Vinegar is one of the most inexpensive and effective cleaning solutions available, making it an easy choice if you’re looking for an affordable, environmentally friendly cleaning product. It is non-toxic, and safe for children and pets if accidentally swallowed. Vinegar is also an antibacterial agent that easily removes streaks, grime, and mold.
White distilled vinegar is most commonly used as a disinfectant and cleaning solvent. Because it is a weak acid, many dirty surfaces can be cleaned easily using a solution of 5% white vinegar to 95% water in a spray bottle. There are hundreds of different uses for this miracle liquid, we have included some of our favorite tips on how to use vinegar to clean your home.
– If you’re dealing with stubborn lime or calcium deposits, use full-strength white vinegar to loosen and break up the deposits before cleaning. You can also use white vinegar to clean your coffeemaker. Just run a cup of vinegar through the coffeemaker cycle, then run it again once more with nothing but water to rinse out the machine. A vinegar and hot water solution also works wonders as a scourer for your shower door, where mineral deposits build up quickly.
– Nearly any surface or dish can be cleaned with a vinegar solution. Counters, cutting boards, door handles, and other areas that see a lot of use can be left spotless with very little time and effort. Simply wipe down with vinegar. Keeping a spray bottle of your solution handy can be effective in combating bacteria.
– Vinegar soaks are invaluable for cloudy glassware and film that sits in hard-to reach areas. Cut grime, mold, and other unpleasant surfaces with vinegar and hot water, or lay a vinegar-soaked cloth over the area to loosen grime overnight.
– In addition to its disinfecting qualities, vinegar is a marvelous deodorizer. Remove odors from a lunch box by dipping a sponge in vinegar and sealing it in for a few hours. Clear the smell of drains, microwaves and other appliances, bathroom sinks and toilets, and even fabrics such as carpet and upholstery with either a vinegar soak or scrub. Vinegar’s acidic scent clears the unwanted smells and will dissipate in about an hour, leaving your home fresh and odor-free.