What if I told you that you’ve been cleaning your house wrong? That although your floors are sparkling and your house smells nice, you still have water stains on your table, coffee stains on your rug, tracks on your shower door, tough mildew stains in your bathtub and almost rusted door knobs?
Your first response would be to deny it. But then after considering my words, you would most likely point out that in every home, there is that one difficult to get rid of stain that we all live with. My response to that would be yes and no.
Yes. Some people have to live with hard-to-get-rid-of stains.
No. Others don’t. Because they know that there is a magic solution to all their cleaning problems: Vinegar
Don’t believe me? Then read on to discover the many hacks of vinegar and how that simple solution exists to make all our lives better!
Vinegar and your Kitchen
- Wipe down your counter tops with a mix of part vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar) and water and watch the stains come off. If your counter tops have a marble or granite surface however, then my suggestion is to take a hard pass so you don’t erode the material.
- Bring out all your oil stained plastic containers. Coat them in vinegar. Let them sit for a while. Wash and rinse and voila, stain-free!
- Clean your microwave surface; especially those hard to get rid of stains with part vinegar and part water and it will be as good as new.
- Clean your refrigerator with vinegar to get rid of strong stains and smells, and also to disinfect the entire area.
- Clean your stove (gas and otherwise) with part white vinegar, part water to get rid of grease stains. You can also boil two cups of vinegar in a greasy pan to turn it into a non-stick pan for a short period of time.
- Boil half a cup of vinegar and one cup of water together until all the liquid is almost evaporated to get rid of any strong smells in your kitchen.
Vinegar and your Living Room
- If your window blinds are stained or rusty, put on a white glove, moisten your gloved hand with part hot water, part white vinegar and run it against the blinds. The stains will come right off.
- If guests just do not understand the concept of coasters and have stained your tables with water rings, mix vinegar and olive oil together and apply it to a soft cloth. Clean the surface with the cloth and then use a fresh towel to clean it a second time for that added shine. If the stains are on your leather couch, use a sponge and only white vinegar and the stains will come off.
- Clean stains off your carpets by rubbing a mix of two tablespoons of salt dissolved in half a cup of white vinegar, against the carpet. Once dry, vacuum. If the stains won’t come off, add two tablespoons of borax to the mix. If the stains still prove difficult, make a paste of one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of cornstarch. Rub using a cloth. Leave to dry for two days, then vacuum.
- If you have guests who tend to smoke a lot, you can get rid of the smell by filling up a small bowl with white vinegar and leaving it close to the source of the smell. It will help dispel the odour.
Vinegar and your Bathroom/Toilet
- Use half a cup of apple cider vinegar and half a cup of water to get rid of mild mildew in your bathtub. If the mildew is bigger and harder to scrub off, ditch the water and use only the ACV. If the entire tub has mildew however, pour three cups of ACV under running hot water, allow the tub to fill up completely, let it sit for a couple of hours, then drain the water and scrub your tub clean.
- To get rid of mildew stains on your shower curtain, add a cup of apple cider vinegar to the rinse cycle to get it clean. If you don’t have a washing machine at home, just add it to your bucket of soapy water, wash, rinse and it will be as good as new.
- Use ACV and a wet rag to get rid of water stains on your shower doors.
- To clean and disinfect your toilet bowl, pour in two cups of undiluted apple cider vinegar. Leave it to sit overnight. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
- To wash away blockages and get rid of mineral deposits in your shower head, simply place your removable shower heads in a mixture of one liter boiling water and half a cup of distilled vinegar for ten minutes. When you take it out, your shower head will be mineral deposit free! If however you don’t have a removable shower head, fill a small plastic bag halfway full of vinegar, and tape it over the shower head. Let it sit for an hour, then remove the plastic bag and wipe the excess vinegar off the shower head.
- To clear out blocked drains, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow it up with a cup of vinegar, and then a cup of hot water. After about fifteen minutes, pour another boiling cup of hot water down the drain to completely clear out the pipes.
Vinegar and the Laundry Room
- Clean your washing machine by adding two cups of apple cider vinegar like it’s detergent. Let the machine run without any clothes in it and voila, your machine is clean again.
- Get your laundry cleaner, germ-free and odour-free by adding a cup of apple cider vinegar with each wash load.
- Get rid of yellow/sweat stains on white shirts by soaking them overnight in 12 parts warm water to one part vinegar. Wash them the next morning and they will be as good as new.
Vinegar and your Car
- If your wiper blades are dirty (and trust me you will know when they are because your windshield turns blurry when you turn them on), grab a rag, soak it in undiluted vinegar and use it to wipe down the blades once or twice.
- Get rid of old bumper stickers by saturating the sides with undiluted distilled vinegar. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and then scrape it off with an old ATM card. Follow through by wiping off the sticky residue with undiluted distilled vinegar and a soft rag.
- If your car carpets are stained or have ground-in dirt in them, mix up equal parts water and white vinegar and sponge it into the carpets. Leave it for a couple of minutes, and then wipe the carpet clean with paper towel or a rag.
Like I said, vinegar will change your cleaning game! And if you would rather not go through all that stress and instead want someone who can do all your cleaning for you, leaving you free to do more important things, then visit gatekrasher.com and choose from our list of vetted cleaners who would get the job done at a price you can afford!