Beginning from getting rid of hard stains to removing odors, vinegar can be used to clean anything and everything in your home without putting in a lot of effort. However, the 12 ways listed below can guide you through the process without having to browse the internet for hours or watching endless tutorials on YouTube before setting out to clean your home.
12 Easy Ways of Using Vinegar for Cleaning:
- An Air-Freshener
Vinegar is often used as a substitute for air fresheners due to its ability to neutralize undesirable smells. All you need to do is take a spray can (4 ounces), fill it with vinegar (1/2 teaspoon), a small amount of your preferable essential oil (lavender, citrus, tea tree etc.) and water. Shake the spray can in order to blend in the components and you’re good to go.
- Window Cleaner
Take ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, 3 ½ cups of water and 1/3 cup of vinegar in a spray can and spray it on the window panes. Using a lint-free cloth, wipe down the glass from top to bottom in order to get rid of all the dirt and dust.
- Bathroom Cleaner
In order to make your toilet bowl free of stain and dirt, drizzle a generous amount of vinegar on it and head to bed. When you wake up the next morning, pour in a small amount of baking soda and give it a good scrub before flushing it off.
- Mattress Cleaner
Vinegar can also be used as a disinfectant and can be of great use while cleaning your mattresses. Remove the sheets and put them in the washer and fill up a bottle of spray can with essential oil, rubbing alcohol and vinegar in it. Shake it thoroughly and spray it all over the mattress before leaving it to sundry.
- Wooden surfaces
Pour in equal amounts of olive oil and vinegar in a bucket and use a clean cloth to wipe off the wooden surfaces. Not only will it eliminate the water stains, but it will also give the wood a good polish to keep it shining.
- Kitchen Cleaner
Our kitchen counters are often covered in oil spills or other greasy substances which cause the kitchen to stink from time to time. Vinegar can be of great help in this case since it can neutralize the odor and sterilize surfaces leaving it clean and pristine. Take a clean piece of cloth, pour pure vinegar on it and wipe up off the counters if the stains are too persistent. You can also mix a little bit of water to clean up mild stains off other kitchen appliances like the stove top, sink and refrigerators.
Take a plastic bag, fill it with vinegar, secure it on the shower cap and wait for a couple of hours. This will help you to get rid of the water rings and prevent it from future corrosion. You can also use a brush to scrub off other surfaces like the walls, sink and the floors by applying an equal amount of baking soda on the vinegar to sterilize it.
- Cleaning Dishes
Immersing dishes, pans, chopping boards, glasses in vinegar for a couple of minutes can eliminate odors and grime off it. Not to mention, it will also disinfect them.
In order to clean the floors, you can add ½ cup of vinegar in a bucket full of water (a gallon). Dip a piece of clean cloth into the mixture and wipe off the surfaces to keep it clean and shiny.
- Outdoor use
Vinegar can do wonders to pull of weeds from your backyard. All you need to do is drizzle a little bit of straight vinegar in it and pull it out without any further difficulty. You can also get rid of the grease and clean the brick walls outside using a mixture of vinegar and water.
- Work Places
You can clean off your keyboard, mouse, table, stapler, phone etc. using a cloth dipped in water and vinegar. This will help you to get rid of the dust and keep the gadgets smooth and shiny.
Vinegar can help you get rid of hard stains from your clothes by rubbing into it after letting it sit for a couple of minutes. Apart from that, if you like your clothes soft and perfumed, vinegar is the only cheaper option for it since perfumed fabric softeners can cost a lot.
Other than all these 12 uses, vinegar can be used to clean up a lot of other surfaces like carpets, curtains etc. It can be of great use when eliminating odors all around the house and sterilizing it through and through without the help of a professional.