You can clean your whole home with vinegar — seriously. Here’s how

There are (luckily for us) many products on the market specifically targeted to clean all sorts of surfaces — from glass to countertops to tile. The problem is that it can get expensive buying different cleaners. What’s more, cleaners that say “multipurpose” don’t always work very well overall. It’s easy to make your own with vinegar for home cleaning, so try that instead! Making your own cleaner is also a lot cheaper than buying cleaners in a store, and the best part is that you can make them in large quantities if you’re strapped for time. Homemade products are also an eco-friendly alternative to chemical cleaning products, so you know you’re doing your part for the world.

Ever thought about vinegar for cleaning? We’re here to tell you vinegar is for more than just cooking. Its cleaning power makes it a true multipurpose cleaner that is also super inexpensive. Buying in bulk means you’ll save money over buying standard-sized vinegar bottles. It’s a great way to tackle spring cleaning this year, and it will leave your home sparkly and fresh-smelling for days.

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How to clean with vinegar

The first recipe couldn’t be simpler. It only takes two ingredients (unless you add essential oil, which can help it smell a bit better).

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Simply combine these ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a shake, and you are on your way to cleaning most surfaces, be it mirrors, a greasy stove, the microwave, your sink, or your countertops, with ease.

The second recipe adds rubbing alcohol for more cleaning power. It also helps the liquid evaporate when you put it on glass, so you won’t walk by a mirror or glass table every day and curse the streak. The smell can be a bit pungent, so add a couple of drops of essential oils to keep it smelling fresh.

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
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Creative ways to use vinegar

Vinegar can be used above in a spray bottle but can also be used in unique ways as well. Simply put a small amount of vinegar in with your dishwashing detergent and see the streaks and cloudiness in your glasses disappear before your eyes. Add a tablespoon or two to your laundry detergent, and any foul smells that come from working out or playing sports will be a thing of the past.

You can also combine equal parts salt and flour and add just enough vinegar to make a paste. This can be used on a rag to scrub stubborn, stuck-on stains on any sort of metal pot, be it copper or cast iron. There are no more excuses to leave pots and pans looking old and sad.

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A few other considerations

Always grab a microfiber cloth to clean your surfaces, and choose a cloth that hasn’t been used with other cleaning products, which can cause more harm than good. The microfiber surface will pick up dirt and remove dust on most surfaces. Make sure you label any spray bottles with the exact recipe you used, too. This will make it easier to replicate when you’re ready for a refill.

There are a few surfaces that should be avoided if you are using vinegar as an ingredient. Stay away from wood floors, electronic screens, knives, granite, stone, and iron. Vinegar can scratch some surfaces and corrode certain metals, so always do your research before trying it on a new surface.

Make sure to purchase cleaning vinegar if you can. The difference between white vinegar and cleaning vinegar is the level of acidity, but it makes a big difference. Most white vinegar has 5% acidity. Cleaning vinegar has 6%. That 1% difference might not feel like much, but it can make your cleaner much stronger. The only problem is that you can’t use this type of vinegar for cooking, so you’ll have to keep other cooking vinegar on hand.

Giving homemade, all-purpose cleaner with vinegar a shot just makes sense. It’s simple, easy to use, good for the environment, and works on surfaces like grout and tile with ease. With so few surfaces vinegar doesn’t clean, we promise you will not be disappointed. Plus, now is the time to give your home a spring clean. Hopefully, we’ll soon welcome people back into our homes and enjoy all the elbow grease you put into cleaning.

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