Women around the world have been cleaning their house with vinegar and baking soda for decades!
Not only does it get rid of germs but these two ingredients reduce packaging waste that comes from commercial cleaning products.
Vinegar and baking soda cleaning is natural, safe and cost-effective with fewer harsh chemicals to worry about.
Cleaning With Vinegar
Although white vinegar is not registered as a disinfectant with the Environmental Protection Authority, it contains acetic acid which acts as a great disinfectant.
Not only will vinegar deodorize, cut through grease, but it will also kill both salmonella and E.coli – two bacteria you’ll want to avoid.
So vinegar can be used to clean loads of things around your home. Here are some cleaning hacks you can use with vinegar:
Clean your coffeemaker with vinegar
- Run the machine with equal parts water and vinegar
- Halfway through the cycle, turn it off and let it sit for an hour
- Then complete the cycle.
Unclog a drain with vinegar
- Pour 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain.
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
Clean your microwave with vinegar
- Pour one cup vinegar and one cup water in a bowl and microwave on high for about 10 minutes
- Afterward, stains and dried food should be easy to wipe away.
Make glasses sparkle with vinegar
- Put one cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher before you run the cycle
- After you run the dishwasher, your glassware shouldn’t be cloudy.
Remove mineral deposits from a shower head with vinegar
- Put vinegar in a reusable plastic bag and tie the bag around the showerhead
- Let the bag sit overnight, and rinse the showerhead with water in the morning
- Tip: please keep that bag and keep reusing it instead of throwing it into landfill.
Prevent mildew in the shower with vinegar
- Spray vinegar on shower walls and curtains
- Wait a few minutes, scrub lightly and wipe with a microfiber cloth
- Your walls and curtains will look close to new.
Clean glass with vinegar
- Mix one tablespoon of vinegar in a quart of water
- Spray onto glass surfaces and wipe dry.
Remove mold from walls with vinegar
- Spray vinegar on walls
- Let sit for 15 minutes
- Rinse and let dry.
Clean spills on the carpet with vinegar
- After removing as much liquid as you can, spray the stain with a solution of half vinegar and half water
- Let sit for two minutes
- Blot with a towel
- Repeat if necessary.
Cleaning With Baking Soda
Baking Soda can do more than keep your fridge smelling fresh and aid with baking.
Its odor absorbing properties are useful throughout the home and it is capable of removing tough stains because of its abrasiveness.
Additionally, baking soda is completely non-toxic and unlike vinegar, it doesn’t have a strong smell.
Oh and I use it in my natural zero wate toothpaste recipe which you can find here (yes I brush my teeth with a little bit of baking soda).
Here are some cleaning hacks you can use with baking soda:
Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs with baking soda
- Fill coffee and tea mugs with one part baking soda and two parts water
- Let the solution sit in the mugs overnight
- Scrub and rinse in the morning.
Remove odors from food containers with baking soda
- Simply rinse containers with baking soda and water to remove smells.
- Let sit overnight if necessary.
Remove burnt food from the bottoms of pots and pans with baking soda
- Sprinkle baking soda over the burnt areas
- Add hot water and let sit overnight
- Scrub in the morning.
Polish silver flatware with baking soda
- Make a paste with three parts baking soda, one part water and rub onto the silver with a clean cloth
- Rinse with water.
Clean spills in the oven with baking soda
- Scrub the bottom of the oven with steel wool and baking soda
- Wipe down with hot water and old rags.
Clean hairbrushes and combs with baking soda and vinegar
- Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda, vinegar and water solution
- This should disinfect and clean your brush.
Remove odors from upholstered furniture with baking soda
- Simply sprinkle the fabric with baking soda
- Dry brush for a few minutes and then vacuum.
Erase crayon marks from walls with baking soda
- If your kids decide to use your walls as art canvases, put a baking soda paste of equal parts soda and water on the area
- Let dry and then wipe away.
- Note: This method works best on white walls; colored walls could lose some of their color.
Clean no-wax and tile floors with baking soda
- To achieve clean floors without scratching them
- Mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of water
- Mop the floor and rinse.
Deodorize rugs with baking soda
- Sprinkle the rug with baking soda (like you would for upholstered furniture)
- Let sit for 15 minutes
- Then vacuum.
Reference: Cleaning with Vinegar, Baking Soda & Lemon
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