6 Things You Can Clean with Vinegar
Vinegar is a bit of a magic potion when it comes to cleaning; it’s extremely versatile and you can clean a huge amount of things with it. So don’t worry if you spill red wine on your carpet or can’t get rid of a nasty smell in the fridge and don’t own any appropriate, fancy cleaning products – if you have a bottle of vinegar lying around, you’re saved.
Keep reading for 6 of our favourite uses of vinegar in cleaning.
1. Get rid of odours
Vinegar is great for getting rid of unpleasant smells. For example, place an open bowl of vinegar in a room that smells bad overnight and the odours will be gone by morning. You can also use vinegar in smelly sinks and garbage disposals by just pouring one cup of white vinegar down the drain and rinsing with fresh water after an hour or longer.
2. Make your windows sparkle
Create your super simple window cleaning product by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray your windows or mirrors and polish with a lint free cloth or newspaper for shine. Just remember to label the spray bottle so you don’t accidentally use it for spraying your plants…
3. Remove stains
Get rid of annoying carpet stains by mixing 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup of warm water in an empty spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the stain and make sure you cover it entirely. Soak for 2 minutes, then blot the wet area using a towel or a sponge. You can also use vinegar to remove tough stains such as wine, chocolate and ketchup, just rub vinegar directly on the stain with a soft cloth and wash the garment in a washing machine as usual.
4. Clean your microwave
Microwaves tend to get dirty quite easily if you don’t clean them often enough. What you can do is to take a microwaveable bowl and mix two parts of water with one part of vinegar. Then heat the mixture in the bowl (be careful not to heat it for too long) – which will loosen dried food scraps and also help clear out bad odours. Finish by wiping clean.
5. Make your taps shine
Taps tend to attract soap build-up and calcium deposits, which can be hard to remove. To remove soap build-up, scrub the taps with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar. To remove calcium deposits, get a cloth or a paper towel and soak it in white distilled vinegar and wrap it tightly around the affected area. Leave it for a few hours or overnight.
6. All-purpose cleaner for kitchen
Vinegar cleans and kills germs effectively, which makes it perfect for the kitchen. Spray undiluted vinegar over the surface of kitchen counter tops, appliances, stove tops, cutting boards, stainless steel etc. and wipe clean using a clean rag or paper towels. You can also clean the fridge by using a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.
Bonus tip: Get rid of fruit flies (or at least repel them) by filling a small bowl of undiluted white distilled vinegar, and set it out in the area you have a fly problem in.
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