Cleaning with Vinegar
Recipes and Uses for Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundry, Pets
Cleaning with vinegar is
a cheap way of cleaning your windows, bathrooms and homes without
resorting to harmful chemicals or expensive, commercial cleaning
products. Enjoy these vinegar recipes for homemade cleaners
that are cheap and easy to use.
Vinegar can be found in almost every household cupboard and
you will be amazed at how many homemade cleaning products that can be
made using this product. So, ideal too for those into frugal
Use our homemade vinegar cleaning recipes and find
lots of cleaning hints and tips just for you. Homemade cleaners just
got more interesting!
Houses and Cleaning with Vinegar
Cleaning Windows with
Take a cloth and dampen it with a
little white vinegar and water. Wipe the windows
and finish off with a ball of newspaper. Make sure that the sun is not
shining on the windows while cleaning, as it will make them streaky.
Floors with Vinegar
Vinegar to clean ceramic floors
and vinyl floors: These can be cleaned
with vinegar. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to a bucketful of hot water. Mop
the floors as usual. This will help whiten the grouting and take off
Vinegar to clean linoleum floors:
If you have a no-wax
linoleum floor add 1/2 cup white vinegar to a half gallon of warm water.Vinegar to clean hardwood floors:
you have hardwood floors often you well get a residual build up of dirt
and soap that have come from cleaning your floors with commercial
products. Cleaning hardwood floors with vinegar breaks down this
residual build up and leaves your floors beautiful.
gallon of warm water and add 1/2 cup white vinegar. Mix well and use
with your mop. You may have to change your water once or twice during
the cleaning process.
Brassware, Pewter and Leather with Vinegar
For this homemade cleaner dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of
vinegar. Add enough flour to
make a paste. Apply paste metal and allow to stand for 15
minutes. Wash off with warm water and then polish up with a
More Cleaning with Vinegar Recipes:
- How to clean brassware: Clean
with either lemon juice and salt or
vinegar and salt. Rinse off with warm water Finish off with a metal
polish and a soft cloth. Small items can be cleaned by boiling in
water, vinegar and salt.
to clean copperware: By mixing equal
parts of vinegar, salt and flour to a paste. Rub copperware and rinse
off with warm water. Dry thoroughly and polish with a soft cloth.
to clean stainless steel and to remove water
spots on sinks: Rub well with a cloth dampened with neat
- How to clean leather items: Clean
your leather with equal parts vinegar and linseed oil. Rub into the
leather and polish with a clean, soft cloth.
Cleaning Bathrooms with Vinegar
Homemade cleaners for the bathroom are
real money savers. You don't need the toilet cleaners, the shower
cleaners and the bath liquid cream cleaners. All you need is a little
vinegar and not a lot of elblow grease. These simple vinegar recipes
will have your bathrooms spic and span in not time!
- How to clean the scum off
bath tubs and
wash basins: Use straight white vinegar on a cloth
followed with a little baking soda dabbed onto the cloth. Rinse off
to clean the discolored waterline
in the toilet bowl: Pour
in a cup of white vinegar and leave it to soak overnight. The following
morning brush with the toilet brush and flush. For stubborn stains,
spray vinegar directly onto the stain, and brush vigorously.
- How to clean shower doors:
They can be sponged down using neat vinegar on a cloth.
- How to clean shower curtains:
Remove curtain and place in washing machine with a towel. During the
rinse cycle add 1 cup of white vinegar. You can also leave the shower
curtain on the rod and just wipe down the curtain with a vinegar cloth.
Rinse off with clean water.
to clean the shower rose: Remove the head, soak plastic heads
in equal parts of hot water and vinegar. Boil metal heads for 10-20
minutes in 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 liters of water. If you don't want to
remove the shower head, soak a cloth in neat vinegar and then wrap
around the cloth around the shower head and leave overnight.
to clean brass and copper taps: Mix
equal parts of flour and salt moistened with a little white vinegar.
Put on a cloth and apply to taps. Allow to dry and then polish off with
a soft cloth.
- How to clean chrome and stainless steel taps:
Polish by using neat vinegar directly onto any
chrome or stainless steel surfaces.
Cleaning with Vinegar in the Kitchen
Use vinegar in your kitchens - not to eat of course, although you can,
but to clean those stains, glasses, and kitchen appliances. In these
tough economic times having cheap vinegar recipes like these to use,
makes a great alternative to expensive commercial products that don't
clean any better.
to remove stains from glassware: Crush
eggshells and add to the container with water, vinegar and salt. Allow
to stand overnight; shake thoroughly, empty and rinse with warm water.
- How to clean vases, and small - necked bottles:
Add 1 tablespoon of raw rice with 1/4 cup white vinegar. Shake
to clean crystal glassware: Wash the items in a
solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Do not put it in the
- How to clean a dishwasher: Put
in 1/2 cup of white vinegar in your dishwasher just before you do a
cycle. This will not only add a sparkle to your dishes, but
will also help keep your dishwasher smelling fresh and will keep
the drain line clean.
- How to clean chalky deposits off dishes and
glassware: Place affected articles in dishwasher. Place
a cup filled with vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher on the bottom
rack. Run the dishwasher for 5 minutes. Open door and remove
the cup from the rack which should now be filled with water. Refill the
cup and replace. Complete the cycle. Follow this by a complete cycle
using dishwashing powder.
- Clean the scale and grunge around kitchen taps
by mixing 1 teaspoon salt with 2 teaspoons vinegar.
- Clean the washing machine:
Over time your washing machine will get a build up of soap sludge in
the pipe lines. Place 1 cup of vinegar in the soap dispenser
section of your washing machine and run a cycle through with no clothes
in the machine.
- Cleaning the oven: You can
prevent grease build up in your oven by washing the inside of the oven
down with using a little bit if water and vinegar.
- Brighten colors in Carpets: Mix
1 cup white vinegar mixed in with 1 gallon of water. Brush the carpets
with this to bring out the colors.
to remove rust from baking tins: Fill
tin with warm water and vinegar and leave overnight. Rust will wash off
to clean burned
aluminum pots: Burned-on food can be removed quite easily by
soaking the burnt pot with vinegar to cover to which a tablespoon of
salt has been added. Wash as usual in the morning.
to get rid of the smell from rubbish
bins: Mix equal
parts of of vinegar and Condy's crystals and place in a saucer. Now
place the saucer in the closed bin until the smell is neutralized.
- How to get rid of ants in your kitchen: Wash
all counter tops, floors and surfaces with equal parts of vinegar and
Cleaning with Vinegar: Laundry Tips
A general stain remover for clothes and carpets:
is a stain
remover for non-greasy stains. Mix 1 teaspoon liquid soap with 1
teaspoon white vinegar mixed in 1 pint lukewarm water. Apply to stain
with with a soft cloth. Rub gently. Rinse with a clean cloth dipped in
warm water. Blot and dry. Repeat again, if necessary.
Removing Stains and
Mildew with Vinegar
items: Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 500 ml warm
water. Rub the mildew with this solution, wipe off and polish as usual.
coffee or tea stains: Rub with a paste of vinegar and salt,
or vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
Getting rid of the
shine on clothes with Vinegar
to get rid of the shine on trousers: Take
1 cup of warm water to which 1 dessert spoon of white vinegar has
been added. Sponge lightly on the affected area and then steam-press
over using a damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.
Getting rid of
Cigarette Smoke Smells from Clothes with Vinegar
Run a bath using just the hot water
tap. While running the water add 1 cup white vinegar. Hang the clothes
over the steaming bath water.
Baby Clothes in Vinegar
Add 1 cup of vinegar to each load of baby clothes and cloth diapers.
The vinegar will leave the clothes soft and fresh.
Washing Sheepskins with
to wash sheepskins: Rub brown vinegar
into the back of the skin to prevent the skin from hardening in the
water. Wring out a rough towel in a warm wool wash solution and scrub
the fleece with it. Work on one section at a time and do not saturate
Cleaning Irons with
to remove plastic film from iron: Heat
the iron and then switch off and remove plug from socket. Rub with dry
steel wool and a little vinegar. If rust appears, rub with a very fine
wet and dry sandpaper.
to clean the inside of a steam-iron: Take
2 dessert spoons of distilled water with 2 dessert spoons of white
vinegar. Pour this mixture into a hot iron. Then set the iron on a cake
cooler covered with an old linen rag.
Cleaning with Vinegar: Your Pets
If you have dogs you may well have
fleas. To get rid of fleas on your pets give your pets 1 teaspoon of
cider vinegar mixed into 1 quart of water and place in their water
bowls. The ratio of 1 teaspoon to 1 quart of water is for a 40 lb dog.
Miscellaneous Vinegar Uses for your House
Tiles, Paint and Marble with Vinegar
tiles, paint surfaces and marble: Mix together in equal
parts white vinegar and kerosene. Apply with a soft cloth.
White Stains on Wood with Vinegar
When you have wet glasses placed on wood they will leave behind ugly
white marks on the wood. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil
together and apply with the grain. Polish into the wood.
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products made with just cheap old vinegar.
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