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Homemade Vinegar Cleaning Recipes



By Louisa Price

I remember helping my late grandma with house cleaning last summer, and she used vinegar for almost everything. What surprises me is vinegar works wonders as an all purpose cleaner. Not only it can deodorize, remove stains and mildew, cut grease, and kill bacteria, vinegar also brings the shine back to everything from ceramic tile floors to glassware.


For example, in the kitchen, you can use vinegar-and-water spray to clean counter tops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas. And, for your bathroom, the vinegar spray cleaner cleans counter tops, floors, and exterior surfaces of the toilet amazingly well.


In addition, you may want to heat the solution in your microwave until barely hot (make sure to remove spray element) to clean really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls. Just spray warmed solution on shower walls, and let it stand for about 10-15 minutes. Then scrub and rinse off. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens hard water deposits.


This homemade vinegar spray cleaner can also be used to remove carpet stains. Simply spray directly on stain, allow it to sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.



Undiluted White Vinegar Cleaner

Undiluted white vinegar (full strength) are great for tougher cleaning problems involving hard water deposits or soap scum.


Dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides. Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains and odor. You also want to use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard water rings.


Furthermore, you can also use undiluted white vinegar to clean shower heads that have been clogged with mineral deposits. Place a reasonable amount of vinegar, about ½ cup in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag to the shower head with a rubber band. Let it stand for at least 2 hours or overnight. Rinse and buff the shower head to a shiny finish.


Undiluted white vinegar is also effective in removing mold and mildew. Apply vinegar with a sponge or scrubby to treat mold-affected areas.


If you or a family member has sensitive skin, try adding 1 cup undiluted white vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener. White vinegar not only softens clothes but also cuts detergent residue. Additionally, you will also reduce the amount of lint that your dryer’s lint filter catches, and your towels will be more absorbent because they won’t be coated with chemicals from commercial fabric softener.


Try these organic cleaning recipes to clean your home faster, better and cheaper. I am very sure yo will find vinegar extremely useful.



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