Glass in the form of windows, mirrors, doors, sunglasses, candle stands, crockery, furniture and appliances add beauty and elegance to the room. Glass, however, is brittle and delicate in nature and requires cleaning with caution. Vinegar is the byproduct of vegetables, fruits and grains and is both edible and biodegradable. Acid-based, vinegar easily cuts through mould, grease and bacteria. Thus, vinegar is a great alternative to commercial glass cleaning solutions that contain harmful chemicals.
Glass Cleaner Solution
Make glass cleaning solution with vinegar by adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Dip a sponge into the mixture and scrub the glass surface. Alternatively, take a newspaper and crush it so it softens and is easy to handle. Use the newspaper to clean the surface and wipe the area in a circular motion. Vinegar will not only remove smudges from the window panes or other glass surfaces, but will remove hard water spots. Don't clean glass when the sun is shining directly on it, as the glass will dry too soon and leave streaks.
Wash your glassware with water and spray with white vinegar. This will prevent glasses from getting scraped by minerals. Before allowing the glassware to dry, rinse with hot water. If your glassware has become cloudy, soak a cloth or paper towel in vinegar, wrap it inside and out and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry to see shiny glassware. The smell of vinegar does not linger for long nor affect sensitive people.
Narrow-Necked Jars, Vases and Bottles
Many times narrow-necked glassware becomes dirty from the inside. To clean the bottoms of such vessels, pour undiluted vinegar and allow it to sit for a few hours. Add some sand or rice and shake the container to loosen the tough stains inside. Finally, rinse with water. If you have a baby in the house, this is a great way to clean baby bottles.
Fireplace and Appliance Doors
Spray vinegar on the fireplace glass doors and rub the surface with a dry cloth. You can use this process to remove hard water deposits from showers doors as well. Microwave and fridge doors made of glass can also be cleaned with vinegar diluted in water. Apply some solution on the surface and wipe with a soft cloth.
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