When I was pregnant, I could not stand the strong odor of cleaning products. After researching alternatives to store bought cleaning products, I began using a vinegar solution to clean just about everything in my home.
Yes, vinegar does have an odor itself, but it is nothing compared to the strong smell of some store bought cleaners!
Even after I had my son, I continued to use vinegar. I feel better about using it around my son, than having him inhale the fumes from cleaning products.
Vinegar is relatively inexpensive and most stores carry a store brand version that will work just fine.
Since I use large amounts of vinegar, I buy it at Sam’s Club. It comes in a box with two 1-gallon bottles for $3.98 which makes each gallon $2. That is the cheapest place I have found it.
If you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership, you can order the same vinegar* for just 50 cents more online.
Although I follow a weekly cleaning schedule, there are 6 ways that I use vinegar to clean my home almost every day. None of these ways require any sort of recipe only water, vinegar, and an empty squirt bottle.
1. Glass and Mirror Cleaner
The mirrors in our home need wiped down almost every day. Our bathroom mirror often has water spots on it from the sink, and I like to keep it clean since it is the bathroom that visitors use as well.
We also have sliding glass doors that my son likes to look out everyday which means he leaves behind finger prints and face prints. While his little hand prints are cute, I still like to keep the glass doors clean (for the most part)!
I use a solution of about 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water by filling up a squirt bottle 1/3 of the way with vinegar and the rest of the way with water. This solution works perfectly on glass and mirrors. I haven’t bought glass cleaner in years!
2. Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Do you go through wet wipes or Clorox wipes faster than your kids can make a mess?! If so, it is time for you to save some money by using vinegar instead! The same one part vinegar and two parts water solution for cleaning glass can also be used as a multi-purpose cleaner.
Basically, anything that you use wet wipes for can also be cleaned with this solution. I use this vinegar solution to wipe down my kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks, outside of the toilets, the refrigerator shelves and drawers, cabinet shelves, car seats, anything with a sticky mess, ect.
Instead of using disposable wipes or paper towels, I have some cheap white rags that I use only for cleaning up with the vinegar and water multi-purpose cleaner. When I am done using the rags, I throw them in the wash, and they are ready to be used again!
3. Stainless Steel
This solution also works well on finger prints that are often left on stainless steel appliances. For my evening routine, I spray down the refrigerator, stove, and microwave with the vinegar and water solution and wipe the appliances with a clean rag.
It never leaves streaks and gets all of the fingerprints and other yuck cleaned up. This is so much cheaper than buying specific stainless steel cleaning solutions.
When we moved into our home, it was the first time I had ever had a dishwasher of my very own. I was so excited to have one, except that my dishes kept coming out cloudy.
If you have the same problem, add about 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to the bottom of your dishwasher before running the cleaning cycle.
It will cut up the salt deposit that is causing the white film on your dishes. I wrote a more extensive post about getting rid of the white film on dishes that you might want to check out.
Do you ever have a musty smell left on your towels even after you have washed them? My kitchen towels seemed to never smell good even when I made sure to let them dry completely before throwing them into the laundry.
I started adding vinegar to my load of towels, and the musty smell disappeared! Every time I wash a load of towels, I add about a cup of vinegar along with the detergent to the load. Every once in awhile, I will run the load a second time with ONLY baking soda before throwing them in the dryer.
6. Coffee Pot
I drink a lot of coffee around here which means my coffee pot gets used every single day. It is a good idea to clean your coffee pot about once a month or every other month.
Simply fill your coffee pot about 1/4 to 1/2 full of vinegar and the rest of the way with water. Then pour into your coffee maker and put a new filter in your machine. If your pot has a cleaning cycle run that, otherwise just turn on your pot.
After it has gone through one cycle, dump the hot vinegar and water down your kitchen drain. (This will help clean out your kitchen drain too!) Next, use a clean rag to wipe out the interior and exterior of the pot along with the rest of the coffee maker.
Finally, put in a new filter and fill your coffee maker with a full pot of water. Turn on your coffee maker one last time to rid it of any vinegar flavor. Throw out the water and filter. Now you are ready to make a pot of coffee with your clean coffee pot!
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