with chemicals anyway, but mostly I love white vinegar because it does a far better job than chemical cleaners. Plus it is really cheap!

Today I'm sharing some before (yuck) and after pictures of cleaning my taps with white vinegar, since I'm not sure how many people are familiar with vinegar's amazing cleaning properties. This is what I had to work with:


We live in a hard water area so limescale build up is inevitable. I've tried "proper" limescale remover in the past and haven't been too impressed, (not to mention the fact limescale remover is highly corrosive and you have to go through the faff of putting on gloves to use it). But a bit of white vinegar will take the limescale right off with no elbow grease...


I soak a ball of cotton wool with white vinegar, place it over the affected area and wrap the tap with a bit of clingfilm to keep it in place. If the limescale is quite bad it is best to leave it over night, but I got impatient and whipped the clingfilm and cotton wool off after a couple of hours. Which still left me with nice sparkly taps:


No scrubbing necessary! I also used it to clean the shower because it is the only thing that gets my shower head looking like new again.

Anyone else rate natural products like white vinegar and bicarb over chemical cleaning products?

11 comments:

  1. Your blog post just reminded me to do my taps. Off to do them. Thanks.

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  2. Oh, I like it. I don't like using the CLR cleaner because of all the chemicals. Thanks for the tip.

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  3. What a good idea! Would this work with cleaning drains, do you think? Thanks for the tip. :)

    Visiting from Trendy Treehouse.

    ~Emily

    www.texaslifeblog.com

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    1. Yes you can use it on drains, but you need to add a bit of baking soda (baking soda and white vinegar will clean pretty much anything!)

      If I remember rightly you need to mix about 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar to create the cleaner, but you might want to check that before you try it :)

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  4. I do this too although I usually fill up a baggy and tie it on. I like the cotton ball idea! ;)

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    1. I started off with the baggy method, but this way is far less fiddly :)

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  5. I use white vinegar for a multitude of purposes. I boil it and pour it on the weeds that insist they grow between the bricks in my garden path. Of course, it is great with soda to clean drains, I use it with my detergent to really clean the laundry, etc. I won't go on, but there are many, many uses. Regena in TN.

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    1. I've heard you can use it in your laundry but haven't tried it yet! Will have to give it a go and see what a difference it makes.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I love to clean with vinegar too!
    Selene from Restorationbeauty.com

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  7. I have been transitioning to all natural cleaners. This is a great tip! The shower head is the worst! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party6/
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  8. I use vinegar for so much of my cleaning. I keep a spray bottle with 1/10th vinegar to 9/10ths water for everyday cleaning. Works great on tile floors.

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