Things You Can Clean With Vinegar
Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 1:52 pm
Have you ever gotten ready to clean your home only to discover that you have run out of the cleaning products that you need? One option is to use vinegar instead. There are plenty of things that vinegar can safely and effectively clean.
How to Clean with Vinegar
Cesar Milan says you can use vinegar to clean up pet stains on carpets. For light pet stains, he suggest a mixture of 2 tbsp of salt and ½ cup of white vinegar.
For heavier pet stains, use 2 tbsp salt, ½ cup of white vinegar. For tough stains that have been ground into the carpet, use 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Soak a washcloth into each mixture and use it to rub out the stain. Let the solution dry, and then vacuum it.
Coffee and Tea Stains
Are your mugs looking a bit dingy? Coffee and tea can stain the bottom of the mug. Your dishwasher might not be able to remove that dark ring of stain. It can also be difficult to scrub it out by hand. All You says you can brighten coffee cups and teacups by gently scrubbing stains with equal parts vinegar and salt. (Or, you can substitute baking soda for the salt).
Shower head Residue
One would think that the showerhead wouldn’t be able to get dirty. In reality, it can. Residue from hard water can build up on it and be very difficult to remove. There is an easy way to get rid of it that doesn’t involve a lot of scrubbing.
Better Homes and Gardens suggests you pour some vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it to your shower head with a twist-tie. Put enough vinegar into the bag so that the bottom part of your shower head is completely submerged Leave it there overnight. Remove the bag before you shower the next morning.
Unclog and Deodorize a Drain
Your sink is clogged and you’ve run out of the cleaning product you use to unclog drains. What can you do now? Reader’s Digest suggests you use a combination of vinegar and baking soda to unclog a drain.
Use a funnel to pour ½ cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of vinegar, into the drain. It will foam. When it stops foaming, flush the drain with hot tap water. Wait five minutes. Flush the drain again, this time with cold water.
Real Simple says that you can use vinegar to clean almost any type of floor. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to a bucket or warm water. Mop your floor with that mixture instead of a store-bought cleaner. Real Simple points out that you should not use this mixture on marble or wood floors (but the rest are fine).