If you haven’t tried using vinegar as a cleaning agent around your home, you’re missing out on a wonderful, natural cleaner that costs virtually nothing. Compared to the price of commercial cleaners you buy at the store, white vinegar only costs about $3 a gallon, and that gallon will last a long, long time.
Furthermore, vinegar is a natural disinfectant that’s safe to use everywhere, including around pets and small children. Most household cleaners you buy at the store can’t say that. They are usually loaded with harsh chemicals and toxins that can cause sickness or death if inhaled or consumed.
So, if you’re ready to learn a few vinegar cleaning hacks that will save you time and money, keep reading!
1. Clean Surfaces
You can use vinegar to clean virtually every surface in your home. It will kill bacteria and leave behind a sparkling clean shine. Spray it full-strength onto countertops, dining tables, etc. or dilute it with water if the smell is too strong. Keep in mind that the vinegar odor will dissipate once it dries.
2. Clean Deposits from Your Coffee Pot
If you have hard water, you can clean the hard water deposits from inside your coffee pot using vinegar. Simply fill the coffee pot with half water, half vinegar. Pour the solution into the coffee pot and turn it on. When it is finished “brewing,” pour the vinegar solution out and fill the pot with fresh, clean water and run 2-3 more cycles to rinse the inside of the coffee maker clean.
3. Clean Your Windows
Commercial glass cleaners can be expensive and some leave behind hard-to-clean streaks. Vinegar, on the other hand, leaves windows crystal clear and costs pennies to use. For the cleanest windows you’ve ever seen, spray straight vinegar on the glass and use newspaper (instead of paper towel) to wipe it clean.
4. Freshen the Air
Vinegar is an effective odor-eater. It can even remove the smell of cigarettes from a smoker’s home. Just wipe down every surface with vinegar and then spray it directly on soft surfaces like furniture and carpet. Lastly, place bowls of vinegar around the house to absorb more smells from the air. Once the vinegar odor is gone, all the bad smells will go with it.
5. Vinegar is a Rinse Agent, Too
If your dishes don’t come out of the dishwasher as sparkling clean as you’d like, try adding 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher. The addition will act as a rinse agent, eliminating spots and residue for the cleanest dishes you’ve ever seen.
6. Freshen a Drain
Kitchen drains tend to get a bit funky every now and again. To get rid of the smells traveling up through your plumbing, pour white vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. When the time is up, run hot water down to rinse the vinegar away.
You can also add a tablespoon of baking soda to the drain along with the vinegar to further disinfect and clean the drain. Just be careful as the combination creates a chemical reaction that bubbles out of the drain.
If you’d like to save money on cleaning supplies, try using white vinegar in place of your usual household cleaners.