Vinegar is not only a dressing for salads and other dishes, it is also very useful in house cleaning. For the uninitiated, this peculiar smelling product can help you have a clean and shiny home. Read on to learn how to use vinegar to clean your home.
Cleaning the house with vinegar: why?
In addition to not polluting the environment because it contains no chemicals or toxic substances, vinegar will also save you some money. This product, in fact, has several uses in everyday life, is ecological, does not cause allergies or irritation and certainly never fails in your kitchen. Here are some ideas to start cleaning your house with vinegar.
In the kitchen
- Vinegar disinfects fruits and vegetables. Put the fruit or vegetables in a bowl with water and a little vinegar. Leave for 10 minutes. Vinegar is ideal for washing and disinfecting raw fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, lettuce, unpeeled apples, peaches, etc.
- Cleans pots and pans : moisten them with pure vinegar and leave to act for half an hour. Then wash them with normal dish detergent and increase the shine with more vinegar, this time by rubbing them with a soft cloth soaked in vinegar.
- Cleans the dishwasher. Usually this appliance gives off a bad smell due to the accumulation of food remains. Put a cup of vinegar in the detergent or soap powder compartment. Run the dishwasher by making it do a short wash cycle, with no plates or dishes inside.
- Cleans the garbage disposal : If you have one, you know full well that eliminating odors is a rather difficult task. You simply have to pour some vinegar or prepare ice cubes with water and vinegar and throw them in the shredder then activate it and let it do it by itself.
To clean the house and polish all types of surfaces
- The vinegar cleans and makes all surfaces shine : wood, ceramic, stainless steel, bathroom or kitchen tiles, mirrors, glass. You just have to use cold water and add some vinegar. For example, to clean the windows you can use newspaper sheets to have shiny glass. Thanks to its disinfectant power, vinegar is also excellent for disinfecting bathroom fixtures.
- Cleans CDs and DVDs – they get scratched easily and if they do, the sound will be defective. Rub them gently with a cloth soaked in vinegar and you will be able to remove the scratches.
- Remove limescale from the shower and taps. You can remove them from the sink or bathtub and leave them in a container with water and vinegar for two hours. Then rinse. If the stains are old, you will need to scrub the taps with a toothbrush or sponge.
- Remove limescale from the teapot and coffee pot. With continuous use, a kind of white or brown salt is deposited on the bottom and walls of coffee pots and teapots. To eliminate it, fill the coffee or teapot with water and vinegar. Then, put it on the stove as if you were making coffee or tea. Let it boil for a few minutes, remove from the heat and rinse.
Against bad smells
- The vinegar eliminates the bad smell of the rooms. Fill a bottle with water and a little vinegar. Leave it in the room without closing it with the cap, until the bad smell has disappeared. It is a great solution if you have just given it white. In this case, we recommend that you change the water every 12 hours and repeat the procedure for at least three days in a row.
- Deodorant for the refrigerator. As in the previous case, you can put a small container with water and vinegar in the refrigerator; alternatively, when you clean the fridge you can pour a little vinegar into the water you use.
- Eliminates odors from drains and also cleans them, preventing them from clogging. Put some baking soda down the drain, then pour half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes, then run cold water.
- Eliminate bad smells from the kitchen : if you have prepared fried fish, boiled cauliflower or cooked meat on the grill, you can eliminate the smells in a few minutes. You just have to boil some water (one cup) after adding a tablespoon of vinegar.
- Eliminate the smell of smoke from clothing : fill the bathtub with hot water and add two cups of vinegar. Spread your clothes over the tub.
Clean house and stains
- Eliminate rust. If any of your objects have oxidized (such as your bicycle, can opener or potato peeler), use pure vinegar to clean it, leaving it to act for 24 hours.
- Removes water stains on wood. If your wooden table has a stain left by a glass, you can remove it by rubbing it with olive oil and vinegar mixed in equal parts.
- Easily removes stickers. It can be a bottle label, a sticker your child has attached to their backpack, etc. You just have to moisten the adhesive with pure vinegar and let it work. After a while, as if by magic, the edges will lift off the surface and you won’t have to make any effort to remove it.
For the laundry
- Another use of vinegar concerns laundry and helps avoid faded colors by staining light-colored clothes. Before putting the colors in the washing machine, soak them in the vinegar for half an hour. You can also add a cup of vinegar as a fabric softener during the last wash cycle. Don’t worry about the smell because it disappears as soon as the clothes are dry.
- Removes wine stains (if treated immediately). Moisten the stained garment with a little vinegar and wait a few minutes before putting it in the washing machine. This is fine for cotton or polyester and lightly stained garments (don’t wait more than a day to treat the stain).
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