Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar

Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

I absolutely love all of the vinegar cleaning solutions that I find on the web.  I love that green cleaning is becoming more popular and that more of us are seeking non-toxic, earth friendly, frugal solutions to everyday life challenges.  Even Heinz has jumped in on the wave.  They have now added a “cleaning strength” white vinegar to their line of products.  Don’t fall for this non-sense by the way.  I don’t use Heinz Cleaning Vinegar, I use Shoprite brand.  Its cheaper and it works just fine.
Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the more practical vinegar cleaning solutions that I use most often around the house.  In the last month, I have cleaned with white vinegar in the following ways:

  1. I used an all-purpose spray made of 1:1 vinegar and water plus a tsp of dish soap to spray my stove top and kitchen sink down, then sprinkled baking soda on top of it to scrub them shiny and clean.
  2. I used the same all-purpose spray to clean my windows, mirrors and anything else that needed a good wiping down (Do not use on marble or granite anything).  Vinegar loosens all the stuck on messes around the house.
  3. A few months ago I added about 12 orange and lemon peels to a closed bucket filled with a gallon of vinegar and let that steep for about a month and a half in order to extract the citrus oils, then strained the citrus infused vinegar back into its original container.  I pure this concoction, full strength, on a paper towel (from recycled paper of course) to wipe down the entire outside of the toilet.  This is also very effective in the kitchen for use on cutting boards and other items that may have come into contact with Salmonella bacteria, but must be used full strength.
  4. I forgot a load of clothes were in the washer for a couple days (sue me), so I rewashed them and added a cup of vinegar plus 1 tsp of tea tree oil to the rinse cycle in order to get rid of the lovely mildew smell (THIS WORKS, even if you hang them in the basement to dry
  5. I placed a measuring cup filled with a cup of white vinegar and 8 drops of Essential Oil of Lemon on the top rack of my dishwasher and ran a hot water cycle to freshen and clean it.  I have done the same to clean the microwave at work without the lemon oil, but that was over a month ago.  You can read all about that here.
  6. I poured 1 cup of vinegar followed by 1/2 cup of baking  soda into the toilet bowl and let it fizzle up a bit then scrubbed it clean.
  7. I poured 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar down the tub drain and let that sit and fizzle while I boiled a large pot of water.  I then poured the hot water down the drain to clear it out.  For pics and details click here.
  8. I added 8 drops of lemon oil to a cup of my all-purpose cleaner to use as a floor cleaning solution in my Casabella quick mop (I love that thing).
  9. I added 2 cups of vinegar to a 2 gallon bucket of hot water plus a tbsp of dish soap to not-so-quick mop my kitchen and bathroom floors.
  10. I added 1 Tbsp of vinegar to 1 cup of raw milk to make buttermilk for our blueberry pancakes.  Well, that wasn’t a cleaning recipe but you can get the recipe for Homemade Pancakes here.  *Add the fruit before flipping the pancake for best results

Homemade Clean with Vinegar Recipe Chart




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