7 Easy Ways to Clean Your Home with Vinegar
One of the most powerful cleaning agents you have in your home resides in your kitchen pantry, not under the sink — cue white vinegar. Known to be a longtime favorite natural cleaning agent among many homeowners, there are a variety of ways you can use it to spruce up your humble abode!
That said, your friends at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. are here to share some tips on how to make your home sparkle and shine using this natural cleaning agent!
1. Unclog a Showerhead
Do you have a clogged showerhead on your hands? If so, not only can it be somewhat annoying to bathe with, but it can also reduce water pressure — something no homeowner wants to encounter. However, to help restore your showerhead and bring it back to life, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Obtain a large sandwich/freezer bag and fill it up halfway with white vinegar.
Next, submerge the showerhead inside of the bag and secure the bag with a rubber-band.
After you have secured the pouch, let your showerhead soak for about an hour.
Once time has passed, gently remove the bag from the showerhead and brush away the now loose mineral build-up on the fixture.
Finally, once completed, you’ll have a fully-functioning showerhead again!
2. Remove Crayon Marks
Do you have little ones roaming around your home with crayons in-hand? If so, there’s a chance they might have put their latest work of art on a wall of their choice — which isn’t a pleasant surprise for any parent to discover. However, thanks to a little elbow grease and white vinegar, you’ll be able to wipe your little Picasso’s picture away!
First, acquire an old toothbrush that you may already use to clean around your house.
From there, using between ¼ and 1 cup of vinegar, dip the brush into the natural solution.
Once the bristles are wet, gently begin to work the brush over the crayon markings in small circles.
Finally, once the wax from the crayon starts to break down, you’ll be able to wipe away the “masterpiece” in a flash.
3. Revamp Your Fridge
Could your fridge use some freshening up? While a baking soda box can help trap protruding odors, that doesn’t always do the trick — luckily, a bottle of white vinegar is only a few feet away! To spruce up one of the most essential appliances in your home, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Remove everything out of your fridge — including condiments.
Once cleared, locate an empty spray bottle and mix two parts water with one part vinegar.
After the mixture has been created, spray it on every square inch of the interior — not the exterior.
Next, once the inside of the fridge has been sprayed, let the water and vinegar do their magic; let the solution sit for about 20 minutes.
Finally, once time has passed, start wiping down your refrigerator. If you still notice a strange smell or see a food stain you might have missed, don’t be afraid to reapply the sprayable mixture and complete the process again!
4. Revitalize Wood Floors
Are you looking to spruce up those beautiful wood floors in your home? If so, you don’t have to bring out the wax — instead, use a solution of hot water and vinegar to get the job done!
First, acquire a bucket and pour a gallon of hot water into it. Next, pour ½ cup of white vinegar and mix the two.
Once mixed, take a mop and gently dip it into the bucket. Remember: you only want to use a sparing amount of your concoction, or else it may cause the floors to swell or warp.
From there, wipe down small sections of the floor at a time and you’ll slowly begin to see a noticeable difference!
5. Deodorize Your Cat’s Litter Box
If you’re the owner of a cat, you know that there’s no greater feeling in the world! However, there is a downside to owning a feline — their litter box may begin to stink every now and then. To help freshen up that foul odor, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Take your “fur baby’s” litter box and empty it.
Once cleaned, pour about ½ inch of vinegar into the container.
Let the vinegar sit there for about 20 minutes.
After the time has passed, rinse the litter box with cold water, followed by wiping it down to ensure that it’s dry.
Finally, refill the litter box with new cat litter, and you’ll be good to go!
6. Remove Calcium Deposits from Your Tea Kettle
Do you like to drink tea? If so, there’s a chance you use a traditional tea kettle to brew up your favorite tea leaves. However, when the hot water evaporates from the kettle, there’s a chance that white calcium deposits will be left behind. The solution? Use white vinegar to descale the kettle!
To do this properly, fill up your tea kettle halfway with vinegar and cold water.
Next, turn the stove on (or plug the kettle in) and boil the mixture inside of it.
Once the kettle is boiling, turn off the stove (or unplug the kettle) and let it sit there for about an hour.
Finally, after the allotted time has passed, rinse the kettle and wipe away any loose calcium deposits. Once completed, boil water (by itself) in the kettle to remove any leftover vinegar residue.
7. Wipe Down Your Microwave
Let’s be real: what would we do without microwaves? And since this appliance is used almost daily, you’ll want to make sure you give it the TLC it deserves by removing stains and odors that may be present within it!
Taking a glass, microwave-safe bowl, fill it with ½ cup of water, followed by a ½ cup of white vinegar.
Next, place the bowl in the microwave and set the timer for about 10 minutes — make sure to put a toothpick into the bowl to ensure that the mixture won’t bubble out of the bowl.
Once the time has passed, carefully remove the hot bowl (using oven mitts) and place it in the sink. After that, gently wipe away any stains from the inside of the microwave, and it will be as good as new!