Using vinegar is a great way to naturally clean surfaces in your home from carpet to couches. It’s also inexpensive and typically something you already have on hand to use on a dime. For any part of your home, discover how vinegar can be your go-to for cleaning!
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There are several different types of vinegar from balsamic vinegar to apple cider vinegar. For cleaning purposes, white vinegar is a recommended choice because of its clear color and acidity. Its high acidic levels make it a strong cleaner against soap scum, breaking down grease and grime, and for cleaning special areas of the home like windows and mirrors. With that, white vinegar is still usually diluted with water so it’s not too harsh to clean with.
When it comes to overall safety, vinegar is a great option compared to bleach. While bleach is known for being a strong disinfectant, it can also cause skin irritation and be harmful to breathe in. Bleach can also be extremely toxic when mixed with the wrong solutions like ammonia. Since vinegar is non-toxic, it’s not only safe for the environment but for children and pets. Overall, when choosing between the two, it’s safer to go with vinegar for everyday household chores.
You may have noticed cleaning vinegar being sold as its own product in stores. The big difference between white vinegar and cleaning vinegar is their acidic levels. White vinegar has 5% acidity while cleaning vinegar has 6% acidity. Because of this, cleaning vinegar can’t be used for cooking. Many consumer reviews say that there’s no real difference between their cleaning effectiveness. Cleaning vinegar also runs a bit more expensive per ounce. For more bang for your buck, you can easily stick with white vinegar for your cooking and cleaning needs.
While white vinegar is an easy way to clean your home, sometimes the smell can be off-putting even if it’s diluted with water. To help cover the smell, try this quick DIY vinegar cleaner that uses essential oils.
We love our dogs and pets no matter what -- even if they have the occasional accident on the floor! For a home remedy to get dog urine out of carpet with vinegar, try this step-by-step here!
It always happens in the blink of an eye. You’re applying lipstick to your face and suddenly that lipstick is getting applied to the carpet! Before you stress, try this method of getting it out with vinegar.
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Nothing is more annoying than a soda bottle fizzing onto your carpet! Don’t wait for the drink to seep into the carpet. Act fast and use this vinegar solution to get it out.
Excess grease from food is bound to drip onto the carpet and cause a mess. When a grease spill occurs, check out this handy how-to to get it out.
Between professional cleaning, you may find that you need to give your leather couch a DIY clean. Always check the manufacturer label before you use any cleaner. If your leather couch can be cleaned with water (W) or solvent (WS), then try creating this DIY cleaner here.
Cleaning the oven can be a nuisance, but we have a DIY process that can help ease the process. When your oven is due for a cleaning, give this process a try and get your oven back to clean.
Food scraps and remnants can do a number on your sink. Next time you clean your sink, go with this DIY that uses vinegar.
How to Clean
Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the sink drain. Then, pour ½ cup of vinegar down the drain directly after. Finally, rinse with hot water to unclog a slow draw.
Cleaning windows is one thing, but making sure your windows are streak-free is another. For window cleaning that’s streak-free and doesn’t use harsh chemicals, try this step-by-step using vinegar.