White vinegar is an excellent cooking companion, but it’s also the perfect ingredient for cleaning around the house. You can wipe away most bacteria, mold and germs because of white vinegar’s high acidity. It’s a cost effective way to clean while avoiding products that are ripe with harsh chemicals.
Microwaves can be notoriously dirty after so many uses. Clean it in a jiffy by pouring half a cup of white distilled vinegar and half a cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Bring the liquid to a boil inside the microwave to loosen any baked on food. Then, simply wipe clean.
For an all-around cleaner, pour some white vinegar into a spray bottle and use to clean counter tops, door handles, bathroom fixtures and surfaces, refrigerator doors and other areas that need sanitization.
Drains that need deodorizing can be remedied by dumping one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of hot white distilled vinegar down the drain. Wait five minutes and then rinse with hot water. You can do the same for your garbage disposal.
Now that spring is finally on the horizon, discourage ants from entering your home by spraying undiluted white vinegar along outside doorways, window sills and other areas they may be coming in. You can also eliminate fruit flies by putting a bowl of white vinegar out in your kitchen overnight.
Soap scum and mildew in bathtubs, showers and shower doors can be wiped away with a spray of white vinegar followed by a damp cloth. A good trick for a showerhead that is full of scum is to fill a baggie with half a cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar and then tie it around the showerhead. Leave it for an hour and then turn on the water.
White vinegar is a wonderful all-purpose cleanser. Whether you want to remove odors, get rid of stains, wipe away germs or make something look shiny and new, white vinegar is an all-natural cleaning solution.