Vinegar, wow. No longer just used for poaching eggs, or helping the dye set for easter eggs! I’ve seen tips and tricks for cleaning with vinegar popping up around the internet more and more, and thought I’d share the uses I have for it, as well as those the far reaches of the internet have brought me!
First off, one of my favourite blogs has her own post on cleaning with vinegar! Virginia, over at LiveLoveDIY has her top 10 right here.
Use no1: I hate cleaning the shower and bathroom in general.
So gross, so many little beard hairs from Dan when he shaves, so much random dog hair (in the shower too, I know right?!). The worst of all, is having to use a Mr.Clean magic eraser to clean the soap scum and have it disintegrate in my hands while scrubbing. NO MORE.
I acquired a dishes scrubbing brush from dollarama, the ones with a soap bladder that seeps into the sponge for ease of cleaning. I filled it with 3 parts vinegar + 1 part dish soap.
Keep it in your shower caddy, and wipe-down the walls in the final minutes of your shower. The smell goes away once the shower dries, and it keeps your shower clean! I use the brush to clean the bathroom sink and any other surfaces that acquire build-up of any kind.
I love it.
Use no2 : Cleaning stainless steel appliances.
If you’re like me and you have beautiful stainless steel appliances in for kitchen, and they’re ALWAYS covered in finger-prints, mystery smudges, and traces of food (?), you’ve probably also tried to clean them with various products in order to restore their sheen!
I’ve tried windex, surface cleaner, stainless steel cleaners, and honestly, vinegar works best!
I have it in a spray bottle and prep the surface before wiping down with some paper towels (microfiber cloth would work well too!)
The smell, as always, is gone the second it dries, and it leaves a beautiful streak-free kitchen!
Use no3 : Mouldy windows? Yes, we have mould in our window tracks because PMQs are notorious for poorly insulated windows.
The heating in our Q is extravagant sometimes, and when it runs into the arctic temperatures outside, we get condensation and then hold. Beautiful black hold that makes you feel like mesotheleoma (?) is only a step away!
I read that if you run a Q-tip with vinegar along the tracking it would clean, kill, and prevent against mould.
I did this in all of our Qs windows back in January after I started to wonder why black fuzzes were suddenly populating our windows.
It worked beautifully! Nothing has reappeared and the tracks are clean (minus the dust).
Use no4 : Cleaning the sink and Drain
If you read the bit about cleaning appliances with vinegar, then you’ll understand why cleaning your sink with vinegar will do the trick! I add baking soda once a week to help scrub the grit from around the drain and the faucet.
I’ve used a mixture of both to un-clog drains too! Pour some baking soda down the problem drain, add vinegar until the foam is coating the sink. I usually wait a minute or two before adding hot hot water to help move everything along. It works beautifully! AND I’m not dumping another bottle of drain-o down the drain and into our water supplies.
Use no5 : Need to clear the air?
Are you cooking something particularly odorous? what about a bad garbage smell?
Leave a dish/bowl of vinegar in the affected area overnight. The vinegar masks the odour and takes care of things a bit more naturally.