It’s time to toss out that caddy of cleaners and clear off your shelf of toxins, because from now on, you only need one product to clean your entire house: white vinegar.
This frugal and non-toxic food item may seem like it is just limited to windows, but think again. With disinfecting abilities as potent as bleach and acidic properties that cut through anything, you will never spend another dime on commercial cleaning products again.
Beginning in your bathroom, one spray bottle of vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio can clean every crevice from floor to ceiling. Spray the mixture directly onto windows and mirrors for a streak-free clean. Disinfect toilet seats and bowls, using a hardy handle brush to help with tougher messes. If necessary, allow the vinegar to sit in the bowl for thirty minutes to break down build-up before scrubbing. The spray also works on the soap scum and mildew that is sure to plague showers and bathtubs. With minimal scrubbing, your bathtub will look like new. After sweeping, fill a mop bucket with the same 1:1 ratio and mop your entire floor, disinfecting and bringing about a brilliant shine.
Safe around all food, vinegar is perfect for disinfecting counter-tops and tables. It works on all types of appliance surfaces from inside to out, breaking through even the harshest grease messes and the grimiest caked on foods. Allow the vinegar to sit, full-strength, on dried on messes, using a coarse brush to scrub away the remains. The grease-fighting and disinfecting powers make vinegar a great product for washing all of your dishes by hand. While it may not work on its own in the dishwasher, adding some can bring about a pristine finish to glassware as well as freshen up your appliance. Even your walls, back-splashes and cabinets are vinegar-safe, allowing a full spring cleaning to ensue from just one bottle!
Vinegar works wonders at getting stains out of many fabrics so say goodbye to the ketchup on the couch and the pet stain on your carpet. Simply spray full-strength vinegar onto the stain and allow to sit for five minutes. Use a coarse brush to scrub the fabric and blot up with a clean towel. Not to mention, it destroys odors that keep your pet from making more messes. Washing windows and window frames is a breeze with the 1:1 water and vinegar mixture. The first few times may leave streaks from the residue leftover by the commercial cleaners. Just keep at it and never worry about streaks again! Walls, wood finishes, stone fireplaces, and hardwood floors are all vinegar-safe so you can scrub every corner and dust every surface.
Deep Carpet Cleaning
Skip the expensive sudsy commercial carpet cleaners that just cause dirt-catching build-up in your carpet. Next time you rent a carpet cleaning machine, use hot water and white vinegar at the same 1:1 ratio mentioned previously. The mixture will clean and disinfect your carpet while removing all the residue and build-up from previously used soaps. As an added bonus, vinegar also kills dust mites! Don’t worry about the machine because this vinegar ratio is perfect for cleaning out the inner workings, leaving it in better condition than when you rented it.
If the strong odor bothers you, just open some windows and let it pass, knowing that once the surfaces are dry, the smell dissipates completely. Keep in mind that it is also non-toxic to breathe in making it a better and safer choice for your whole family.
White vinegar is a product that once you start using, it will be impossible to go back. Your entire home will feel clean and fresh and your pocket book will thank you. So trash the caddy, stash some bottles of vinegar around your home and enjoy the convenience and sanitation of this miraculous multi-purpose cleaner!