How To Make A Homemade Vinegar Cleaner
Vinegar is a fantastic cleaning agent. I started using vinegar as a cleaner when my kids were little. I wanted non-toxic, nice smelling floors that my kids could safely crawl on.
Vinegar is a anti-microbial agent, a natural way of detoxing your home. It cuts through any grease or grime but lacks cleaning power on it’s own for really soiled areas.
Since vinegar is an acid, it can damage some surfaces. Don’t use it on granite, marble or stone. Not all wood floors love vinegar. If you’re in doubt do a patch test.
Using homemade natural vinegar cleaners has several advantages. You’ll have an empty cupboard instead of a crowded cupboard full of old cleansers. A homemade vinegar cleaner can replace oven cleaner, surface cleaners, fabric softeners, floor cleaners and mould and mildew cleaners.
You can save money on your grocery bill with a vinegar cleaner. You can add a scent you like which masks the vinegar odor.
Another way to make life simpler.
The difference between cleaning vinegar and edible vinegar
Cleaning vinegar is a specialty product bought in a hardware store that more acidic by about 20%. It’s the acidic acid that has the cleaning power. In some supermarkets cleaning vinegar and eating vinegar are packaged and priced differently. Eating vinegar should be about 5% acidic acid and cleaning vinegar is a little higher.
How to make your own homemade vinegar cleaning products
- When cleaning appliances such as your coffee maker or washing machine put in 1 to 2 cups undiluted vinegar and turn on. Then do another cycle using plain water. This takes out all the hard water deposits and scum. You’ll find your clothes cleaner and coffee tastes better once you do this.
- With everyday cleaning in the kitchen and the bathroom I have a spray bottle with half vinegar, half water and a few drops of lemon essential oil which I use for all surfaces, cleaning the inside of the fridge and cupboards. It removes smells, freshens the kitchen and gives everything a gleam.
- With the kids rooms I use the same mixture but add lavender essential oil.
I use vinegar as a fabric softener. It works well, is super cheap and leaves no vinegar odor on clothes.
- For tough burnt pot stains, cleaning the glass on your oven door and unplugging drains a mix of bicarbonate soda and vinegar is amazing. Sprinkle baking soda over the area to be cleaned, add vinegar and wait for a half hour.
- Come back and with some light scrubbing all the burnt deposits will come off.
With unplugging a drain, sprinkle baking soda, rinse with vinegar and let sit.
- Then pour several kettles of boiling water. Works amazingly well.
How to make a homemade vinegar cleaner that smells good
Vinegar has a sour smell which can be a turn off when using it as a cleanser. The sour smell evaporates quickly and doesn’t linger unlike the extremely strong smell of bleach. I use about 5 drops of essential oil in my vinegar/water cleaning solution. I’ve used peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus ,clove or jasmine depending on what I like at the moment. This leaves your home smelling really fresh and clean. Happy cleaning.