Each week on Vivastic, Jenny Hudock, will be showing you how to can find other beneficial uses for ordinary household items. We’re all more conscious about budgeting and saving money than we’ve ever been before, so why not find multi-purpose solutions to remedy your cleaning needs? So without further ado…
One of the great things about vinegar, aside from the fact that you can buy a gallon of it in most grocery stores for under $5, is that it’s got amazing cleaning power. As many of us steer away from using harsh chemical cleaners in our homes, we’re left looking for powerful alternatives that get the job done.
Vinegar is one of those amazing green alternatives. It can be used on a variety of surfaces, killing molds, mildew and even cutting through grease. Here are a few ways you can use white vinegar for your every day cleaning, no matter how tough the job that needs doing.
One of the most popular uses for vinegar is for cleaning glass. Mix 1/2 a cup of vinegar with one cup of water and pour it into a spray bottle. Spritz onto glass surfaces, including windows, and wipe clean with old newspaper for a streak-free shine.
Vinegar is great in the bathroom, especially if you have tiled surfaces. Not only does it kill mold and mildew, it also cuts through soap scum build-up, leaving the surface clean and streak free. Just fill a spray bottle with undiluted, white distilled vinegar, spray it on the surface, and wipe it clean. You can also pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet boil and allow it it soak overnight. Scrub it clean in the morning and leave your toilet clean and bacteria free.
Soak a clean dish cloth in undiluted, white distilled vinegar to wipe down you kitchen counter tops. It will kill bacteria and leave your counter tops smelling fresh and clean after preparing food and cooking. You can also use this method to clean up grease splatters on range tops, oven doors, exhaust fans and counters.
Vinegar is also a powerful odor neutralizer. Mix a half a cup of white distilled vinegar with a cup of water and boil it in your microwave to loosen dried, stuck on food, and kill odors from leftover food. You can also use the same mixture to wipe down the shelves and walls in your refrigerator. Pour two cups of undiluted vinegar into the bottom of your garbage can before cleaning it out to get rid of odors and germs, then rinse the interior, allowing it to fully dry before replacing the bag with a fresh one.
Decrease build-up in your dishwasher by running a cup of white vinegar through the empty wash cycle once a month. You can also freeze an ice-cube tray filled with white vinegar, then run the cubes through your garbage disposal to kill bacteria, destroy odor and reduce greasy build up that could lead to disposal clogs.
Soaking your cleaning sponges and cloths in vinegar will help renew them, and remove odors that may build up between uses, bringing the cleaning process full circle. Who knew vinegar had so many uses?