Vinegar is an acidic liquid made through a fermentation process that involves acetic acid. The high concentration of acid in vinegar gives it the ability to fight bacteria. Best of all, vinegar is much cheaper than popular cleaning products. After being mixed with water, baking soda or salt, vinegar has been used in household cleaners as a safe alternative to harsh chemicals, while food grade vinegar is non-toxic even after it has been used to clean an area. Considering the cost of a gallon of bleach, in my area, is around $4.00, and the cost of vinegar is half that, I can save a lot of money by switching to vinegar, and we all know bleach is toxic. , so vinegar has an added benefit.
This is how you clean your house with vinegar
Clean the carpet with vinegar
Do you remember the old scientific stereotype of using vinegar and baking soda to create volcanic eruptions? You can apply the same science to carpets in areas that are difficult to dye. I have used the following methods to remove stubborn stains and pet stains on my light brown carpet, and have had great success:
First, vacuum the area thoroughly from multiple directions so that the carpet fibers are as face up and separated as possible. In high traffic areas, you can use commercially available rubber brushes to pick up pet hair, which will “roughen” the carpet and give you better access to the fibers.
Then cover the affected area with a large amount of baking soda.
Mix the vinegar and hot water in an easy-to-pour container, such as a refillable kettle. I roughly used a mixture of four parts water and one part vinegar. Pour this mixture over the baking soda from the outside of the stain. This mixture will get into the paint area and will also get into the underlayment.
Let the area sit for a few minutes and then use a carpet brush to scrub the area thoroughly.
If you have a steam cleaner, use it to suck up the liquid and rinse the area. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you’ll need a few towels to soak up the liquid before rinsing, then use a few more towels after rinsing. You want to keep your carpet moist and it takes time for the underlay to dry.
Extra tip: To dry carpets and underlays, try using a hand dryer. You’ll look silly mopping the floor, but using a blow dryer can help you reach the liner and show you if the stain is completely gone.
Cleaning with vinegar in the kitchen
Does your coffee taste a bit stale and too bitter? You may have deposits in other parts of the coffee maker or coffee machine that you cannot remove with hot water alone. Try filling the water tank of the coffee maker with a mixture of half hot water and half vinegar, then run the coffee maker normally. Pour out the things that fall out and run one or two cycles of water to make sure the morning coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar.
Pour two cups of vinegar into the dishwasher and set it to a full cycle when emptying to remove lingering odors in the dishwasher, while also removing all surfaces and hardware in the dishwasher. Soap or rinse aid residue.
To clean the microwave easily and quickly, pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into a bowl. Set the microwave to run for 10 minutes. Once done, anything stuck to the wall or base of the microwave will soften and the food odor will disappear. Then simply wipe the microwave with a damp cloth or sponge. As an added benefit, pour the super-hot vinegar mixture into the garbage disposal drain and let it sit for about five minutes, then run hot water through your shredder to keep the shredder clean and get rid of everything there.
You can even use vinegar to clean china and glass. You can protect these precious heirlooms and dishware from other more abrasive cleaning methods by adding a cup of vinegar to warm water and washing your hands with a soft cloth.
Other Household Cleaning Methods With Vinegar
Remove newspapers or unwaxed folders from the spam and wipe the windows with a little vinegar to get a streak-free shine.
Use a few cups of vinegar in an empty wash cycle to remove odors and wash away soap scum, just like in a dishwasher.
Use tartar and vinegar to make a scrub to clean the grout and wipe off limescale from faucets and bathrooms.