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How to Use Vinegar As a Stain Remover on Cookware

Vinegar deserves a special place in any pantry. Nothing will do a better job than vinegar when it comes to removing stubborn stains on your cookware.

Here’s how to put the power of vinegar to use:

Aluminum Cookware

Remove those dark stains on your aluminum cookware (caused by acidic foods) by mixing 1 teaspoon white vinegar for every cup of water needed to cover the stains. Let it boil for a couple of minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Stainless Steel Cookware

To remove stains from your stainless steel cookware, soak them in 2 cups white vinegar for 30 minutes and then rinse them with hot, soapy water followed by a cold water rinse.

Glass Overware

To get cooked-on food stains off your glass ovenware, fill them with 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water, heat the mixture to a slow boil and let it boil at a low level for 5 minutes. The stains should come off with some mild scrubbing once the mixture cools.

Nonstick Cookware

They call it non-stick, but this cookware is not stainproof. For mineral stains, rub the utensils with a cloth dipped in undiluted distilled vinegar. To loosen up stubborn stains, mix 2 tablespoons baking soda, ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup water and let it boil for 10 minutes.

Other Cost Effective Uses for Vinegar

Make an all purpose scrub for pots and pans

Make a effective scouring mix that costs a few pennies and can safely be used on all your metal cookware – including copper pots and pans.
“Miracle scouring mix “is made by combining equal parts salt and flour and just adds enough vinegar to make a paste.  Work the pate around the cooking surface and on the outside then rinse off with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Make all purpose cleaners

Keep recycled spray bottle filled with these vinegar-based solution in the kitchen:

  • For glass, stainless steel and plastic laminate surfaces, 2 parts water, 1 part distilled white vinegar and a couple of drops dishwashing liquid.
  • For cleaning walls and other painted surfaces, ½ cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia and ¼ cup baking soda mixed in 1 gallon (3.7liter) water. Fill spray bottle and spritz it on spots and stains whenever needed and wipes off with dry towel.

Using Vinegar to make your frying pan/skillet nonstick

Boiling 2 cups white distilled vinegar in your frying pan for 10 min will keep food from sticking to it for several months at a time

Getting rid of odors in your Microwave

Place 1 tablespoon of white vinegar is a microwave proof cup and heat in microwave to boiling to eliminate lingering odors.

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