Vinegar, one of the oldest condiments known to man, is more than just a wonderful taste enhancer. It is also one of the best cleaning products (and it’s natural too!) to have at home.
Here are 14 great ways in which vinegar can be used as a natural cleaner –
- Half a cup of white vinegar and a gallon of warm water make an unbeatable combination for cleaning floors, particularly no-wax floors.
- Even the most persistent stains will yield to the combined cleaning effect of vinegar, liquid dish soap and warm water.
- In order to polish and shine dull silver, copper, and brass, coat them with a paste of wheat flour in a solution containing a teaspoon of common salt dissolved in vinegar. Let the coating stay for fifteen minutes, and then wash off with warm water. Polish with a cotton cloth or a soft Turkish towel.
- Pen marks on walls and furniture can be removed by daubing the stained areas with vinegar and wiping with a soft cloth.
- A solution of equal quantities of olive oil and vinegar mixed in warm water cleans wooden panels of sticky dirt and stains.
- For cleaning stained and streaked glassware, a dilute solution of vinegar with water will do a great job.
- White vinegar and warm water will return your Venetian blinds to their pristine clean state.
- Oil stains, water stains, and finger prints on enamel, wood, and plastic are removed with minimum effort by rubbing the unclean spots with white vinegar.
- Equal quantities of vinegar and boiled linseed oil mixed together form a potent mix to clean leather upholstery.
- Plagued by hard-to-remove antiperspirant stains on your clothes? Add a little white vinegar to the laundry detergent before washing.
- Scorch marks on fabric, vintage lace, and shower curtains can be cleaned of the marks and stains with white vinegar.
- Baking soda poured down a clogged drain, followed by a cupful of white vinegar will clear and deodorize blocked drains. Nifty and efficient and saves you the cost of calling home a plumber.
- Rid your home of strong smells such as cigarette smoke or fresh paint by placing a bowl of white vinegar in the rooms. The smells will be neutralized in a day.
- Pet owners can give their cats and dogs chemical-free tick and flea protection with vinegar. You can clean your pets’ ears with a solution of vinegar and water. Avoid dabbing vinegar on open cuts and lacerations.
As you can see, vinegar, water and a soft cloth form a very useful triumvirate that enables you to keep your house clean in a chemical-free manner. Vinegar is not only one of the best cleaning products but also one of the least expensive. This said, there are certain things you don’t want to clean with vinegar.
Egg stains coagulate on coming in contact with vinegar and become that much harder to remove. Aluminum and cast iron surfaces are oxidized by vinegar’s chemical action. Waxed floors lose their sheen when treated with vinegar. Porous stones like marble should not be cleaned with acidic vinegar.