Cleaning with Vinegar
Cleaning with vinegar is not only safe and inexpensive, it’s also versatile. Vinegar can be used to clean all areas of your home. Here is how to clean your floors, carpets, water faucets and more with household vinegar.
Cleaning Floors with Vinegar
To clean your linoleum or vinyl no-wax floors, add ½ cup of vinegar to one gallon of water. No need to rinse: just mop and let dry. Use vinegar and water solution to clean concrete and tile floors too.
Cleaning Carpet with Vinegar
Did you know you can give your carpet a good cleaning with vinegar? Mix a solution of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar and sponge it on stains in your carpet. The vinegar discourages pets from returning to an area where a mistake may have happened. Place a paper towel over the area, step on it, remove and repeat until the vinegar cleaning solution has been removed.
How to Deodorize and Clean Sink Drains with Vinegar
Deodorize and clean your sink drains by pouring vinegar down the drain. For maximum cleaning, don’t use the drain for 20 minutes. If the drain is plugged, pour one cup of baking soda and one cup vinegar down the drain. The resultant foam will expand and clear the plug. Wait 20 minutes and rinse with hot water.
Cleaning Shower Doors with Vinegar
To clean and shine shower doors, use vinegar. Vinegar will soak away unsightly water spots and lime deposits. Wipe on, let sit and rinse with clean water.
Cleaning Showerheads and Faucets with Vinegar
Showerheads and water faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms may become blocked or crusty with mineral deposits. Remove the showerhead or faucet and soak in one quart (1 liter) boiling water with 1/2 cup distilled vinegar for 10 minutes. Note: Do not boil the water if there are plastic components. Use white distilled vinegar to clean and shine chrome faucets, shower door tracks, mirrors, towel racks and even door knobs.
How to Clean Mold and Mildew Stains with Vinegar
People who live in high-moisture regions like Tampa often face mold growth as a frequent household problem. You don’t need to resort to toxic chemicals when cleaning with vinegar is effective. Clean mold and mildew stains with ¼ cup vinegar mixed with 1 teaspoon of Borax and 2 cups of hot water. Apply to the vinegar mixture to stains in your shower or tub area and allow. Rinse after 20 minutes.
These are only a few of the many ways of cleaning with vinegar. There is no need to buy expensive chemicals for common household cleaning. Learn how to clean with vinegar and save yourself from harmful fumes as you save money. A note about toxic fumes: Mixing vinegar with common household cleaners like bleach and ammonia can cause toxic fumes – so be careful when mixing homemade cleaning solutions with vinegar.
Author Caryn Colgan is a home improvement expert, writer and photographer based in Colorado. Ever wanted to ask a property owner how to care for a property? You can ask Caryn — she's an expert.