You’ve seen the headlines before: Lazy Girl Cleaning Hacks, and they always disappoint. I promise this time it’s different. This time I’m going to deliver 18 Cleaning Hacks to help you clean your house like a boss using one item that you can find at the dollar store-or under your kitchen sink: Vinegar!
I never dreamed I’d be singing the praises of vinegar and how it can seriously deep clean your home, yet here I am. Yes, I know it smells and it is not the usual go-to cleaning product, but if you’re not taking advantage of this miracle working cleaning hack solution you are missing out!
I know what you’re thinking.
Does it really clean?
According to research, when tested against commercial grade cleaners vinegar holds it’s own and kills a range of household pathogens-including the flu virus and the notoriously hard-to-kill tuberculosis bacteria.
See, the acetic acid in white vinegar makes it one powerful deep cleaning disinfectant, deodorizer, and grease-cutter. And your new best friend.
Besides being an all-natural chemical-free choice cleaner, vinegar is significantly cheaper than household cleaners.
Typically, you can purchase a generously sized bottle of white vinegar for around $5 and use it for practically everything.
Take a look at the 18 cleaning hacks I’ve found using vinegar!
All you need to de-grease your stovetop is undiluted white vinegar, a spray bottle, and a dishcloth or non-abrasive scrubber. Simply spray the vinegar onto the surface, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe clean!
Using white distilled vinegar fill the reservoir and run the machine through a cycle to dissolve minerals and oily build up. Then empty the carafe and rinse any remaining vinegar away by running a second cycle of water only.
Using a microwave safe bowl mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water and nuke it for 2 minutes. This will steam all of the nasty stuff off the inside of your microwave! The acetic acid in the vinegar works to deodorize and sanitize it. The last step is wiping it all away with a sponge!
It’s easy to clean your dishwasher with vinegar! All you need is a dishwasher-safe cup. The vinegar will sanitize, de-grease, and take care of any odors coming from the machine. Place the cup of vinegar in an empty dishwasher and run it on the highest cycle. Finally, deodorize by sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the tub and run the dishwasher again on a half cycle with hot water. Let it air dry for a few hours when the cycle is complete.
You can use vinegar to deodorize or unclog a drain easily by adding a cup of baking soda to the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Rinse the bubbles away with hot water.
This is a fabulous way to clean the grease and fingerprints off of your stainless steel appliances! Plus, it’s easy and you probably have everything you need in your kitchen cabinets! Grab some white vinegar, a microfiber cloth, and, are you ready for this? Olive oil!
Now, take a good look at your appliance and determine the grain. You’ll see if it’s going horizontally or vertically. You need to rub in the direction of the grain. Spray a generous amount of vinegar over the surface and wipe it off going in the direction of the grain. This will remove most of the fingerprints and grease, but we’re going to take it a step further. Dip your cloth in a bit of the olive oil and lightly polish. Your stainless steel appliances will shine like new!
Cleaning vinegar may be used to clean stainless steel. It has 6% acidity compared to that of regular white vinegar’s 5%, but that bump makes it 15-20% more powerful.
Mix a solution of 50% vinegar + 50% water and use as a powerful germ-killer on doorknobs, remote controls, phones-anywhere flu happens!
Soak sponges and scrub brushes in vinegar overnight. The acetic acid will kill the bacteria and eliminate any odors
Using equal parts vinegar and water apply to windows with a sponge and wipe clean with a wet squeegee
Mix 1 Cup Ammonia, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 gallon of warm water
Use vinegar to deodorize, disinfect, and clean porcelain, laminate, and tile floors. You can use any of these DIY vinegar recipes and if you have a smaller area to clean just cut the amount in half!
1. 1/4 – 1/2 cup white vinegar + 1 gallon of water
2. 1/2 cup white vinegar + 1 gallon of water + 2 tablespoons dish soap
3. 1/2 cup white vinegar + 1 gallon of water + 2-3 drops essential oils or lemon juice
Remove stubborn mineral deposits and disinfect faucets with vinegar using this hack. Saturate several paper towels in vinegar and wrap them around your faucet like a burrito. Set for 24 hours. Scrub any remaining stains away with an old toothbrush.
This is the easiest way to clean a toilet other than hiring help. Pour 1 Cup of vinegar into the bowl and allow it to set overnight. When you wake up, drink some coffee, then go swish it with a toilet brush and flush. For challenging toilet stains, empty the water from the toilet bowl before putting the vinegar in.
Hard Water Stains
If your toilet has hard water stains try this no-scrub cleaning vinegar hack. First, you’ll need some cleaning gloves so if you don’t have any go ahead and get some like these. This may get gross. Now, take an empty cup and get all of the water out of your toilet. Get it as dry as possible. Next, you’re going to take a gallon of white vinegar and soak several paper towels in it. Then you are going to place those paper towels directly onto the toilet stains. Let those towels sit for at least three to four hours. When the stains are gone simply remove the paper towels and pat yourself on the back because you didn’t have to scrub a toilet today!
Here’s another easy hack. Clean your tub with vinegar by using a solution of equal parts vinegar and Dawn dishwashing soap. I always use the blue. Mix it up and pour into a spray bottle. Just spray your tub generously and the job is practically done. Seriously, this vinegar solution does all the work for you!
Shower Doors & Sinks
Using 12 ounces of white vinegar and 12 ounces of blue dawn dish detergent clean your shower doors and other surfaces in your bathroom. Using a microwave safe bowl heat the vinegar until boiling and pour into a spray bottle like this one I found on amazon. Add the Dawn, secure the top and shake until the solution is mixed together. Spray onto the desired surface and wipe clean! Minimal scrubbing required.
Using a One-Gallon Ziplock bag pour enough white vinegar into the bag so that your shower head will be completely submerged when you tie on the bag. Secure the bag to your shower head with a zip tie or strong rubber band. Leave the bag on overnight. Remove the bag and allow hot tap water to run through the shower head for two to three minutes to remove mineral deposits and vinegar. To remove any stubborn buildup scrub with an old toothbrush.
Salmonella and other nasty germs linger in our washing machines. You can use vinegar to sanitize the basin and wipe out any germs by running an empty load with hot water and one cup of distilled white vinegar.
What You Cannot Clean With Vinegar
The acidity of vinegar that gives it the strength to cut through grease, grime, and mineral deposits can cause harm and damage some surfaces. For that reason, you should avoid using vinegar to clean the following surfaces.
Marble and Granite Countertops The acetic acid in vinegar can etch the stone (damage its finish-see below)
Stone Floor Tiles or Countertops If you have natural stone floors or countertops such as travertine, limestone, or marble your best bet is to opt out of a vinegar cleaning solution. These types of stone are made up of calcium, which is sensitive to acidic substances like vinegar.
Hardwood Floors When cleaning hardwood floors, you aren’t cleaning the actual wood but the finish of the wood. The acid in the vinegar will break down the finish and make your floors look dull faster.
I hope these tips have helped cut your cleaning time and costs! One thing I love about cleaning with vinegar is that we always have it on hand, so no more last minute runs to the dollar store for me! Well, at least for cleaning products!
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