Cleaning with Vinegar
Vinegar can clean those hard-to-clean items like hard cheese caked scrub brushes!
A few years ago I began to implement several money saving laundry and cleaning tricks. A life saver (or, scum killer ;)) has been cleaning with vinegar. I’ve tried many store bought cleaners for nitty gritty cleaning; I’ve found that nothing seems to work as well as vinegar. Take my nearly vomitus hard cheese caked scrub brush above. A certain sweet son should have used a metal scrubber to tackle this pan that was being washed. But, no fear, he’s trained in the fine art (snicker) of cleaning with vinegar.
It used to be that I’d have thrown a scrub brush away for this kind of gunk. I’m frugal enough to want to save the scrub brush if there’s anything I can do about it. In this case of the cheesy scrub brush attack all we had to do was fill a cup full of vinegar. We soaked the brush over night. By morning we had a useable, cheese free, scrub brush!
- Soak in vinegar overnight
- Rinse in the morning
Additional Household Cleaning with Vinegar
Scum, Grime and Slime: As I’ve mentioned before we have well water. We don’t have iron in the water, but we have calcium. This causes a white, chunky, build up on our faucets. I soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap my faucets for an overnight vinegar bath. As you’ll in the picture below, by morning my faucets are as good as new.
For hard to clean items like my scrub brush above and calcium faucets, I don’t mix the vinegar with water. These are serious cleaning situations that need full force vinegar!!
All Purpose Household Cleaning: We keep two spray bottles filled with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar for household cleaning. The kids wipe off table tops, counters, shelves, door knobs, showers, outside of trash cans, basically anything that needs a wipe down gets the vinegar spray at our house.
Toilets: As a mother of 4 boys (& we don’t know the gender of #6 as of yet) toilets get their own section in this post. I keep an additional bottle of spray water/vinegar by each toilet. It’s easy for the boys to spray the inside of the toilets with vinegar spray and give it a quick scrub with the toilet brush, and – thank you very much - spray the floor around the toilet with vinegar spray, to quickly wipe up any messes. And all the boy moms say, Amen!
Mopping: I often mop our floors with vinegar. I use 1/2-cup of vinegar to a quart of hot water. It removes all kinds of funk (yes, funk is my technical term) from the floors painlessly.
Fabric Softner: You can use vinegar as a fabric softner as well. I also run a cup through my washing machine to clean out the hoses and hardware.
The smell: We’re honestly not bothered by the smell of vinegar cleaning. We leave our windows open 3 seasons of the year so that may help. I feel the benefits of cleaning with vinegar outweigh the scent. A Google search will bring up all kinds of creative ideas to overcome the odor if it bothers your family.
For an in-depth look at natural cleaning Amy Bayliss did a wonderful series on 17 Days of Natural Cleaning.