Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar is a great alternative to expensive and often poisonous chemicals that are sold for this purpose.

Vinegar is inexpensive and safe if ingested. In fact, many foods contain vinegar.

This fact alone will save you some time while shopping since you are not having to read all those labels to make sure your family is protected.

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I have put together quite a few vinegar cleaning tips and I am sure you will find that cleaning with vinegar will improve your quality of life, not only saving you money over the cost of other expensive cleaners, but also by knowing that your family and pets are safe from poisonous and caustic chemicals.

When you switch to cleaning with vinegar, you will probably also notice that you will have a lot of extra storage room under your kitchen sink since vinegar can be used to clean almost everything in your home.

Here Are Some Vinegar Cleaning Tips

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Vinegar for Cleaning The Bathroom

Vinegar for Cleaning The Kitchen

Cleaning With Vinegar

Use Vinegar for Cleaning Windows

Vinegar Cleaning Solution

Here is a recipe for a vinegar cleaning solution spray that is a great multi-purpose cleaner.
  • 1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent
  • a splash of White Vinegar
  • 1 quart water
Combine ingredients and store a clean spray bottle, clearly labeled. Shake well before using.

One way to use vinegar for cleaning windows is to pour some vinegar into a shallow dish, crumple up some newspaper, dip it into the solution and clean the window. Then use dry newspaper to wipe the window until dry.

Another window cleaning tip is to pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 rubbing alcohol into a clean, empty spray bottle, then finish filling with water. Spray onto windows and wipe dry with paper towels.

You can also clean your car windows with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar in a gallon of water. Then rinse and dry with a clean cloth, shammy, or paper towels.

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More Cleaning With Vinegar Tips

Floor Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Your Carpet With Vinegar

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Carpet Cleaning Tip

Remember that the quicker you get to cleaning up a spill or stain on your carpet, the easier it will be to clean.

Undiluted vinegar is very often the very best solution for getting new stains out quick.

To get chewing gum out of carpet, wet the area with vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes, then carefully work the gum out of the carpet. For even faster results, you can heat the vinegar first.

To remove cola, chocolate, or coffee stains from your carpet, use one part vinegar mixed with two parts water. Use a sponge to wet the affected area, then blot with clean cloths or paper towels until the stain is gone.

Ink Stains are not actually removed with vinegar, but read on to find out why vinegar is still an important part of the procedure.

To remove the ink stain, spray with hairspray and blot with a clean cloth. Keep repeating until the stain is gone. Now here is where the vinegar comes in: Use equal parts of water and vinegar to remove the sticky residue left by the hairspray. Blot dry.

Use vinegar to kill mildew in rugs.

cleaning red wine stain with vinegar

You can get rid of red wine stains from carpet by cleaning with vinegar. First blot up as much of the wine as you can with a clean cloth or paper towels.

Then sprinkle the affected area with table salt. The salt will turn pink as it absorbs the red wine that is left in the carpet.

After the salt sits on the stain for about 15 minutes, clean the area with a mixture of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar.

Using Vinegar to Clean Hardwood Floors and Other Floors

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips

Hardwood Floor
Cleaning Tip

  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 drops essential oil
Place ingredients into a clearly labeled spray bottle and shake well. Spray the floor with the mixture and mop. Follow with a good rinsing with clean, hot water. Buff as directed on the left.

You can use vinegar to clean hardwood floors. Just mop with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar in a gallon of warm water to shine hardwood floors. Also works great on tile and laminate floors.

To buff your hardwood floor after cleaning, just put a few drops of citrus essential oil onto two clean, soft rags, one for each foot. Then scoot around your floors. Your floors will smell great and look even better.

It is probably a pretty good way to add a little exercise to your daily routine too!! If you are like me, I can always use a little more exercise!

Other Floor Cleaning Tips

Laminate Floor
Cleaning Tip

Use this homemade solution for cleaning tile and laminate floors.
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part rubbing alcohol
  • 1 part water
  • 3 drops Dawn dishwashing liquid
You can keep this solution in a clearly labeled spray bottle for ease of use in spot cleaning or deodorizing. Or you can clean the whole floor with it.

The grout between terra-cotta tiles can be cleaned with undiluted vinegar. Just spray the vinegar on and scrub with a stiff brush.

You can get rid of stains on linoleum by cleaning with vinegar. Use undiluted white vinegar. Wet the area with the vinegar and leave on for 15 or 20 minutes, then wipe dry.

If the stain is still there, you can dampen it again with vinegar and sprinkle a little baking soda on it and scrub with a stiff brush, then rinse.

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Furniture Cleaning Tips

Furniture Cleaning Tip

Make Your Own Furniture Polish
Whisk together:
  • 1/2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 vinegar
Clearly label and store in an airtight resealable container.

To use: shake well and apply liberally with a soft cloth. Wipe away excess and buff with a clean cloth.

To remove sticky paper products from wood furniture, such as tape, decals, or labels, dampen with undiluted white vinegar and let sit for a few minutes, then peel off. You may need to gently scrape with your fingernail.

You can also remove a waxy buildup from wood furniture by cleaning with vinegar. Use a solution made of equal parts vinegar and water. Just dampen the area with the solution and rub gently. Dry with a soft clean cloth.

Clean ivory keys on a piano by dampening a soft cloth with vinegar and rubbing the keys. This will also make the keys whiter and brighter.

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