So because this is a late post, I'm going to share with you the secret of home made cleaners. The truth. The only real cleaner you really need.
I know. You already know that. Vinegar is a critical ingredient in DIY cleaners. But did you know that all you really need is vinegar and water to take care of, ooooh, about a million different things?
It's true. I like to keep it in two bottles. One for straight vinegar, one half vinegar and half water.
So let's see how many things I can list off here. We'll start with the kitchen.
- Spray areas where ants make their appearance. It will repel them!
- Pour some straight vinegar in your garbage disposal to neutralize odors.
- Spray the vinegar/water mixture on counters to clean them.
- Same for the stove top. (Adding baking soda first helps tough spots!)
- Spray straight vinegar on and around faucets to remove hard water marks.
- Run a cup through the dishwasher to keep your dishwasher clean.
- Run a water/vinegar mix through your coffee maker to clean it. Just make sure to run straight water through after!
- Clean stainless steel by spraying it with vinegar and wiping it with a soft rag.
- Combine 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of vinegar and microwave it. It'll loosen all baked on food IN the microwave. (Some say it falls off!)
- 1 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water makes an amazing floor cleaner.
- Again, the 50/50 mixture is an excellent surface cleaner. Use it to clean counters, the tub, floors and sink.
- Spray it in the shower to remove and prevent mildew.
- Straight vinegar is PERFECT for removing stains in the toilet bowl. (Even the hard water ring around the top!)
- Soak your shower head overnight in vinegar to remove any build up. (Just put the vinegar in a sandwich bag and rubber band it to the shower head instead of removing the shower head.)
- Spray the mirror with vinegar and use a cloth (or even better, a crinkled newspaper) for a spot free and streak free surface.
- And again... hard water stains are a thing of the past with vinegar. Spray it on, wipe it off.
- Add 1/2 a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to decrease lint on clothing.
- 1 cup added to the rinse cycle will brighten dingy clothes.
- Vinegar is an EXCELLENT stain remover. Rub the spot with straight vinegar, then wash as usual.
- Adding about a cup to the rinse cycle works to soften clothes as well as a store bought softener. Don't worry, the vinegar smell doesn't stick around on your clothes.
- Clean your washing machine by running an empty machine with a cup of vinegar added.
- Vinegar and salt will remove scorch stains on an iron.
- Vinegar on perspiration stains will remove them. Seriously.
- Oh! And it'll remove the smell of cigarette smoke on your clothes. Nothing worse than that smell clinging to your laundry!
Have I overwhelmed you? Here are a few more...
- Use straight vinegar to remove sticky residue from labels and stickers. On pretty much any surface.
- A bowl of vinegar will neutralize smells in a room.
- Vinegar is an excellent glass cleaner.
- Soaking paint brushes in hot vinegar will leave your bristles clean and soft.
- And if you're ever bored... Soaking a chicken leg in vinegar for a day or so will turn it into rubber. And who doesn't want to do that?
Whew! That's a lot, And I guarantee you there are more... So tell me... What did I miss?