It was not uncommon for homeowners to turn to vinegar when all else fails in home cleaning! That’s because this simple ingredient can do amazing things! Moreover, it’s all natural and completely safe to use in homes with kids and pets, as opposed to those harsh, store-bought cleaners.
If you're still skeptical, however, we’ve got four fantastic ways to use vinegar as your core ingredient for various household cleaning needs. Read on to find out what these are and how you can start cleaning efficiently with vinegar.
While the use of vinegar for a window cleaner is beneficial in cleaning very soiled glass panes, a solution of water and vinegar is suitable for regular or routine cleaning to simply remove dirt and light stains. You can do this by mixing equal parts (of water and white vinegar) Then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Next, wipe your windows with a dry cloth before spritzing your homemade cleaner onto the glass and cleaning it with another clean microfiber cloth.
Removing Carpet Stains
When it comes to spills on your carpet, it’s best to act fast. Hence, we advise keeping a mixture of (equal parts) water and vinegar in a bottle for emergencies. To remove carpets stains, grab a bunch of paper towels and dab the stained area to soak up as much moisture as possible. Pour the solution over the stain; just enough to soak up the entire stain without allowing the water to spread very much wider than the actual stain. Then allow the vinegar mixture to work its magic by letting it stand for 5-10 minutes. Finally, blot the stain using a light colored towel (preferably white) and check the stained area. If the stain has not been removed completely, wait for it to dry and repeat the whole process until the stain is gone.
Removing Sticky Residue from Furniture
Any adhesive left by stickers or tape can be a pain to remove using a damp cloth or even a cleanser. What’s worse, when you can’t get the stickiness out, you tend to rub harder which can damage or mark your furniture. To remove the adhesiveness with ease, spray undiluted vinegar over the area and leave it for 5 minutes. If it dries up before that, re-spray the area and keep it moist until the timer rings. Now, all you have to do is wipe it with a clean cloth and the stickiness will have vanished! (Please note: This is one time you might not want to use a microfiber cloth.)
Cleaning Kitchen Surfaces
Vinegar has the ability to clean and sanitize various surfaces in your kitchen. This includes the sink, counters, doors, and handles of various appliances and the stovetop. You’ll need white distilled vinegar for this but first, the surfaces will have to be wiped with a dry cloth to remove food bits and others contaminants. Next, grab a clean microfiber cloth and dip it in a bowl of raw white distilled vinegar and start wiping. You can enjoy the added sheen this amazing household ingredient leaves on surfaces!