Vinegar, a versatile and widely used ingredient in cooking but did you know that this simple but useful ingredient is also widely used for cleaning?
From the early days, natural ingredients are used to clean houses, so should it be an exception today? Vinegar is something we commonly see and its uses are more than what we consume. There are a lot of commercial products that are convenient and handy to use but the versatility of natural home products are timeless and can be used up to this very date and for sure to the future to come. Here are some tips on how you can use vinegar to clean your house.
- Remember those stickers that are stuck into the furniture or cookware you bought that you can’t seem to get totally rid off? By applying vinegar to it and letting it stand for around 10-15 minutes you can easily take the sticker and sticky substance it always leaves behind.
- For odors that seems to linger in certain parts of the house. Leave a bowl of vinegar overnight and you’ll be surprised.
- For floors that can’t be waxed you may use the combination of 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
- A mixture of vinegar and warm water can help remove carpet stains.
- Mix equal parts of water and vinegar and use it to clean your mirrors and windows. You can use newspaper as well.
- Vinegar can also be substituted as a cleaning agent for your toilet bowl. Use it like any other commercial cleaning agent.
- Mix 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar to clean your microwave. Heat the mixture to a boil inside your microwave. This technique will not only loosen the grime stuck inside it will also help to eliminate the unwanted odors.
- Remove build up from appliances and fixtures. Use the vinegar with a clean cloth and proceed in cleaning,
- You can keep ants away of your kitchen by spraying vinegar on doorways, windows and countertops.
- To ensure the cleanliness of your wooden chopping boards, use vinegar to clean it.
- For stains in your plates or cups clean it with a mixture of vinegar and salt and rinse well.
- If you want to keep the colors in your clothes intact especially if you use a washing machine to launder your clothes. Soak the clothes in vinegar before washing.
A quick reminder, not everything in your house can be cleaned with vinegar. Vinegar is acidic so avoid using it on granite and marble tops, tiles that are stoned, stains or spills from an egg (since vinegar is acidic using it with egg stains will coagulate it making it more difficult to remove), an iron and hardwood floors other than that the uses still outnumbered the restrictions.
So try out the tips listed above and surely your next trip to the grocery will include additional purchase of vinegar.