Thursday, March 14, 2013

TNO's Tips & Tricks- The many uses of vinegar

Some of you may already know this, but I'm kind of obsessed with white distilled vinegar.  

TNO's Tips & Tricks - Vinegar Cleaning or Cleaner Uses

I use it for pretty much everything around the house and have been asked to share more specifically about what I use it to do and the ratios of vinegar to other cleaning products in my mixtures.  So here goes!!!

TNO's Tips & Tricks - Vinegar Cleaning or Cleaner Uses

- Prewashing my produce

- Cleaning my window blinds (equal parts vinegar to hot water and a wet rag)

- Cleaning my countertops (undiluted on a rag OR in a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar & water with a few drops of essential oil for fragrance)

- Cleaning my microwave (place a small cup of equal parts vinegar and water in the microwave and heat until boiling, then simply wipe down)

TNO's Tips and Tricks- Cleaning your microwave with vinegar
My shiny microwave after a vinegar wash!

Cleaning my Keurig coffeemaker

- Cleaning my garbage disposal (freeze ice cubes of vinegar and then put them down the disposal while running, then run cold water through for a little bit)

- To de-stink our kitchen (or bathroom shower!) drains, pour one cup vinegar down the drain, leave it for 15-30 minutes and then rinse it out with hot water.  You can also actually un-clog drains by putting baking soda and vinegar down the drain together, but I haven't personally tried this.

- As a floor cleaner in our floor steam mop (I personally mix 1/4 container vinegar and 3/4 container water)

- Cleaning out our refrigerator

- I used to use vinegar as a rinse aid until I read this post talking about damage to her dishwasher, so I recently switched to leaving a small cup of vinegar in the top rack.  It seems to be working well as a rinse aid so far!

- Getting rid of unwanted pests (spray undiluted vinegar where ants or other pests are getting in your house, or leave a small cup on your counter top to get rid of fruit flies)

- Clean & deodorize toilets (to deodorize put a few cups in the bowl and let it sit for 15-30 minutes before flushing)

- Cleaning my glass table, mirrors, and windows (equal parts water and vinegar, if you have streak problems you can add a bit of rubbing alcohol but I've never had to do that!)

- As a daily shower cleaner (I've yet to use this but I have friends who swear by it.  Equal parts vinegar and Dawn dish soap in a dishwand sponge, lightly clean walls before you clean yourself in the shower.  No need to rinse, use every day for clean tiles and grout)

- To clean baby toys (water and dish soap with a cup of vinegar per bucket of water used)

- Doorknob cleaner (spray or wipe with undiluted vinegar)

These are just a few of the ways I use vinegar around our home for cleaning, do you use vinegar in your home in any other ways?

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  1. I use it instead of fabric softener in my washing machine. works great!

  2. I♥ this post. Thanks to you I started using vinegar a couple weeks ago with our baby in the house and it cleans so well, causes me much less worry with all she "tastes"around the house and the after smell is so sweet and clean and nice. Thank you! I love your tips and tricks!
    @Leah: can you use it with any laundry? How do you add it in a top load machine?

  3. I love this! I just started using vinegar for things, I actually kept a huge bottle in the shower for a little while because we were getting pink mold and I poured it on the curtain & walls while I was in there and lightly scrubbed and it came right off.

  4. Great tips for using vinegar. I made the mistake one time and bought apple cider vinegar. Not recommend if you want a sticky mess. We usually clean our dishwasher with vinegar too. Not that the smell is oh so lovely but it helps to get rid of all the mineral deposits from our hard water.


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