Using Vinegar as a Green Cleaner in the Home

Vinegar is made from fermented wine and is a sour tasting liquid. Vinegar contains acetic acid in a diluted form and according to Joanna Taylar in the book “The Wonders of Vinegar” this allows it to be used in a variety of ways other than cooking. Traditionally, vinegar is used to flavor food but may also be used for therapeutic, cosmetic and hygienic purposes.

Vinegar is available in white, brown and red and has both antiseptic and antibiotic properties. This allows the liquid to be used effectively as a preservative and disinfectant, combating various germs and bacteria.

 

Money Saving House Cleaning Using Vinegar

Vinegar can be used around the house in a variety of ways to reduce the need for many other harsh chemicals and solutions. Solutions made from house hold products and vinegar can be used for cleaning and disinfecting, are more natural and often cheaper.

A Green Way of Cleaning and Polishing Metals with Vinegar

A money saving way to clean metal is to mix Cream of Tartar and vinegar into paste and use as a polish. Rub on, let dry, wash off with water and dry with a soft cloth. For brass or copper, mix one part vinegar and two parts tomato sauce. Wipe down then dry with a soft cloth. A solution of half vinegar and half lemon juice also works well on brass or copper. To remove tarnish from pewter, dip a cloth into vinegar and salt, rub lightly, rinse with water and dry with cloth.

Car chrome can be polished with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Stainless steel may be polished with a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Mineral build up on aluminium furniture or screen doors can be removed by washing with 1 liter of water mixed with half a cup of vinegar.

Green Cleaning in the Bathroom and Kitchen

A solution of one part vinegar and two parts water will remove lime scale build up on taps and shower attachments. A solution of half water and half vinegar will help remove soap scum from tiles and glass in the shower and bathroom. This solution can also be used to clean mirrors and windows. For a streak free finish on mirror and windows, wipe dry with scrunched newspaper.

Drains can be cleared by pouring in half cup of baking powder, followed by half cup vinegar. After 10 minutes run the hot water for a few minutes to clear.

Vinegar can be used for disinfecting appliances and bench surfaces in the kitchen. Keep a spray bottle with a solution of half water and half vinegar for easy use.

Using Vinegar as a Green Cleaner in the Laundry

Adding one quarter cup of vinegar to a load of washing will brighten colors, soften fabrics, help remove odors and reduce static electricity on the clothes. Undiluted vinegar can also be applied directly to some stains before washing to help dissolve them.

More Than a Money Saving Green Cleaner

A few different types of vinegar can be very handy to have in the cupboard as it can be used for more than just cooking and as a green cleaner. Vinegar also has many health and healing properties allowing it to be used in a whole variety of ways.

Use Vinegar as a Carpet Cleaner

Moisten a towel with vinegar and apply to the carpet. White vinegar can be helpful in cleaning fresh stains such as food spills, pet messes or muddy footprints from your carpets. It is always best to treat any messes as soon as it happens, before it has a chance to set into the fibers of the carpet. The longer the stain sits the more it bonds with the fibers making it difficult to clean, so get to it quickly.

Steam Cleaning
Plain vinegar can also replace chemical cleaners in a home steam cleaning machine. You can simply replace vinegar for the cleaning solution and follow the manufacturers instructions. The entire carpet can be cleaned just as usual. The room will smell of vinegar during the cleaning, but once the carpet dries the smell will completely disappear. No rinsing is necessary.

Deodorizing
To deodorize a carpet pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water into a spray bottle. Shake well. When the mixture stops bubbling, lightly spray onto the carpet. It will smell strongly of vinegar at first. Allow it to dry completely. When it dries the bad odors should be gone.

If you still can’t seem to get those stubborn stains or smells out of your carpet, you should consider calling your local carpet cleaners to get the job done. Pure Choice Chem-Dry Beverly Hills carpet cleaners does carpet cleaning in Norwalk, West Hollywood, and Bel Air, CA. If you want more carpet care tips just visit the page on their website.