Cleaning Tips

TOTD: Vinegar!

Three words: Distilled. White. Vinegar.

Seriously, there are 1001 uses for a single jug of the smelly stuff. You can clean with it, cook with it, ward off bugs in your garden with it, seriously. The possibilities are endless. And best of all, it’s CHEAP, environmentally friendly, and non-toxic, unlike many commercial cleaners on the market today. I’ve already replaced much of my vast collection of specific cleaners for one big jug of store-brand distilled white vinegar.

We clean mostly everything in the house with a solution of vinegar and blue dawn (recipes here), but here are some specific tips that I’ve tried with success in my own home (these tips come directly from the Vinegar Tips website:

“To shine chrome sink fixtures that have a lime buildup, use a paste made of 2 tablespoons salt and 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar.

Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.

Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

To remove grime and scum from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.

Get rid of stubborn bathtub film by wiping it with white distilled vinegar and then scouring with baking soda.

Clean up pet accidents by first blotting up the area and then adding a white distilled vinegar-and-water solution. Blot until it is almost dry. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day.

Clean and deodorize urine on a mattress with a white distilled vinegar and water solution. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let dry. Brush or vacuum the residue after it is dry to the touch.”

There are endless combinations of vinegar, baking soda, water and in some cases, ammonia or other basic cleanser. You can experiment with different strengths and recipes in your own home, but remember to never use vinegar on your fancy marble countertops, since the acid could ruin them. Also, I’m jealous of your fancy marble countertops. Happy cleaning!