In our house, we use a lot of vinegar. This is not because we like to pickle things or eat a lot of fish and chips.
Cleaning with vinegar is a breeze! Even though they may not be aware of this, many people already clean their homes with this inexpensive and readily available cleaning product.
For cleaning, why use vinegar?
First and foremost, vinegar works wonders as a deodorant. This may look counterintuitive, given that many people consider vinegar to smell bad.
Still, vinegar actually traps and eliminates these noxious odors. In addition to degreasing, vinegar is excellent at lifting dirt and oil to the surface.
Finally, it cleans glass without streaks, making it a perfect choice as a window cleaner.
There are some points to keep in mind when using vinegar. Keep an eye out for it if you get it in your eyes. The vinegar you’re looking for should be plain, white, and contain no more than 5 percent vinegar.
Natural stone surfaces like marble, travertine, and quartz should never be exposed to this product due to the potential damage to the finish. Here are the five best hacks.
A Laundry Booster
Vinegar can be a lifesaver when it comes to washing your clothes, making it one of the best laundry hacks.
What you have to do is pour vinegar into each and every one of the compartments. Depending on the color of your fabric, it can help lighten or brighten it and soften and deodorize it.
If something smells a little off, vinegar is an excellent remedy. Then, you have to take your clothes out of the dryer and hang them to dry.
Your clothes won’t smell like vinegar when they’re done, and you won’t have to worry about that!
Dirty Dishes Cleaner
Most likely, you haven’t done any maintenance on your dishwasher in a long time. Honestly, vinegar and baking soda are all you need to clean your dishwashers.
Go to bed early and do a quick clean-up of your kitchen before you go to sleep. It’s okay if your counter or sink is littered with dirty dishes; just pile them up. Make sure your dishwasher is clean by putting a cup of baking soda on the bottom and letting it sit for the night.
As a first step, this will remove the odor from the dishwasher.
Remove all the baking soda by running the dishwasher in the morning on a boiling cycle. Start the dishwasher once more.
Whenever your dishwasher begins to fill with hot water, you should stop it immediately and open it up so that you can pour in 2 cups of white vinegar.
The vinegar will break down odors, remove detergent deposits, and neutralize other accumulated bacteria. Ideally, you’ll want to use the sanitize cycle for this cycle.
Your dishwasher will smell and look better once this is done. Also, don’t forget to put the dirty dishes from the previous night back in the dishwasher.
Cleaner for Glass
Fill a clean spray container halfway with water and white vinegar, then slowly add about a teaspoon of cornstarch.
Shake it well and use it to clean your glass. The vinegar will aid in the removal of any dirt and grease, while the cornstarch will act as a gentle abrasive.
And, of course, when cleaning glass or mirrors, you want to use a high-quality microfiber cloth to avoid leaving streaks.
Add Sparkle to Your Cutlery
Those weird spots on your cutlery that don’t come off no matter how many times you clean them? That’s easy to fix with this trick.
Add a cup of white vinegar to a cup of boiling water. Make sure the cutlery is submerged in a shallow container large enough to do so.
Next, place your cutlery in the container and allow it to sit for a few minutes before using it. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe down the cutlery one by one. If the water is still boiling, you may want to wear gloves for this step.
Remover of Stains
Getting pesky stains out of clothes, furniture upholstery, or carpets can be a nightmare, regardless of the material.
With vinegar, you’ll have a quick and straightforward solution. Make a solution of half vinegar and half water and apply it to the stain, rubbing gently until it disappears.
Repeat as necessary. For stubborn stains, it may be required to use more than one treatment.
Remover of Stickers
It is sufficient to soak the sticker in vinegar for approximately ten minutes before wiping it clean.
Remove Limescale from Shower Heads
Showerheads and faucets can be cleaned by soaking them overnight in a mixture of vinegar and water to remove mineral and soap deposits.
Then in the morning, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth.
Ensure that Shower Curtains Don’t Get Mildew
Fill a spray bottle halfway with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water and shake well. Mildew can be prevented from growing if you do this once a week.
Make Sure your Microwave is Clean
This is an excellent product for cleaning microwaves because it loosens stuck-on food and leaves the microwave smelling fresh. It is also inexpensive.
Fill a microwave-safe bowl halfway with one cup of water and one cup of vinegar and microwave for five minutes on high power. When it’s finished, take the bowl out and wipe it down.
Food that has become stuck to the surface will quickly come off, leaving the surface looking new.
Clean your Coffee Maker and Any Stains on your Mugs
Allowing them to soak for an hour or two in a mixture of vinegar and water is recommended. Enable them to dry completely before giving them a light scrub and watching the stains disappear.
Washing Fruits and Vegetables
You’ve probably seen that some of your produce is coated with a waxy substance. This is a combination of pesticides and other products used to protect your products during transport and extend their shelf life.
Yet, even though it is FDA-approved, you probably don’t want to eat it. To remove the film, simply prepare your own produce wash as follows:
- Mix 1 cup water plus 1 cup vinegar.
- You can either pour this into a spray bottle or, if you’re using something like grapes, directly into a clean bowl or sink.
- Spray your produce or place it inside the bowl/sink for a few minutes.
- After the produce has soaked, simply rinse and dry it thoroughly. It is now clean and ready to eat.
Once you learn about the numerous benefits of vinegar, you will no longer need to spend your money on expensive and toxic cleaning products!