My house has been feeling a little neglected lately on the cleaning aspect. I have been so busy with my two jobs and running my kids around all over, that I just haven’t had time to do any major cleaning. I know my house really needs a deep cleaning, especially in the kids’ bathroom (where some accidents may or may not have been just wiped up with a towel to save time). In addition to the kids’ bathroom; our newly installed windows are completely streaky, the glass on our doors have hand-prints all over, and grease is starting to build up on our stove because not everyone cleans it right away after cooking like I do. Not to mention the bathtub…this is the worst.
It really is time to get down to business and get everything cleaned up! I don’t like to use a different cleaner for every job because that is just going to take way too much time, plus I like to use cleaners that are natural. This means I have to spend a little more money to get some great all natural cleaners that will do the job; or I can come up with an easier way on my own.
For my floors it is easy. We just use a steam mop and there are absolutely no chemicals involved in cleaning there! For the other projects, it may be a bit more challenging but I think I’ve found a great solution using some every day products! I’ve often heard from family members and friends that vinegar is an awesome cleaner. I talked to my mom and found out some great ways to use vinegar as an all natural cleaner that are useful for just about anything!
Here is a list of cleaning recipes using vinegar that my mom has collected over the years (note—I have not tried many of these myself). I did ask about the vinegar smell and she says after a few minutes it dissipates and you don’t smell it anymore:
- To get rid of grease marks on glass, wipe with water with a little vinegar added and rinse well.
- To dispel strong odors such as smoke, leave an open dish of vinegar in the room.
- White vinegar removes: mustard, wax and jelly stains. Vinegar is safe for most fibers, but should be tested to be sure the dye is colorfast.
- To restore color changed by ammonia, rinse the discolored area thoroughly with water, apply a few drops of white vinegar and rinse again with water. For wool and silk, dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of water and test first in a concealed place to be sure the dye is color fast.
- Clean stains from non-stick pans by boiling a mixture of water, four tablespoons vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda for about 10 minutes.
- To remove lime deposits from cookware, bring a solutions of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water to a boil and let it stand in the pan overnight.
- Use Vinegar in the bath to kill fungi that cause athlete’s foot and other skin diseases.
- Vinegar stops the action of bleach! To reduce the damage of a spill, dab on vinegar with a cloth or sponge as quickly as possible.
- Grass stains may be removed with a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water, dab on and pat dry.
The first thing I needed to do to put some of these vinegar ideas to the test was to get some more vinegar (I didn’t have any on hand so we had to make a quick run to Walmart).
I found this Heinz Cleaning Vinegar. Seems perfect for what I am going to be using it for. Looks like it is the last one, I guess I got here just in time!
If you take a look at the label, you can see this has 6% vinegar; regular vinegar has 5%. It is a little stronger to so it can clean a little better for you.
Once we got home I decided I was going to try the vinegar on my doors. I actually put some in a spray bottle, sprayed it on the glass, and then wiped it off. It took care of all of those little greasy hand prints!
Next I figured I would try it out on the stove top. I first sprinkled some baking soda on where the stains were, then sprayed vinegar on top and let it get all bubbly. I let it sit for a few minutes and then scrubbed it off. It took a little elbow grease but everything came up!
After the stove top I faced a bigger challenge…..the bath tub! The ring around the tub has been getting a little out of control. For this one I again sprinkled some baking soda down and sprayed with vinegar, then I worked it into a paste so it would stick to the sides. I left it sit for a while and then scrubbed it off. This took quite a bit of scrubbing but the results are pretty awesome! I’ll be happy to have my kids take a bath in here again!
Here are some close-up images of that ring and the results after:
Now that my house is a little cleaner maybe I can relax for a bit……but I’m sure that is only a dream!
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Want some more great ideas on how to use vinegar as a household cleaner? I asked my Facebook fans and this is what they had to say:
- Use it to clean out coffee pots. (I would make sure to run a few cycles of water through before making any more coffee!)
- 1/4 cup in a load of laundry gets the smell out if your child wets the bed or if a pet goes potty on your laundry.
- It’s good to clear a clogged drain (I am going to have to try this one next time our drains are clogged!)
- Use a spray bottle with about 1/3 vinegar and the rest water for cleaning inside the microwave, on the stove, and sometimes the counter-tops.
- You can use it as shampoo also. (I’d be nervous about this one myself, but she says once your hair dries the smell goes away.)
- Anywhere you have ants use a 50/50 water/vinegar mixture and wipe down the walls. This keeps them from coming back. It takes a few days and a few wipes but they hate the smell.
- You can spray vinegar on weeds and it kills them.
Written by Jesica.
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