Green cleaning becomes so much easier when you have vinegar in your supply of cleaners!
How convenient to have this all purpose cleaner in your cabinet, as opposed to other cleaning products that your little child might find interesting.
Vinegar is extremely effective and cheap. Although there are a few types of vinegar, distilled white vinegar is the number one vinegar to use for green cleaning.
Green House Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar is approximately 5% acetic acid and 95% water. This carboxylic acid acts as an antibacterial and antifungal solution with its pH of 2.4. This acidity helps to loosen mineral deposits and dissolve soap scum.
Cleaning with vinegar is therefore extremely effective for places like your bathroom and kitchen where microbes like to live.
The ratio of vinegar to water will vary depending on what type of surface you are cleaning.
For example, cleaning glass requires a vinegar-water solution, whereas you can clean kitchen sinks and drains with undiluted vinegar.
You are probably wondering just how exactly you can use this amazing product in your house-cleaning.
Cleaning Your Kitchen
Shall we begin in the kitchen?
First, open up your refrigerator and give it a wipe-down with a microfiber cloth dampened with vinegar and water. You can wipe down the shelves, vegetable drawers, and walls of the fridge.
Try this amazing trick: place a bowl filled with half vinegar and half water in the microwave. Microwave on high for three minutes. Once it is finished, you’ll be able to wipe all the gunk and spills away easily!
During those three minutes, while you’re waiting on the microwave, dump a cup of vinegar down your garbage disposal or sink drain. After you’re done wiping down the microwave, turn on the garbage disposal and run some cool water through the drain. This will take away any stink coming from your kitchen sink.
Use a spray bottle filled with straight vinegar to spray down your counter tops. Wipe away the vinegar with a warm, wet microfiber cloth. Avoid this step if your counter tops are granite or marble because the vinegar can etch the stone. You also want to keep from using vinegar on any waxed surfaces.
Vinegar can also be used to remove grease, polish stainless steel, and sanitize your fruits and vegetables.
Disinfect that kitchen sponge with straight vinegar.
Run your dishwasher on empty with vinegar to make it clean and fresh.
Cleaning Your Bathroom
Now that your kitchen is sparkling clean, it’s time to disinfect and deodorize your bathroom.
All surfaces can be scrubbed with a water-vinegar solution, or with undiluted vinegar. This will kill the bacteria hanging out in there.
Pouring a half cup of vinegar in your bathtub and letting it sit there for three hours will irritate the buildup. Scrub to remove the buildup, drain the vinegar, and rinse.
If your shower head also has buildup, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it to your shower head. Submerge the shower head in the vinegar. It is best to leave this on overnight, if possible. In the morning, remove the bag, and turn on the water for a few minutes to give it a rinse. This will restore your shower head’s pressure.
A gallon of warm water with half a cup of vinegar added can be used to mop your bathroom floors. For a natural toilet bowl cleaner, pour a cup of vinegar into your toilet, wait 30 minutes, scrub, and flush.
Cleaning Your Living Room
Finally, we’ll walk through how to clean your living room with vinegar. If you have glass side tables or a glass coffee table, use a half vinegar plus half water solution to clean the glass.
You can use this to clean your windows as well. Using a sponge, apply the solution to your windows, and wipe them clean using a squeegee.
Use this same solution with a microfiber cloth to disinfect telephones and doorknobs.
For some citrus-smelling furniture polish, mix a quarter cup of vinegar with one cup of olive oil and a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil. Use this to clean any wood furniture in your home.
To remove tarnish from any copper or brass, mix one teaspoon of salt, half a cup of vinegar, and enough white flour to make a paste. Apply this paste to the metal surfaces and let it stand for 15 minutes. Remove the paste using water, and polish the metal with a microfiber cloth.
All Purpose Cleaning with Vinegar
Add vinegar to your loads of laundry in the washer. It’s a natural fabric softener and static eliminator.
Why Should You Clean with Vinegar?
You may be wondering by now, “Is my house going to smell utterly sour like vinegar?” That is totally understandable! If you find vinegar’s smell to be bothersome, consider adding your favorite essential oils to the vinegar cleaning solutions but remember, it goes away quickly and is so much better than the man made chemicals.
Cleaning with vinegar makes your green cleaning routine simpler and even cheaper. Help your wallet by buying vinegar in bulk and using it in place of other cleaners. It’s one of the cheapest green cleaning products, and a wonderful multi-purpose cleaner, as you can see!
But, I Read Somewhere That Vinegar Is Not Effective
It is important to note that acidic cleaners work well on alkali stains but not very well on acidic stains.
The reverse is also true. So, if you try to clean an acidic stain with an acid like vinegar, you will be disappointed.
For acidic or oily stains, you will want to choose simple, safe and green cleaning products like baking soda or castile soap.
Some examples of alkali stains include the tough blemishes that soap and alkali cleaners can’t handle such as: hard water stains, coffee and tea spots, rust deposits, mineral deposits, and some bodily fluids.
Like anything else, you need to use the right tool for the job. Cleaning is no different.