Clean Everything With Vinegar

We say that it has no color, it is called white or distilled but mostly it is a poweful, ecological and cheap way to clean everything around the house.

You are probably familiar with the some of the most famous brands, they have not changed the look of the bottles for years, so it might be time to rediscover the great advantages of this product that has been used since Roman historic times. The Romans attributed medicinal benefits to vinegar and added it to purify their water.

To make it easier to use, pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle, and learn how to clean everything with vinegar.

In the bathroom:

It cleans, it kills germs, and scale fixtures, all you need to do is spray and let it work for about an hour. If your toilet is particularly soiled by hard water deposits, you can let it stand all night. Brush to finish  and rinse.

It cleans and shine mirrors, chrome, sinks and counters. Spray and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.


Caution do not use vinegar to clean porous surfaces like travertine or marble.

Vinegar can be used to eliminate mildew, soap scum and hard water lines from bathtubs, ceramic tiles, and shower curtains. Simply spray the spots with undiluted vinegar and wipe.

It can be used to unclog shower heads. If your shower head is chrome, submerge it in a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 quart of water. Boil it for about 15 minutes, rinse well before using. This should be done every six months to prevent shower heads from clogging.

In the kitchen:

Vinegar cleans and deodorizes microwave ovens. Use ½ cup of vinegar and 1 cup water in a microwave safe bowl. Heat without cover, full power for 3 to 4 minutes, then let it stand about 15 minutes, wipe after this time, do not let it sit until it dries.

It cleans and deodorizes the fridge. With an equal part vinegar and water solution you can keep the interior of your refrigerator clean and fresh. No bacteria will resist.

If you have unpleasant kitchen odors boil ¾ cup of vinegar added to 3 cups of water in an uncovered pan for about 10 minutes, or until the odors are gone. You can also remove odors from trash cans by spraying them with vinegar and wiping them.

A coffee pot slowed by hard water deposits can be scaled with vinegar. Use vinegar up to the 6 cup mark on the pot and fill the remainder with water. Place a clean filter in the coffee maker. Let all the solution pass through the system. Throw away vinegar and filter. Repeat the process with water a couple of times before making coffee. You should do this about every 3 months to keep your coffee maker in great working order.

In the dishwasher, vinegar will remove residues of food and soap. Pour 2 cups of vinegar in the dishwasher and run a normal cycle. Repeat every 3 months if you use your dishwasher every day, if you use it less frequently, every six months will be sufficient.

As in the bathroom you can use vinegar for cleaning counters, back-splashes and appliances. Spray on the surfaces and wipe with a paper towel or a lint-free cloth.

In the laundry room:

It can be used as a laundry softener. Add ½ cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle. It will also clean up clogging from lint and soap that has not dissolved properly in the washing drum, and the plumbing, if you pour 2 cups of vinegar in the water softener dispenser, and do a normal wash cycle (without laundry). Repeat the process once every 3 months.

To spot clothes that have fruit, jam, makeup, wine, ink, mustard, coca cola, coffee, or tea stains, you can rub the area gently with vinegar than wash as usual. Caution do not use on fabric that contain cellulose acetate as the fibers could melt.

Vinegar is great to fix colors. If you have clothing that you suspect will bleed, immerse in vinegar before washing.

Use to unclog the steam hole on your iron. Pour an equal amount of water and vinegar into the iron. Turn it on to steam, keep the iron up for about 5 minutes, then iron an old rag on steam. Repeat the process with clean water, then rinse the iron water container.

Caution: Do not use vinegar in a new iron as acidity could damage it.

It can also be used to clean baby toys, as it is totally safe even if baby chews on it. Spray the toys then wipe with a damp cloth.

Cleaning painted furniture is easy too, spray and wipe with a sponge. Similarly you can wash painted walls or remove finger prints or spots. To wash a large wall area mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, and wash with a cloth.

Caution: It is not recommended to remove spots on non painted wood furniture.

Finally vinegar can be used safely all over the house to eliminate paint, and smoking odors. Place a bowl of vinegar in the room that you want to deodorize. It can help make cut flower last longer by adding 2 tbsp of vinegar and 2 tbsp of sugar per quart of water.

There you are, you can now clean practically everything in your house, ecologically and safely at a very low cost.

If you have other cleaning uses for distilled vinegar that you found successful please share them with my readers.


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