Today we are talking about 12 ways to clean with vinegar. Now that’s not to say that you can only use vinegar for these few things here. Vinegar is incredibly versatile and I could easily make 10 lists such as this one about all the ways you can use vinegar in your home. But we are all busy people here so I decided to stick to 12 points. If you enjoyed my last cleaning post featuring baking soda, you will definitely like this one here.
Cleaning with vinegar is trendy again and for good reason. It is an amazing weapon against tough to clean stains and odors. Vinegar is my ultimate favorite natural cleaner. It is incredibly powerful at removing spots, hard water stains, odors and more. The most ridiculous thing is that vingar is super cheap. It’s this amazingly underrated super tool against so many household problems and am I pretty sure it’s sitting in your pantry right now. But enough said, let’s take a look at the hard facts. Here is the profile of vinegar:
- natural deoderizer
Cleaning with vinegar not only saves you money, it’s also the environmental friendly choice. It is also safe to use around children and pets. That all sounds fantastic! But wait, what about that smell that we all hate so much? It quickly dissapears after you cleaned with it. Cleaning with vinegar does not make your home smell like vinegar! Pinky promise.
Speaking of cleaning, how is your spring cleaning coming along? Are you a spring cleaning fanatic or are you rather annoyed by the whole idea of it? I’m about halfway through my list though I admit I saved the worst for last. The worst part of spring cleaning for me is getting the office sorted. If there is something I really hate doing, it’s sorting papers and small clutter like office supplies. I’m usually a rather tidy person but when it comes to documents and receipts I am a hot mess. I have a designated area where I collect all the papers I do not find time to sort. I’m embarrassed to say that it has been growing since the last half year. Now I will have to face that big pile at some point. Yikes! I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it.
But getting back to vinegar and all the amazing stuff you can do with it. Here are my favourite ways to clean with it.
1). Shiny cutlery. To remove rust and caked on food off of cutlery, soak your dirty forks and knives in a mixture of half-vinegar half-water for about 30 minutes. Then wipe off with with a microfiber cloth.
2). For fellow pet owners: Disinfect the kitty litter box by emptying it completely and adding warm water and 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of it. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then scrub clean.
3). Clean your windows. Fill equal parts of water and vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz onto your windows. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Tip: Never clean on a bright sunny day to avoid stripes.
4). Ugly shower head? Ok, so we all have that one shower head that looks like you need to exchange it for a new one. You can make yours look brand new by pouring vinegar over a cloth and wrapping it around your shower head. Let it sit for a few hours and wipe clean.
5). Smelly drain? Deoderize your drain by pouring down some white distilled vinegar.
6). Fresher laundry. Add 1/2 cup to the final rinse cycle for fresher and brighter clothes.
7). A gooey mess. Spilled some candle wax onto the floor or the table? Saturate a cloth with vinegar and place over the wax, applying some pressure for a few minutes. Then carefully scrape and wipe away. Ps. Always make sure the wax has hardened before attempting to remove it.
8). Clean Coffee Mugs. Remove any discolorations from coffee mugs by filling them with vinegar and letting it sit for about 1 hour. Rinse and wipe clean.
9). Disinfect a dirty sponge. Sponges are probably the dirtiest item in a kitchen. Keep yours clean by soaking it in a vinegar and water mixture every few days.
10). Sparkling pots. Remove water spots from your pots and make them sparkle by wiping them down with diluted vinegar and a microfiber cloth.
11). Fridge refresher. Wipe down the inside of your fridge with a half-vinegar half-water solution to remove bacteria and odors.
12). Shiny faucet. Polish your faucet with a half-vinegar half-water solution. It will look like new! (This works great for your sink as well.)