Eleven Best Cleaning Tips With White Vinegar
White Vinegar does the job
The Best Cleaning with White Vinegar
Using white vinegar is one of the best cleaning solutions with many excellent benefits--it is cheap, non-toxic and gets rid of most bacteria. Keep a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar in your cleaning stash for many different household jobs. I keep my spray bottle with half vinegar and half water handy for any last minute spills. The smell is strong but it leaves a fresh scent after a short period of time.
The eleven cleaning ideas I have chose are ones that I use successfully. I am so happy not to have a dozen types of cleaner in my house. Everyday I find a new use for white vinegar in the cleaning department.
This cleaning solution is easy enough. I hate cleaning the blinds and do them about six times a year. I use equal parts water and white vinegar and put it in a small bowl. I dip my microfiber rag in the mixture and do the blinds. I have a lot of windows in my house. My little workroom has four windows. I dry them off with a dry rag.
Showers and Tubs
I clean my tub and shower about twice a week with a mixture of half and half water and white vinegar. About once a month I use a paste of baking soda and water to take care of stubborn stains and scum. For a thorough cleaning of the tub I put in about two cups of white vinegar with hot water and let it soak for a few hours. This process really keeps the tub fresh and clean.
Waste Cans and Diaper Pails
Waste cans and diaper pails for you young parents need constant attention. I spray my kitchen waste can about once a week with the vinegar and water mixture, and I know it gets rid of the bacteria and is left with a fresh scent. This mixture also gets rid of any stains or spots. Though I do not use diaper pails I have heard from good sources that this keeps those pails clean and odor free.
We have a thermos type coffee maker. And every so often the coffee gets a bitter taste. I run the coffee pot with two cups of straight vinegar through the mechanism two times, I also put a cup of vinegar to soak in the thermos for an hour and rinse out with hot water. I run plain water through the coffee pot mechanism once. We once again have tasty coffee.
My car upholstery occasionally gets pretty grimy. I have been known to spill coffee or a drink, and lose a few crumbs here and there. I first gave the car a thorough vacuuming. I sprayed the upholstery with the vinegar and water blend and wiped off with plain warm water. I did this application twice to rid the stains. The result was a clean and fresh smelling car.
I have been putting off cleaning the grout in my kitchen for a few years. I bought special grout cleaner and it did not work.
I went the white vinegar route. I poured on straight white vinegar and brushed vigorously with a toothbrush (not one that I use). This process takes a while if the grout has been neglected. I have done this process about three times in the kitchen area where it is really necessary. I went around the house and spot cleaned the rest of the grout. I took a microfiber rag and dried the grout. This is a time consuming project but beats spending a t least $200 for a professional.
We do not get a lot of mildew in Arizona..but every once in a while I do find some around the bathtub or even out in the garage. I use full strength white vinegar for this job with a soft bristle brush.
I go over all the appliances everyday including stove, fridge and counter tops with the vinegar and water mixture. I have a really tough stove to keep clean and have to take the burner covers off everyday, and a swipe of the vinegar and water mixture with a paper towel does the job.The kitchen also has a clean scent after the vinegar odor dissipates.
Baseboards and Corners
About once a month I do get down on my hands and knees and do all the corners and baseboards in the house. I use a microfiber rag and my favorite vinegar and water mixture and the results are clean baseboards.
I add about two cups of white vinegar to the bowl and let it soak for a few hours. This gets rid of stains and rings. I do this process about twice a month. In between I use my vinegar and water spray and clean the entire toilet as well as the sinks.
I have several kitchen rugs that will not fit in the washing machine as they are heavy oriental type rugs. I take a microfiber rag and my trusty water and vinegar mixture and voila the rugs are clean. There is a shadow in the picture but the rugs really look like new.
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