When you think of vinegar, you think of the tasty ones that go in dressings and are used for cooking. While there are many delicious varieties of vinegars, there’s also the vinegar less thought about but perhaps most beneficial for everyday use- cleaning vinegar. This solution is great for scrubbing surfaces all around the house, and is a great natural, non-chemical cleaner. This solution is easy to create, so how can you make your own?
What Is Cleaning Vinegar and Why Is It Good to Use?
Vinegar is a natural by-product of plant fermentation. Cleaning vinegar has 6% acidity compared to the typical 5% in other vinegars such as white, red, malt, rice, and others. Although only differentiated by 1%, it actually makes the product 20% stronger.
Though you can clean with white vinegar it isn’t as effective as cleaning vinegar. Cleaning vinegar can break down molds, grease and bacteria, making it a great stain remover for the household. Plus, it’s great for those homes with people sensitive to chemicals, and it’s cost-effective.
How to Make Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Using Vinegar
You will need the following Ingredients:
Follow this easy 3-step recipe:
- Fill spray bottle with 2-parts vinegar
- Fill spray bottle with 1-part water
- Shake the bottle and use like you would any other spray
How to Add Aroma to Your Vinegar Cleaner
Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil can cut the potent odor of the vinegar.
- Lemon essential oils are both antiviral and antibacterial.
- Wild orange helps cute grease, while lavender is naturally antibacterial.
- Try peppermint essential oil to promote wakefulness, which will help keep you perky while cleaning.
Store the bottle out of direct sunlight or heat, which can change the chemical ingredients in the essential oils. You can also try basil, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lime, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
This is How to Use All-Purpose Vinegar to Clean (Almost) Everything
- On tough cleaning jobs: Let the spray sit for several minutes before use
- Mineral build-up around fixtures & excessive shower mildew: Once on the surface, let the spray sit before you wipe it with an old soft-bristled toothbrush or scrub brush. Then rinse.
- Disinfecting surfaces: For countertops and other surfaces, let the spray sit atop for at least 60 seconds, then rinse.
- For a deep scrub: Sprinkle some baking soda wherever you’re scrubbing, then use the cleaning vinegar spray to dampen it. It will create paste that you will scrub away.
- For mirrors: Spray the cleaning vinegar and wipe it off with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Eliminating odors: Spray the vinegar in the air like an air freshener. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer.
- Clear clogged pipes: Boil a pot of water and pour it down the drain. Then combine equal parts water, baking soda, and cleaning vinegar and pour it down the drain. Cover the drain with a plug and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then wash it down with another pot of boiling water.
- Certain hardwood and laminate wood floors: Fill a bucket with one gallon of water and one-half cup of vinegar.
5 Things You Shouldn’t Clean with Vinegar Cleaner
- Latex grout: Vinegar can break it down if left on too long.
- Marble, Granite, and other natural stone: The acids can dull and etch stone surfaces
- Raw Egg Spills: The liquid egg will coagulate and make it even harder to clean
- Certain hardwood floors and furniture: Some finishes may be damaged by vinegar.
- Clothes: Most manufacturers warn against pouring vinegar cleansers to remove mineral build up. Read the instructions first!