Are you dumbfounded by the many cleaning products you have under your kitchen sink and in the cleaning supplies cabinet? Every product is colorfully packed and make huge promises to be the answer you seek for simple, effective cleaning. However, you find that you cannot use one without the other and the total cost of that arsenal of cleaners is ludicrous.
But, is there an answer, that one-in-all solution?
While finding a product that does it all may be impossible, some do come close to offering just that. A simple mix of baking soda, vinegar, and ammonia in water can do wonders in making cleaning easy while leaving things smelling fresh.
Therefore, below are a few tips on how you can use vinegar to do cleaning around your home.
1. Pots and pans
If your pans and pots have stains or baked-on food, you should mix a glass of water, and another of vinegar and place in the pot or pan then boil the mixture for five minutes.
2. Smelly garbage bins
You remedy that stinky trash can you have in your yard, place a small bowl containing white vinegar, and leave it overnight. You can as well use a piece of bread soaked in vinegar. It is a trick that also works for refrigerators, oven, microwaves, and camping coolers.
3. The cat picking furniture
If your pet is a delightful feline that cannot have enough of picking your rugs and furniture, you can minimize the cat’s habit by spraying a mixture of water and vinegar in equal parts, on to the surfaces. Cats detest how vinegar smells.
4. Cutting costs on cleaners
All-purpose cleaners can be useful to have in your house, but they can be expensive to buy. You can cut costs by mixing water and vinegar in a ratio of 3:1 and add four or five drops of dish detergent. Spray the mixture on surfaces such as windows, mirrors, and countertops.
5. Alternative for caustic drain cleaners
For this, you will need to pour about 1/2c. of baking soda then about 1c. of vinegar and allow the foaming to happen for a while. Pour warm water down the drain once the foaming stops.
6. Dying cut flowers
If you are tired of seeing your cut flowers die sooner than expected, you can increase their shelf-life by placing them in a vase find with water and 1/4c. of cider vinegar.
7. Sticky residue on surfaces
You will spray concreted white vinegar on the surface and let it stay for five minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth.
8. Dealing with fruit files
Summer is a time when fruit flies come out in droves. You can get rid of them using cider vinegar. Pour a bit of cider vinegar in a bowl, cover it with cling wrap, and then poke holes to allow the smell of the vinegar to escape. The smell of the vinegar will attract the fruit flies, which will then be trapped by the cling wrap.
The above are but a few of the many applications regarding cleaning your home that vinegar may prove to be a useful addition. Vinegar is a green, economical, effective, and non-toxic solution that has many applications. These are cheap and effective options as opposed to to hiring professionals. However call to compare the costs of each.