Using Vinegar as a Home Cleaner
Using Vinegar as a home cleaner, particularly white vinegar, is a fantastic house cleaning agent. It is very good at eliminating hard water marks and cutting through grease, but it does so much more! By running an equal mix of water and vinegar through your coffee maker, you can clear out any hard water build-up. Rinse by “brewing” clear water twice, and your coffee maker will be like new.
Loosen spatter in your microwave by placing a microwave safe bowl filled with one cup of vinegar and one cup of water, then running the microwave on high for two minutes, or however long it takes for your microwave to bring the solution to a boil. A damp sponge should be all that is needed to wipe away food particles.
You can help clear a clogged drain by pouring ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, then let the mixture stand for five minutes. This is fun for kids, too, because when you turn on the faucet to rinse the mixture down the drain, the reaction with the water is like a school science project volcano. Your exhaust fan can be cleaned with vinegar, too.
Wipe the blades down with white vinegar to remove the grease. Have you ever wondered how to get the wheels of your can opener clean? It is easy with vinegar. Just dampen an old toothbrush with vinegar and scrub away.
Do your dishrags or kitchen sponges have a stale smell? They can be revived by soaking them in a bowl with enough water to cover them, then add ¼ cup of vinegar before letting them sit overnight.
If your showerhead is clogged with mineral deposits, either remove the showerhead and soak it in vinegar, or put ½ cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and place the bag around the showerhead. Tie with twine to secure it and leave it on overnight.
For some effervescence, add in a little baking soda. Remove the bag, turn on the shower, and rinse the showerhead the next morning. Mildew in showers or around window sills is no match for vinegar. Mix a solution of 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water and either use a rag to wipe down the area, or pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on shower walls and shower curtains.
You may need to let the vinegar solution stand for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Shower film can be eliminated with vinegar.
Wipe on at full strength with a rag, then rinse. Unlike powdered cleansers, there is no grit with vinegar. Hard water spots around faucets can be erased by mixing 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt into a paste. Rub gently on the spots, then rinse.
White vinegar is a classic window cleaning secret many housewives keep a secret to impress their freinds. Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a quart of water, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on your windows, then wipe dry with an old newspaper.
Pet carpet stain removal can be cleaned up using vinegar, too. After cleaning up the initial spot and before removing any solids, use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean up the stain. Blot the area dry before sprinkling baking soda on the spot. Once it is dry, vacuum up the soda.