Love the relaxing feeling of a clean home, but tired of buying costly cleaning products or dealing with harsh chemical fumes? What you may not know is you likely have a multi-purpose all-natural cleaning solution sitting in your kitchen pantry. White vinegar is not only good at making salad dressings, but it is also an efficient disinfectant. While common ingredients found in popular cleaning solutions like ammonia can get onto your skin and cause irritations, white vinegar is a green alternative to most household cleaners.
How Does Vinegar Work?
To understand the cleaning properties of vinegar you first need to understand the pH scale. A pH scale is used to determine how acidic a substance is it goes from 0 to 14 with the lowest number being the most acidic. Vinegar’s acidity makes it an optimum cleanser. With a pH level of 2.4, it is considered a strong acid ( for example, stomach acid sits between 1.5-3.5 on the pH scale). Because of this, vinegar is able to cut through soap scum and hard water stains which makes it a staple in home cleaning solutions.
Popular Cleaning Uses of Vinegar
We’re all familiar with the big name glass cleaners. Those cleaners are filled with chemicals, fragrances, and dyes that could cause irritation to your skin. Save money on cleaning supplies and switch to white vinegar.
To Clean Windows and Glass surfaces:
- Fill a spray bottle with 50% white vinegar and 50% warm tap water
- Spray mixture onto glass
- Wipe clean with cleaning cloth or newspaper.
Are your windows still streaky after being cleaned? Streaks are caused by residue from commercial cleaning products. To perform a thorough clean on your windows just add a tsp of dishwashing liquid to the solution above.
Descale Your Coffee Maker
Nothing ruins your morning coffee more than having to wait for your pot to clean. If having a cup of Joe is what gets you out of bed in the morning, try this easy coffee pot cleaning method before you go to sleep to make sure your pot is ready for brewing in the morning.
- Empty your carafe and remove any coffee grounds that may be left over
- Fill your pots water chamber with equal parts water and vinegar until the chamber is full
- Run a brew cycle
- Let solution sit for an hour
- Pour out solution
- Run a new brew cycle with just water
- Wipe down your coffee maker with a paper towel or washcloth
If the vinegar smell lingers after the final water cycle step, run one more water cycle to remove the smell.
Remove Tough Carpet Stains
Accidents happen and when they do, a stain usually follows. Whether it’s a pet stain or red wine that’s soiled your carpet white vinegar can help.
- Blot stain with towel to remove excess moisture
- In a spray bottle mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 2 cups warm water
- Applying a little at a time sponge stain with mixture
- Blot frequently with a clean dry cloth until stain disappears
It is important to start on just a small inconspicuous area first to ensure the color of your carpet doesn’t change.And there you have it, 3 easy ways to repurpose vinegar from a cooking ingredient to an eco-friendly house cleaning solution. For tougher stains, or whole house cleaning, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to get your home in sparkling condition.