You can spend a lot of money on cleaning products, but in many cases, the ideal ingredient for getting rid of tough stains is already in your kitchen. It's white vinegar.
Distilled white vinegar is an extremely effective cleaning agent and it's natural and non-toxic, so there's no need to worry about using strange chemicals for household cleaning tasks. It's also very cheap and will last a long time, as in most cases, a little goes a long way for most cleaning tasks. Perhaps most importantly, white vinegar is really versatile for cleaning.
Whilst there's no questioning that vinegar is a miracle cleaner, producing amazing results, this doesn't mean it's suitable for everything.
Here's a list of some of the things that vinegar cleans effectively:
- Toilet bowls
- Windows and mirrors
- Hard water stains and limescale
- Soap scum
- Washing machines
- Shower heads
- Clogged drains carpets
1 part white vinegar to 2 parts warm water, with a little lemon juice or essential oil is a great cleaner and deodoriser. Add this mix to a spray bottle and use it to clean surfaces such as glass, microwaves and refrigerators.
White vinegar mixed with baking soda, water and lemon juice makes a highly effective toilet cleaner, dissolving mineral deposits and getting rid of smells to leave your toilet fresh!
Vinegar can be used to clean surfaces such as hardwood floors, stone floors, and grout, however, it's important to make sure the vinegar is heavily diluted with water as it is very acidic and could damage porous surfaces.
Here are some of the things that you absolutely should NOT clean using white vinegar:
Knives – to keep your knives clean and looking like new, any acidic cleaning solutions should be avoided. Soap and water will do the job.
Clothes irons – Vinegar can damage the inner workings of an iron, so it should be avoided.
Granite and marble countertops – Acid doesn't mix well with natural stones such as granite and marble and could remove their shine and leave stains or worse.
Solid wooden furniture – The acid in vinegar could eat away at certain finishes if undiluted, however, when combined with olive oil, it can make for a useful natural furniture polish.
There's no doubt that white vinegar is useful to have around. It certainly makes life easier when tackling many common household tasks, in many cases, working more effectively than many expensive shop-bought cleaning solutions.
Vinegar helps take care of smaller chores, but if you need extra help keeping your home clean and tidy to leave more time for yourself, why not consider arranging for a regular domestic cleaning service?