I can remember the very first time I used vinegar to clean something. We were litterbox training our new kitten, and I read that if you didn’t get the scent of the oopsie spot out of the carpet, kitty would go back to that stop each time he needed to do his deed. Vinegar cleaning was born. Today’s experiment: Cleaning with Vinegar.
I no longer buy pre-made bathroom and kitchen cleansers. I simply whip out my white vinegar, throw it into a spray bottle that I got for cheap at Wal-Mart, and add the same amount of water as the vinegar. My 50/50 water/vinegar spray solution is a great multi-tasker. It goes with me to the bathroom, the bedrooms, and the kitchen.
It is so simple and super cheap. Here are some ways that I use vinegar to clean around the house:
To wash windows. It leaves a streak-free shine! And don’t worry, that vinegar smell goes away after it dries (in all of these instances).
To clean my mirrors. Move over, Windex!
To deodorize carpeting after I soak up my daughter’s accidents
To clean my glass top kitchen table. It disinfects AND gives a great shine!
To clean my countertops in the both the kitchen and the bathroom.
As a rinse aid for my dishwasher. Simply pour it into your dishwasher rinse aid dispenser. Voila!
As a fabric softener. Add 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) to your washing machine dispenser.
I also use vinegar to maintain my coffee maker. Once a month (if I remember to do it that often), I put two cups of white vinegar into my coffee pot and fill it the rest of the way with water. Run the coffee maker all the way through and it cleans the inside of your coffee maker, descaling any minerals that your tap water may have left. Run it two more times with water only to make sure that the vinegar gets completely washed away.
Do note that vinegar doesn’t has the sudsing power like soap does. But if you simply mix a little baking soda with the vinegar, you’ll get all the scrubbing bubbles you need. This is especially effective with that two-day old crusted baby cereal you find on the underside of your glass top table.
Okay, People, I know that there are tons of people out there who clean with vinegar. Reveal yourselves!
How has you cleaned with vinegar? Can you add to the list above?