Vinegar is one of the most versatile items you’ll find in your home. You can use it in countless recipes, consume small doses of it to increase your metabolism, and even use it around the house to clean. White vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, and even an herbicide. You can use it straight-up or in a mixture of water and soap. Discover the many ways vinegar can make your home sparkle and shine without the hefty price tag of name-brand cleaners.
Around the House
- Lift carpet stains. Mix 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar with 1/4 up of salt or baking soda to create a paste. Rub this mixture into your carpet stain and let it dry. Vacuum the residue after 24 hours and the stain will be gone!
- Refresh the air.1/2 a teaspoon of vinegar, distilled water, and your favorite essential oil work perfectly together as an air freshener. You’ll save a ton of money on store-bought air fresheners, which can sometimes contain harmful fumes.
- Remove dust mites. Mix your favorite essential oil into white vinegar. Use a spray bottle to sprits it throughout your home’s carpeted flooring to get rid of dust mites. Test a small area of carpet first for colorfastness.
- Eliminate pet odors. No matter how cute our pets are, the fact remains that they can leave behind some odd odors. To remove them from your carpeted flooring, wet the area that smells with vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda over the spot, working the powder into the carpet with a toothbrush. Let it dry overnight, then vacuum away for fresh floors.
In the Kitchen
- Tidy up tile. Mix 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar into a gallon of warm water. Mop your floors with the solution, and then allow time for it to air dry. Of course, this method can be used on bathroom tile as well.
- Refresh your fridge. Clean the shelves, walls, and drawers in your fridge with a solution of half water, half vinegar. The vinegar will help to release any built-up foods and those caked on stains you’re not sure of.
- Brighten your whites. White or lightly colored dishes, mugs, or countertops can quickly pick up the color of the food or drink being served on them. Use equal parts vinegar and salt (or baking soda) and a soft-bristle toothbrush or microfiber cloth to clean away set-in stains.
- Get rid of stink.If you’ve ever used plastic ware storage containers, you know they can sometimes absorb the smell of whatever food they were storing. Soak a cloth in vinegar and swab those smelly plastic containers to rid them of their odor.
Keep your home fresh and clean this spring with these vinegar cleaning solutions! And if you’d like to spruce up your floors further, contact Floor Coverings International Cincinnati East today!