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Spring Cleaning with Vinegar

April 6, 2005
Helpful Home Ideas
Vinegar is a natural cleaner that has been around for generations. It has multiple uses, but some of the best ways to use vinegar is as a cleaning aid. It can assist you in your house cleaning and leave a fresh clean scent behind for everyone to enjoy.

Inexpensive Spring Cleaning: Using Natural Cleaners Instead of Harsh Chemicals

Vinegar is a multi-purpose product. It can be used for literally thousands of tasks. You can use it for health purposes, for beauty (hair and bath), food and cooking, gardening and house cleaning. Vinegar can be used to clean out your system and basically disinfect your body to keep you healthy, but one of the most common uses of vinegar is for cleaning. Vinegar is a natural antibacterial and a powerful cleaning agent. Before chemical and commercial cleaning products were introduced to consumers to entice them into paying more for their cleaning needs, people used vinegar and it worked! Do your spring-cleaning with vinegar, save money and create a safe, healthy sanitized house for the whole family to enjoy.

House cleaning is one important use for vinegar. Using vinegar instead of other products that contain harsh chemical can be a great choice for the health of your family. Why expose yourself and your family to harsh chemicals contained in cleaning products when you have a safer alternative that works just as well or better than other cleaners. There are several advantages to using vinegar instead of other cleaning products. One, it is a natural substance and is safer and better than other cleaners that contain cancer causing agents and harmful substances. Another advantage is that it is less expensive than commercial cleaners and it is readily available.

Here are some ways you can use vinegar in your household cleaning routine:

Window cleaning: Mix with water or use full strength to clean windows, glass and mirrors. Dry with crumpled newspaper to get a fresh streak free shine every time. It removes water spots and dirt for cleaning windows indoors and outside.

Floor cleaner: It is safe on your no wax vinyl, wood and tile floors. It removes dirt and build-up while leaving the floor looking clean and shiny. Add a ½ cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water and mop up those dirty, messy floors with ease. You can also use it in the spray mops for quick clean-ups.

Dishes/dishwasher: Use vinegar in your dishwasher to remove build-up from the dishwashing detergent or use it as a rinse aid to leave your dishes streak-free. Run a cup of vinegar through a full dishwashing cycle once a month to clean and deodorize your dishwasher. Also you can use it in the sink in hot water with dish soap to remove soap build-up and water deposits from glassware.

Oven Cleaner: Use vinegar as a final rinse when you are cleaning your oven with the harsh alkali cleaners that stay in your oven and stink-up your kitchen when you use the newly cleaned oven after you scrub. Wipe the entire oven with vinegar to remove the chemical build-up and to freshen and polish the inside of the oven after a deep cleaning. It can also be used on self-cleaning ovens.

Washing Walls: Vinegar can remove harsh stains off of walls with ease. It can remove nicotine stains if you have smokers or pen and crayon from little ones. Use vinegar just to wipe down your walls for normal washing it absorbs odors and clean the walls without striping the paint. Vinegar is a natural neutralizer so it will freshen the air and leave your house smelling clean.

Pet Messes and Odors: Vinegar can be used to clean up after pets and to sanitize areas of the house where pets have had accidents. Pour half vinegar and half warm water directly on the area scrub mixture in with a scrub brush and soak up excess water with a wet sponge or towel. For an added boost spray with hydrogen peroxide and let dry.

The cleaning tips I listed above are just a few of the household items and appliances that you can clean using vinegar. Vinegar can be used to safely clean just about anything in your home. You can remove dust from a lamp using malt vinegar, grime can be safely removed from copper pots by using salt and vinegar, also get a clean, germ free shower head by soaking it in vinegar to remove all of the mineral deposit and soap scum build-up. Vinegar is one of the pioneer cleaning products and has been used for years. It has been used by generation after generation to keep things looking clean and smelling fresh. There are different kinds of vinegars available and some work better than others for certain chores. The types of vinegar that work best for house cleaning are distilled white vinegar, malt vinegar and apple cider vinegar. If you can protect your family’s health, use a natural cleaner that actually works and keeps your house looking and smelling clean why not use it for all of your household cleaning needs.
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