Chances are that you have vinegar in your kitchen and that you use it for cooking, but did you know that you can also use vinegar to clean your home? Vinegar is an amazing natural and inexpensive cleaner that you can use in every room in your house. Let’s talk about how you can use vinegar to keep your home clean and disinfected naturally.
Cleaning Your Kitchen with Vinegar
Let’s start in the kitchen. For me, this is the room I spend the most time in, and I clean it with vinegar each and every day.
Clean your Coffeemaker
Fill the carafe with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar. Let the cycle run halfway and turn it off. Let sit for one hour and then turn it back on to finish the cycle. Wash the carafe with warm soapy water and then run two cycles of plain water to remove any remaining vinegar taste or odor.
Clean the Refrigerator
A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle makes cleaning up any spills in the refrigerator a breeze. Simply spray any spills with the vinegar spray and wipe the mess away with a paper towel.
Cleaning Countertops Naturally
Keep your countertops sparkling and germ-free by wiping them down regularly with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. A spray bottle filled with this mixture can come in handy for quickly cleaning any spills or other messes in the kitchen.
Stained Plastic Containers
Don’t you just hate it when whatever you have stored in your clear plastic containers leaves a stain on it? Not to worry! Just coat the plastic container with vinegar and allow it to sit for several minutes. Wash and dry as usual and watch those stains disappear.
Easily clean up any spills or baked-on messes in your microwave by placing a bowl with ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water inside. Let the microwave run for 2 to 3 minutes and let the steam loosen any spills. Now simply wipe them away with a clean cloth or paper towel and enjoy your sparkling clean microwave.
Spray your cutting board with straight vinegar to clean and disinfect it. Rinse with warm water and allow it to air dry.
Cleaning Your Bathroom with Vinegar
Next up is the bathroom, which we all know needs lots and lots of cleaning!
Does your showerhead have gunk on it, or has the spray stopped being as strong? If so, take a zip-top plastic bag and fill it with enough vinegar to cover your shower head. Use a rubber band to secure the bag to the showerhead and allow it to soak overnight. Your showerhead should be clean and spraying just like new again by morning.
Pour vinegar into your toilet and let it sit for a little while, for tough jobs let the vinegar sit overnight. When you are ready to scrub the toilet, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda or Borax powder in. Once you have finished scrubbing flush and you are done!
Tile and Floor
To clean the tile and flooring in your bathroom mix ½ cup of white vinegar to one gallon of warm water. Use this mixture to wipe down your bathroom countertops, and tile. Use the remaining mixture to mop your bathroom floors and allow everything to air dry.
Cleaning Your Living Room with Vinegar
There’s also other high traffic areas in the house that can be easily cleaned with Vinegar.
Glass tables or Cabinet doors
Use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar to keep your glass sparkling clean and fingerprint and smudge-free.
You can use vinegar to remove carpet stains too. Simply mix 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid, ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Apply to the stain and allow to sit for 10 minutes before gently blotting away the stain.
Use vinegar to clean and disinfect your hardwood and laminate flooring. Just mix ½ cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water and mop away the dirt, grime, and germs without having to use any harsh chemicals or store-bought cleaners.
Outer Uses for Vinegar Around the House
Here are a few other ways that you can use vinegar around your house that you may not have tried before.
Vinegar for Laundry
Use one cup of vinegar in the final rinse of your laundry wash cycle to soften your clothes, boost the strength of your laundry detergent, and remove static cling.
Vinegar to remove wall stains
Chances are if you have children you have encountered crayon marks on carpets, clothing, and walls. Did you know that you can use vinegar to remove them? Just spray the crayon marks with vinegar and use an old toothbrush to rub the marks away.
Vinegar Wood Polish
You can also clean your wood furniture with vinegar. Simply mix ¼ cup of vinegar with one cup of olive oil and if you like two to three drops of orange or lemon essential oils. Spray a little of the mixture on your wood furniture and wipe it down with a clean cloth to clean and condition it.
What if I don’t like the smell of vinegar?
Did you know that you can also make your vinegar scented if you aren’t a fan of the smell? You can simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar or add your favorite citrus peels to a mason jar.
Once the jar is at least half-filled with peels pour vinegar over the peels and allow them to sit for two weeks in a cool dark place. When the two weeks are up use a strainer to separate the vinegar from the peels. Throw the peels away and pour your citrus vinegar cleaner into a spray bottle.
Not only is this cleaner all-natural and great smelling, but the citrus gives an extra boost of antibacterial cleaning power as well.
Cleaning With Vinegar Essentials
Ready to get started cleaning with Vinegar? Here is everything you need in one easy to use list.
Now you know how to use vinegar to clean every room in your house, and how to make a great smelling all-purpose vinegar cleaner as well. Do you have any household cleaning tips that use vinegar that you would like to share?