If you’re not using vinegar to clean your home — you should be. Not only is it cheap and readily available, but it’s a green alternative to the corrosive (and often dangerous) home cleaning chemicals we usually keep under our sinks. Cleaning with vinegar is safe, easy and best of all…cheap! So what are you waiting for?
Whether used alone or with other readily available products, vinegar is a great way to clean the home. The cleaning options are almost endless. You can do everything from cleaning the windows to cleaning the bathroom with this miracle cleaner. And, it’s even more affordable than commercial cleaners.
While they might seem convenient, normal household cleaners can be highly dangerous. They put you and your family at risk for a whole host of eye, skin and lung irritations. Some of the chemicals used in household cleaners have even been linked to hormone imbalance, immune system defects, asthma and reduced fertility. Don’t believe me? Discover the truth for yourself.
So, throw out those old cleaners and start cleaning with vinegar. The possibilities really are endless.
1. Laundry Time
If you’ve got especially musty or sweaty clothes, trying using a 1/2 cup of white vinegar per load. The vinegar will lift those smells and leave your clothes cleaner than ever. It also works as a fabric softener, so you can ditch that expense as well. If you’re dealing with “extra stinky” clothes, then use 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar when washing.
2. Goodbye Glass Cleaner
You can use vinegar and newspaper to get a perfect shine from your windows. The natural way! Afterwards, the newspaper can also be recycled, which makes this a super green way to clean. If newspapers aren’t your thing, vinegar and water can be used as well. Get my recipe here.
3. Toilet Time
Cleaning and deodorizing all in one go? Sign me up. The Queen of Green has a great mix for getting those toilet bowls clean. Simply pour in 125 milliliters of white vinegar into the bowl. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then flush.
4. Hard Water Hardball
Remove hard water stains from tubs and glass shower doors by warming 250 milliliters of white vinegar in a pot. Once warm, spray onto the surfaces you want to clean and let sit for 15 minutes. Wipe away and you’re done!
5. Drain It
Clean out those stinky, choked up drains with vinegar. No, I’m not joking!
Visit Green Living Ideas and discover their incredible drain cleaner recipe. All you need is some white vinegar and a little baking soda. You won’t even believe the results!
6. A Hairy Situation
Vinegar just isn’t for drains and tubs. You can use apple cider vinegar to deal with problematic hair or scalp dryness. Simply keep a spray bottle of organic apple cider vinegar in the shower. When you feel like your hair is getting a little dry (or you just want a little more oomph), spray over the head, rub in and rinse.
The vinegar helps to clean up nasty residue and closes your hair cuticles. When those cuticles are closed, your hair lies flat and looks shiny and fabulous. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof.
7. Magic Carpet Ride
This little miracle cleaning agent is the perfect pick to perk up those old and tired looking rugs and carpets. According to Reader’s Digest, just sprinkle a little bit of vinegar concoction (or baking soda) on rugs before vacuuming and watch strange smells disappear!
8. All Purpose Cleaner
Make the perfect all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen and bath by using vinegar and water in equal parts. Add essential oils of your choice to add a clean, fresh smell. Keep in a spray bottle and enjoy a cleaner safe to use on spills and simple clean up tasks.
9. Air Freshener
Learn how to make a safe home cleanser with none of the vinegar smell. Infuse your cleaning solutions to get all of the power and none of the stink.
It’s time to harness the power of vinegar and get rid of those commercial cleaning agents. Empty out that under-the-sink space and go green in 2017 with your own natural household cleaners.
What are your favorite ways to use vinegar around the house? Let me know in the replies below or on Facebook and Twitter!