A long time ago I heard there should always be the item you should have on hand when it comes to cleaning your home. That item you should have stocked up always is white vinegar. But why vinegar?
Vinegar isn’t just used for putting on your salads or adding to other meals. It is an all-natural way to clean almost every part of your home. Making it spotless too! There are no added harmful chemicals either with vinegar.
It is not only a natural safe way to clean your home, but vinegar will hardly cost you a fraction of what you would spend on other cleaning products, especially those brand name products you love. An entire gallon of vinegar can last you months.
Using vinegar might change the way you clean forever. Why wouldn’t you want to use something that is affordable, healthy, and effective? Here are 10 Smart Cleaning Hacks to Use With White Vinegar!
1. Make Your Home Smell Good
Do you sometimes have a bad odor in your home? Vinegar can easily help you remove those odors easily. Just fill a bowl of vinegar with a drop of lemon. Leave it there to sit open for a few hours. You can always add a few drops of essential oils too if the vinegar smell is something you can’t stand.
If you have any oranges on hand, collect all the orange peels and put them in a large jar. Pour the vinegar over it, and let the mixture sit for about a week. You can then use the vinegar-orange mix to clean your home. It smells like oranges while you are cleaning!
2. Deodorize and Clean Your Drains
Over time your household drains can get smelly and dirty. Vinegar can easily get the job done for cheap. Here is how to do it:
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a drain.
- Then add 1 cup of vinegar.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes in the drain.
- Then flush the drain with hot water.
3. Clean Your Coffeemaker
Do you love coffee? Then this tip is for you. Clean out the gunk and buildup that is in your automatic coffeemaker effortlessly with vinegar. Pour the vinegar directly into your coffee machine. Run it once then follow up by running nothing but water through it a few times. This will help clean out the vinegar smell, but you’ll have a pristine coffee maker ready to go!
4. Extra Clean Dishes
You can get sparkling clean dishes by adding some vinegar to your dishwasher. Just add two cups of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher. Use your dish soap as you would normally. Then run your dishwasher. The vinegar will act as a rinse aid when washing your dishes.
5. Deep Clean Your Microwave
Vinegar is a simple and easy way to deep clean your microwave and remove those clean hard food bits. You only need vinegar and water for this trick. Here is how to do it:
- In a microwaveable bowl, add 1/4 vinegar to 1 cup of water.
- Then microwave for 5 minutes.
- Let it sit for a bit until the mixture cools down
- Once cooled, wipe down the microwave with a cloth.
6. Cleaning Windows
Vinegar is quick to get dirt and grime off your household windows. This might just be the best window cleaner you ever came across. Just add equal parts of water and vinegar then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the windows with the bottle and clean away!
7. Shine Bathroom Shower Heads
Is your showerhead looking grimy? Remove the hard water stains by covering the showerhead with a resealable bag, such as a Ziploc, filled with white vinegar. Leave it overnight to sit and then remove the bag in the morning. Wipe down it and you’ll be amazed at the difference.
8. Cleaning Countertops
You don’t need a lot of vinegar when cleaning the surfaces of your home. Vinegar can make your surfaces sparkly clean by just spraying the surfaces with it. Pour the vinegar directly into your spray bottle and use it to clean all the surfaces of your home. You can always dilute the mixture with equal parts of water and vinegar if the smell is too much for you.
Do not clean your granite counters with vinegar. The acid in vinegar will wear away the protective sealant on the granite.
9. Make Your Jewelry Shine Again
Do you have necklaces that need some cleaning up? You can make it shine again by using vinegar and a few other items.
What you will need:
- A jar
- A toothbrush
Here is how you do it:
- Drop the jewelry into a jar of vinegar.
- Let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Then remove and scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
10. Using with Your Clothes
Vinegar has so many uses in your laundry room. It can be used for deodorizing mildew towels, stinky gym clothes, and pet accidents. It is also a natural softener and can remove pet hair and lint. Just pour 1/2 cup to 1 full cup of vinegar to your washing machine during the rinse cycle. Your clothing will not smell like vinegar.
It also works as a natural alternative to bleach if you are trying to brighten up on white items. This should only be used for 100% cotton items. Just boil a pot of water then add a cup of vinegar. Let the vinegar soak overnight.