How to Use Vinegar for Cleaning
Did you know you can use vinegar for cleaning? It’s wonderful. What I love about vinegar is that it’s widely available. It’s cheap and has tons of uses. And vinegar it’s amazing for cleaning around the house. You should always have a bottle of white distilled vinegar in your cupboard.
Another bonus is that it’s great for the environment. There’s no harmful chemicals in vinegar.
I’m going to share some fantastic cleaning tips with you. Grab a bottle of white distilled vinegar and have fun cleaning.
Using vinegar for cleaning the kitchen and utility room
- Ceramic floor tiles: Add 250 – 500ml of white distilled vinegar to a bucket of water. This is great for mopping ceramic floor tiles. Also, it’s much quicker than using detergent to mop. There is no need to rinse afterwards.
- Ceramic wall tiles: Mix a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts water. Wet a clean cloth in the solution and use it to wipe the tiles clean. This will also prevent the tile grout from discolouring.
- Containers and storage jars: Wipe your containers and jars with full strength white distilled vinegar. This is a good tip for disinfecting, as well as cleaning.
- Cutting boards: To clean and disinfect cutting boards, use full strength white distilled vinegar to wipe them regularly. Always use a clean cloth.
- Glass for everyday use: To get rid of cloudiness or spots, heat up a pot of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and water. If your glasses are very cloudy use full strength vinegar. Leave them to soak for 15–30 minutes. Use a bottle brush to scrub them afterwards and rinse clean. You’ll end up with clean, sparkling glasses.
- To descale kettle: Fill the kettle with warm water. Add 100ml white distilled vinegar to remove all built-up limescale. It’s best to leave the mixture in the kettle overnight. Rinse thoroughly (a few times) with clean water the next morning. This is amazing and it’s how I clean my kettle.
- To clean microwave: Fill a glass bowl with a solution of 55ml white distilled vinegar and 225ml water. Place the bowl inside the microwave. Put the microwave on the highest setting, then turn it on. Leave the mixture inside the microwave for five minutes. After the bowl cools, dip a sponge or cleaning cloth into the liquid. Wipe away all stains and splash marks from the inside of your microwave.
- To remove grease and cooking spills from oven: Make a paste by mixing 250ml white distilled vinegar and 30g of powdered laundry detergent. Heat the oven for five minutes at 180 degrees or gas mark 4. Turn off the oven after heating. Spread the paste around the inside the oven. Put a lot of paste on the parts that have heavy grease. Leave it on for an hour. Slowly scrape the dirt and grease away with a plastic spatula. Clean the oven afterwards with warm water to get rid of any residue.
- Prevent build-up of grease in oven: Wipe the sides of the oven with a cloth or sponge dipped in full strength white distilled vinegar.
- Fridge: To remove harmful bacteria and disinfect, wipe inside your fridge with full strength white distilled vinegar. Your fridge can store bacteria so it should be cleaned often.
- Grill hoods and extractor fans: To cut through the grease on grill hoods and extractor fan covers, clean with undiluted white distilled vinegar. There’s nothing worse than a clogged up extractor fan.
Cleaning the bathroom
- Bath: To remove bacteria and get a shiny bath tub, clean with a cloth or sponge dipped in full strength white distilled vinegar. Rinse afterwards with cold water.
- Water marks in bath: Run the hot water tap in the bath. Pour in 675ml white distilled vinegar. Make sure to fill the bathtub up. The water should cover the stain marks. Leave it to soak for about 4 hours. Drain the water out of the bath and scrub away the stains.
- Grout: Dip an old toothbrush in undiluted white distilled vinegar. Scrub the grout and watch the dirt disappear. It should restore to its original colour.
- Glass shower doors: Make a solution of 110ml white distilled vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia and 60g of baking soda. Mix it all in 4 litres of warm water. Dip a cloth in the mixture and wipe the shower doors to get rid of watermarks and grime.
- Taps: Soak a few sheets of paper towel in full strength white distilled vinegar. You’ll have to use strong paper towel. Wrap the towels around the base of the taps. Leave the sheets for an hour. Remove the paper towels. Clean the base of the taps to remove built-up grime and dirt.
- Toilet bowl: Pour 450ml of white distilled vinegar down the toilet bowl. It’s best to leave it to soak overnight before flushing. This will also get rid of water rings from the toilet bowl.
- Toothbrush holder: Moisten a cloth by dipping it in white distilled vinegar. Use the cloth to clean the toothbrush holder’s grooves. This will get rid of dirt and old ingrained toothpaste.
Wonderful and easy tips for having a clean kitchen and bathroom. It’s all down to good old vinegar for cleaning and making life easier for you. Can you share any other cleaning tips using vinegar?