It’s a common and inexpensive pantry staple. It’s also widely underutilized and under-appreciated. We’re talking about that humble bottle of distilled vinegar you no doubt possess. And if you think its sole purpose is for making salad dressing, boy have you been missing out!
Vinegar is one of the most versatile items you can have in your home. And one bottle can replace a cupboard full of chemical-packed, pricey household cleaners.
So if you’re ready to streamline your cleaning routine, save hundreds of dollars a year on cleaning products, and rid your home of toxic agents, here are a handful ways to put vinegar to good use.
- Using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, you can clean windows and glass, buff stainless steel and chrome, and remove grease stains from stove tops and tables.
- Clean and deodorize your garbage disposal by pouring equal parts vinegar and baking soda down the drain. Let sit for a few minutes after it stops fizzing, then flush with water.
- Skip the bleach and clean tile by spraying with undiluted vinegar, let it soak, and scrub with a toothbrush.
- Add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your laundry to keep colors looking brighter and soften fabrics.
- Clean your dishwasher by placing a cup of vinegar upright on the top rack and running an empty cycle.
- Remove mildew from tub and shower surrounds by cleaning with undiluted vinegar.
- Clear clogged sink and tub drains by pouring a ½ cup baking soda followed by 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot water, wait 5-10 minutes, then flush with cold water.
- Remove water stains from wood furniture by using equal parts white vinegar and olive oil and wiping with the grain of the furniture.
At Optimum Air, we’re committed to your healthier indoor living. And a home with fewer chemicals being sprayed around definitely makes for a healthier environment.