Cleaning with Vinegar

cleaning vinegarHow vinegar is an effective cleaner for your home does not seem quite clear to some people.

Remember, all cleaning liquids serve their own function.

Some may point out that vinegar can not do what can be done with bleach.

Although it does not kill bacteria, vinegar has many excellent uses when it comes to home cleaning.

No matter how much we rinse glasses, they seem to always end up with spots once they have dried.


This happens because although the soap has been rinsed, some of the very resistant soap remains. When the soap has dried it becomes those ugly spots.

A great way to avoid this is by rinsing the dishes and glasses in a sink filled with water and vinegar.

Rinsed once again under running water, they will be spot free, and have no remaining vinegar smell.

The odor that emits from some kitchens is hard to believe.

Who would expect that the kitchen in such a well kept home could smell so bad?

Small food particles which become trapped in the drain, and especially residual from a garbage disposal are generally responsible for this odor.

A cup of vinegar poured into the drain about once a week will eliminate this problem, and leave the kitchen smelling fresh once again.

Putting a used lemon through the disposal now and then will also smell fantastic.

At one time or another, we have all had to deal with perspiration stains on our clothing.

These yellow stains are extremely embarrassing, and usually mean that a garment will be discarded.

This can lead to enormous, unnecessary expense. Pouring a cup of vinegar in with the wash is an effective way of removing these stains, and saving the garment.

It is absolutely imperative however that bleach is not used at this time. The combination of bleach and vinegar will emit a deadly chlorine gas. These two liquids should never be used together for any reason!

Cleaning the bath tub can be a back breaking job. To loosen plaque build up in a tub, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar.

This can be gently “scrubbed” onto the surface of the tub, and will remove the build up with very little effort. This an excellent cleaner for old an new tubs alike, and will not leave scratches.

This works great for any build up on similar surfaces and even fiberglass conduit fittings.

It will also save people quite a bit of money when compared to commercial cleaners.

Salt and vinegar is an excellent combination for potatoes.  This is also a fantastic combination for cleaning metal.

Vases, silverware, and just about anything which is made out of metal with come clean without being scratched, with this combination.

It is important to always check with a professional before cleaning any antiques or fine collectibles in order to make sure that it will be safe to clean them at all.

It is recommended that some of these items are to be left uncleaned.

Hard water stains are a huge problem for some folks. These horrible yellow to brown stains seem resistant to almost everything short of harsh chemicals.

Often homeowners fear that people will believe that they do not clean properly. In order to clean this type of a stain in a sink, fill the sink just enough to cover the stain, with vinegar.

Allow this to sit for as long as possible, until it softens, and then gently scrub the stain with the baking soda/vinegar paste. This may take a bit of elbow grease, but It will remove the stain safely.

Although it may not have the antibacterial properties of bleach, it is safe, gentle, and all natural.

This is how vinegar is an effective cleaner for your home.

Homemade Home Cleaning Solutions

homemade cleaning productsIn this day and age everything seems to be expensive, especially brand name home cleaning chemicals.

Here are a few tips to make your own cleaning solutions that are equally as good, but for a fraction of the cost.

They can also be a great ‘green’ alternative to their nastier manufactured counterparts.

White Vinegar

This is a non toxic acid which has been used for centuries to cut through grease. It’s great for use on kitchen and bathroom floors, countertops, sinks and toilets.

If anything needs a really good deep clean, you can add some salt to the mix which will give you a scouring action – just beware that this may scratch delicate surfaces.

To make a cleaning solution for everyday use dilate 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Neat vinegar can be used in the toilet bowl to get rid of nasty stains.

You can also use vinegar when doing your laundry – it makes a great fabric softener. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the rinse cycle and it will effectively break down laundry detergent.

For those in the family that have sensitive skin, this can be a better alternative to regular softener.

Note! Never use undiluted vinegar on Celestis tile grout because it is acidic and will eat away the grout. Never use vinegar on marble. As with anything if in any doubt, test a small, inconspicuous area first with your solution first.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is great for scrubbing away built in grime. It’s non toxic, odour free and can be used for many purposes around the home. Baking Soda is also a deodorizer, so it’s great for cleaning bathrooms and toilets.

If your carpets need cleaning you can sprinkle neat baking soda on them, leave for 20 minutes and then simply vacuum them. This can be especially useful if you have lots of pets in your house.

To make a simple baking soda cleaning solution mix a healthy squirt of liquid soap, a small amount of baking soda and some water in a spray container. Once you’ve cleaned the area in question make sure you wipe away the residue with a clean, damp cloth dipped in water.

Lemon Juice

This is a natural alternative for dissolving soap scum and limescale. It can be mixed with vinegar or baking soda to make cleaning solutions. It is very effective when applied as a polishing agent to brass and copper.

Mix two tablespoons of good quality olive oil with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and you’ve just made yourself an excellent furniture polish.

Lemon juice and baking soda combined make light work of very dirty dishes!