Why You Need to Start Cleaning with Vinegar Right Now

The only cleaner you'll ever need

Before I list the reasons that I’m ditching the store-bought cleaning supplies for vinegar, let me clarify one thing: I’m not your typical crunchy blogger. I have no desire to put myself through the extra steps of making it myself unless there’s an actual benefit.

But truly, Vinegar is an amazing cleaner. Not only does it kill germs and help loosen grime, but it’s also a great natural chemical which is harmless in moderation. Unlike bleach or many store bought chemicals, you can clean without worrying about getting it on your skin or breathing it in.

General cleaning

Fill up a spray bottle with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 filtered water. Use on any surface and wipe clean with a rag. Check out these before and after pictures.

before cleaning with vinegar
BEFORE
after cleaning with vinegar
AFTER

Lime and mineral buildup

Since we moved to the homestead, we’ve been on well water. While there are a lot of great ways to soften your water, we just haven’t found the cure for the lime and mineral buildup that clings to any surface the water touches. Until now, we’ve been using this strong calcium, lime and rust remover CLR Cleaning Solution. While this is an excellent cleaner, you have to be very careful around it and rinse it off any surface pretty quickly.

I’ve found that plain white vinegar cleans just as well. And if I forget about the vinegar soaking in the sink for a few hours, there’s no damage done. In fact, I often leave vinegar to soak, especially to clean out clogged faucets and shower head attachments.

vinegar spray for shower head

Window & Glass Cleaner

Your grandmother probably had cleaner windows than you. You know why? She used vinegar. Almost guarantee it. Vinegar cleans windows and mirrors without leaving streaks. It’s amazing. Use up your Windex and never go back.

Stain treatment

Vinegar is an excellent stain treatment. Not only is it a great stain treatment for things like wine and coffee spills, but you can also remove oil stains from clothes and apolstery. If you’re interested in the stain treatment power of vinegar, check out this Good Housekeeping post.

Aroma a la Vinegar

Do you have someone at home that hates vinegar? I do. But don’t fret. There are a few things you can do to cut down on the scent.

  • Let it dry. Use fans and close the door to the bathroom until the smell dissipates.
  • Dilute your vinegar to half the strength with water.
  • Create your own scented vinegar with citrus peels.

Do you use vinegar in your cleaning?

One thought on “Why You Need to Start Cleaning with Vinegar Right Now

  1. Vinegar and water is the only way we have been cleaning our hardwood floor for over 15 years. It does get up grime.

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