Clean With Vinegar

Vinegar isn’t just for dyeing Easter eggs. It’s a cheap and effective way to clean.  Vinegar is an excellent de-greaser and odor eliminator.

photo courtesy of Michelle Grimord Eggers

In the Kitchen:

Clean Your Fridge – Mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray shelves and walls and wipe clean.

Remove Coffee and Tea Stains – Rub stains with 1 part vinegar and 1 part salt or baking soda.

In the Bathroom:

Germ Killer – Place full-strength vinegar in a spray bottle and spray around hard surfaces in the bathroom.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Clean the Toilet -  Pour 1 cup of diluted vinegar in the toilet bowl.  Let is set several hours.  Overnight is best.  Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

Through the House:

Grill Cleaner -  Spray grill with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water (use the same spray bottle you made for cleaning the fridge).  Will help remove burnt on food.

Carpet Stain Eliminator – Combine 2 Tbsp vinegar and 1/4 cup salt or baking soda.  This will make a paste.  Rub on the stain and leave it overnight.  Vacuum the spot the next day.  Make sure you test for color fastness first!

Remove Labels -  Remove sticky residue from bottles and jars by placing a cloth soaked in vinegar on the spot overnight.  The sticky will wipe right off the next day.  (Goo Gone also works well, but vinegar would be a great alternative).

Remove Paint – Forgot to rinse your paintbrushes before the paint dried?  No worries.  Place the paintbrushes in a pan filled with vinegar.  Let the brushes soak for one hour.  Place the pan on the stove (with the paintbrushes still soaking) and bring to a simmer.  Brushes should rinse clean.

You can add essential oils to vinegar cleaners to help cut the vinegary smell.  I haven’t found one that completely hides the vinegar smell. Lavender is my personal favorite for cleaning products.

Looking for more cheap ways to clean?  Learn how to clean with baking soda.

Do you clean with vinegar?



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