Natural Solution: Using White Vinegar For Cleaning
Written by: Brandi Monasco
With all of the chemical-laden products that we come into contact with these days, many people are looking for safe, chemical-free alternatives to keep their houses sparkling clean.
So, what is the best way to clean your home without harmful chemicals? That’s easy: vinegar!
Vinegar is cheap, all natural and best of all, is tough on dirt, mildew and bacteria.
Here’s how to use it to get your house spotless!
For The Bathroom:
- General Bathroom Cleaning: You can use vinegar straight out of the bottle or diluted with water.
- Toilet: Pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet and let it set overnight. If you have a tough job, it might be best to empty the water from the toilet first before adding the vinegar to the bowl. The next morning, sprinkle some baking soda into the bowl, scrub the bowl and then flush.
- Tub Or Sink Drains: Pour ½ cup of vinegar around a closed drain and let it sit for several hours. After a few hours, with the vinegar still around the drain, scrub to remove any buildup. Drain and then rinse.
- Shower: For cleaning a shower, you can use a mixture of 12 ounces white vinegar and 12 ounces of Dawn blue liquid dish soap. Heat the vinegar until it is hot and pour it into a squirt bottle. Add the Dawn soap and place the lid on the bottle and shake until the ingredients are mixed. All you have to do now is spray the mixture on your shower walls, scrub and rinse off.
- Showerhead: Pour vinegar into a plastic bag and secure the bag to your showerhead with the showerhead inside the bag, using a rubber band or twist-tie. Make sure that the showerhead is submerged in the vinegar. Let it sit overnight and remove the bag the next morning.
For The Kitchen:
- Sink Drain: Pour vinegar onto a small scrub brush that is small enough to get inside of the disposal (if you have one). Sprinkle the brush with baking soda and scrub the drain to remove odors and any built up residue.
- Refrigerator: Wipe up spills and even the outside of the refrigerator with a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water.
- Cutting Boards: Spray with cutting board with straight vinegar and then rinse it off.
For The Bedroom:
- Disinfect Your Mattress: Mix vinegar, rubbing alcohol and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Lightly spray your mattress with the mixture. This helps to fight against dust mites, mildew and odors. If you need a deeper clean, follow the spray with a quick dust of baking soda. Let it dry and then vacuum.
Living Room And Dining Room:
- Glass: Use a mixture of 50/50 water and vinegar. Simply spray the mixture onto glass tables or windows and wipe off.
- Carpet Odor Remover: Mix a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil with some vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the carpet lightly.
Have you ever tried using vinegar for cleaning before? What were your experiences like? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below as well as any additional cleaning tips you may have!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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