Vinegar is an awesome cleaner. It doesn’t smell the greatest but it’s nothing a little essential oil can’t fix.
People have been cleaning with vinegar for years, and they’ve been right to. There are so many ways you can use it in your home and it’s a safe alternative to chemical cleaners.
Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it’s also friendly on the wallet.
Without further ado, here are some of the best ways you can use vinegar around your home.
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You can use a 1/4 cup of vinegar mixed with a cup of water and place it in the microwave for a minute. You’ll see steam form on the window, which means any and all food residue should be soft enough to wipe away with a fiber cloth.
Grab your favorite spray bottle and mix equal parts of water and vinegar. Spray the mixture onto a sponge (these are such a good deal!) and use a squeegee to wipe away the liquid. You can use it on the car windshield too.
If you use baking soda to absorb some of the smells in your fridge, and this tactic is no longer working, try wiping the inside of it with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water.
You can clean washable blinds by mixing 1 cup of ammonia with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Mix that mixture with a gallon of warm water then proceed to wipe blinds with a sponge or cloth. Be sure to rinse off any residue with clean water.
If you’ve got a tea or coffee-stained mug, vinegar to the rescue! Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda to create a paste, and gently scrub away any stains inside your favorite mug.
If your dishwasher is producing cloudy glasses, you definitely need some vinegar love. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher before doing a regular load of dishes.
Whether you have an older model coffee maker or a newer brewing system, it’s a good idea to clean the insides of your machine regularly to avoid the buildup of mold and grime. Simply fill up your water chamber with half water, half vinegar and run the machine until the water in the chamber is gone. Be sure to rinse out all of the solutions so you don’t grab a cup of coffee that tastes like vinegar!
Simply soak a sponge in white vinegar and wipe down shower doors to keep the grime and soap scum from building up.
The kids are great! But sometimes they make messes when no one is watching closely. To remove crayon from walls, dip a toothbrush into the vinegar and gently rub the crayon marks. Don’t rub too hard, you don’t want to peel off your wall paint.
Faucets and Shower Heads
Keep your faucets and showerheads clean and clear of buildup by smearing them with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar and let that sit for a while. Then wipe off with a cloth and you’ll have a smooth running faucet. You can keep your drains clean and clear this way as well.
Sometimes clothing can have a dingy soap and detergent residue on them. Add a cup of vinegar to the final rise cycle of the washing machine. For washing heavier blankets, add 2 cups of vinegar to the final rinse.
I normally love to use Bona for my hardwood flooring, but when I’m all out and in dire need of a cleaner, I turn to good old vinegar and water. Create a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar and wash your floors as normal.
*Hot tip: I like to wash my floors with a fluffy mop first and then go over it again with a dry flat mop to dry excess solution off the floors.
Clean and disinfect your kitchen sink with water and vinegar. Do this nightly and never have a buildup of rust and grime in your sink again.
If you’re dying any sort of fabric, add a cup of vinegar to the water during the last rinse.
Berry Coloured Hands
Do your hands get stained when working with fresh or frozen berries? Use vinegar! Your hands will be clean and clear in seconds and no hard scrubbing is required.