Using Vinegar in Pressure Washers

Using Vinegar in Pressure Washers

No matter the size of your home, a pressure washer is a great tool to have around. It can handle everything from cleaning your deck to washing your driveway. However, you may need to be concerned about the chemicals that are used in a pressure washer. Luckily for you, vinegar is a great alternative, that has passed all the machine corrosion tests.

While many people use bleach or other chemical solutions in their pressure washers, many people prefer to use vinegar. Using vinegar has numerous advantages for both the environment and your health:

  • Vinegar is not harmful to the environment, as it is biodegradable.
  • It does not contribute to water pollution when it goes down your drain.
  • You do not have to wear protective gear to use vinegar like you do with some other cleaners.
  • Vinegar is also effective at cutting through grease and other grime that can build up on the exterior of your home or on walkways and driveways. Using this cleaner in your pressure washer will help keep these hard-to-clean areas looking pristine all year long!
  • Vinegar is often used in pressure washers as a degreaser or to loosen grease from parts that are too tight for standard brushes and pads. It can also be used in place of detergent when cleaning engines and other metal surfaces because it has no corrosive whatsoever.

What Can You Clean with Vinegar?

You can clean many different surfaces with vinegar, including brick, natural stone, concrete and paving slabs. Vinegar is a mild acid which means it will eat away at things like grime, dirt and limescale. It can also remove algae stains from a range of surfaces.

How Should You Use Vinegar in Your Pressure Washer?

The first thing to understand when using vinegar in your pressure washer is that you should never mix vinegar with bleach or any other cleaning products containing chlorine. Mixing these two products together will create highly toxic chlorine gas which is very dangerous.

If you want to use vinegar in your pressure washer, you should fill the detergent tank with full-strength distilled white vinegar. You will then need to select the appropriate nozzle tip according to the surface that you are cleaning as well as the specific area that needs cleaning.

The Vinegar Solution

It's important to mix the vinegar with water in order to dilute it before adding it to the pressure washer. One part vinegar mixed with four parts water will give you a strong enough solution for cleaning purposes and will not damage your pressure washer. You can mix the solution in any size container.

The solution is a natural cleaner that is both eco-friendly and effective: vinegar. If you haven't used it before, now's the time to try this natural way to get your property looking sparkly clean again.

But don't just use any cleaning agent in the pressure washer. Some of the chemicals used in pressure washer detergents are not environmentally friendly. You could actually cause damage to the plants and animals in your area if you use harsh chemicals when you pressure wash. Get to know of many other detergents that you can use with your machine. Visit the Giraffetools collections and experiment them out!