HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Cleaning Your House with Vinegar Quiz
by Staff
Vinegar is such a versatile substance. You know you can use it for cooking and for dressing salads, but did you know you can use it afterward to clean the mess? Vinegar can help remove grease buildup, prevent mildew, and even unclog a sink! Take our quiz and learn about the many ways you can use vinegar to clean.

Which room do the majority of people consider the most difficult to clean?

  • the bathroom
  • the kitchen
  • the den

The first step to removing build up from a coffee maker is to do what?

  • Buy a new filter.
  • Run a cycle of water and vinegar.
  • Soak the coffee maker in vinegar for one hour.

After you've run a vinegar cycle, what should you do to remove the vinegar odor from your coffee maker?

  • Soak the pot in water for an hour.
  • Run a cycle or two using just water.
  • Spray the pot with air freshener, and wipe clean.

To remove mineral deposits that have developed inside a teakettle, what should you do?

  • Wipe down the pot with a sponge soaked in vinegar.
  • Soak the pot in a solution of salt water and vinegar for 20 minutes.
  • Boil water and 1/2 of a cup of vinegar in the kettle for about 15 minutes.

To clean a teapot, what should you do?

  • Soak the pot in vinegar over night.
  • Boil a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar for a few minutes, let the water sit for an hour, and rinse the pot.
  • Wipe the inside of the pot with a rag that has been soaked in vinegar and salt.

If you find that the drain lines on your dishwasher are clogged, what should you do?

  • Remove the drain lines and soak them in vinegar over night.
  • Run three complete cycles using soap, vinegar, and ammonia.
  • Run the rinse cycle using vinegar.

How can vinegar help you keep your microwave clean?

  • Wipe down the oven with a hand towel soaked on vinegar.
  • Boil water and vinegar in the microwave for a few minutes, and then wipe down the oven with a sponge.
  • Pour vinegar into the microwave, set on high for 30 minutes, and then wipe down with paper towels.

How often should you clean the vents of your oven hoods?

  • twice a week
  • twice a month
  • twice a year

For how long should you soak your oven hoods in vinegar to remove grease build up?

  • 15 minutes
  • 3 hours
  • over night

How should you use vinegar to prevent mildew from building up in your fridge?

  • Wipe down the fridge with a sponge soaked in vinegar.
  • Keep an open bottle of vinegar in the fridge at all times.
  • Empty the fridge, turn it off, pour vinegar over the top shelf, and let it sit for 24 hours.

When using a double boiler, you can prevent discoloration by doing which of these?

  • Soak the main pot in vinegar after each use.
  • Use vinegar instead of water.
  • Add a small amount of vinegar -- 1 teaspoon -- each time you use the boiler.

What is the best way to deal with a really greasy frying pan?

  • Throw them out.
  • Soak them in vinegar and salt for three days.
  • Simmer 1/4 of an inch of water with 1/2 of a cup of vinegar for about 10 minutes.

The stains on aluminum pans can be removed by which of these methods?

  • Boil the pans in a kettle full of water and a touch of vinegar.
  • Boil the pans in a kettle full of vinegar.
  • Boil the pans in a mixture of vinegar, salt, and rubbing alcohol.

Broiler pans collect a lot of grease. How do you remove it?

  • Soak the hot pan with 2 cups of vinegar and 1/2 of a cup of sugar.
  • Rub the pan down with a vinegar-soaked sponge.
  • Fill the pan with vinegar, and put it in the broiler at 450 degrees for two hours.

How do you get rid of the odor produced by the rubber seal of your garbage disposal?

  • Soak it in salt water with 3 teaspoons of vinegar.
  • Soak it in vinegar for an hour.
  • Soak it in a mixture of bleach, vinegar, salt, sugar, and rubbing alcohol.

Which of these solutions will help unclog a sink?

  • a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and vegetable oil.
  • a mixture of vinegar, salt, and baking soda.
  • a mixture of vinegar and bleach.

If you find mineral deposits around your faucets, what should you do?

  • Buy a new faucet.
  • Pour vinegar all over the faucet.
  • Spray some vinegar on the deposits, let the vinegar soak in, and then use a toothbrush to remove the build up.

How often should you use vinegar to wipe your countertops?

  • daily
  • weekly
  • monthly

Which type of vinegar is best for cleaning tile and grout?

  • rice vinegar
  • white wine vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar

You should remove heavy buildup from wood with vinegar and what other ingredient?

  • sugar
  • salt
  • pepper