Vinegar is such a versatile, eco-friendly product that you can use around the home to clean without the use of chemicals.
These are just a few of the ways that vinegar can be used to clean around the home.
#1: For the die-hard coffee drinkers
Freshen and clean your automatic coffee maker by filling the reservoir with vinegar and then running it through a brewing cycle. Follow this up by running a rinse cycle of water. (Please check the owner’s manual for instructions for your particular maker.)
#2: For the microwave
Boil a solution of one-fourth cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water and inside the microwave will help clean and deodorize your microwave. The moisture from the boiling solution will loosen the splattered food and make it much easier to remove with a soft cloth or sponge.
#3: Need to clean your nice silverware?
Clean brass, copper, and pewter by creating a paste. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of plain salt in 1 cup of vinegar. Stir in enough salt to make a paste. Then use the paste on any metal surface and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Make sure you rinse with clean warm water and then polish until it’s dry.
#4: Clean your windows
Make a window cleaner by combining a solution of half water and half vinegar. Put it in a mister and spray it on the windows. Dry the window with a soft, lint-free cloth. Your windows will sparkle and be streak-free!
#5: The dreaded toilet bowl
Remove stubborn toilet bowl stains by spraying them with vinegar. You can also add 3 cups of vinegar to your bowl to help deodorize it. Let it sit for a half hour and flush for a fresh-smelling bowl.
#6: The laundry
Add a cup of vinegar to the last rinse cycle of your load of clothes to help dissolve the alkaline base of soaps and detergents.
#7: Don’t forget the baby’s clothes
Do you have baby clothes that aren’t as clean and soft as they used to be? Add one cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the load the next time you wash. The vinegar will help break down uric acid and soapy residue. Your baby’s clothes will come out soft and fresh.
#8: Stinky stains
How many of us hate the deodorant and antiperspirant stains on our clothes? Before laundering, lightly rub white distilled vinegar onto the areas where the stain would be, then toss it in the wash as usual.
#9: New clothes
Soak clothes that have never been washed before in white distilled vinegar to help set the colors.