Cleaning with white vinegar
White vinegar naturally cleans like an all-purpose cleaner.
Mix a solution of equal quantities of water and vinegar in a new, store-bought spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home. It is a not only a great natural cleaning product it can also be used as a disinfectant and deodoriser. Always test on a small area to check for colour-fastness first.
It is safe to use on most surfaces and has the added bonus of being incredibly cheap. However, take special care around tiled surfaces as improperly diluted white vinegar can eat away at the grout; it can also bleach fabrics and paintwork.
Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 5 cups of water, and you’ve got a great window cleaner. Don’t worry about your home smelling like white vinegar because the smell disappears when it dries.
- Clean the bathtub, toilet, sink and other surfaces.
- Use pure white vinegar in the toilet bowl to get rid of rings. Flush the toilet to allow the water level to go down, pour the undiluted white vinegar around the inside of the rim, and scrub down the bowl.
- Clear drains and pipes: Boil 2 cups of vinegar and pour it down the drain a small amount at a time. Allow the vinegar to remain in the drain for about 5-10 minutes before pouring a pot of very hot water down the drain.
- White vinegar will also eat away the soap scum and hard water stains on your fixtures and tiles. (Test on a small area of your tiles first.)
- Mop the bathroom and kitchen floors with a 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 bucket of water.
- Use white vinegar as a natural fabric softener. This can be especially helpful for families who have sensitive skin. Add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of commercial softener. White vinegar has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent more effectively – a plus when you have a family member whose skin detects every trace of detergent. For removing beer stains or smells from fabrics, soak in a solution of 3 parts water/ 1 part white vinegar.