Try Vinegar Before the world relied on harsh chemicals to remove dirt, grime and even dangerous germs from surfaces, people used cheap, plentiful and effective vinegar. A sour liquid created by fermentation of diluted alcohol products, vinegar's active ingredient is acetic acid. Humans have used vinegar as a cleaner, disinfectant, preservative and food additive for over 4,000 years. Vinegar’s versatility as a cleaner may surprise you. Use Vinegar for These Kitchen Surfaces The acetic acid in vinegar effectively cuts through mildew, grease and grime. It also kills most of the pathogenic bacteria that can grow on surfaces left uncleaned.

Try these solutions for tough kitchen cleaning problems:

• Use equal parts vinegar and water to do small or deep cleanings of your refrigerator to prevent bacteria buildup near your food.

• Microwave ovens clean up in a snap when you heat a bowl with equal parts water and vinegar for two to three minutes, then wipe down with a clean cloth.

• Most synthetic kitchen countertops clean well with a vinegar spray. Avoid using on granite or marble, however.

• Clean cutting boards fast with sprayed vinegar.

• Pour pure vinegar into stained plastic containers, let sit for a few minutes, drain out and wipe down.

Vinegar can also be used around the rest of the house to clean surfaces, give your laundry added freshness, and many other uses. Finally, after cleaning surfaces with vinegar, go over them again with soap and water to make sure they are secure from coronavirus.

Do Not Use Vinegar Here Vinegar’s acidic qualities make it perfect for some surfaces, but not others. Avoid using it for the following:

• Stone or marble countertops

• Messes with eggs (vinegar causes coagulation)

• Kitchen knives

• Clothes iron

• Hardwood and stone floors

• Grout

• Wood furniture

While supplies of cleaners have dwindled and even disappeared, most stores still have full stocks of versatile vinegar. Try it today.