How to Use Vinegar to Clean Almost Anything Around the House
Does it feel like your collection of cleaning supplies is taking over your cabinets? And when you use multiple products just to clean one room, the smell of chemicals can have you running to open all of the windows. To keep your new homes in Minnesota clean, while avoiding the cost and fumes of all of those products, turn to vinegar, a simple household ingredient that is safe, natural, inexpensive, and effective at cleaning just about anything in your home.
Even with some of the newest dishwasher detergents, plates and glasses can start to look a bit dull. To bring back their shine, add white vinegar to the rinse dispenser of your dishwasher.
No matter how careful you are at preventing splatters in your microwave, it seems that there’s eventually a buildup of grease and grime. For an easy cleanup, add ¼ cup of vinegar to a cup of water in a glass bowl and then microwave on high for five minutes. You’ll effectively steam clean the inside and the greasy mess will wipe away easily.
Instead of your typical blue window cleaning solution, make your own with equal parts water and white vinegar. If your windows are particularly grimey, use a sponge to give them a good scrubbing. Otherwise, just use the vinegar solution as you would with any other window cleaner. Don’t forget that crumpled newspaper is a great way to avoid streaks and lint.
Wine stains happen, but when they do, you can liberally pour some salt on them to start removing the stain. Afterward, soak the stain in a mix of one part vinegar and two parts water. Once it has lightened further, you can then wash as normal.
If your coffee machine is a bit sluggish and showing lots of white staining, pour two cups of white vinegar and one cup of water into the water reservoir. Then run this mixture through the brew cycle twice to help remove the calcium deposits.
People with cats love their pets, but hate the odor that sometimes emanates from the litterbox. To get rid of the offensive smell, pour white vinegar into the empty litterbox and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Then simply rinse it out well with water.
When it comes to vinegar, you can use it on tile, grout, shower stalls, shower heads, faucets, loofahs, and a variety of other household items that need cleaning. The odor quickly disappears once it dries and you’re left with a clean, healthy house.
For the finishing touch in all of the new homes in Minnesota, add one or two tablespoons of vinegar and the same amount of sugar to your flowers the next time they look a little droopy. They’ll perk right up and add to the beauty of your clean home.