Kitchens

Clean counter tops and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in Vinegar (not recommended for use on granite, marble, or other natural stone surfaces.)

Clean off the blades of a well-worn can opener with an old toothbrush soaked with  Vinegar to help remove dirt and grease.

Clean your ice/water dispenser by running  Vinegar through the system. Flush the vinegar out by running water through the system until the smell disappears.

Make kitchen cabinets sparkle by wiping them down with Vinegar.

Remove rust from a cast iron pan by soaking it in  Vinegar. Be careful not to let it sit too long or the acid in the vinegar could damage the pan!

Rid your dishwasher of mineral buildup by pouring a half a cup of Vinegar into the reservoir and running an empty cycle.

Soaking silverware in a sink full of Vinegar is sure-fire way to get it shining again.

Stained refrigerators will shine like new after soaking problem areas in Vinegar.

Use Four Monks Cleaning Vinegar in the dishwasher instead of another glass cleaner to keep your glassware sparkling.

Rid a faucet of lime deposits by tying a plastic bag containing 1/3 to 1/2 cup of  Vinegar around it and leaving it there for two or three hours. Wipe down with a sponge and scrub any remaining deposits with an old toothbrush.

Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them withVinegar.

Renew sponges and dishrags by placing them in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup of Vinegar. Let them soak overnight.

Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids, the inside of your oven, or anywhere grease gathers with a sponge soaked in  Vinegar.

Remove the smell of spoiled food from a refrigerator by first rinsing the area with soap and water, then spray surfaces with  Vinegar and wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge. Fill several containers with baking soda and place inside. Close the door and leave for a few days.

Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling 2 cups of Vinegar.

For stained and smelly plastic food containers and lunchboxes, wipe them with a cloth dampened with Vinegar.

Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and  Vinegar. Rinse clean.

Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with  Vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of Vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual for contraindications.)

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup  Vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil

For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in  Vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let sit before rinsing clean.

To prevent good glassware from getting etched by minerals, wash then spray with  Vinegar. Give the glasses a hot water rinse before letting them dry or drying them with a towel.

To clean a grease-splattered oven door window, saturate it with Vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.

Eliminate smells in an oven by using a sponge soaked in  Vinegar and wiping down the surfaces on the inside of the oven. Repeat with water and let air-dry.

Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and Vinegar.

Clean the microwave with 1 cup  Vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.

Deodorize the garbage disposal by pouring in 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup  Vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes then run hot water down the disposal.

To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon  Vinegar.

Refresh your ice trays. Let them soak in  Vinegar for 4-5 hours, then rinse well under cold water and let dry.

To remove water spots from stainless steel pot, wet a thick, clean towel with  Vinegar that has been brought to a boil. Lay the vinegar-soaked towel on the water spot and wait 30 minutes. Sprinkle with baking soda or Cameo (aluminum and stainless steel cleaner). Scrub, then wipe clean and dry.

Spray cutting boards with  Vinegar to remove surface residue.

Don’t use toxic chemicals where you store your food. Wipe up spills in the fridge with Vinegar.

Burned bits in a pan? Add 2 cups Vinegar to the pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat and add in baking soda. After the fizz calms down, empty the pan and scour as normal.

A basic baking soda and  Vinegar mix can remove greasy messes, especially around the stove. Apply it in paste form, allow it to sit, and then wipe down.

If you want to get your oven clean with a natural product, baking soda can be a great answer.
Person Cleaning an Oven Wearing Oven Gloves - Alex Wilson/Photodisc/Getty ImagesWithout harsh fumes or caustic chemicals to make you sick, baking soda can absorb grease and  grime, cleaning your oven thoroughly.

1. Add baking soda to a cool oven.

Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Make sure the oven is completely cool before you attempt to do this.

2. Spray the baking soda with water.

Using a spray bottle, spray the baking soda down until it is damp, not saturated. The water and baking soda together will help break down the food particles.

3. Continue spraying baking soda as it dries out.

Every few hours spray the baking soda down again to keep it moist. Continue this process over several hours, spraying water as the baking soda begins to dry out.

4. Scrape out the baking soda.

Scrape the baking soda out of the oven. Food residue will be scraped out with the baking soda.

5. Rinse the bottom of the oven out thoroughly.

Yes, you’ll still have to rinse out the oven, but next time you cook your food won’t have an added taste of oven cleaner.