Last month we sang the praises of Lemons to clean your home so this month we thought we'd focus on Vinegar, a versatile cleaner that is very effective, cheap and widely available. Vinegar is non-toxic and doesn't lose strength over time, so we always suggest keeping some white vinegar in your cleaning cupboard and using it when you can. It is much safer than bleach, ammonia or other toxic cleaning products.
Uses for Vinegar Around The Home
This ol' chestnut really works, chemical window cleaners may sell you all the benefits, but a part-vinegar and part-water mixture will get your glass all sparkelly. You can mix two tablespoons (or just a good dash of vinegar with a litre of water and pour it into a empty squirty bottle. It is then a good idea to use old newspaper rather than cloths to clean the window, as cloths will leave streak marks. If you can't get hold of newspaper, this is the 21st century after all, then microfibre cloths are a good alternative.
In Your Laundry
Yes, vinegar is a great tool for getting out those stubborn grass stains or for making your white gleam. Make a mixture of one third white vinegar with two thirds water and apply to any stains before you add it to your washing machine. You can also add a tablespoon of white vinegar to your wash and set it going. Although it does fade quickly, vinegar does have a distinctive smell and we'll come to how you can scent your vinegar in a later blog, so keep your eyes open!
Cleaning Your Carpets
Battle carpet stains (such as wine and tea) with a mixture of vinegar and water, give the area a good scrub and then leave to dry overnight before hoovering the area. While it is good, it's not the most powerful carpet cleaner, but with some applied elbow grease you'll be able to get that stain out.
Washing Fruit and Veg
Vinegar can help remove bacteria and traces of pesticides from fruit and veg, again mix with water and wash your produce before rinsing clean with water and leaving to dry.
Dissolve Stubborn Glue
OH STICKY LABELS, why do they do it! If you've got a label that just won't budge then a mixture of warm water with vinegar will get it off no problem, Vinegar is a good solvent and will dissolve many common adhesives.
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Jules & The Eco Cleaning Fairies
Eco Cleaning Fairies is a cleaning company based in Liverpool that offers domestic cleaning services and commercial cleaning services. We are passionate about the planet and do everything we can to use natural, kind to the planet products to get your space clean. Do get in touch if you would like to a quote.