Vinegar is a cheap cleaning agent that gets rid of dirt, bacteria, and mildew. It is ideal for use in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, living room, dining room and floors. It can also be used for general cleaning. The following are some of the ways in which vinegar can be used for cleaning various rooms in your home.
Diluted vinegar can be used to clean various parts of the bathroom, including the tub, sink drain, shower head, and toilet. To use it to clean the toilet, simply pour one cup of vinegar into the toilet and allow it to stay overnight. If there is a tough stain, empty the water from the toilet first. The next morning, sprinkle borax or baking soda into the toilet and scrub thoroughly. Flush the toilet to get a sparkling clean bowl. Vinegar can also be used to remove bad odor and tough urine stains around your toilet.
Half a cup of vinegar poured around a closed drain can get rid of stain buildup. Using boiled vinegar to wipe down shower walls and doors every five to eight minutes for a half an hour can get rid of tough stains. After wiping the walls and doors, dampen a sponge in the vinegar and sprinkle it with baking soda. Scrub the walls and doors thoroughly before rinsing. This is a great regimen for getting rid of soap scum, water spots, and mold.
To clean the showerhead, pour vinegar into a plastic bag and tie the bag to the shower head. Ensure that the vinegar is enough to completely submerge the showerhead. Leave this there overnight and remove it in the morning before taking a shower.
You can use vinegar to get rid of stains in the microwave, on stained plastic containers, in the drain, and in the refrigerator. The best thing about cleaning your kitchen with vinegar is that it is nontoxic. Therefore, it is safe for use where you keep your food.
To clean the drain, pour vinegar into the drain. Sprinkle a small brush with some baking soda. Scrub the drain to get rid of built-up crud and bad odors. To get rid of stains on cutting board, spray vinegar on it before rinsing clean. To clean the microwave with vinegar, make a 50-50 vinegar and water mixture and put it in a glass bowl. Microwave this mixture for two or three minutes. Easily wipe away the buildup. You can also use such a mixture to wipe spills in the refrigerator.
To clean plastic containers, simply coat them with vinegar and allow them to sit for a while before washing them normally.
Vinegar can be used as a mattress disinfectant in the bedroom. Simply mix tee tree oil, rubbing alcohol and the vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture onto your mattress. This mixture can get rid of odors, mildew, and dust mites.
Living room and dining room
In the living room and dining room, use a 50-50 water-vinegar mixture to keep your glass tables clean and sparkling. You can also mix vinegar with olive oil and a bit of orange or lemon oil to condition and clean wood furniture.
To get rid of dust mites and bad carpet smells, mix vinegar with a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle and lightly spritz throughout your carpet. However, before you do this, it is advisable to test the mixture on a hidden part of the carpet to ensure the color does not run.
Vinegar is also a great cleaning agent for shampooing carpets. Simply mix a gallon of water with half a cup of vinegar and use it to rinse your carpet after washing it. The mixture lifts all the soap residue that often attracts dirt, which ensures your carpet remains cleaner for longer.
If you have pets, then your carpet probably has some pet odor, especially after the pet urinates or poops on the carpet. To get rid of this, wet the particular spot with vinegar before sprinkling it with baking soda. Work the area with your fingers or a soft brush. Allow it to sit and dry, preferably overnight. Vacuum it in the morning.
For wood floors, add half a cup of vinegar to one gallon of water and use it to clean your wood floors. You can also use this mixture to laminate your these floors.
Vinegar can act as a great window cleaner. Simply mix a third of a cup of vinegar and a quarter of a cup of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto a lint free piece of cloth and use it to clean your windows. You can also use vinegar as an ingredient to create an all-purpose cleaner. Simply mix two teaspoons of borax with four cups of hot water, five drops of liquid soap, 1 drops of an essential oil and one cup of vinegar. This can be used to clean most surfaces.
A 50-50 water-vinegar mixture is a great disinfectant. You can use it to clean doorknobs, telephones and faucet handles. It is a great disinfectant for use during the flu season, as it helps prevent the spread of the flu.
To make an air freshener, add about half a teaspoon of vinegar to a spray bottle and fill it with distilled water and a few drops of essential oil. Spray this in your home to leave the air in any room smelling fresh.
You can also add a cup of vinegar to your final wash or rinse water to remove static from clothes. This is because vinegar softens clothes and acts as an inexpensive and effective fabric softener.
A lot of the chemicals that most cleaners and cleaning companies use to get rid of stains and dirt in homes can be toxic. If you wish to go the earth-friendly and natural route, then vinegar is an excellent choice. You can use it on its own, or mix it with water and other natural products. Vinegar is very effective for cleaning most surfaces and materials. The best part is that it is non-toxic and does not contain any harmful chemicals. Therefore, you can be sure that it will not cause any harm, even when you use it to clean kitchen appliances, tables and containers that handle your food.