White vinegar is often regarded as a magic cleaning solution because removes dirt, germs, and soap scum, disinfects and deodorizes, refreshes and rejuvenates fabrics, and even removes stains from virtually any surface. Many people assume that they have to spend money on multiple different cleaning products at the store, but the fact is that using basic white vinegar can save you cash on your monthly cleaning expenses.
The cleaning aisle of your local grocery store is chock-full of various kitchen cleaning solutions – from disinfecting wipes to silver polish, and oven cleaner to floor scrubs. The fact is that you don’t need any of them because white vinegar can do it all. To remove tough stains and grease, gently rub white vinegar over the surface, let soak a bit and wipe away. If you want to just clean shelves and counter tops, mix equal parts vinegar and water, spray and wipe. This kind of vinegar solution can also be used to remove mineral deposits and to clean your garbage disposal. Running a cup of vinegar through a dish washer can clean and deodorize.
Conventional bathroom cleaning products often consist of heavy-duty bleach and other toxic chemicals. White vinegar is just as effective in fighting mildew, soap scum and mold. The trick is to allow yourself time and let the vinegar sit in the affected areas before scrubbing. If you have tough stains in between tiles, simply add a little baking soda to the mix. Disinfect and clean your toilet by letting several cups of vinegar sit in the bowl for about a half hour, rinse and flush.
Furniture and Blinds
Instead of turning to expensive furniture cleaners, consider using white vinegar for spills and stains. Vinegar is even safe on leather and suede furniture—just blot the surfaces dry after removing any stains. For spot treatments on other furniture and carpet, dilute white vinegar with five parts water in a spray bottle.
Blinds can be difficult to clean, and many people waste money on purchasing fancy dusters and cleaners. Instead, grab a cotton glove and a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. While wearing the glove, dip your finger in the solution and gently wipe across each blind. After they have dried, repeat on the other side.
The Bottom Line
Cleaning with vinegar is an effective way to save money. It is far less expensive to purchase a large bottle of vinegar than it is to buy multiple various cleaning solutions. At the same time, your family will not be exposed to the toxins that are associated with other kinds of cleaners.
If you plan on using white vinegar for multiple cleaning jobs, you should purchase larger bottles. This will save you money overtime because you will end up paying less per volume. Having a wholesale club membership helps because you can easily buy the vinegar in bulk and save even more.
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