The many uses for vinegar include just about anything including making salad dressing all the way to cleaning the floor.
Vinegar is effective at killing bacteria, germs and mold because it has a high acidic content. Therefore, it makes a great natural cleanser for almost anything including floors and windows. The many uses for vinegar make it a “must-have” for all homes. Use either white or apple cider vinegar. White vinegar is best to clean light colored things because it does not stain. If you need to clean a pastel colored carpet, only use white vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar to clean a sink or the tub.
Windows and Walls
- Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on windows. Use newspaper or a coffee filter to wipe for a no-streak finish.
- Clean painted walls, woodwork and blinds with 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup baking soda in a gallon of water. Apply with a cloth, rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
- If you get paint on windows while painting the walls, heat up some vinegar in the microwave and dab it on the paint. let it sit for awhile and scrape it off with a putty knife or razor. It should come off very easy.
- Clean your no-wax floor with 1/2 cup vinegar in a half gallon of warm water. It will clean and disinfect better than commercial cleaners.
- Carpet stains can be removed with vinegar, but always test it in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure the color does not fade. Make a paste with 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1/4 cup salt and rub into the carpet stain. Let it dry and vacuum it off.
In the Kitchen
- Clean a stinky garbage disposal by making ice cubes with vinegar. Put two or three down the disposal while running cold water. It should deodorize the disposal.
- Make the microwave smell better by putting 1/4 cup vinegar in a coffee cup and fill the rest of the way with water. Turn the microwave on high and let it boil for a few seconds so it steams up the window. Any encrusted food should wipe off easily and the microwave will smell clean and fresh.
- Clean stovetops and refrigerator inside and out with equal parts vinegar and water. This gets rid of odors too and works well to diminish streaks on stainless steel.
- Run a cycle through the dishwasher once a month with a cup of vinegar in the bottom and no dishes in the racks. It keeps the dish washer clean and smelling fresh.
- Keep a spray bottle with equal parts of water and vinegar to wipe and disinfect countertops and cutting boards.
- Scour the sink with 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon liquid dish detergent and just enough vinegar to make a paste. It will make the sink shine.
In the Bathroom
- Vinegar gets rid of pesky soap film on tubes, showers and shower doors or curtains. Just wipe with vinegar and rinse with water.
- Clean and disinfect toilets by pouring 2 cups of white vinegar in and letting it sit about 20 minutes. Brush and flush.
- Unclog shower heads by attaching a plastic bag filled with vinegar to the head with a rubber band so it is emerged in the vinegar. Leave it sit overnight and it will get rid of any deposits and the shower head will spray much better.
- Get rid of white scale on faucets by washing them down with white vinegar.
This is just a few of the many uses for vinegar. Vinegar is safe to use around children and pests and it beats all those cleaners with chemicals in them. Vinegar also freshens the air. Once it dries, you will not be able to smell that “salad-dressing” scent. Just breathe in that clean air.
This post is adapted from the April 19, 2014 episode of Home Wizards that was released on iTunes April 19, 2014. You can find this segment during Hour Two of the podcast.