Many homeowners have a bottle of vinegar sitting in their kitchen cupboard right now. The bottle is only likely to be pulled out of the cupboard to make salad dressings, marinades, or other food recipes. However, vinegar has far more uses than just recipes, including household cleaning. Vinegar can be used as a powerful disinfectant because it contains acetic acid, according to Healthline. What is acetic acid? It’s the colorless organic compound that gives vinegar its sour taste and strong smell. And because vinegar is acidic, it’s often used as the main ingredient in some store-bought household cleaners. Vinegar is powerful enough to dissolve dirt, grease, mineral deposits and grime. It’s also powerful enough to kill bacteria. And all while it is a naturally derived substance that does not contain any harmful chemicals. As many foodies may know, there are several different types of vinegar to choose from, including white distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and red or white wine vinegar. Bonus: Vinegar can also be used to get rid of those pesky mineral deposits from hard water on your toilets and shower.
So what’s the best type of vinegar to use to clean a toilet plunger? Because we want to avoid soiling surfaces with a darker vinegar, white distilled vinegar is the best option for cleaning a toilet plunger. Also, distilled white vinegar has nearly 5 percent acidity, which is about the same as many store-bought multi-purpose cleaners. If the smell of white vinegar is too strong, you can use apple cider vinegar instead. However, you should dilute the apple cider vinegar with water to avoid staining surfaces. Once you’ve chosen your vinegar, start cleaning your flask.
1.) Start by pouring either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar mixed with water into a large bucket.
2.) Dip the flask in the vinegar bucket and swirl the flask for about 2 minutes.
3.) Remove the plunger from the vinegar and insert the plunger into clean toilet water. Flush the toilet to remove the vinegar from the plunger.
4.) Let the clean flask dry and put it back near the toilet or wherever you keep the flask.