Ways to Use Vinegar To Clean Things In Your Home
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Ways to Use Vinegar To Clean Things In Your Home

How to use vinegar to clean things in your home. Cleaning with vinegar.

Vinegar is one of my favorite things to use around my home.  I use it often to wash my dishes, clean my hard wood floors and to keep my laundry smelling fresh and feeling soft.  Vinegar is relatively cheap and is a fantastic cleaner.  Sure it smells but the smell only lasts a short time and then goes away leaving everything you clean with it extra clean and smelling fresh. It is also non toxic and safe to use around pets and children. Here are some ways you can use vinegar to help keep your home clean. 

Clean Your Fridge - Vinegar is great for cleaning the refrigerator it also helps to prevent mildew which could lead to mold.  Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water and wash out your refrigerator. Use full strength vinegar in the vegetable and fruit bins here mildew is most likely to appear. 

Get Rid of Mineral Deposits - Mineral deposits can often appear in our tea kettles and on the catcher underneath your water dispenser on your fridge.  To get rid of mineral deposits boil 3 cups of vinegar in your tea kettle.  Let it boil for 5 minutes then turn off the heat and leave it for at least 8 hours. Wash out in the morning. 

To clean the catcher under your water dispenser remove it from the fridge and place it in a large bowl or in your dish pan and cover it with vinegar.  Let it set over night and wash in the morning. 

Keep your Iron Clean - A dirty iron can steam press it's dirt right on to your clothing this can ruin your clothing so be sure to keep your iron clean.  Turn your iron on and let it heat up, then unplug it and wait until it is still warm but safe to the touch.  Dip a Q-Tip in vinegar and clean each of the individual holes.  If there is dirt on the surface dip a paper towel in vinegar and clean it out.  Take a tooth pick and poke it any holes that are obstructed. 

Clean Your Microwave - Here is an oldie but goodie and one you have likely already heard at least 10 times but in case you have not here is how to use vinegar to steam clean your microwave  Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup water in to a microwave safe bowl.  Place the bowl in the center of your microwave and turn the microwave on for 5 minutes.  When it is done remove the bowl, you should see steam on the walls of the microwave wipe of the steam with a clean towel or paper towel and dirt and grime should come right off.  If something is being stubborn dip your towel in the vinegar and water and give it a good scrubbing. 

Dishwashing - Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your dish water when washing dishes by hand, it will help to remove grease and make your glasses shine.  Also you can add 2 tablespoons to the dishwasher right before the rinse cycle, this will help to eliminate spots on glasses. 

These are just a handful of ways that vinegar can help you clean things around your home. For more tips on how to use vinegar as well as baking soda and salt see: How to Clean and Unclog with Vinegar, Baking Soda, Salt, and Amonia.

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Comments (3)

vinegar is fantastic

Thanks for the share Rae.

Isn't it amazing that so many products (I'm recalling Windex commercials from long ago) promised to be better than vinegar, ammonia, and other things housewives had always used for cleaning? Now it turns out they don't necessarily work any better, and certainly not enough to justify the environmental costs some of them have.