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The Cleaning Power of Vinegar

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you had an awesome week, despite the rain that managed to fall down on a lot of you. Hey, at least the weekend is almost here, and even though it’s supposed to be a bit of a wet one in our neck of the woods, we’re still looking forward to it.

First things first, though: a trip to the grocery store. Why the grocery store? A) to stock up on snacks, and B) to replenish our supply of vinegar.

No, we don’t eat a lot of french fries (not for lack of trying). Vinegar—in case you didn’t know—is a fantastic cleaning agent that can work wonders around the home. We always like keep it on hand to use when then need arises, which is more often than you might think.

We’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but this week we thought we’d devote an entire post to the cleaning power of vinegar, so you can see if it can help around your home.

Carpets

When you think of clean carpets, vinegar is usually the further thing from your mind, but the truth is vinegar works great in most commercial carpet cleaners, and is a lot safer than those toxic, expensive cleaners that go in there.

All you have to do is fill the cleaning reservoir with full-strength white vinegar and you’re good to go. You can put a few drops of essential oil in there to help cut back on the smell, but any way you slice it your carpets will smell like vinegar until they dry, but that’s okay. Better that than inhaling toxic fumes, right?

Bonus Tip: For spot cleans, fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water, spray it on your nasty spots, let it sit for a minute, then scrub that stain loose. For tougher blunders, spray with vinegar and dust with baking soda, let sit for ten minutes, then scrub.

Dishwasher

Vinegar works wonders to clean and disinfect your dishwasher, and it’s so easy to do! Just drop one cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher, then run the machine on a regular cycle making sure to use hot water. The vinegar will kill all those pesky germs, and the best part is that it will help preserve the life of your dishwasher, and make it run better.

Flooring

Much like vinegar can clean your carpets, it can also clean your hard floors like crazy. You can use it on laminate, and tile flooring, and when you’re done you’ll wonder why you ever used anything else.

Simply pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into a gallon bucket of hot water, then clean your floors using a sponge or mop, whichever you prefer. The vinegar will kill the germs and bacteria, and make those floors shine like crazy. Yes, it will smell like vinegar until they dry, but it’s a small price to pay for literally paying pennies on the dollar to clean your floors, since vinegar is so cheap!

Paint Brushes

We’re going to be doing a little painting this summer, and lo and behold when we got out our brushes they still had paint on them. Vinegar to the rescue!

All you have to do is mix equal parts vinegar to hot water in a disposable container, and let those brushes soak for about 30 minutes. Then rinse them under hot water. Voila! Clean brushes. You can remove any leftover pain with some dishwashing liquid, and the best part is you never have to purchase toxic paint remover again. Oh, and did we mention it also softens your bristles, because it totally does!

Microwave

Everyone has their own little trick for cleaning their microwaves, but we like vinegar the best because it kills bacteria and germs while it cleans.

Just put equal parts water and vinegar into a microwave safe bowl, and then bring it to a boil. Let everything steam around for 5-10 minutes depending on how dirty your appliance is, and when that microwave goes beep, beep beep, take out the bowl using some oven mitts (because it’ll be HOT) before you wipe down the inside with a damp cloth. Crusty bits come off easy, splatters will disappear in no time, and your microwave will be so clean you’ll think you just bought a new one. Huzzah!

There you have it, folks. The cleaning power of vinegar. Those are just a few ways you can use it to your advantage, thus replacing toxic cleaners while saving some money at the same time…and we all like saving money, right?

That’s all for this week, Moppers. We’ll talk to you again soon, but until then stay safe, and stay clean!

 

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